6 great jewellers in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 14:11 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 11 July 2018
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When you want to mark a special occasion with a stunning piece of jewellery or simply want to treat a loved one, head to one of these 6 fantastic Suffolk jewellers to see if they can help you out
1) Riley & Riley Jewellers | Ipswich: 01473 231212 | Aldeburgh: 01728 452431
Ipswich store: 52 Buttermarket, Ipswich , IP1 1BT | Aldeburgh store: 122 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AB
Riley & Riley is a family run independent jewellers with showrooms in Ipswich and Aldeburgh. Mark and Tessa Riley set up the business in 2004 and offer a great selection of jewellery and watches.
Whether you are treating yourself or shopping for a perfect gift, Riley & Riley have you covered. They are authorised stockists of British brands Muru, Kit Heath and V Jewellery, as well as being retailers for Accurist, Rotary, Pulsar, Timex and Versus by Versace watches. They specialise in engagement and wedding rings, and offer a bespoke service allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for.
What really sets Riley & Riley apart, is the collection of jewellery created by Mark Riley, a qualified gemmologist and diamond grader with more than 35 years of experience within the industry.
His favourite pieces are the ‘Aldeburgh Pebbles’ which are cast in solid silver or gold using pebbles from the Aldeburgh beach to create a mould. Each pebble is only used once so every ‘Aldeburgh Pebble’ is entirely unique.
2) Chenevix Jewellery | 01394 384053
40 Market Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LU
Full of beautiful gemstones and glamorous pearls from far flung oceans, this serene jewellery shop in the historic medieval market square oozes glamour and is a delight to browse around.
With an enviable reputation, owner Susannah Chenevix-Trench is a pearl expert, qualified gemmologist and well-known designer with over 20 years experience. Continuing to expand her specialist re-design and bespoke jewellery brand Susannah is always happy to discuss a project or offer advice.
Her unique designs and ability to resculpt older family pieces into modern day heirlooms has garnered an enviable reputation with a loyal and impressive client list worldwide. Online shopping is available 24 hours a day or pop into the shop at 40 Market Hill, where you will find a treasure trove of interesting and unusual pieces.
Open Tuesday-Saturday (Wed by appointment) 10am – 5pm (4pm Fri & Sat). Look out for their new website which will be coming soon.
3) Woodbridge Jewellery Workshop | 01394 647117
80 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, IP12 1AL
Bespoke jewellers Rick and Maggie Chapman moved their jewellery workshop from Sudbury to Woodbridge four years ago. Rick has been making fine jewellery for over 40 years and they design and handmake all their jewellery to order, using traditional tools and methods.
They also undertake restorations to quality jewellery, and remodel pieces. In addition they run day courses for individuals to make a piece of jewellery or for couples to make their wedding rings.
This is very popular, giving the couple a unique and memorable day. The rings can be made in gold, palladium or platinum. They can be shaped to fit with an existing wedding ring, diamond set, or engraved.
Rick enjoys teaching, and explaining techniques, and is passionate about his work. People visit the workshop just to see him working at the bench, watching him create beautiful, individual pieces. Opening hours Thursday to Saturday 9-5. Other times by appointment.
4) Oliver & J Jewellery | 01502 717333
26A Blyburgate, Beccles, NR34 9TB
Oliver & J Jewellery is an independent jewellery shop in the thriving market town of Beccles where you will discover a wide range of designer, contemporary, and fine jewellery. From small handcrafted items to unique gemstone pieces, each has been chosen to reflect excellent quality at affordable prices.
They offer a varied selection of jewellery from award-winning designers. Whether you like chunky statement pieces, intricate designs, fabulous gems or pearls, they will have something to interest you.
Their ‘Precious Paws by O&J’ range captures the unique paw print of your cherished pet or the print of your loved one’s hand, foot, or finger, in silver for you to treasure forever.
They also offer a bespoke service with their local goldsmith. The friendly team will assist you in remodelling jewellery you no longer wear, or in designing new, individual pieces. Above all, they aim to provide excellent and personal customer care.
5) Bishop & Miller Auctioneers & Valuers | 01449 673088
19 Charles Industrial Estate, Stowmarket, IP14 5AH
Bishop & Miller Auctioneers and Valuers based in Stowmarket, Suffolk, offers a host of specialist Sales throughout the year, one of the highlights being its popular Fine Jewellery & Watches Sales. These Sales take place three times throughout the year, including Saturday 21st July and Saturday 10th December.
Whether you’re looking to sell your beautiful jewellery and watches in auction or you’re on the look out for stunning pieces for gifts or investments, Bishop & Miller can help you.
If you would like to sell jewellery or other pieces, Bishop & Miller are expert valuers and can offer free no-obligation valuation of your items, and they will guide you through the process from start to finish.
Buying anything at auction is real fun and at Bishop & Miller they offer exclusive preview evenings (the items are also available to view in the days leading up to the sale) for those interested in buying at auction, so you can learn more about the lots and carefully select the perfect piece for you.
6) Will Bishop | 01787 210 251
22 Swan Street, Boxford, CO10 5NZ
Will Bishop creates beautiful and unique contemporary jewellery from his studio in the picturesque village of Boxford in Suffolk. After doing a foundation course in Fine Art, Will went on to do an Honours Degree in sculpture at Canterbury College of Art and Design. He became interested in jewellery-making after a period of travel across East and South Africa.
After completing a diamond setting course at the London Guildhall University, Will set up his jewellery making business which has been going for approximately 22 years. Will’s unique style of jewellery-making stems from his training as a sculptor and informed by his extensive travels in Africa and his life in rural Suffolk. His jewellery is made in silver, gold and platinum incorporating precious and semi-precious gems and is London hallmarked.
In addition to this Will is adept at remodelling old, unworn, often inherited jewellery; transforming it into beautiful new pieces using the same materials and retaining the sentimental value.
As well as creating his own jewellery collections, Will takes on a variety of bespoke commissions, if you would like to discuss your requirements, please contact him on using the information linked above.