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Richard Talman Biography – Richard Talman Wiki
Richard Talman is a professional jeweller, master goldsmith and expert on BBC’s The Repair Shop. He is the proprietor of RTFJ Handmade Bespoke Jewellery. RTFJ was officially founded in 2010. The Goldsmith and Diamond Mounter mastered his skills in London’s Hatton Garden for 15 years before starting his own workshop.
Talman has been passionate about jewellery from a young age. With a lifelong passion for Geology and a family history of metal work for three generations, Talman started life in the trade in September 1995 when, leaving secondary school, he joined the famous Sir John Cass Faculty of Arts in Whitechapel, East London. There he studied a City and Guilds diamond mounting course before starting his apprenticeship with a well respected goldsmith in Hatton Garden in May 1996.
In Mid 2000, he entered the UK Fine Jewellery Competition where he won 1st prize. This success secured him a place representing the United Kingdom at the 36th World Skills Competition 2001 in Seoul, South Korea. This event saw him take a World 7th place and he was awarded an International Diploma of Excellence for his effort.
In June 2002, he completed his apprenticeship with the Goldsmiths’ Company, and became a Freeman. To the right is the Dragonfly Brooch masterpiece he created to mark this event.
The following year, in November 2003, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Since then he has become a member of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths and in May 2005 was made a Fellow of the Institute.
Talman continues to assist the World Skills organisation with his role as an alumni activist, supporting the competition that encourages Vocational skills in young people.
In September 2013, Talman took on his first apprentice, Hugo Johnson. Having progressed through the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Pre-Apprenticeship course with Distinctions at every level, he is a welcome asset to the company. In May 2021, Jeweller Hugo Johnson from Haywards Heath won the first series of BBC Two’s All That Glitters.
Talman was awarded the Regional Winner of the Wedding Industry Awards 2014. In January 2014, Talman was named National Winner in his group at the Wedding Industry Awards 2014.
Richard Talman Age
He was born Richard James Talman in January 1979 in West Sussex. The Repair Shop’s jewellery expert Richard Talman is 44 years old as of 2023.
Richard Talman Wife
Is Richard Talman married? The Repair Shop expert is married to Jennie Talman. Talman and his wife have two children together. He and his family live in Wivelsfield, near Haywards Heath.
Richard Talman The Repair Shop
Jewellery expert Richard Talman is an expert on BBC’s The Repair Shop. The show features the general public bringing in a treasured possession in a poor state of repair, wishing it to be fixed.
Talman received a phone call in September 2017 from a TV producer asking him to participate in the BBC show The Repair Shop. “I already knew of the programme,” he told Lindfield Life, “but they went on to explain that they had had their first piece of jewellery requested to be fixed and they needed a goldsmith who could help.”
Richard Talman Nationality
Talman is of British nationality.
Talman’s Instagram is @rtfj.