Shining Bright with Makers Mark Jewellery Studio
Name: Jaemes Collingwood
Business: Makers Mark Jewellery Studio
How and when was your business born?
After completing a four-year apprenticeship with a manufacturing jeweller in Adelaide I opened my own manufacturing workshop in 1997 to provide a wholesale repair and ring-making service to local jewellery retailers.
This business quickly developed into our first retail store in the Adelaide Hills and as the wholesale side of the business continued to grow, we relocated the workshop to our property in Nairne. When the opportunity to open another store presented itself in 2014, I jumped at the chance as I had a deep desire to provide clients with a personalised service based on honesty and integrity.
This was the start of Makers Mark Jewellery Studio. Over the next six years the studio grew into a thriving business.
In late 2020 our family moved to Noosaville so we relocated the shop to the Noosa Village Shopping Centre and it’s the best decision we’ve ever made!
How would you describe Makers Mark?
We’re a family business specialising in hand-crafted gold and silver jewellery, repairs and remodelling. Our studio displays a diverse range of elegant and unique pieces, along with the latest trends in jewellery design.
We provide a relaxed and inviting space where clients can consult directly with the jeweller to create something truly special, designed specifically for them.
Tell us about your clients?
They are passionate about their jewellery and enjoying the Noosa lifestyle!
We have a lot of regulars who drop in just to chat or share stories of their latest adventures and we love getting to know them.
Our clients really value their families and I often create pieces for various family members, whether they’re locals or interstate guests, we meet them all.
What do you love most about Noosa?
I love the relaxed, easy-going lifestyle – everyone seems to really enjoy being here, making the most of every day.
The weather and proximity to the river, beach and hinterlands offers such a diverse selection of activities and opportunities to enjoy life.
Also, the amazing range of cafés and restaurants ensures you’re never at a loss for great food experiences!
What advice can you share for other business owners?
Get to know your client’s needs so you can deliver exactly what they want but also try to offer something different to others in your industry.
Provide an experience and level of service that can’t be matched elsewhere as this builds brand loyalty and ensures your customers tell others about you.
What is trending in the jewellery industry?
Laboratory-grown diamonds are becoming popular as they’re very affordable, approximately a third of the price of natural diamonds, and they also have a greater brilliance and higher purity.
These man-made diamonds are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust.
Consisting of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure, these diamonds are made of the same material as natural diamonds so exhibit the same optical, chemical and physical properties. They are also a responsible choice given that no mining is required.
Fave Hobby: Home renovations and outdoor activities – I really enjoy creating and building and having bought an old Queenslander, there’s always something to be done! I also love spending time in the outdoors, especially here in Noosa, there’s so much to do!
Fave Food: Chicken Parmigiana Schnitzel – a pub classic but still my favourite.
Fave Accessory: My leather bracelets from our menswear collection, they go with everything and really suit the relaxed lifestyle here.
Fave Jewel: Tanzanite – the intensity of the colour is just stunning and they’re quite rare so I’m always on the lookout for the perfect specimen.
Fave place in the world: France – the people, culture and history are just incredible, can’t wait to return one day and spend some time in Bordeaux enjoying the wine!