The first Staley jewellery store, Narooma Jewellery & Gifts, was opened in 1983 in Narooma on the beautiful Far South Coast of New South Wales. At that time there were no manufacturing jewellers left on this part of the coast. Jan and George Staley enjoyed the ideal lifestyle of beautiful Narooma and its surrounds. The shop at that time had a jewellery workshop and all watch work was sent out to watchmakers.
With the second store opening at Eden in 1987 the workshop in Narooma became busier requiring 2 full time jewellers. At this time Jan and George’s daughter Georgie came into the business to start a jewellery apprenticeship under her father. George’s focus had always been on hand made jewellery and repairs, skills which are invaluable to a jeweller. These skills were passed on to Georgie continuing the tradition.
Georgie and her mother ran the two business from 1992 in partnership with Georgie continuing the jewellery bench work.
In 2001 Jan decided to retire, Georgie and David purchased the business’s and commenced running the two stores with David taking up a watchmaking apprenticeship which he did under Master Watchmaker Sandi Whitlock.
After Georgie and Dave took over the running of both Narooma and Eden stores they expanded to include stores in Merimbula (2005), Bega (2007) and Batemans Bay (2009).
Georgies Fine Jewellery has always had a strong repair foundation and this continues on to this day employing 4 full-time jewellers and a full-time watchmaker. Our custom made jewellery and our custom design has expanded now and we employ 2 jewellery designers/CAD operators.
Our design capabilities have encompassed the use of the most sophisticated computer software in the world with Georgie and her team being experts in its use. They asked to provide training to other users of the program. We are the only jewellers on the NSW coast that employs this software.
We have the ability now to 3d print almost anything in a jewellery or watch capacity with one of the most modern workshops in Australia. We still employ old techniques when necessary and can reuse customers sentimental gold to make that new family heirloom piece.
Georgie and Dave love life on the Far South Coast of NSW and live in Narooma with their two dogs, and fish. Georgina and David believe in giving back to the community by actively sponsoring local events, as well as school events, charities and for their love of animals the Animal Welfare League.