Jewels in his crown

© Written by Rachael Taylor for Bentley Magazine

In the historic English town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, an hour by train from central London, you’ll find the personal jeweller to Her Majesty the Queen. As the man in charge of the world’s most famous jewellery collection, and with a workshop in Buckingham Palace, it begs the question: why is Harry Collins not in the heart of the capital?

“We are definitely a destination and the local hotel loves us,” says a smiling Harry, whose store G. Collins & Sons, which he named after his father Gabriel, attracts an international clientele who are happy to make the pilgrimage to see this royal jeweller. “When we received the Royal Warrant in 2005, it was natural to look at London’s Bond Street, but the rents were so high.”

Instead, Harry has stayed in Tunbridge Wells, where he has built up his business over the past 31 years in an enchanting, timber-framed building, some parts of which date back to 1746. And like the shop, Harry is a traditionalist at heart. He cares about honest, lasting relationships and his commitment to quality and value has won him a string of regal accolades…

This story was originally published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Bentley Magazine. Read the full story here (starts on p82). Continue reading to see magazine layouts.

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