FROM THE OWNER BRIDGET
Once upon a time there was a jeweller who moved to Broome.
And like all of us needed to pay some bills. Her regular jewellery took so long to make, she designed a new range to sell at the Courthouse markets, one off 100% Original design that still offered a very high quality but that was AFFORDABLE to all. That was many chapters ago (like almost 20 years :)
Now I, Bridget Liddell have the very special Nathalie Pjerner running my Pearl Gallery in Broome and the beautiful Carine de San Miguel in charge of the new and refreshing website you're looking at. Susan Houltmulen holds all the paper work together and often me too. Our lives are as eclectic and diverse as our product...from beaches, wheat fields, babies, teenagers, long distance love affairs, the bush, Kimberleys and city streets. While modern technology may connect the world at a click, running a business together over thousands of kilometres still has its challenges...however, shared champagne together is our number one priority.
FROM THE GALLERY MANAGER NATHALIE
I have had the great pleasure of working with Bridget and The Courthouse Collection for nearly 3 years. On the very first day I walked into the showroom in Broome I fell in love with Bridget’s jewellery. Her designs, to me are very romantic and boheme, they caught my eye immediately as I haven't seen anything like it elsewhere. In a short period of time I went from never having worn pearls (didn’t think they’d suit me), to not be able leaving the house without them!! There truly is a pearl for every occasion.
What The Courthouse Collection means to me…
I still remember exactly where I was sitting in a school staffroom when I saw spotted a beautiful jewellery catalogue and instantly fell in love. I picked out my first purchase very quickly with something I had been searching for since moving to Broome - a pearl anklet. But what struck me the most was one line of text that I still remember off by heart…’if every businesses, no matter how small, gave something back to the community, the world would be a better place.’ That was in 2005 and as it turns out I was teaching Bridget Liddell’s son. At the end of that year, I made a personal decision to take a small break from teaching and this has since shaped many components of my life. Following this decision, I began working part time for Bridget at her house in Broome whilst teaching the other half of the week. In the mud studio at the back of her house I began learning about the world of pearls. Sorting, grading, threading, production, mailing. Hot Kimberley days, no aircon, green tree frogs, lots of coffee, lots of talking and regular use of quotes that are still used to this day. Two days a week turned into Saturday morning markets, babysitting, pretty much full time work at The CHC and a wonderful friendship. In 2006 we began the exciting project of building the Broome Gallery and Pearl Information Centre, an intriguing process to add to the life experience list as Bridget the artist created an absolute masterpiece with her gallery of curved cabinets representing the Kimberley archipelagos laden with sea debris and all kinds of treasure to find.
It came time for me to leave Broome in 2007 and return to Perth, still with a Courthouse connection and a suitcase full of stock as I continued to work for the business as agent.
And that gets us to now…for the last 15 months I have been working in the Web Manager role and I LOVE IT. Why do I love it so much…
It enables me to keep the connection with the place I fell in love with 12 years ago.
I love working….everytime a box of product arrives on my desk I get so excited and without doubt find something to add to my ‘desirable’ list.
I love that it takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me.
I love being able to work from home, on a farm in Western Australia’s midwest with two small children.
I love the creative component.
Good businesses are built on the people behind them so I guess that is especially why I love The Courthouse Collection so much.
I love that we’re about business but we’re more about LIFE.
To me, The Courthouse Collection is ‘eclectic luxury’. I have many different styles and I can always find something to suit whatever style I am feeling in the mood for. I can go from barefoot with pretty pearl anklets to high heels with a stunning necklace and earring set. Every piece makes a statement of some kind.
FROM SUSAN Who makes sure we all get paid and we keep sorted !
I have assurance as soon as she has "sorted" my pile of paper work (I'm sooooo not very organised but Susan is amazing so it wont be long)
she is onto it !