Established in 1866, J & J Jamie Ltd is New Zealand’s oldest consecutively family owned and operated jewellery businesses.
The name ‘Jamie’ originates from the Scottish isles and is actually the surname of founder John Jamie (the 1st).
John Jamie (the 1st), a watchmaker from Scotland, establishes the business, which was based in several towns throughout the southern gold rush. Both the profession and the name were continued by the ‘John Jamies’ (2nd and 3rd) until the conclusion of the Second World War when things began to change.
Joyce Jamie (wife of John 3rd) became involved in the business bringing with her a strong sense of style and ambition. Along with her husband, they transformed Jamies into a full service jewellery business, importer of gems, jewellery and fine china; solidifying its reputation as the premium jeweller in Central Otago.
In the late 1970s their daughter Paula Lovering (nee Jamie) returned from overseas to ensure the family legacy continued. Paula bolstered the business through modernisation and expertise, becoming a fully qualified gemologist (FGA), jewellery valuer and one of New Zealand’s most respected diamond graders. Paula remains a critical partner in the business today.
Rachel Vellacott (nee Lovering) has inherited the family passion for jewellery. She has an in-depth knowledge of the jewellery business through her involvement in Jamies and her position as Co-ordinator for Merchandise & Marketing for Nationwide Jewellers based out of Sydney.
Emigrating to London in 2001, Rachel diversified from diamonds to digital. Partnering with her husband Clyde, they co-owned and operated a digital design agency specialising in all things online including website strategy and e-commerce.
In 2013 Rachel and Clyde returned to Central Otago with their two Miniature Dachshunds (Slinky and Herbie) to formally take over the family profession!.
Jamies is a founding member of Australasia’s largest jewellery buying group Nationwide Jewellers, and was voted the Nationwide New Zealand Jeweller of the Year 2017. This is the second time that Jamies Jewellers have won the coveted award from a field of 75 jewellery & watch stores across New Zealand who are part of the Nationwide Jewellers group. Our previous victory was in 2013. Being a member equals access to an unrivalled range of local and international jewellery, watches and accessories.
The group also provides direct access to the diamond cutting houses of Antwerp, Belgium which is usually reserved for only large wholesales and diamond dealers. It means that Jamies can pass the benefits onto our customers including offering a highly personalised diamond buying experience.
As your local Nationwide Jeweller we have access to the latest designs and to a large range of exclusive brands from around the world including Tolkowsky Diamond Jewellery, Diamond Delights and Astralis Diamonds®.
So, If you are looking for a quality diamond at great value, contact us
, or call 03 448 8802 to chat with us about your requirements.