Doug Newman was originally set to be a farmer and was all prepared to go to college to learn the agricultural trade when a trip to a jeweller’s shop changed his mind. Accompanying his father, who was an electrician to a job at a jewellers, Doug instantly knew he wanted a different career path.
At age 15 he began an apprenticeship as a diamond setter and engraver and after a two-year tenure in the army working in the dental core he started his professional life as a jeweller at Tinsley and Co.
Later he joined Ernest Jones jewellers to establish and run a manufacturing division and workshop, servicing over 120 retail outlets until he took a leap of faith and decided to run his own store, designing and making his own jewellery.
Doug selected a small shop in the heart of the Brighton Lanes, employing one member of staff in 1979. As his reputation for fine jewellery grew, so the business expanded and evolved, moving to larger premises in the Brighton Lanes and opening new stores in Eastbourne and Chichester.
Doug is also the proprietor of G.A Pawnbrokers, perhaps you saw him on Channel 4’s Posh Pawn in 2016?