A brief history.
Burkmar Jewellery is situated in the Grove End alleyway off Rectory Grove in Leigh on Sea, Essex. It is a workshop for both Paul and Yu Lan and, a showroom for both of their work as well as a few of their friends. All of our work is hand-made, contemporary and certainly different to what you would usually find in the High Street. Paul and Yu Lan met in 2002 and married two years later. Working together they supply over 150 outlets across the UK.
Paul trained at Medway College of Design and worked briefly in London’s Hatton Garden. Self employed since 1986 he has taught in many colleges and first exhibited his own 18ct Gold collection in 1997, opening his own showroom in 2002. In his community Paul has been involved in his local art scene as chairman of www.leigharttrail.co.uk as well as assisting as a local school Governor.
Yu Lan came to England from Taiwan in 1997 to study jewellery design. During her studies she won several Goldsmiths Awards for both Design and Finished Pieces. In her home country of Taiwan, she won the “Best Contemporary Jeweller” award, in 2007 was named winner of “Best Emerging Designer in Platinum” and in 2011 won “Best Design” from the British Jewellers Association for an 18ct Cuff Bangle.