HOMEMichael Couper, GoldsmithABOUT

I started making jewellery with Daniel Clasby in his Auckland studio in 1976 and became a partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery in 1977. Early works using materials such as pounamu and paua shell are held in the Museum of New Zealand, the Dowse Museum, the Auckland Museum and in private collections

Later I began working exclusively in platinum and high carat gold of alluvial origin from the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, but have recently been revisiting silver, an old favourite. My aim is to create jewellery which is contemporary, but also sufficiently enduring in its design and materials to be worn permanently and to age beautifully, and by hand fabricating each piece using traditional goldsmithing tools and techniques I'm able to custom make to individual requirements

Fingers Gallery, situated opposite the Auckland Art Gallery, is my only retail outlet and I'm available there most Saturdays between 11am and 4.30pm. Enquiries and orders can also be made by email and all work sent by courier has a money-back guarantee