A jewel in the town

For al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury jew­eller Bradley Hatch has been es­tab­lished in the heart of Wrox­ham

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Tell us about your busi­ness

Bradley Hatch opened in Wrox­ham in May 1994 as an in­de­pen­dent re­tailer of fine and an­tique jew­ellery, en­gage­ment and wed­ding rings, gents and ladies’ watches, brooches, pen­dants, and gift­ware for ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

Vin­tage and an­tique jew­ellery is a spe­cial­ity. There is noth­ing love­lier than hold­ing a piece of his­tory and won­der­ing who wore it, where it has been and what sto­ries lie within.

We of­fer a first-class re­pairs ser­vice for jew­ellery, watches, and clocks, fit a va­ri­ety of watch straps and bat­ter­ies while you wait and pro­vide val­u­a­tions for in­sur­ance and pro­bate.

Our be­spoke de­sign ser­vice al­lows cus­tomers to cre­ate dream jew­ellery to their unique spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Or we can re­design and ren­o­vate an ex­ist­ing piece that you al­ready love.

What is the most in­ter­est­ing new trend in jew­ellery?

Yel­low gold is mak­ing a ma­jor come­back in vin­tage-in­spired en­gage­ment rings and more. One rea­son is that white gold tar­nishes eas­ily and re­quires re-plat­ing from time to time, whereas yel­low gold doesn’t and is nat­u­rally hy­poal­ler­genic. An­other in­ter­est­ing trend is the rise of cu­bic zir­co­nia, one of the most strik­ing uses of which comes from Sif Jakobs, fa­mous for eye-catch­ing and el­e­gant jew­ellery which of­ten has a raw twist and a cool edge. Its new col­lec­tion fea­tures a wealth of stones in colours such as green, blue, pink, laven­der and yel­low in a de­light­ful rain­bow pat­tern.

What do you rec­om­mend as an in­vest­ment piece?

Ar­guably the most im­por­tant rule when buy­ing jew­ellery as an in­vest­ment piece is never buy new from a high-street re­tailer as you’ll lose money in­stantly due to mar­gins and other as­so­ci­ated costs. We would rec­om­mend a vin­tage sports watches as an in­vest­ment piece. A favourite is a steel sports chrono­graph from Heuer called the Au­tavia. Six years ago, this would cost £5,000. Now it is ten times that. It is cru­cial that you do your re­search since there are count­less vari­a­tions and de­tail is ev­ery­thing when it comes to vin­tage watches.

Do you have a favourite style of jew­ellery?

My favourite style of jew­ellery is art nou­veau. Pieces typ­i­cally de­picted a lovely, un­threat­en­ing hu­man with flow­ing hair and a sweet face; ‘fan­tasy’ women, such as mer­maids or fairies with wings; or ‘scary’ fem­i­nine fig­ures such as Me­dusa, to rep­re­sent the di­chotomy of how French men thought about French women at the time. Much of this jew­ellery was made of enamel, which is not very durable, and it was a short­lived pe­riod in jew­ellery de­sign, so art nou­veau de­signs in good con­di­tion are not abun­dant.

One brand which has adopted many art nou­veau de­sign prin­ci­ples is Nicole Barr, whose jew­ellery is made from fired glass, giv­ing a lus­trous colour that will never change.

What is the Big Idea for Bradley Hatch in the next year?

We will con­tinue to in­vest in the out­stand­ing shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence that we of­fer to our cus­tomers by mod­ernising our show­room, ren­o­vat­ing the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior, and fur­ther em­brac­ing our per­sonal ap­proach to ser­vice and sales through the in­tro­duc­tion of a one-to-one seat­ing area on the sales floor. Fur­ther­more, we would like to ex­tend our range by adding two more dis­play win­dows.

ABOVE: Bradley Hatch in his Wrox­ham store

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