We've been trading since 1971, when we started out as 'Fidra Stoneshop', selling tumble polished gemstones and beads. Over the many, many years since, we've evolved, developed new interests, and the business has grown to specialise in antique and vintage jewels.
We have a strong team working for us, and we thought we'd compile a little biog to introduce each of our loyal staff....in order of time served!
KEITH (Owner) first started out trading gemstones as he travelled across the globe working as a civil engineer. 'Mr Fidra' has great knowledge of gemstones and wide experience of their processing and the methods used to extract them. He first began trading in The Lanes as a schoolboy and has spent a lifetime treading their cobbles, building the business over the last 45 years.
PIPPA (Manager/Buyer) has worked at Fidra for eighteen years and is responsible for much of our social media, and also the creative and decorative mind behind our wonderful window displays. Pip has studied Jewellery, Silversmithing and Blacksmithing, has a certificate in Diamonds from the Gemmological Institute of America and is a collector of mourning jewellery.
HELEN (Manager/Buyer) has worked at Fidra for seventeen years. She writes our editorial and works on the repair and rejuvenation of pieces which have seen better days. Helen studied Jewellery and Silversmithing and is a graduate of the Gemmological Institute of America in Pearls and BA Hons in Information and Library Studies.
MANDY has worked at Fidra for fifteen years and previously for several high street jewellers and in high-end designer fashion. Mandy puts her previous career as a croupier to good use as our figures lady, and also loves dreaming up wacky ideas for events.
JULES has been a warm and smiley face at REGENTS for over a decade, having previously worked for many years in a traditional, old-fashioned department store. Jules loves coloured gemstones and has visited the Sapphire mines and Pearl farms in Sri Lanka.
LIZ has worked at Fidra for eleven years, and has many years of customer service. You'll find Lizzie working at Regents most days, she is a real social butterfly and enjoys meeting new people every day. She LOVES diamonds, and has definitely found her metier with Fidra.
BECKY has been with us for 3 years (The first new member of staff for eight years!) She graduated in 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton, and her artistic flair is put to good use repairing jewellery and antique boxes. Becky is well and truly hooked with the antique jewellery bug, and although we all dabble with Instagram and our other social media accounts, she's the one who does most of the posts!