A new jeweller is opening in Warkworth in time for Christmas which will be the exclusive distributor north of Auckland for popular brands including Karen Walker, Boh Runga, Stolen Girlfriends Club and, hopefully soon, Pandora.
Fishers Jewellers is opening at 12 Queen Street in the former Caroline Eve store.
Director Johnny Sherry says Fishers is also doing custom work with computer-aided design.
The new Warkworth showroom will have a design consultation area where customers can sit with a jeweller and design with them.
The jeweller produces a detailed 3D model of the item which can be viewed from all angles.
“People can take ownership of the design and give input and feedback,” Johnny says.
Fishers Jewellers can even do remote consultations with customers.
Johnny imports his diamonds directly, sourcing them from New York, Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Mumbai.
He is a qualified gemologist and is certified by the respected Gemological Institute of America.
Because Fishers, prices on premium diamonds are so competitive, it has buyers from all over the country.
A businessman from Sydney contacted Fishers to import a two and a half carat ‘D’ flawless diamond – an extremely high grading.
Johnny found him a diamond in Antwerp, Belgium, and beat the prices of other jewellers the man had consulted in Sydney.
Johnny got the diamond ring ready a week before Christmas and flew down to Queenstown to meet the man at a helipad, where he handed over the ring.
The man flew his partner to a glacier where they landed, and he proposed on the spot.
Having been in the trade since he was 18, and now being 55, Johnny has made a lot of connections and is well trusted in the diamond industry.
Johnny says he loves being a jeweller because each sale he makes represents a high point in people’s lives.
“The amount of pleasure you get from the emotion of customers is just fantastic.”