In 1991 Doron quit his accounting job at a Big 5 firm to travel the world, with a vague plan to fund his travels somewhere down the road, perhaps as an accounting temp or to be more “adventurous,” as a bartender somewhere.
On the island of Flores in Indonesia Doron stumbled across an old man sitting on the side of a dirt road selling rings made from agates and tin. His childhood passion for coloured stones suddenly rekindled, Doron was immediately inspired to buy all the old man’s merchandise.
Some time later and further down the road he laid out those rings and the other treasures he’d collected during his travels on a piece of red satin cloth, on the cobblestones of Jerusalem and in no time they’d sold.
Doron knew he would never be an accountant again!
Over the next few years Doron based himself in Indonesia and regularly travelled beyond. He slowly developed a routine of sourcing and manufacturing. He traded in the mud at Glastonbury Festival, ran stalls in London’s Camden Market, followed the Byron Shire market circuit and finally transformed into a wholesaler late one summer, whilst driving the entire east coast of Australia in a little blue van, stopping into shops all along the way to offer his merchandise.
Blue Turtles was officially incorporated in the year 2000.
When Doron and Sandy met in Indonesia in 2001 a new chapter began – for both Doron and Sandy, and for Blue Turtles!
With the advantage of Sandy’s intimate knowledge of Indonesian culture and Doron’s manufacturing experience, Blue Turtles has gone on to build a wonderful team of artisans based in Bali and Java, who craft our exquisite jewellery.