Portrait by Andy Pilsbury

Recalling early memories of his aunt working in the Jewellery Quarter, Rod Mossop was fascinated by jewellery from an early age. His childhood interest in geology eventually evolved into an interest in gemmology and Rod decided he wanted to work in the jewellery trade when he was only 8 years old.

Starting work at jewellery firm Alabaster & Wilson upon finishing school, Rod eventually progressed to become senior master model and diamond brooch maker at the company. He recalls the unparalleled talent of his fellow workmen and is proud to have produced many superb pieces of jewellery. During his time working within the Jewellery Quarter, Rod was made a fellow of the IPG (Institute of Professional Goldsmiths) to encourage quality working within the jewellery trade and help archaeologists at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. He remained at Alabaster & Wilson until he retired at the age of 65.

Alabaster & Wilson, quality firm. They always have been the ultimate in discretion and modesty. They have been too modest for how good they were; they really were the best. The firm deserves a footnote in the history of the Quarter, and jewellery without doubt, and sad loss to the trade it is

– Rod Mossop

Listen to Rod

Rod talks about some of the unusual items he made during his time at Alabaster & Wilson

Listen to Rod

Rod recalls what it was like in the workshop and working with 'new' natural gas.