Jewellery student gives new life to old gems
July 09, 2014

Kyle Barrett made a name for himself as a Georgian Jewellery and Metals student and is doing so again working as a goldsmith out of his home studio in Barrie. Kyle creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for clients, taking great joy and pride in high quality work made to last.

When he was a student, Kyle was given the distinct honour of creating a gift for Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne. A collaborative effort between staff of the Jewellery and Metals program, the jewellery-making industry and the Grey and Simcoe County Foresters, this ceremonial brooch, made using only materials native to Ontario, was presented during Princesss Anne’s visit to Barrie in 2013.

Recently, Kyle was asked by a client to re-design a school ring using heirloom diamonds. The breathtaking piece is shown below. The client was thrilled.

Kyle tries not to overthink any jewellery project he takes on. He thinks the jewellery piece should always be able to speak for itself. “The beautiful quality that jewellery possesses is the ability to evoke an emotional response from the wearer and the admirer,” he says. “It develops an emotional connection which further develops into sentimentality, the secret weapon of jewellery.”

Learn more about the Jewellery and Metals program at Georgian.

A pair of heart-shaped earrings shown with a penny in the background.

Before: A pair of diamond earrings given to the client by a relative.

A gold and black high school ring with a deep red stone.

Before: The client’s cherished school ring.

A ring with diamonds and a red stone.

After: A beautifully designed work of art (click to see larger image).