With the festive period fast approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about buying presents for friends and family. Thankfully, Guernsey is home to a fantastic selection of jewellers offering stunning pieces that make the most perfect gifts.
Furthermore, shopping in Guernsey is VAT-free, so you can pick up some absolute bargains during your stay!
Read on to discover some of Guernsey’s most iconic jewellers…
Catherine Best, The Old Mill
Tucked away between the edge of St Peter Port and rural St Martins, Catherine Best has been making elegant, expertly crafted pieces of jewellery for over 20 years, and is now recognised as one of the world’s best in her field. Operating out of the beautiful Old Mill, Catherine also creates sculptures, cameo pendants and brooches, Guernsey-themed pieces and stunning high jewellery often seen on the red carpet. If you’re seeking a glamorous gift, look no further.
Renowned locally for the Patois range of jewellery, Martin & Martin’s showroom can be found in the Commercial Arcade in St Peter Port. The Patois collection takes inspiration from Guernsey’s variant of the Norman language, Guernésiais, with phrases such as “l’amour ‘a’ jomais” (love forever) adorning beautiful rings and necklaces. Their outstanding craftsmanship and charming themes make their jewellery perfect for presents.
Internationally famed for selling some of the most valuable watches in the world, Ray & Scott also specialise in diamond jewellery and house a museum in the vault beneath their showroom, an old Victorian bank at The Bridge, St Sampson. Stocking Tag Heuer, Omega, Tissot and Longines among other brands, you’ll find the perfect timepiece for your loved one this Christmas.
Bruce Russell & Son
A fourth generation gold and silversmiths, Bruce Russell & Son operate in the beautiful setting of award-winning nature reserves and gardens in St Saviour, five minutes away from the island’s airport. Their fine jewellery and unique silverware are popular amongst locals and tourists alike, with tour buses routinely stopping there to allow visitors to browse and purchase goods of the highest quality, whether for themselves or as gifts for others.
Becky Rowe Jewellery
Becky’s shop on Grande Rue in St Martins showcases her impressive talent and features a host of pieces that make for charming presents. Her bespoke, contemporary collection is very popular, featuring lucky charms, pendants, cufflinks and lockets, although she also takes commissions for more traditional pieces that are equally elegant.
The Little Chapel, by Martyn Guille Silversmiths
Situated by the famous Little Chapel, Martyn Guille is one of Guernsey’s best-known silversmiths, and his work is extremely popular amongst visitors and locals alike. He even has a range of jewellery that replicates the uniquely beautiful shape of the Guernsey ormer, a rare type of shellfish that is considered a local delicacy – the perfect Christmas gift for a lover of the sea.
Guernsey’s shopping experience isn’t just limited to jewellery – learn more about Christmas shopping in Guernsey, and plan your stay today!