Larry was born in Johannesburg South Africa. He was educated at Helpmekaar High School in Johannesburg and the University of South Africa. Later at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales Australia. He received an early introduction to jewellery and gems from his grandfather Daniel Williamson who was involved in the Kimberley diamond trade. Daniel, a successful diamond dealer, shared in the birth of the colourful Kimberley diamond boom in South Africa. He introduced Larry to the fascinating world of gems. Due to campus political unrest and financial matters he interrupted his postgraduate studies in Psychology to start an apprenticeship as a manufacturing jeweller.
In 1978 Larry started training under master jewellers Con Hattingh and Christo Heineke. He qualified 5 years later as a jeweller and diamond mounter.
In 1986 he joined Mervis Brothers Rolex in Johannesburg South Africa where he gained valuable experience learning the art of precious stone setting. Making custom Rolex diamond bracelets. He represented them at the De Beers Design Awards in 1988.
In 1989 Larry started a new jewellery design company with David Bolam from Graff London. They specialised in creating statuettes of African wildlife. He went on to work with Andrea Polito and Klaus Matzke Italian and German Jewellers.
Larry Joined the Schwartz International Jewellery Group and worked with them for 13 Years. They had brances in London and Los Angeles and were truly international jewellers. Larry was therefore able to make high jewellery for many influencial and famous clients. Larry specialised in making intricate and challenging diamond jewellery which are today in private collections all over the world. They won numerous design awards among them the Anglo Gold Riches of Africa and Anglo Platinum awards. Larry made an African Drum Bangle which is a feature piece of the De Beers Gold collection.
He returned to studies and completed a Bachelors degree specialising in psychological counselling at the University of South Africa. He also completed a postgraduate diploma in ministerial counselling. He worked with political prisoners, research and counselling for substance use disorders.
In 2004 he moved to Western Australia to join Leon Baker Jewellers. There he managed their design studio/workshop and trained apprentices. It is there that he met Gemma Baker in the last year of her apprenticeship.
During 2007 Larry shipped all his manufacturing and metal casting equipment from South Africa. Larry and Gemma Baker founded Valley Jewellery Gallery and commisioned Bernard McLean, a violin maker buy trade, to to build a jewellery design and manufacturing studio in the Chapman Valley.
Larry is a master jeweller who has spent 30years designing, mounting and setting diamond jewellery for decerning clients. He continues to use his creative abilities to fulfill and go beyond the expectations of jewellery lovers. He has refined the art of creating unique diamond pieces of all requirements. He gives the same recpectful attention to every stone that he sets and finds extraordinary creative inspiration in diamonds. He combined his creative skills and developed a Creative Therapy Program combining artistic expression with behaviour therapy.
He completed a Masters Degree at the University of Newcastle and works in the field of substance use disorders. He is currently the Clinical Manager at Hope Community Services.
In 2008 Larry launched the GeTonn collection as he celebrates 30 years in the jewellery industry. This collection explores the exciting metal Titanium in combination with Platinum,Gold, Silver, Nickel, Pearls and other gems.
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