About The Goldsmiths Gallery
Established in 2000, by Anthony Licht, Goldsmiths Gallery has provided Hamilton with leading edge designs and quality engagement rings to suit everyone's tastes and budgets.
Anthony has built up a reputation of professionalism and integrity so you can be rest assured that you are receiving the best advice, quality workmanship for competitive prices.
Having a jeweller onsite ensures that the design you have in mind becomes a reality.
Goldsmiths Gallery is a registered member of the New Zealand Jewellers and Watchmakers Association.
We are an independent, locally owned and operated manufacturing jeweller with a combined workshop and retail store at 427 Victoria Street central Hamilton and also at Shop 130a Chartwell Shopping Centre.
Goldsmiths Gallery Designer Jewellers - Local hero on Xero
Michelle and Anthony Licht were high school sweethearts, and are now designer jewellers who love making beautiful pieces for clients. Anthony designs, Michelle handles clients, but their joint priority is always a clear customer focus - designing beautiful jewellery that makes the customers smile.
Michelle Licht - Women in Business
When Michelle and Anthony Licht of Goldsmiths Gallery Designer Jewellers arrived in New Zealand in 1997 as newlyweds they decided to settle in Tauranga where they had family. Husband Anthony started a small Jewellery Store while Michelle, who had a BA LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand (converted to NZ law in 1998) worked as a solicitor to support them both.
Michelle is a great advocate for women and children, so it was clear that she would choose to practise family law. It was during this time that she was instrumental in undertaking a number of Protection Orders for which her firm later became known.
A move to Hamilton saw Michelle move out of law and work with Genesis Energy for about 18 months; it was at this time that the couple had a son, Joseph, and Michelle spent two years as a caring mum at home. During this time Michelle learned more about the jewellery business.
When their lovely daughter Jessica came along Michelle spent another two years at home. After which Michelle says she was 'more than ready' to take her place beside Anthony in the business. This ability to work in unison has led to them opening up a second store in Westfield, Chartwell.
While husband Anthony handles the creative side, Michelle is the face and voice of the business. She is the one that takes clients through the initial steps from just considering designing or remodelling their jewellery to the point where they are happy to go ahead with the manufacturing process.
This is at times an emotional journey as there is quite a bit of sentiment involved. Michelle does this with professionalism as well as heart. Then Anthony continues the process. He does the CAD designing and as well as manufacturing of the chosen piece.
Michelle is responsible for the majority of stock purchasing, paperwork, bookwork, as well as the advertising for the stores; all this while still being involved with the public as she loves building customer relationships, and really enjoys working in an environment that provides a superior customer service.
The business strongly believes in giving back to the community that supports it and has the Cancer Society, Hospice, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust, at the top of its list. Michelle says that they have donated numerous items for charity auctions. A major donation each year is in support of Dress for Success which empowers women who are returning to the workforce.
All of this, yet Michelle still finds time to be very involved with her children and their education. She is on Hukanui School PTA where daughter Jessica goes to school, being part of the committee that organises the bi-annual galas as well as numerous other fundraisers. Goldsmiths Gallery has also donated numerous jewellery items for auction in support of Hukanui School. Her son, Joseph, has just started Hamilton Boys High and Michelle is looking forward to continuing her personal policy of involvement there too.
Michelle has artfully maintained a home and work balance and still retains the essence of adding value to the multiple layers of their business.