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The expectations of a customer buying antique jewellery have increased significantly over the last few decades and I’m sure this is, in part, due to the increased popularity of antiques programmes on TV. This is a development from 30 years ago when buyers just accepted what the retailer was selling without question. Now, customers want […]

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  Due to the recent Government announcement, as a non-essential shop, we are now temporarily closed.   If you have an item with us for service or repair, please be assured that it is being stored safely, securely and is insured. Over the coming weeks we will endeavour to contact as many customers as possible […]

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During this uncertain time, we would like to reassure our customers that we are still open for business and will continue to open as per our normal hours. We are a very small team of 4 in a very small town but keeping our customers and staff well is our absolute priority. To this end, […]

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When Heirlooms first opened in 1986, it was at the height of Romantic fashion – all frills, sentiment and statement jewellery. Georgian and Victorian styles were in demand and, as a result, Heirlooms only dealt in jewellery that pre-dated the 1930’s. Not only was antique jewellery fashionable but the stories behind the jewels were equally […]

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When I was growing up, my Grandparents worked in the horse racing industry and were lucky enough to live in some amazing estate houses in Ireland so I grew up with lots of lovely things around me. My Grandmother was a bit of a collector and she would often pick up ceramics and jewellery and […]

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Giving jewellery at Christmas was a popular pastime in years gone by and is a tradition that continues today. Jewellery was often worn by women historically as a statement of social status to display their husband’s wealth, so the more diamonds and pearls you wore back in the Victorian period, for example, the wealthier your […]

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Although I started my journey with Heirlooms in 2017, the full story started in 1986 when it was founded by gemmologist Gabrielle Young and her watchmaker husband Michael. The shop used to occupy the left-hand side of the current building at 21 South Street (where Paul’s the Barbers is now) but quickly moved into the […]

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According to MET office weather reports, Wareham will experience heavy snowfall this afternoon (Thursday 31st) and tomorrow (Friday 1st). We will endeavour to keep the shop open according to our usual hours but if our staff have difficulty in getting to and from work, the shop will remain closed. Our opening hours will be updated […]

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We are busy preparing for Christmas in the shop at the moment. We have lots of exciting offers and some beautiful new stock to show you all in the coming weeks but we have just had the best present of all – free car parking in Wareham! Visit Wareham on Saturday 1st December 2018 and […]

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It has been a fruitful summer for Heirlooms – we have seen the completion of our shop refit, Jo has embarked on her NAJ JET course and we have seen many beautiful pieces, both antique and modern, come and go. All busy bees need a break at some point or another so we have decided […]

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