Iconic jeweller going for gold with store expansion

A renowned family jeweller has returned to its golden era by expanding its operation in Helston.

Wearnes Jewellers has traded in the town for 100 years and had previously occupied two adjoining shops in Meneage Street. In 1990 a downturn in trade forced the closure of one of the stores and the corridor linking the premises was closed off. But now the owners have re-acquired the former store and rejoined them both, while completing a major refurbishment.

The long-standing business is run by Sarah Corbridge – the great granddaughter of its founder William Wearne – and her husband Adam. Mr Corbridge said: “We are delighted to be able to re-open the former shop which had traded for more than 70 years.

“We’ve reinvested in the premises not only to give back something to our customers who have supported us over the years, but ‘up the ante’ in the town and show it’s a shopping destination worth visiting.”

William Wearne founded the business in 1890 and opened his first shop in Camborne around 1894. The Helston shop was opened in 1914 offering bespoke jewellery and watches. In 2012 the couple relocated the Camborne store to Falmouth, which now offers an on-site goldsmith, silversmith and watchmaker in a specially created workshop.

The independent jewellers are renowned for offering bespoke jewellery commissions and remodelling family heirlooms to generations of families in the area.Mrs Corbridge added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all customers past and present and look forward to seeing you in our new store soon.”

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