My work experience at Harrington and Hallworth
My name is Olivia. I attend Wilmslow High School and I’m doing work experience for a week at Harrington and Hallworth jewellers. Here’s what happened.
I chose Harrington and Hallworth for my work experience because it is a retail shop in my local community and I wanted to learn how it works and what goes on. I have been visiting the shop since I was a little girl, because my mum and dad have always come here to buy or for repairs. In fact my links charm bracelet that I have had since I was small is from here and so is every charm that I have been given on occasions such as my birthday and Christmas.
On day two I learnt about metals, repairs and gemstones both from Ryan and Jen.
The main types of metals that are used in this shop are known as precious metals. These are gold, silver, platinum and palladium. In this particular shop gold is only sold in 18ct or above. Each metal is hallmarked and precious metals cannot be sold without one. There are four main assay offices that are based in the UK where metals are hallmarked: Sheffield, London, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Each one has its own individual hallmark: a Tudor rose for Sheffield, a lion for London, an anchor for Birmingham and a castle for Edinburgh.
On day three I learnt about gemstones and how they are birthstones for different months.
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Opal
November – Topaz
December – Turquoise (Tanzanite)
My birthstone is an Amethyst.
I have also been taught about repairs. This is important at Harrington and Hallworth as it one of the most requested services. I learnt about the bespoke jewellery service too – where old jewellery can be remodelled into something new and improved. The most common repair request is a battery and reseal. The most unusual bespoke jewellery request was a person wanting their gold tooth, which had just been taken out, turned into a piece of jewellery.
On day four I learned the differences between automatic and quartz watches. An automatic watch is mechanical and is wound by the movement of the watch on the wearer’s wrist, which turns a weight on a pivot, so it doesn’t need a battery. A quartz watch is powered by a battery and contains a quartz crystal that vibrates as the battery powers through it. The battery needs to be replaced every few years.
I really enjoyed my week at Harrington & Hallworth and I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!