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