Simon is an established, highly regarded goldsmith who specialises in the creation of unique items of jewellery and other precious objects. Many of his most valuable and unusual pieces have been commissioned by connoisseurs and are held in notable private collections.
Simon is the son of actor/director Harold Baigent and the grandson of a silversmith. Born in New Zealand in 1955, for as long as he remembers he has been "making things, always making things, small, magical, beautiful things". At eight years old he knew what he wanted to do in life.
At seventeen he began his nine year apprenticeship to the sculptor and master silversmith Matcham Skipper. In 1981 he worked with Hendrick Forster to create the official wedding gift from the Commonwealth of Australia to the Prince and Princess of Wales.
He is passionate about the intrinsic nature of gold and works only in 18 or 22 carat. He combines gold with ruby, emerald, sapphire, diamond or pearl, citrine, tourmaline, spinel, ebony, lapis lazuli or black pearl.
Since each of his creations is unique, Simon welcomes clients to visit him by appointment at Montsalvat, to discuss their particular requirements and ideas, however simple or extravagant.
Phone: 0418 567 693
Caviar Spoon c.1995
gold, ebony, mother of pearl, diamond, ruby
0.5cm x 5.5cm x 2.0cm (variable)
Nillumbik Shire Visual Art Collection. Acquired 1997
© Simon Baigent. Photo: Silvi Glattauer