Here at Dot the Jewellers, we’re designers at heart. As artisan jewellers, we specialize in making individual pieces of precious jewellery from scratch, creating innovative designs that reflect our clients’ taste and distinctive style in a way that is only possible with bespoke jewellery. Each piece is created by hand in our Saltaire workshop without mass-produced designs or parts. Dot jewellery is unique, an exclusive piece which perfectly complements that special occasion – wedding, engagement, birthday, or anniversary.
Our workshop was established in 1994. Our first retail premises were in the prestigious Redbrick Mill development. In 2007 the showroom and workshop moved to the tranquil World Heritage Site of Saltaire.
John Bradley, owner and principal jeweller, has a first-class degree in Metalworking and Jewellery Design from Sheffield, together with more than twenty years’ experience in designing and creating extraordinary jewellery. John’s work has sold all over the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, and as far afield as the US and Japan.
Originally from Wetherby in West Yorkshire, John spent two years working in mainstream commercial jewellery manufacture prior to founding Dot the Jewellers. His experience with mass-produced, high-street jewellery confirmed his strong desire to produce new and original designs. Not content with replicating standardised or traditional patterns, John is always looking for the twist that will transform an idea into a new piece of jewellery that is as individual as its owner.
Starting from a strong understanding of materials and techniques, backed up by over 20 years’ experience, the impetus of wondering ‘what happens if we..?’ allows John to drive form and style into new spheres. The manufacture of each piece of jewellery is propelled by a truly individual creative process, resulting in high quality, bespoke jewellery individual to each and every client.
Commissions are handled in a professional way, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The Dot customer is never made to feel ignorant of the issues involved in the process, or left to worry that their inexperience may be taken advantage of. All steps of the design process are open to discussion. We’re happy to deal with any questions or concerns you may have, at whatever length necessary to ensure that you feel secure and happy with your purchase.
Dot were one of the first jewellers in the UK to embrace computer-aided design. This allows you to see your design in its true form before the piece is manufactured. We can first show you a range of ideas and designs for discussion; these can be modified and fine-tuned until you are completely satisfied with your chosen style. In addition to the computer image for gem-set rings, we are able to show you a selection of unset stones so that you can select the gems which are right for you.
No manufacturing work will be done until you are completely satisfied with the design and materials, ensuring that you’ll be happy with the finished product!