World renowned for his expertise, Hans studied at the Academy of Modern Art in Holland. Since 1965, when he took up residence on the Island, he has been sharing his talent. He has trained some young, local apprentices the skills and secrets of lost wax casting, affording The Goldsmitty an exclusive line of handmade creations.
Black Opal. Imperial Topaz, Tanzanite, Namibian blue green Tourmaline and other rare and exotic gemstones were collected during many visits to gemstone mines around the world and are set in exquisite creations of 14 and 18 karat gold often accentuated by a sprinkle of diamonds. The style of design has often been called organic, as coral formations, Caribbean sunsets and underwater vistas are usually a source of inspiration.
In 2011 Hans, always on the look out for rocks, happened to kick his toes and tripped over a stone, which after close examination, turned out to be a piece of petrified coral. The samples were sent to the University of Iowa which analysed the various species as fossilised coral that formed 30 million years ago and officailly registered Antiguanite. The stones have been cut to create pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets.
The Goldsmitty is more like an art gallery and this jewellery is not sold any where else. Please enquire about duty free.
Situated at historical Redcliffe Quay towards the waterfront, you will find the five arches of The Goldsmitty.
A spacious, air conditioned jewellery shop, all the jewellery is handmade and designed on the premises by Hans Smit.
Please contact us for our opening hours.