G. & J. Kellett manufacturing jewellers, Goldsmiths and Platinumsmiths was established as a family business by Graeme in 1964 in Melbourne. Now in 2020 the business is in its 56th year. The business name changed to Kellett Master Jewellers to include his daughter Sarah as a second generation hand jewellery maker and designer. There have been many years of dedication, passion, experience and expertise of the highest standard amalgamated in this very special relationship.
I had the privilege of working collaboratively alongside my father from our studio/workshop for immeasurable hours until his sad passing in October 2015. My father graciously shared all his jewellery hand making skills and knowledge of intricate design but most of all his passion for creating dynamic handcrafted fine jewellery and a generational habit of drinking cold coffee.
Being a fellow of The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia is a proud and integral part of the workshop practice, to be able to stamp the work with the Australian Standards symbol of the kangaroo head and current date letter stamp means the jewellery's heritage can be traced and recognised forever.
Kellett Master Jewellers has always had a strong and diverse private client following, creating a broad range of bespoke jewellery that proudly extends to second and third generation clients. The business has also manufactured jewellery for many prominent and historical retail stores in Melbourne C.B.D. and other regions that have formed the rich tapestry of our jewellery industry here in Melbourne. Recommendations are predominantly word of mouth, which is considered particularly special and there is immense pleasure given to using these practiced hand skills to make a piece of heirloom jewellery that customers will pick up, wear and admire everyday and for many years to come.
I believe you will agree, the jewellery speaks for itself.
(In My Dad's words)
2015 will be my 62nd year in the jewellery industry. At 13 years of age I became fascinated with the craft of jewellery when I began working with a neighbour Mr. Howard James Lem, on Saturday mornings and school holidays. My mother had heard he was looking for an apprentice, which I became at the age of fourteen. He had an amazing gallery/workshop right in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
I feel very fortunate to have had such a neighbour who became my second father, allowing me the rare opportunity of learning the true traditions and skills of making finely handcrafted and bespoke jewellery. Through those early years working beside my mentor Howard Lem we worked on endless unique pieces of jewellery, some taking many months to construct. We made many private commissions for his well known clients along with old established family businesses like Kosminsky Galleries. During my fourteen years employed with Mr. Lem, we always had young jewellers through the workshop to be instructed in the hand making skills for which Howard was well known.
Over the past 51 years of being self-employed I have trained apprentices and other people in the industry. I have now seen some of my past employees successfully develop and run their own businesses. More recently I have been a Sessional Teacher at Tafe and held workshops on behalf of The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia.
I am a fellow member of The Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia since 1989 (member number 13). I have held various council positions including president. Being in the Guild enables me to proudly mark my jewellery to be recognised worldwide.
My true passion lies in working with clients to create unique yet wearable and durable jewellery. I believe a true piece of crafted jewellery should have creativity from all angles which I design and make using traditional techniques and tools.
Some examples of Graeme Kellett's intricate work
Tony Kean Award
In 2015 my father was the recipient of the Tony Kean Award for significant contribution to the jewellery industry. This prestigious award is not an annual event, instead, it is only given in acknowledgement for exceptional work. My father felt incredible honoured and humbled at receiving this recognition from the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia.