In true paddock to plate style (if one could actually eat gemstones), after 20 years of good times fossicking for Tasmanian Sapphires with his best mate in Tasmania’s pristine north west, Jai has finally brought home the goods just in time for his lovely wife’s birthday.

The largest, best quality Sapphire that Jai has pulled out of the Weld river, in the state’s north-west, was delivered to a local Hobart gem faceter (we definitely will not keep to the food metaphor by describing him as the butcher) and cut into a cushion shaped final product. The rich blue sapphire then went on to become the centrepiece of the pictured vintage style ring, complemented by the fine, hand cut engraved designs, a technique which Jai has been mastering over recent years.

Do you want to make your wife as happy as Jai’s wife? Jai has a track record of making other men’s wives extremely happy. Drop in to the shop and have a chat about a unique and personal gift for that special person in your life.

Over many years of hard work and dedication to his craft, Jai Hay has built a reputation as one of Hobart’s finest jewellers. 6 years ago, Jai took his name and hung it above his very own store, a testament to his skills and the next step of his journey creating fine jewellery for those with an eye for beauty and quality.

Although Jai’s name hangs over the door, he is the first to acknowledge that he does not walk his journey alone. Jai has a great team behind him, all contributing to the success of the business, and all playing an important role.

Not all that long after opening his doors, Jai was lucky enough to employ a first year apprentice, Emily Duggan. From small but promising beginnings, Emily has grown with the business, under Jai’s wing (you knew he was a bird right?) to become a core part of the business and second in command.

With Jai’s teachings and guidance, Emily has proven to have exceptional talent on the bench, now entrusted with producing much of the jewellery that leaves the workshop. Jai’s reputation and name are at the very heart of his business, and it is without hesitation that he entrusts Emily and her workmanship to represent the fine quality and value that the Jai Hay name is well known for.

Inspired by a classic Jai Hay design, the two rings below continue this tale of trust, this time, as so often is the case, a trust between the customer and the team at Jai Hay Jeweller.

The ring on the right barely resembles the item that was brought in for a redesign, the customer was never quite happy with the original ring that she had made elsewhere. With beautiful materials to work with, Emily has redesigned the ring into the work of art that can be seen below. So happy with the remake, the customer soon returned with another ring, set with an equally fine family diamond. The end result of the second redesign is the ring shown on the left, displaying not only the versatility of design, but the trust that the customer has placed in Emily to redesign and skilfully craft her precious jewels into these much loved rings.

Like the designs? As can be seen, the same base design can be very flexible, and always turns out looking stunning. Drop in to the store and see what Jai Hay and his team can create for you.

Like Jewellery, love and friendship can stand the test of time. Many years ago, while their love was just blossoming, Jai and his wife developed a friendship with another young couple from Bendigo, who had relocated to Tasmania to attend university.

The years passed and, as life would have it, the couple eventually moved back home searching for better opportunities and to be closer to family. Commissioned in secret for Jacqui’s Birthday (one of the big ones), this locket was painstakingly hand crafted by Jai using traditional techniques, something rarely done by jewellers these days.

The production techniques fitting, as the locket is a reproduction of a vintage design chosen by Jacqui’s husband, aware of his wife’s love of vintage jewellery.

Jai was proud of the outcome of his work as the final piece was almost a perfect match to the original. There is no other item of jewellery that truly expresses love, friendship and memories than a locket. Far from its fashionable beginnings as a kind of creepy amulet to ward off evil, the locket has come to represent the timeless bond between friends and loved ones.

Do you have a fetish for really old things that you just can’t find in the shops these days?

Jai and his team can expertly reproduce beautiful jewellery from bygone eras. Drop in and see what they can do for you.