Master Jeweller at LeGassick Runaway Bay, Brooke Kitching is renowned for her craftsmanship, creativity & passion. Supported by numerous industry awards and her extensive experience in gemology, Brooke’s finished pieces embody beauty, style & magnificence.
What is your history in the industry?
I started work in jewellery retail in 2009 and soon went on to do my diploma in Gemmology while working for a coloured gem wholesaler for two years. After studying and becoming confident in my Gemmology skills I decided to begin my jewellery apprenticeship, It was during this time where I truly discovered my love for crafting jewellery and the industry.
When did you discover you wanted to be a jeweller?
I initially worked in jewellery as a sales person and was instantly drawn to how these stunning pieces were made. I was unsure of how to begin in the craft, which is why I studied Gemmology and worked with coloured stones initially. It was through this experience I was exposed to a large variety of very talented makers and designers, including LeGassick. Once I completed my Gemmology course, I knew I wanted to make jewellery and so eagerly went looking for an apprenticeship or any jewellery schooling I could get my hands on.
What are your favourite stones to work with? And your favourite pieces to create?
My true love is coloured gemstones, mainly Sapphires or Tourmalines. However, a good Diamond is hard to beat! I love dress rings or remodelling a family heirloom. Bringing new life to memories/history.
Why is making jewellery so special to you?
I love the sentiment that comes with jewellery. It is never just diamonds and gold, it is always more than that. It is a love story, a family’s history, a tale of true connection with another human, or a story of pain and triumph. No matter the reason, each is individual and a completely special meaning and I am so grateful to be part of it, to be chosen to bring that to life for someone.
Where could we find you on the weekends?
I'm always keen to go out for coffee or cocktails with good friends. Spending time with my family is one of my favourite places to be, no matter its actual location. My 'me-time' is spent throwing the ball with my staffy, Penny, or having a day drawing with my pencils (my version of therapy/relaxation).