BROTH­ERS AND TREA­SURE HUN­TERS

EDP Norfolk - - Adventure - Al­brow & Sons LTD, 10 All Saints Green, Nor­wich NR1 3NA (op­po­site John Lewis) Tel: 01603 622569 | www.al­brow­jew­ellers.com

Spark­ing stones, stylish sil­ver, el­e­gant glass, end­less col­lecta­bles - Al­brow & Sons is a true trea­sure trove. Ev­ery­where you turn there are cab­i­nets full of un­usual items, no two the same. As your eyes search over the smor­gas­bord of de­lights, it’s easy to get dis­tracted by the next item, and the next. This fan­tas­tic mix is what Al­brow & Sons is best known for, and what it strives to keep alive as the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Al­brows hunt out the best items for their loyal cus­tomers. Broth­ers Har­vey and Richard Al­brow have been in the jewellery trade since their dad, also Richard, bought the shop 30 years ago. As a dealer to the trade, Richard se­nior saw the op­por­tu­nity to branch out into re­tail and set up a fam­ily busi­ness when the shop be­came avail­able. Har­vey al­ready had ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in a jew­ellers shop, and younger brother Richard also fol­lowed in his father’s foot­steps straight from school. Over the years, Richard se­nior taught them ev­ery­thing he knows, and now the younger gen­er­a­tion has taken over. It’s ob­vi­ously a pas­sion as well as a ca­reer that has been passed down. Richard and Har­vey are hugely knowl­edge­able about their stock, which cov­ers jewellery from the turn of the last cen­tury to be­spoke mod­ern pieces, to colour­ful glass, sil­ver­ware, china and porce­lain. “We’ve got some­thing from ev­ery decade,” says Richard. “And if you can’t find what you’re look­ing for then our gold­smiths can make a be­spoke piece espe­cially for you.” The most pop­u­lar items in the shop are di­a­mond jewellery, with some pieces reach­ing five figures, but Richard is keen to point out that they have some­thing in all price brack­ets. “We have a large range of sil­ver jewellery, with pieces start­ing from un­der £10,” he says. “Our re­pairs also start at un­der £10, and be­cause ev­ery­thing is done on the premises there are no postage costs, and re­pairs and re-siz­ing can of­ten be done on the same day.” Not sur­pris­ingly, Christmas is Al­brow & Sons busiest time of year, with cus­tomers look­ing for per­fect presents for their loved ones. “We al­ways keep our cab­i­nets as full as pos­si­ble, but even more so at Christmas,” says Richard. “We’re al­ways on the look out for spe­cial pieces that would make great Christmas gifts.” As well as buy­ing their unique stock from jewellery deal­ers, Richard and Har­vey are al­ways keen to see what trea­sures peo­ple have hid­den away. Christmas is the ideal time to dig out those for­got­ten items that you no longer wear and could sell to raise some ex­tra money for the fes­tive sea­son. Al­ter­na­tively, you could part-ex­change them to­wards a new item to make you sparkle this Christmas. “We’re al­ways happy to look at items peo­ple bring in and have a chat about them,” says Richard. “There’s no pres­sure to sell them, we re­ally do just love see­ing dif­fer­ent items of jewellery.”

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