Joanne Cole is a director of Clusters and has been a qualified jeweller for 21 years. After leaving school she embarked on a five year apprenticeship with the Goldsmiths Company of Great Britain based in London. Joanne also studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design to learn Gemmology and Jewellery design. At the end of her apprenticeship she had to make, design, and present a finished piece of jewellery to the Prime Wardens of the Goldsmiths Company. If they did not approve of the skills used then another two years of apprenticeship would have followed but thankfully Joanne passed with flying colours and was awarded ‘Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company’ and ‘Freedom of the City of London’. At the tender age of 21 this was a huge honour and made Joanne the youngest qualified female goldsmith in the country! After completing her apprenticeship Joanne moved to the North East and has a gained a reputation for creating beautiful jewellery and excellent customer services.
Anthony Bracken is a director of Clusters and has been a qualified jeweller for over 22 years, after starting his career at the early age of 16. Having excelled in art at school, Anthony began an apprenticeship within a workshop, which he successfully completed. His talents undoubtedly lie in jewellery design and he has created both time honoured and innovative pieces… he once set over 100 rubies and diamonds into an 18ct chalice… no mean feat! Anthony’s unique ability to blend contemporary and traditional styles has resulted in him being a highly recognised goldsmith, with his own work being used in several nationwide advertising campaigns. Alongside working on private commissions, Anthony is currently working on his own personal jewellery ranges.