Every year I show my work in an at-home exhibition. I’ve been doing it for more than two decades. Every year I make packaging for the items I sell. I’ve been making variations these packets for many years. I thought I’d share the method, since it’s not copyrighted and I am sure many small-scale jewellers can benefit from this idea. When I was an apprentice in the early 1970s I was used as a delivery boy, and one of the highs of this experience was fetching stones from Mr Lutzno the diamond dealer. He would always show and count the stones before handing over a parcel. The moment when the diamonds were revealed in their packet was a magic one. So that was the starting-point of my design – a desire to recreate that aha-moment of revelation. After several experiments, and refinements over years, I have come up with the following: I print a design onto A4 paper. I have chosen a stiff, off-white paper with a slight sheen that’s not evident in the pictures. i’ve used Word’s table function to set this up, with fine dotted lines defining a central rectangle that is 95mm x 125mm in size. I frame this central area – this will give the package a neat square look even if the folds are a tiny bit off square. In the middle of this I put my name and a picture of a piece of jewellery that I have rendered in B&W, high contrast. The next step is to paint the images with a dash of watercolor. This gives the packets the look of individual artworks, which they are. I line up ten at a time, and paint several at once. I spend about 30 seconds on each, using three brushes. This only works if you have used laser printing or non-water-soluable ink. The next thing is the packet liners. For this I have found that a deep blue tissue paper is the best – black is too austere, and pale colours don’t show silver well. I buy sheets of tissue paper and cut them into eight by folding and cutting with a sharp knife. This gives me a size that’s just a little smaller than A4. I glue the tissue paper to the printed and painted sheet with a glue-stick. 10 seconds each. I always end up thinking about Yves Klein at this stage. Now to fold the packets, carefully following the dotted lines, and making sure that they don’t appear on the front. About 20 seconds each if you’re being careful. The package opens and the jewel can be seen – ahhh! I have done this hundreds of times and have developed a precise set of gestures which seem to work best.