Robert Fairbank (1956-2016)• Principal, Designer Goldsmith
Robert Fairbank, one of the original three founding partners of Goldsmiths 3, was a professional goldsmith for over 40 years. His expertise in the craft spanned a diverse array of skills, from wax carving and casting to stone-setting to computer aided design. Yet, throughout his career, he remained firmly rooted in the practice of hand-fabrication, especially the Scandinavian tradition of hand- forging.
Having cultivated a love of metalwork from an early age, Robert spent several years apprenticed to Boston-area goldsmiths who worked directly in precious metal, achieving form and balance through the careful application of steel tools upon gold. Through this experience, Robert gained an abiding respect for the creative opportunities that precious metals present, and how traditional, direct methods, vastly unchanged throughout history, can be used to create complex three dimensional designs, either abstract or representational.
Largely self-taught, Robert went on to study the finer points of jewelry making, becoming an expert stone setter, engraver, designer and platinumsmith. Offering hand drawn renderings to communicate his vision, Robert created hundreds of unique custom pieces of jewelry, artifacts and sculpture for clients near and far.
Robert’s skill as a craftsman led him to teach specialty workshops at institutions such as the Massachusetts College of Art, the DeCordova Museum School, and MetalWerx in Waltham, MA.
Robert passed away in May 2016 after a defiant and courageous fight with cancer. To say he will be missed is an understatement. His generosity, humor, integrity and aesthetic principles will influence our creative endeavors... always.
Geraldine Kish Perry • Principal, Designer Goldsmith
Geraldine Kish Perry has created custom pieces and developed models for new design lines in our studio since 2004, when she was grudgingly hired by Robert to occupy the workbench opposite his. Despite Robert’s initial misgivings about sharing his small studio, they found they worked so well together that, in June of 2007, Geraldine joined him as a principal of Goldsmiths 3. Almost at once, they began the transition to the refreshed and inspired company now known as Fairbank and Perry Goldsmiths, and in 2010 moved the shop to a bright new spot on Main Street.
Geraldine is a graduate and former instructor of jewelry making from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was able to merge her life-long respect for fine craft with her desire to work with her hands to produce tangible, lasting, and treasured objects. Geraldine has a breadth of professional experience in precious metal fabrication, stone setting, and jewelry repair. As a designer, Geraldine seeks to create jewelry that is beautiful without being fussy, feels as good as it looks, and enhance the natural beauty of gemstones. As a goldsmith, she believes that the most beautiful designs can only arise from a meticulously constructed foundation.
In addition to her technical training, Geraldine studied design and rendering at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, as well as specialties such as blacksmithing and jewelry photography. She designs and makes original pieces for clients and for the gallery, and directs marketing efforts when not at the bench. She continues to serve the North Bennet Street School as a jewelry program advisor and overseer, and regularly lurks its halls to find talented graduates to add to the team.
Sara Pancoast • Goldsmith, Shop Manager, Social Media Maven
Sara Pancoast joined our team in 2012, and has been a key force in the hand-crafting of our designs, from building custom platinum rings to making delightful collections of ready-to-wear jewelry for our gallery. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a major in Metals and Jewelry Design, she subsequently continued her studies at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where she gained a strong foundation of technical skills in precious metal fabrication and stone-setting.
Over the last four years on our team, Sara's responsibilities have expanded way past benchwork to include maintaining and ordering all of the studio's tools and supplies, communicating with our casters, and ensuring that high quality is maintained in every step of our process. A dedicated runner, Sara applies the same discipline and commitment to pursuing excellence in the goldsmithing craft. Recently, Sara has also taken on our social media efforts, posting almost daily on Instagram and Facebook, and giving everyone a glimpse behind the glass. Thanks to her, we're happy to be part of the 21st century... finally! Check us out!
Selma Heikkinen • Gallery Manager, Gemologist, Goldsmith
Those of you who’ve already had the pleasure of meeting gallery manager will have discovered yet another exotic accent in the shop. Selma is originally from Finland, and attended the jewelry making program at North Bennet Street School around the same time as Geraldine. She then worked for several years with another local goldsmith, both at the jeweler’s bench and in the showroom.
Selma has a designer’s keen eye for color, form and balance, combined with a comprehensive technical understanding of jewelry-making. Being a mother of two young children, she also knows about everyday practicality when it comes to jewelry! She enjoys guiding people through the creative custom design process, listening to our client’s needs and translating them into design options. She holds a graduate gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), so she knows diamonds and colored gemstones, too.
Selma is also now working in the studio, one day a week, to apply her goldsmithing skills to making new designs for our gallery!