When you are commissioning a piece of bespoke jewellery to mark one of those important moments in your life, it’s reassuring to know you are dealing with expert jewellery designers who are passionate about what they do.
Unlike ordinary jewellery shops, we don’t employ any sales assistants, so if you look in through our shop window and don’t see anyone, it doesn’t mean we are closed. – We are all working jewellers and we are upstairs in the workshop, busily designing and making jewellery. Just ring the doorbell and someone will come down to let you in. – Usually it will be the craftsman who happens to have the cleanest hands at the time!
Aurum designer-jewellers in Worthing West Sussex is owned by Jewellery designer Andrew Leggett who set up Andrew Leggett Ltd in 1985. The company has always traded as Aurum, although Andrew Leggett Ltd now also sells through other retail stockists.
Andrew originally entered the jewellery trade by chance, having left school aged 18 after his A-levels, without any real idea of what he wanted to do for a living, except that it should be something creative. He had a place to the local Art College, and when by chance he took a summer-job at a local jewellery manufacturer, he had no idea that this would develop into his career. Within a few weeks thoughts of Art College were abandoned, and Andrew ended up staying with this first employer for about a year.
There followed a further eighteen months with another local jeweller, making standard 9ct gold jewellery, but Andrew wanted to become involved in modern jewellery, so at the age of twenty he wrote to top jewellery designer John Donald, and secured a job in his London workshop, learning how to hand-make contemporary jewellery in 18ct gold, diamonds and coloured gemstones. Clients included many celebrities and members of the Royal family. After four years with John Donald, it was time to move on again, and Andrew got a position in the workshop of Geoffrey Turk, who produced contemporary art-jewellery of his own, and also undertook commissions from many top West End jewellers.
During the following six years Andrew worked on a huge variety of jewellery costing from thousands, to ten and even hundreds of thousands of pounds. The items he was making were all one-off pieces; each one effectively a prototype, throwing up problems and technical challenges that had to be overcome. This type of work stretches a craftsman’s abilities, and gives the confidence to tackle all sorts of design challenges.
After ten years in this sort of environment, and tired of commuting to London from his home on the South Coast, Andrew set up a shop and workshop near Worthing town centre, trading as Aurum. Now it was possible to walk to work.
In the 1980s the jewellery available from high-street retailers was very traditional and unadventurous, and Andrew realised that Worthing was not ready for his most progressive designs, whereas there were plenty of people looking for something just a little different to the norm.
This was a niche that Andrew filled, and has continued to occupy. The pieces Aurum keep in stock are unusual, but somehow also quite classic. Occasional commissions arise for more idiosyncratic and ostentatious jewellery allow Andrew to stretch his creativity.
In 2001 Aurum moved to slightly larger premises, which allowed Andrew to take on two craftsmen to work alongside him.
The workshop is still the heart of the business. At least 80% of Aurum’s business is made up of commissions, rather than sales from stock.
Originally all jewellery produced by Andrew Leggett Ltd was retailed through Aurum designer-jewellers in Worthing, and Andrew never considered selling his work elsewhere, but the popularity of Andrew Leggett’s signature style engagement ring known as the Flick © encouraged him to make this particular range available to other retailers. This is sold under the Andrew Leggett brand.
After 31 years in business, Andrew Leggett continues to create stylish contemporary jewellery using traditional goldsmithing techniques, and has recently embraced CAD technology in order to utilise the advantages of both age-old skills and cutting edge technology.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience
"Andrew at Aurum was wonderful. Redesigning my engagement ring and listening to what we wanted also with our wedding rings and producing a selection of designs, well put together. That made choosing the designs much easier and also being able to sit with him and try on products that had been made already to get an idea of ring width, metals and colour. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience with Andrew and Aurum. A truly professional company with fantastic products and we felt that we were well guided too. We would happily recommend them and certainly will re-visit for other items in the future. Well done and a big thank you Andrew."
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