CEO - Richard Soper
Richard started piercing and designing jewellery in 1997.
"Having has a successful print business in Brighton UK I sold up and began teaching keep fit, aerobics, step and free weight classes in and around where I lived in Burgess Hill. After a while I enrolled on a piercing course with metamorphosis and started piercing. Straight away I saw a market for good quality hand made jewellery so BMG jewellery was born. That was 1997. Since then I have run the business and developed a market for making high end sought after body jewellery including nose studs
, belly bars
, eyebrow rings
, and much more, with much of my work coming from custom made enquiries"
The shop and workshop was opened in 2004 locally this is know as Real. Some call it Real Piercing Studio others Real Jewellers - straight away we had people coming from all over the country to be pierced and have jewellery made. I never felt a need to open more shops as with the internet I was able to expand the business from the same premises which is where we still are today. These days we often get people coming from all over the world, sometimes for piercings sometimes for jewellery or both.
My passion is people, I love meeting people and developing relationships - Many of the people who purchased from BMG in 1997 are still loyal customers and friends. It is great to have the contact find out what there kids are up to and how all our lives are all developing."
Interests: Gemstones, I get a real buzz when I find something rare or different and go to great lengths to source the best quality cut and clarity. We often even know the exact mines the stones come from. Cooking using Italian, French & English influences I really enjoy blending flavors and matching these with fine wines. Dancing - I can't say I am a great dancer but I do enjoy moving to music, modern jive is a particular favourite.
Head Goldsmith - Barnaby King
"After spending my school years focusing heavily on art based subjects , I did my foundation course at City and Hove college and went on to study silver smithing and metal work at Camberwell College of Arts, gaining a BA Hons degree after 3 years.
I then went on to work for Brighton based high end jewellery designer John Harrington, where I was taught a lot of diamond
mounting skills. Over the past 10 years I have worked for and along side several independent luxury jewellery designers until 2009 when I joined BMG as the head jeweller and designer.
Since being at BMG I have, along with Richard (CEO) pioneered several new products and processes involved in making those new products. I love a challenge and problem solving and rarely turn any jobs away as a result of this, even when other jewellers almost certainly would. This along with custom design work is something that I take great pride in. I’d like to think that we lead the way in the designing and production of some of the finest handmade body jewellery
/traditional jewellery available today.
Outside of BMG I am a Family man with a loving wife and three fantastic children whom I love spending time with. We all enjoy music and great days out."
Brad Smith - Marketing Executive
I joined the company as photography/marketing executive in August 2017, my role primarily consists promoting the business through social media networks, SEO and the creation and development of product media such as video & imagery advertisements.
When I've taken my marketing hat off I love photography especially fashion/street photography. I also enjoy traveling the world creating new and exciting memories, scuba diving and abseiling whenever an opportunity arises.
Geoff Smith - Goldsmith and diamond setter
"I left school in the 60's and studied Mechanical Engineering at Brighton College, and after completing a five year apprenticeship I went on to work in various tool rooms and engineering workshops as a precision engineer. After forty three years in the trade I eventually retired after being made redundant.
I later joined BMG (Real) in 2009 as a Goldsmith assistant and have learnt many aspects of the jewellery trade and am now employed as a gem setter making mainly nose studs
My main interests is cycle sport and over the years have been a member of various local cycle clubs and I compete in cycle races most weekends.".
Caroline Fagan - Customer Service Executive
I first started working for BMG Jewellery in 2005 as Saturday staff as I still studying at the time. After collage I spent 3 years at a mailing company doing admin and customer support. Its great to be back here at BMG talking and advising customers via email and telephone. I deal with all your invoices and mailing along with general admin duties.
Hobbies and interests. Motorbikes, I love the speed and feel of bikes. Dancing - Jive is something I participate in every week and I love the feel of being on the dance floor. Socialising with friends..
Simon Watkins - Tattooist
I joined BMG jewellery as the resident tattooist in September 2015 - I have a passion for drawing this is something I have always done. As a toddler I could not leave drawing alone and I have not changes since. My work is very progressive and I have a thirst for knowledge spending most of my time researching and drawing.
My hobbies inc films (bit of film buff), music with influences from Animals, Dire Straights, Ram Jam & Lynyrd Skynyrd - Celebrities tattooed include Katie Price and Kieran Hayler.
Emily Joyce - Piercer
After a decade in the aesthetics industry Emily decided it was time for a change to pursue a career in piercing that was a dream of hers when she was younger joing in July 2018.
Emily has a calming demeanor and creative nature which inspires the people around her.
Chris Farley - Accounts
I joined BMG Jewellery in September 2015 as a trainee accountant, working 4 days a week with a day at accountancy collage enables me to get valuable on site experience while I train. I deal with the day to day book-keeping ensuring we are all in order. Spreadsheet work and making sure the website administration is up-to-date. Working with a small business is quite varied and forever changing.
Outside of work I am a keen footballer playing a couple of times every week, when I am not playing normally I am watching football, you could say its a bit of an obsession. Brighton & Hove Albion are my team and I have a season ticket for the Amex stadium. PlayStation Fifa is what I do when not playing or watching the real thing.
Tracy Perkins - Piercer
Tracy has been practising body piercing for over 20 years, and has been teaching piercing for 15 years.
Tracy has been working closely with Richard in the research project of Daith Piercings for Migraines, as the two government funded researchers for this project in the UK.