G. Collins and Sons: "The Jewel In the Crown - 'er, literally!" Top 5 Page for this destination Tunbridge Wells Shopping Tip by themajor
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if you are after jewellery and only want the best then a visit to Collins and Sons should probably be on your agenda. It certainly has an attractive shop front, decked out as it is, in traditional 'mock Tudor' black and white. But step a little closer and you will see something of interest. For there, nestling on the outside wall between the first and second floors, is none other than a Royal Warrant! Somewhat different than an arrest warrant, these are in the gift of the monarch to bestow upon tradesman/companies who provide produce or services for senior members of the Royal Family. In this case Mr Collins earned his as jeweller to H.M. The Queen, serving as Royal Jeweller in 2000 and more recently appointed in 2007 as Crown Jeweller. Basically his is the honour of caring for the Crown Jewels currently housed in the Tower Of London. Doubtless he could also change the odd watch battery if required but I doubt that that's how he spends his day. Frankly if anyone is likely to have a delicious diamond or terrific tiara about them, it's going to be Mr Harry Collins.
I must say, it was a while before I became aware of all his official titles but he obviously has some rather special customers. I used to wonder why there always seemed to be a limousine and the odd bodyguard knocking around near the entrance. Good for him though, particularly as this is a one off family business. Quite a jewel!
And in case any American chums are wondering, yes we do spell jewellery differently here in the UK!
What to buy: Jewellery ancient and modern. Cartier, Patek Philippe, Georg Jenson etc etc. If you can't afford it, they've probably got it.
What to pay: If you have to think about it, you probably can't afford it. You will not find prices quoted on their website. There is often a reason for that...
Address: 76-78 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. TN1 1YB
Phone: 01892 534018
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