Tim Swann and Michael Dransfield created Form Bespoke Jewellers in 2004.
Here you can read about their career history and how they developed their specialist skills in fine jewellery craftsmanship.
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Tim Swann set up Form Bespoke Jewellers in 2004.
“With a creative streak throughout my school years, a career in the design and crafting of bespoke fine jewellery was just a natural progression.”
My first step into jewellery was with a small retailer in my local Yorkshire town. Here, I mainly served over the counter and did a few repairs for customers. As time passed, my interest grew. As a result, I moved on to learn more about the ins and outs of jewellery by taking a position within a wholesale manufacturer in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Manufacturing & retail jewellery…
Here I worked in a team of 15 (including Gary) and really started to build my expert skills. Taking on many new tasks, I learnt everything from casting to creating finished pieces. This provided a solid grounding for understanding how all aspects of jewellery production works. After about four years, I moved to Ogdens of Harrogate, a well-respected family jewellers in North Yorkshire. Here, I enjoyed working with finer, more expensive pieces and with customers who needed pieces re-designing or repairing. It was great to advise on maintaining customer’s jewellery and being involved in the workshop.
Model-making & Management…
I was then head-hunted by the largest jewellery manufacturers in Europe (based in Leeds). I learnt model-making skills through working for clients nationally and internationally. It was here that I also discovered that there is a big difference between producing a piece which looks nice and one that is technically correct. I was enthralled by the precise nature of this level of jewellery creation. Five years on, I was approached by another Leeds firm to manage their model making department. I enjoyed heading up the team, managing deadlines and passing experience on to staff.
…From here, the next step was the creation of Form Bespoke Jewellers Ltd. And here you’ll find our expert jeweller today, creating bespoke engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings (and much more!)
Tim is based in our Leeds (West Yorkshire) jewellery workshop and showroom.
If you would like to get in touch with Tim to discuss a bespoke jewellery piece, please use our Contact Form.
- Nominated for Leeds Entrepreneur of the Year for businessmen under 40, through Arena Magazine’s 02 X Club Awards.
“Hi Tim, I’ve just received our engagement and wedding rings. You have made an amazing job on both rings, I seriously can’t thank you enough for all the work you have done for me and Becky. Outstanding service and craftsmanship!” – Dan & Becky
Gary Thompson is an award winning bespoke designer.
“It is such a gift to create something special and unique for someone from start to finish. I know this is what I was destined to do, and it is great to be recognised as an expert jeweller.”
Straight from school…
I gained an apprenticeship with a wholesale manufacturer in Leeds. Here, I acquired my basic jewellery skills including jewellery repairing, casting and creating finished items. This also gave me a grounded knowledge of how all parts of jewellery production work.
Model-making and management…
In 1990, I joined the largest manufacturer of jewellery in Europe as a model maker. Then worked my way up to a managerial position overseeing a team of six. As an expert jewellery model-maker, I consequently worked on commercial ranges for high-end customers including Independent Jewellers and large national accounts (such as Marks & Spencer and Costco). It was in this role that I worked alongside Tim. I also worked in product development and in consultation with international companies. This led to an opportunity in the Far East establishing an 18ct gold high-end jewellery workshop. In addition, I managed the creative development from the UK to deliver highly competitive jewellery ranges.
CAD Designer and creator…
As well as being a fully skilled model maker and expert jeweller, I have fifteen years of CAD (Computer Aided Design) experience. This combines my skills of model making and jewellery design. After researching the market, I would present a jewellery collection matching the customers brief for review. Then a 3D CAD design would be created for each piece of jewellery, which would finally be sent to a 3D printer to be cast in their chosen precious metal.
CAD adds another string to the bow of creative model making at Form Bespoke Jewellers. We are keen to ensure that we are at the forefront of bespoke jewellery design creating exciting pieces that suit your specific budget.
Gary is based in our Leeds (West Yorkshire) jewellery workshop and showroom.
If you would like to get in touch with Gary to discuss a bespoke jewellery piece, please use our Contact Form.
- Designed and created first palladium gents collection to be hallmarked in the UK. An award-winning collection!
- Commissioned by the Red Arrows to create a brooch for HRH Princess Anne. It was set with Princess Cut Rubies & Diamonds in the formation of the Red Arrows.
- Won the Judges’ Choice Award in the Gem Privé Goddess Earrings Competition.
‘Dear Gary, a little note to say a big thank you for making such a beautiful engagement ring and our precious wedding bands! It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you on them and we couldn’t be happier with them.’ – Julia & Tom
Michael Dransfield was co-creator of Form Bespoke Jewellers in 2004.
“With over 40 years experience in the jewellery trade I have a real passion for design and helping people create that unique piece of jewellery.”
Straight from school…
At the age of 16, I decided to start a career in the jewellery trade and I gained an apprenticeship with a Leeds (UK) based jewellery manufacturer. It was here where I acquired my grounding skills of jewellery manufacture from preparing castings in their raw form to the finishing of the final piece. I also chose to specialise in gem setting which developed my knowledge of customised jewellery making.
Following my apprenticeship, I was approached to work for another jewellery company. Here I became the foreman of their workshop, in charge of running the workshop & training staff. This is where I first met Tim & Gary. Then, in 1997, we all worked together again in one of the largest jewellery manufacturers in Europe, Abbeycrest. Within this company, my role was to oversee and improve the quality of their 18ct gold jewellery department, ensuring their high standards were met.
Over the next several years, I subsequently became the assistant manager of the company. Again, I was responsible for the running of their manufacturing workshop included the training and personal development of the staff. The level of experience and skills that I acquired within this company hence led me to becoming part of the team that planned and organised the establishment of a new workshop area. This dealt with the company’s 18ct jewellery manufacturing, repair and alteration services.
…Tim and Michael then started Form Bespoke Jewellers in 2004, where they built the company to be one of the top jewellers, sought after for their high standard of quality and design.
“To Michael, thank you so much for the rings which you made for our engagement and wedding. It was so nice having them made by someone who obviously cares so much about what they do. The rings are exactly what we wanted and we love them. We will definitely be recommending you.” – Sarah & Jonathon