In 1979 Angela was training in Salsburys in Guildford and in 1981 completed a City and Guilds qualification in diamond mounting and design at Sir John Cass in Whitechapel London. With repairs and alterations in high demand, Angela joined Objets d’Art as a full time bench jeweller.
With Jewellery becoming a major part of the business, a network of auctioneers and dealers was established to supply antique and second-hand jewellery but it was necessary to branch out and work with modern suppliers and designers often sourcing antique style jewellery. As time moved on and fashions changed, Objets d’Art moved away from dealing in bronzes, furniture and ceramics and concentrated on glassware, silverware and predominantly jewellery.
In order to satisfy the growing demand for specialist repair work, we collaborated with craftspeople and suppliers in Hatton Garden and Clerkenwell. Silversmithing, hand engraving, horology, gem stone supplying and polishing were just some of the areas that we were able to expand into.
After more than 30 years Helen and Bill started to hand over more responsibility to Angela and have less continuous involvement in the running of Objets d’Art. Ian started working on Saturdays at the age of thirteen and at eighteen made the decision to do an apprenticeship at the Holts academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden and consequently joined the family business in 2012 by which time Helen and Bill had retired.