Appointment to her Majesty the Queen of England
G. Collins & Sons Jewellers ltd
Royal Tunbridge Wells in England – appointed the Crown Jewellers
G. Collins & Sons is a small, family-run jewellers and Patek Philippe main agent.
Tucked away in Royal Tunbridge Wells, just 50 minutes by train from London, it is renowned for offering a truly unique experience.
The team is passionate about providing the highest standards of design, quality and expertise. Service and care for its clients are paramount and ensure a relaxed and friendly environment. With an onsite workshop housing highly experienced master jewellers, G. Collins & Sons provides the highest standard of quintessentially British jewellery making, repair work and commissions. The restoration of antique items is a speciality.
Harry Collins decides to go it alone and makes the bold move from the shop he managed in Bond St, London to the Old High Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells. He acquires No 78 High Street.
Harry names his business after his late father Gabriel, who had passed away when Harry was just 16 years old.
G Collins & Sons is born.
In the beginning Harry ran the shop with just himself and Jackie, who is still with G. Collins & Sons to this day. Harry’s mother lived above the shop, making tea and coffee for customers whilst they waited for their jewellery to be cleaned.
With increasing footfall more space was needed.
Number 76 High Street was acquired, doubling the size of the shop.
Whilst the renovation and knock-through into next door was underway, Harry felt a cleaner look to the shop fronts would give the building more presence and portray the business brand more clearly.
A Royal Appointment – Harry Collins is appointed as Her Majesty the Queen’s Jeweller- a very special day for G. Collins & Sons.
The Royal Warrant takes pride of place on the shop front after it was appointed in 2005.
The role of Her Majesty the Queen’s Jeweller is to look after The Queen’s personal collection at Buckingham Palace. Harry has his own workshop within the Palace dedicated to this purpose. Harry still holds this appointment today, some 18 years on.
Harry’s daughter Zoë enters the fold, joining the family business.
With a background in management and client-facing roles she instantly becomes an integral part of the shop’s retail team. Moving to a managerial role, Zoë now arranges and oversees all major customer events.
A wonderful partnership begins – G. Collins & Sons becomes the region’s first Patek Philippe Authorised Retailer.
Patek Philippe is the ultimate name in the luxury watch sector and the one that Harry had been courting for many years.
Harry’s son Josh joins the Family Business at age 16.
Initially starting in administration and working in the repairs side of the workshop, within 6 months Josh moved to the showroom floor and started seeing clients on a day-to-day basis.
He is now heavily involved in the buying side of the Company, whilst also having a real passion for design. Josh creates many of the Company’s signature pieces.
In 2016 Josh became Director of the Company and now runs the business side-by-side with Harry.
Harry Collins is appointed Crown Jeweller, this is the greatest of honours that can be bestowed upon a jeweller by Her Majesty the Queen.
This was the first time that the title had changed hands in 164 years.
Harry Collins was commissioned to recreate the Crown of King Henry VIII.
The original Crown was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in 1649.
The reproduced Crown is bejewelled with 344 gems consisting of rubies, sapphires and pearls and is on permanent display at Hampton Court Palace.
The Crown’s recreation involved months of painstaking planning, sourcing of gemstones and the skill of the Master Jewellers. The work remained faithful to the original traditional methods throughout its production.
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