Yallingup-based jewellery designer and goldsmith John Miller has unveiled his latest venture – a gallery in the centre of the Margaret River retail district.
Launched last week, the gallery boasts a stunning gem display.
“To open, we are featuring extraordinary displays of Ceylon and Australian sapphires from Deliqua Gems and an array of glowing South Sea Pearls from Atlas Pearls,” said Mr Miller.
"We’ve all been delighted with the warm welcome we have received in Margaret River - people do seem genuinely happy we’re here – so we’ve brought something special along to add another level of glamour to our launch.”
The new store also features some new additions to the team, with an opportunity to create unique pieces using the latest technology.
“We were lucky enough to engage master jeweller Marcus Cameron, who decided to make the move into Margaret River the same time we did,” explained Mr Miller.
Mr Cameron will offer a CAD (computer assisted design) service where clients can see their designs rendered in 3D colour on screen.
“He brings a whole range of skills to our business which are complimentary to mine, and also operates as a manufacturing jeweller creating stunning alterations and effecting jewellery repairs for our locals.
“He’s a popular bloke!”
The business has also welcomed gallery manager Vicki Ridge, described by Mr Miller as “a charming, capable, energetic achiever who brings many years of jewellery retail experience to our new location.”
With three times the space available in the gallery compared to the original Miller Design in Yallingup, an opportunity to expand, and will also feature works by Margaret River jewellers Kate Waters, Emma Meakes and Rachael Prideaux.
“Our jewellery brand is quintessential Margaret River, so when a location like this came up I signed the lease very happily,” Mr Miller said.
“While we love our Yallingup space and it served us well for 20 years, Margaret River’s main street gets a lot of pedestrian traffic and it’s a great way for our work to reach a wider audience.
“Our mix reflects everything that’s iconic and loved in our Margaret River region, from beaches and forests to flora and fauna. There’s a noticeable shortage of Australian themed jewellery around, so we try to fill that gap with items visitors and locals can relate to.”