THE VILLAGE GOLDSMITH STORY
Capturing Stories. Crafting Memories.
In 1981, jewellery designer Ian Douglas, a former NZ Apprentice of the Year, opened The Village Goldsmith jewellery store in Kelburn, Wellington in New Zealand.
With an affinity for loud shirt patterns, Ian is never one to shy away from designing a bold piece of jewellery either. This along with his natural curiosity and perseverance for crafting perfection is the basis for what VG Jewelers would become today.
The expanding team moved to a larger premises in The Dominion Building in Wellington's CBD. Since then, the company has continued to build its name internationally as an innovative and creative group, always pushing the boundaries of design.
Of course, while still treasuring the relationships built over the years with many locals as their beloved family jeweller.
The creative team has won or been a finalist in over 20 national and international design awards. Ian is a former EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and Chris Benham (Director) is a former winner of the Jewellery World Awards (previously JNA) Award for Young Leader of the Year from London Stock Exchange Listed UBM Asia.
Well to us, loads. These items were chosen to feature in our flagship store in Wellington, New Zealand because they represent the same values that we do in our work. These items were chosen because not only do they all have their own unique beauty about them, they also were created in a time when objects were built to last. Something that's not that common these days.
They are just a few of the objects of by gone days that we have chosen to repurpose into our unique interior to give new life and meaning to. Upcycling these items reflect our values as designers and craftspeople, demonstrating a commitment to create beautiful and enduring objects that will stand the test of time.
Since originally opening in 1981, to where we are today has been a wonderful and rewarding journey.
Here are some of our proudest moments...