'A Sparkling Success' describes the career of business man and jeweller Doug Newman, proprietor of Gold Arts Jewellers and G.A Pawnbrokers.
Dougs career started when he left school at 15 to take a 6 year apprenticeship as a diamond setter and engraver, followed by 2 years National Service as a dental technician. He then joined Ernest Jones to establish and run a manufacturing division and workshop, servicing over 120 retail outlets.
In 1979 he opened his first small shop and workshop in the Lanes of Brighton, manufacturing his own designs, with only one member of staff. He now employs over 40 staff in his 5 retail stores with workshops and four pawn broking shops.
Gold Arts is perhaps most recognized for the range of certificated diamonds which adorn every shop window. With 30 years of knowledge and experience Gold Arts has built a strong reputation within the trade for buying diamonds which has ensured that customers always get the finest diamonds at highly competitive prices
Gold Arts like every business has changed and modernized over the years, with new logos and store interior decorations. One of the more recent developments which really changed the face of jewellery retail has been the emergence of designer silver jewellery. Gold Arts in Brighton was the first shop in the city center to stock Links of London and Pandora, which are the UKs leading designer brands.
The Chichester store, in the center of the city has always offered the finest timepieces including time honored brands such as Tag Heuer, Zenith, Raymond Weil alongside exciting new brands such as Bremont, Hamilton. The first floor luxury silver showroom, proudly showcases Links of London, Clogau, Thomas Sabo, Dower & Hall, London Road and Bering watches.
Mr Newman believes that the secret of his success is his loyal and professional staff together with the recognition of good quality and maintaining a high level of customer service and satisfaction. His motto "The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten" has kept Gold Arts a purveyor of the finest jewellery in Sussex.
Gold Arts is a family business, with over four members of the Newman family working in the Gold Arts group.
To read more about the history of the Brighton Jewellery trade read our blog 'The History of The Brighton Lanes'.