I began my career in the jewellery industry 28 years ago as a trainee manager for Stewart Dawsons and Pascoes Jewellers. From there I went on to manage Pascoes stores in Christchurch while at the same time studying through the Gemological Institute of America for a diploma in gemology. After the completion of several years of part-time study and attendance of classes at the Institute in Santa Monica Los Angeles I ended up with my Graduate Gemologist
diploma. The opening of my own valuation business in 1994 was a natural progression for me. Following on from that I started up an estate jewellery store with highly experienced European jeweller Jacek Pawlowski. European Jewellers experienced steady growth but unfortunately due to outside commitments I had to sell my share in the business.
After two years of overseas commitments I settled back in Christchurch and started Westenra Jewellers and Westenra Jewellery Valuers.
I have a real passion for jewellery but wanted to make it more affordable to the public, and at the same time offer people a credible outlet for their unwanted jewellery. Westenra Jewellers is the end result.
The extensive knowledge of all forms of jewellery
I have gained over the 28 years means that I have a huge amount to offer the public. This most certainly comes into play when valuing items and when clients want advice on jewellery that has been unearthed from the back of a drawer or from a deceased estate.
The bullion market
is another area which I have an intense interest in and try to as keep up-to-date as possible with the overseas markets. Consequently I feel more than able to advise clients in this area of investment.
Penelope's main role here is managing the overall operations of our online store and showroom.
Penelope's experience working in two high profile jewellery companies in Wellington along with her creative photography and computer skills make her a real asset to our operations here.
Whether dealing online, on the phone or in person you will find that her caring and outgoing nature will ensure your experience with Westenra Jewellers will be a total pleasure!