History

Raffaele D’Amato Jewellers was originally established in George by master watchmakers Raffaele D’Amato and his son Deryck Nunes in 1957. Today the tradition of superb craftsmanship is carried on by Michél Nunes, third generation master jeweller and designer of note.

After the death of his father Deryck in 2008, Michél has been supported in the business by his multi-talented mother, Marlene.

Michél Nunes, one of South Africa’s leading designers, joined the business in 1989 after completing his BA Creative Arts degree in jewellery design at Stellenbosch University, followed by his F.G.A. in coloured gems and diamonds from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, as well as lecturing in jewellery design at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

In 1990, he won the “Elegant Man of the Year Design Award” for his “Elegant Time” brooch and was one of five designers assigned by De Beers to design for the Just for you “Woman with style” competition. Jewellery design is an ever changing and expanding art form and Michél maintains an active interest in current design and gemmology developments and is furthering his studies with the Gemmological Association. He is a member of the Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa.