Hello, firstly I would like to just say thank you for visiting my website. My name is Paul Haywood FGA DGA, the founder and owner of Haywoods Jewellery and I would like to use this page to give you a bit of background on myself and how Haywoods Jewellery came into being.
Rather than the same old boring about me page, I thought I would do it as more of a Q & A session.
What did I do before Haywoods Jewellery?
After I left school, I worked in sales and customer service. At 21 I decided it was time to get a 'proper career' and began studying towards a career in accountancy. However sitting in front of a computer, crunching numbers all day was not for me.
How did I get started in the Jewellery trade?
While deciding what to do next, I took a job working for a company that bought gold and it lit the fire that made me realise that working with gold, jewellery, diamonds and gemstones was what I wanted to do.
Me collecting the Gwyn Green Diamond Award
Why did I start Haywoods Jewellery?
At the same time I was first working in the trade, I was also looking for an engagement ring. As I am sure anyone who has ever bought or thought about buying an engagement ring will agree, it is a combination of exhilarating and terrifying. While going around all these jewellers was great fun but the poor customer service and lack of product knowledge made me realise that I could do it better.
The Original Haywoods Jewellery
I launched my jewellery empire in the autumn of 2012 as an online jewellery retailer. What started as a small selection of gold chains, grew over the next four years to a selection of stunning diamond and gemstone jewellery.
In 2019, I decided to close the online facet of my business. This was after a difficult retail period following a shake up of the political and economical landscape during the summer of 2016.
The New Haywoods Jewellery
For many years, I had dreamed of working with clients to create beautiful jewellery using the finest gemstones and diamonds and in 2019 I had the opportunity to turn my dream into a reality. We are now bespoke jewellery designers who work with you to create your perfect piece of jewellery.
If you want to know more about our bespoke jewellery process then please have a look at our Bespoke Jewellery page.
What Qualifications do I have?
Ever since buying my first piece of gold back in 2011, I have wanted to learn as much about the jewellery trade as I could but it wasn't until 2015 that I really took my quest for knowledge to the next level. I wanted to really know what I was talking about when it came to gemstones and diamonds, so I enrolled on a Gemmology course at the School of Jewellery in October 2015 and over the next three years gained a huge amount of knowledge and practical experience in this specialised area and gained myself the following qualifications:
2017 - Gem-A Gemmology Diploma
2018 - Gem-A Diamond Diploma - passed with distinction
2018 - Recipient of the Gwyn Green Award for the finest results achieved in the Gem-A Diamond Diploma in the greater Midlands area.