How Your Precious Gems came to be…
Rich Dover has a background in graphic design and previously an active life that included activities like kayaking and climbing mountains before multiple sclerosis and spinal disk perforations severely curtailed his mobility. Unable to spend the remainder of his life “doing nothing”, he sought a hobby that stimulated his mind while allowing for the physical limitations of his disability.
With a keen eye for detail that Rich developed in the printing industry at a time before the invention of Photoshop (when cutting in film was a meticulous skill learned through apprenticeship). He quickly transferred precision skills to cutting facets in precious gems and shaping cabochon stones, particularly opals.
Rich began to develop a network of ethical sources for rough stone and sold a few finished pieces to finance the materials to continue his hobby. He opened a group on Facebook to compare notes with other gem cutters and form an online community, where today over 6500 people enjoy learning about precious gems and their uses.
This was called My Precious Gems and continues to be a thriving, active group. The group attracted a range of hobbyists and professionals in the jewellery trade and high end jewellers began to notice the quality of stones that Rich sold, reflecting prices directly related to cost rather than bumped up as many commercial sources tend to do.
Many requests came in for specific types of stones and Rich resourced ethical traders internationally through his network of rough stone suppliers. Quality remained paramount and Rich refused to deal in second quality facets or ‘junk’ stones. By the time the group grew to over 6500 members, the hobby had become too profitable to remain a hobby and blossomed into a sole tradership.
In March, 2017, Rich Dover recognised that the rapidly escalating turnover had reached a level where officially starting a business was required. He hired an accountant, registered with Companies House, obtained a business bank account and started the website you are currently reading.
Rich continues his hands-on presence in the My Precious Gems Facebook group despite the success of Your Precious Gems. It was, after all, only intended to be a hobby for a disabled man.
A Note From Rich – Jan 2019
“Thank you so much for all your support (through some hard times) and for keeping me busy with my passion of preparing Precious Gems for you. Depending on the day and my energy levels, I work often 18 hours a day to meet increasing demand (and stocks replenished) but truly it’s a labour of love and it keeps me going.”
This year you will see some improvements to our website and our communication with clients will get better. We guarantee, we will not send more than 2 emails a month and you can opt-out anytime.
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The logo: Our ‘Atlas’ with a precious gem.
It’s the mantra, our logo and our way of business. Strength and precision in everything we do gives customers confidence and quality assurance. Rich operates a professional business, Quality products and a friendly welcoming attitude to customers.
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Write to Us:
Your Precious Gems Ltd
230 Upper Fifth Street
Central Milton Keynes
VAT Registration Number: 265 7196 70
Company Registration Number: 10673631