The Scottish member of the team and presenting here on TJC since the very first day, Derek moved to London 14 years ago to study for a Degree and then a Masters degree in music. After graduating at the Royal Albert Hall, he started working on TV way back in 2003, and has worked alongside many household names (including Gloria Hunniford and Benedict Cumberbatch) on BBC 2, ITV 1, Channel Four and Channel Five - even composing music for many productions on the same networks (including TJC!).
Derek’s father is a retired geologist and geography teacher who introduced Derek to the world of gemstones from an early age. Derek lives in Greater London and adores his girlfriend and pet cat, Cancun.
What is your favourite gemstone?
That would have to be my birthstone – Emerald! There is something about that internal, neon and almost eerie glow that is incredible to see; especially on a good quality, larger stone.
If you could sum up your look and aesthetic in three words, what would they be?
Conservative yet quirky!
Any fashion or jewellery tips?
Take on new ideas from around you; be inspired by the past but don’t be afraid to create a brand new style for yourself. It’s always good to try something new, so go for it! Also, don’t go too over the top by piling on too many different styles…one or two well-chosen pieces of jewellery can make all the difference.
Who is your ultimate style icon?
As a bloke I would say I have no particular style icon, but can appreciate a well-dressed lady or gent. Personally, I love to be suited and booted with a crisp white shirt and colourful tie; simple but classic.
Any embarrassing on-screen moments?
All of the time! That’s the nature of the job. I love it!