THE COURTHOUSE COLLECTION
I have written only a very brief version of 'About Us'. As rather than bore you with my view of the business I have invited my key staff to write an honest account of what the business is to them and how they see The Courthouse Collection
The CHC would not be what it is without them, I have an amazing team! They back me up, pick me up, believe in me and are chosen for the job because I believe they all genuinely want to give YOU the best service they can (and for ME they are all great fun to be with, they are the true joy in my job).
I hope you find the answers you may be looking for in 'About Us' below, if not, do not hesitate to contact us to find out!
FROM GALLERY OWNER BRIDGET LIDDELL
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 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 mudbrick 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.
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.
With love, Carine x
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.
I am really proud to be working with Bridget and The Courthouse Collection. One of the many reasons is because of her enormous generosity. She has spent her whole Courthouse Collection career donating in any and every way she can. Things such as 10 years supporting an orphanage in Africa called Friends of Waluboine, well building to provide water in draught stricken african villages , UNICEF, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Ride For Youth, Kyle Andrews Foundation, Light the Night, Feed The Little Children. This is only to mention a few as there have been numerous other smaller organisations during her 20 Courthouse Collection years. So for every pearl sold, I know that am helping Bridget giving back to the world Community. Bridget is also very giving and truly shows her appreciation towards her staff, which I find really important in order to create a great team working together. My years at The Courthouse Collection have really been a blessing.
" Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." - Ralph Lauren -