Meet the Team

Meet our talented and quirky work family. They are the best in the business (not-biased obviously), one-of-a-kind, and we wouldn’t trade them for the world!

Loretta Bexon
Front of Shop/Jeweller

If you’ve called, emailed or been in store, there is a very good chance you’ve met Loretta. Loretta is the backbone of our operations, running the front of shop/office and everything in between. As a qualified jeweller, Loretta liaises between customers and the workshop and heads up quality control (ie. keeps the other jewellers in line). I doubt any of us would know what to do without her! In her life outside of work, Loretta is a reformer pilates addict and loves going on adventures to K’gari/Fraser Island with her partner Caius.

FUN FACT: Loretta and Caius met at TAFE during their jewellers apprenticeship and are now engaged! Pro tip: ask to see Loretta’s spectacular engagement ring.

Milla Faragher
Front of Shop/Admin

Milla wears many hats here at World Treasure Designs. In addition to serving customers and answering email inquiries, Milla heads up our wholesale accounts department which has her jetting off to places like Kingfisher Resort and Lady Elliot Island. Tough job! Milla has also taken on a new role in marketing, managing our social media accounts and doing her best to keep up with all things TikTok and Insta Reels. Outside of the office, Milla loves exploring her backyard, frequenting Hervey Bay’s beautiful beaches and plentiful cafes.

FUN FACT: Milla was born in the year 2000, which makes everyone else who works here feel 1,000 years old.

Alana Crawford
Front of Shop

Alana may be the newest face on the World Treasure Designs team, but don’t let that fool you. With over 21 years experience in the jewellery industry, Alana actually started her career working for Nick’s parents Doug and Christine Thorp when she was just 18! With her wealth of knowledge and expertise, we are thrilled to have Alana join the team. An animal lover through and through, Alana keeps herself busy outside of work looking after her menagerie of dogs, cats and stepsons!

FUN FACT: Alana’s parents live in Tasmania, which means we all look forward to seasonal deliveries of Tassie cherries and THE BEST apricot jam you’ve ever tasted.

Caius Chapple

Caius started off as one of Nick’s first apprentices and is now our longest-standing jeweller (aside from Nick), serving as our specialty fabricator/head diamond setter. If it’s technical, if it’s tricky, if it’s nearly impossible – Caius probably made it. As already mentioned, Caius is Loretta’s partner, making this whole family business thing a serious affair. Off the bench, Cauis enjoys boating, fishing and generally running amuck on the largest sand island in the world (our backyard).

FUN FACT: Caius used to play hockey with Nick, which accidentally launched his career as a jeweller.

Matt Cartwright

Matt or “Carty” (also answers to Old Mate), is our main production jeweller. He is our ocean jewellery extraordinaire, and can resize your ring in a wink. Carty keeps the workshop humming along and will gladly take on any job without a complaint. He’s quick with a laugh and his upbeat, good nature keeps us all in good spirits. Off the bench, Carty enjoys spending time with his family and running after his two young kids. He’s a master on the barbeque and has been known to enjoy a beverage every now and then. 😉

FUN FACT: Carty was Caius’ first apprentice! There’s a theme here people…

John Bexon

Bexon… sound familiar? John is Loretta’s Dad. Yeah, blood runs thick in this little family business of ours. John trained Loretta and when we were struggling to keep up with demand, we had to call in the big guns. John recently made the move from the Sunny Coast up to paradise, aka Hervey Bay 😉 and is now an integral part of our team. He is quick with a story and keeps the mood lighthearted. John loves a good audio book and keeps himself busy running after his 3 grandkids.

FUN FACT: John is originally from the UK and has been a jeweller for over 50 years! Yes, he wins 🙂

Tione Steinhardt
Jewellery Apprentice

Now in her second year of her jewellery apprenticeship, Tione is an essential part of the workshop. Enthusiastic and passionate about everything we do here at World Treasure Designs, she learns fast and keeps the boys on their best behavior (sometimes). Outside of work, Tione enjoys camping, 4WD adventures, and exploring our beautiful mother nature.

FUN FACT: Tione and her partner Jack recently bought their first home! Guess she’s stuck with us forever now 😉

Rachael Niddifer

If you’ve ever been whale watching on Tasman Venture, you probably recognize Rachael as one of their talented naturalists. With a degree in Marine Biology, Rachael is a lover of whales and all things ocean. When she’s not out on the water, Rachael helps us out part-time with photography, developing web content and general admin. Rachael is one of our biggest ambassadors and you can generally find her dressed from head to toe in whale and ocean jewellery from her favourite jewellery brand ;).

FUN FACT: Rachael grew up in the same town in the US as Allison and they coincidentally met here in Hervey Bay! Proving that it’s a small world after all AND all the best people come from Charlottesville, VA!

Nick Thorp
Jeweller/Designer (Founder/Co-Owner)

A lifelong diver and ocean lover, Nick started designing a few silver whale tails as a way to combine his skills as a jeweller with his passion for ocean life. This little collection has grown into what World Treasure Designs is today! Nick is our head jewellery designer and most of the designs you see on our site are his creations. Still pulled by the ocean, Nick also works as a skipper on local whale watching boat Tasman Venture, splitting his winter days between the jeweller’s bench and our beautiful Platypus Bay. In his spare time, Nick loves diving, traveling and spending time with his family.

FUN FACT: As a divemaster Nick has logged over 1200 dives! All this time underwater means he is very particular about his ocean designs, and likes to get every detail perfect!

Allison Thorp
Marketing/Admin (Co-Owner)

Before meeting Nick, Allison had zero experience in the jewellery industry. Thankfully she knows a lot more about websites, marketing and photography than she does about jewellery, and heads up this department, along with being our Excel expert extraordinaire. Originally from the USA, Allison fell in love with the ocean, beaches, and climate of Australia. Oh, and a certain Aussie as well. 😉 She also enjoys diving, ocean adventures, and incredibly long plane trips home to see family and friends.

FUN FACT: When Allison first traveled to Australia, her mother’s only rule was that she not fall in love with an Aussie, get married and move there. Oops!

Henry Thorp
Junior Apprentice 🙂

At 3 years, Henry is the youngest member of the team. He’s also loud, easily-distracted, and to be honest, more of a hindrance than a help most of the time. You can’t fault him though for his keen interest, energy and enthusiasm for life. He certainly takes the team cuteness factor up a few notches too. 🙂 We will be expecting big things from this little guy in years to come. Check back in 2035 for a progress update.

FUN FACT: Henry has 2 passports and has flown overseas to the US twice in his little life! He is learning to speak both English and Australian. 😉

Drop in and say hello. We can’t wait to meet you!

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