Jewel in the crown for couple
Fifth-generation Central Otago jewellers are a cut above the rest.
Jamies Jewellers owners Rachel and Clyde Vellacott were crowned Nationwide Jewellers Member of the Year at a ceremony in front of 250 peers in Sydney.
Rachel Vellacott said the Alexandra-based family-owned business had been trading in Alexandra since 1866.
‘‘We’ve put a lot of energy into understanding what our customers want so it’s fantastic to get this recognition. Jamies already has a rich 150-year trading history so by launching an online store and using social media to promote exciting offers such as our ‘hand-selected’ diamond service, we’ve been able to build on this.’’
The business had been with Nationwide for 24 years and it was the second time it had won the award from a field of 75 stores.
‘‘We were incredibly pleased to receive Member of the Year.’’
Nationwide manager Colin Pocklington said they had a remarkable growth record, their tireless campaign to always improve their business, their extensive range of quality jewellery and watches and their impeccable repair service.
‘‘Jamies Jewellers are typical of a large number of our members, who are taking on the big jewellery store chains and beating them in price and service.’’
Niven MacArthur, Rachel Vellacott, Clyde Vellacott, Colin Pocklington and Barry Jackson.