Jewel in the crown for cou­ple

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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