Sonkai is a family business, owned by goldsmith Craig Snape and partner Sara Sweet. The name comes from the Romany word for gold, and the logo is the symbol for gold in alchemy.
Craig was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon finishing school Craig became an apprentice for the esteemed Master Craftsman and South African jeweller, Sid Forman. He qualified just two years into a four-year course, winning the Apprentice of the Year award. He is now an extremely highly-trained, skilled and experienced jeweller.
As working goldsmiths, we specialise in new commissions as well as the redesign of existing jewellery bespoke to our customers' tastes. Craig is confident working with unusually cut and shaped stones, complex metal mixes and technically challenging designs. He has successfully completed many jobs that other jewellers have turned down or claimed to be impossible. Craig loves nothing more than a good challenge!
Sonkai opened in April 2006 in what is probably the smallest shop in Norwich. We moved in August 2011 to our current and more spacious premises, which has enabled Craig to take on his first apprentices since working in the UK.
Craig is supported in the shop and workshop by our two talented and knowledgeable designers, Susan Blackler and Mallory Wilkinson.
Sonkai's Spirit and Store
We take pride in both the quality of our work and the service to our customers, striving to be open, honest and approachable.
Choosing the right piece of jewellery can be a daunting task and we are here to help. We will do our utmost to make you feel welcome and answer any questions you may have.
When working with us on your bespoke design, you soon become enveloped in the heart of our business and workshop. This special set-up supports our aim to have clear, direct communications and a mutual trust and respect between us and each customer. We want to ensure you leave satisfied with a unique, perfect piece of jewellery that you love and cherish, along with the desire to return again and again.
As there are too few hours in the day to fill the shop with our own work and designs, we are proud to offer an excellent selection of hand-finished jewellery from other designers who share the same passion for their work.