Gate­way to the per­fect piece

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

CHRISTO­PHER Bai­ley (left) has been op­er­at­ing out of his South Perth stu­dio for seven years and says all the cus­tomers that come through his door each have their own spe­cific style and re­quest.

The Mends Street jew­eller makes ev­ery­thing by hand to suit the cus­tomer and said no two jobs were the same.

“A cou­ple of years back a client wanted to re­pro­duce the gate to their fam­ily farm, which they no longer owned, for a present to his mother,” he said.

“Work­ing from pho­tos, I was able to re­pro­duce a scale model of the gate in sil­ver that was about 30cm long to sit on her man­tel­piece and re­mind her of place she loved and once lived in.”

He said he be­came jew­eller be­cause he had strong love of art.

“It is some­thing thought that would suit me and let me carry on paint­ing on the side and com­ple­ment each other,” he said. Bai­ley has show­cased his paint­ing in Mends Street be­fore. While Bai­ley's main business is mak­ing one-off hand­crafted pieces, he also re­pairs and does val­u­a­tions.

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