Rare gems tell their own story

Steven and Judith Sher have recently celebrated the third anniversary of their Nedlands store.
Steven and Judith Sher have recently celebrated the third anniversary of their Nedlands store.

The couple, who own Steven Sher Antique and Fine Jewellery in Nedlands, said their greatest pleasure was seeing the exquisite jewellery that western suburbs families brought in.

‘We love getting to know the stories behind the pieces,’ Judith said.

They are holding a 100-year-old, 15-carat gold Albert chain worth nearly $6000.

‘Someone bought it in one day and we knew immediately that we needed to find a new home for it,’ Steven said.

‘It is by a Fremantle jeweller by the name of Crieff and most likely made from Kalgoorlie gold.

‘It would have been originally owned by a wealthy woman to wear as a necklace or on a pocket watch.

‘We take great pleasure in discovering these pieces. Sadly a lot of it is melted down and these important historical pieces are lost forever.’

Steven said that young people were increasingly turning to antique jewellery for engagement rings and that Art Deco pieces had surged in popularity since the release of The Great Gatsby movie.

‘People are starting to see that you get great value from antique pieces,’ he said.

‘These old cuts of diamonds that you don’t see these days with mass production. Every piece was handmade with personality.’

Steven said celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Blake Lively and Anna Kounikova had also stimulated interest in WA’s Argyle pink diamonds.

The couple are celebrating their third anniversary in Nedlands by refurbishing the shop and a name change, from Portobello, to align with their Fremantle Markets store.

The Broadway shop was started by Ted Lewendon in 1956, passing through several jewellers before the Shers bought it.

Steven said he also undertook jewellery repairs and remodelling and sold new pieces and watch batteries.