THE COURTHOUSE COLLECTION
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 designs 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 a very special team running the 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 FORMER 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.
FROM WEB GALLERY MANAGER CARINE
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 began working part time for Bridget. In the mud studio at the back of her house I started 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 of Kimberley beauty.
It came time for me to leave Broome in 2007 and I now work as the Web Gallery Manager. Why do I love it so much?
I love it because enables me to keep the connection with the place I fell in love with many 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 being able to work from home, on a farm in Western Australia’s Midwest with two small children.
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.
I love our PHILOSOPHY and that through this business I have the opportunity to give back to community.
To me, The Courthouse Collection is ‘eclectic luxury’ and I love that every piece makes a statement of some kind.