Roy Sarkin is well known and respected in the jewellery industry.

Growing up in Johannesburg Roy had only one goal – to become a vet. However, there was a hitch he could not speak Afrikaans well enough. He studied and studied and wrote the exams several times. It was all to no avail though, as Onderstepoort would not accept him unless he passed his Afrikaans exam. South Africa lost a potentially great vet, simple because he didn’t speak a particular language.

Quite disillusioned Roy then went to work for his jeweller Uncle , Sidersky in 1968. His uncle had been urging Roy to do an apprenticeship with him, because he was good with his hands and would have a great future.

He had been overseas and travelling around in a Kombi, making jewellery along the way. He’d spent 13 months in Europe. After a few months when he got back he decided to start out on his own. For the last twenty – one years Roy has been making exquisite jewellery pieces that sell all over the world.


“I have a fascination with elephants. A couple of years ago I was in the Elephant museum in Letaba, Kruger National Park when I saw a beautifully sculpted bronze of Mandleve (together with Duke the biggest tuskers ever in Kruger). Picking it up to admire it, I saw the sculptors plaque… Roy Sarkin. Recognizing the name as a local specialist jeweler from White River, I was in his shop the following week to order my copy.

Chatting to Roy he showed me photos of some of his other bronzes, including a set of buffalo horns which was available… so I promptly bought that as well! I then commissioned Roy to create large bronzes of Tembe Elephant Park’s biggest tuskers, Mkhadebona (available in 2 sizes), Lsilo (just completed and being cast) and Induna (still to be sculpted). In between Roy also created a masterpiece of Duke… which I (of course) just had to have! The detail and craftsmanship that goes into Roy’s exquisite creations is beyond compare… hence my growing collection of “Sarkin Bronzes”.

And doing business with a true gentleman who has an undying passion for creating beautiful pieces of art, whether bronzes or unique jewelry is always a pleasure.”

Paul du Plessis, Nelspruit