Natalie Hazelwood & Diana Torrens
As part of a South Island Tour in January 2016, we were in Takaka and strolled into Brian Dodds Jewellery Designs shop to ‘ browse’.
We were inspired by the range of jewellery pieces on display.
Whilst browsing, and moving to trying on several rings, Brian came over to talk with us, and what would normally be a conversation around ‘can I help you with anything’ ?….ended up in a broad conversation that went about one hour, including the extra jewellery training he undertook in Japan. The rapport was quick and genuine.
When we got engaged May this year (2016), we knew instantly we were going to commission Brian to design our rings. As we were not living in NZ, this relied on huge trust
The process was easy and smooth as we exchanged information about design features, measurements, and associated costings
Once the design was agreed (drafts photos sent on email), Brian went about his work and had them ready several weeks
before the wedding date – a real comfort to us
Brian also provided information about courier experiences. Given we had to get them to Vancouver before our wedding day, this was a huge help
We were so excited to try our rings when they arrived…….and the moment we opened the lovely boxes he sent them in, we were almost in tears…they were ‘perfect’
We would highly recommend Brian to anyone who is looking for professionalism, design uniqueness, and 100% trust in delivering to customer specifications
Brian has a true craft in jewellery design, and is fabulous to deal with in all ways
Our massive heartfelt thanks to Brian
Our rings rock !
Diana & Natalie
Hi Brian! we have finally announced and can publicly talk about our engagement. Thanks again for all your hard work, especially at such short notice. The rings have stood in great stead over the last four months and we are just as happy with them (if not more!) than when we first laid eyes on them.
We are very much looking forward to treasuring these beautiful objects for years to come. The energy, knowledge and passion is evident throughout your work.
All the best for the future,
Ben & Rosie
Having been married for 40 years and never worn a wedding ring, my wife suggested I might like to get a signet ring to celebrate our ruby anniversary. With this in mind, we entered Kuketa Jewellers in Takaka while on holiday to check out what was available. I was so blown away by the beautiful gold and silver wedding rings on display that I knew immediately this was what I wanted. Brian, the jeweller, was very helpful and informative, and obviously someone who had a deep feeling for the technique and aesthetics of his craft, so we had complete confidence in his ability to make one to our specifications, perhaps even before we left Golden Bay. In just over 24 hours, he had produced a perfectly sized and unique wedding ring which is very special to my wife and myself. Many thanks Brian and we will be calling again next time we are up your way!
Mike and Lesley Patton.