Nelson jeweller rings the changes

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 07:44 12/06/2013
Benjamin Clark
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ALL THAT GLITTERS: Nelson goldsmith Benjamin Clark with examples of his work. The former Jens Hansen apprentice is opening a new shop on Bridge St.

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Nelson jeweller Benjamin Clark is opening a jewellery design studio and workshop on Bridge St, eight months after he launched his business online.

Mr Clark, 24, said his retail store, Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, was being established to provide a more personal service for locals and visitors to the Nelson region.

People liked to try on jewellery so it made sense to have a physical presence to allow people to meet and talk with him.

He said he initially planned for Benjamin Black to be completely online, but he had such a good reception the next logical step was to set up a retail store in Nelson.

He plans to open his store in the shop where Joanne Richards Interior Design was previously based, opposite Graham's Trading Post.

"We have done some exciting work since launching the website in October last year, including creating a custom-made tie pin for New Zealand's Next Top Model Judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a Double Midi Ring for top Australian fashion blogger Lady Melbourne, and most recently designing a ‘Key to the City of Nelson' presented by Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Mr Clark said the shop space was perfect and he had wanted it before it was available, it serendipitously came up after he looked other unsuitable spaces.

"It's such a beautiful building ... with a really good feel about it."

Mr Clark started his trade at Jens Hansen after leaving school at 16.

His father Rod Clark is a watchmaker who ran a jewellery store in Richmond.

Benjamin Black Goldsmiths will open on July 1 at 176 Bridge St, Nelson. In addition to engagement rings, dress jewellery, and lifestyle accessories, the studio will also provide antique pocket watches and a range of quality antique clocks, along with the services of watch and clock repairs by his father.

For more information visit: benjaminblack.co.nz

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