My grandfather, John Stephen Owen Blanshard, began his career in the jewellery trade in 1926. As a young gemmologist he opened and established Tidy & Blanshard, a wholesale diamond company in Hatton Garden.
In 1960, my father, Philip John Anthony Blanshard, joined the family business. He too also achieved a degree in both gemmology and diamond grading. In 1972 he purchased the jewellery shop at 1 Maryport Street in Devizes, which had already been opened and established in 1866 by Mr. Henry Joseph Johnson.
We are based here still today and proudly display our jewellery and watches in the original 19th century cabinets. The building has a historical and special energy that tells a story to everyone who enters, and we are delighted to still have the opportunity to trade here.
I myself, Ruth Klomp, joined the family business at the age of 21 having achieved a degree in gemmology with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. I have always recognised the importance of individuality and customer service, especially the personable service that can be provided from one family to another. We pride ourselves in having a long established and loyal customer base.
My daughter, Rachel Nield joined the business at the age of 15 working Saturdays at first and quickly absorbed the passion for the trade along with the joy of helping others each and every day. She left the business after eight years to gain expertise and independence and returned to us in 2020 with a degree in gemmology too.
I am evidently elated at the success of our family business thus far and hope to one day leave it for my daughter to expand on in the coming years. As a close family, we all share a huge love for everything that we do and along with the knowledge to reflect this, we are excited for future years to come and endeavour to develop, evolve, and move with the developing jewellery industry.