Gemma Baker

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Born in rural Merredin in the summer of 1969, the second eldest of four girls. Gemma was happy when the family decided to move to the coastal town of Geraldton when she was 8 years old. She adapted to the oceanic lifestyle instantly. The Baker family were returning to their roots as Gemma’s great grandfather Douglas Harry Baker immigrated to Geraldton from Norwich, England in 1911. He opened a watchmaking and jewellery store in Marine Terrace.

This was the beginning of a family tradition of watchmakers and jewellers, now stemming four generations. Gemma completed her jewellery apprenticeship in 2005.

Gemma was first employed at the Geraldton Art Gallery in 1986. In the same year she was crowned ‘Miss Sunshine Festival Queen’. Shortly after this an opportunity arose to join the sales team in her fathers' business, Leon Baker Jewellers. This began a 22 year association within the jewellery industry, gaining experience in several leading Western Australian jewellery retailers. Gemma specialized in jewellery design, completing a certificate in jewellery design with the Gemmological Association of Australia in 1995. In 2000 Gemma commenced her apprenticeship at Leon Baker Jewellers, completing it in 2005.

Over the years, Gemma has developed her own unique style and is well known for her beautiful and passionately created jewellery, adorning wearers nationally and internationally.

Gemma, along with her partner, Larry Williamson resides in rural Nabawa in Chapman Valley. Together in their custom built studio/workshop overlooking the picturesque valley, Gemma and Larry are busy creating jewellery to their hearts content. Their work can be seen in some of the finest galleries in Western Australia, becoming sort after by connoisseurs around the world.

 

gemma@bakerwilliamson.com

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