WHEN Rohan Jewellery owner Rohan Milne reflected on the 10th anniversary of his business, his mind went to the Milne family sword he inherited from his dad.
His great-great-great-grandfather James Tilly, a merchant shipman, received the heirloom from passengers on the H.M. Packet Francis Freeling after he successfully fought off an American privateer on May 2, 1814.
“James Tilly broadsided the Americans, blew out their sails and ran into the fog,” Mr Milne said.
The sword was then passed to his great-great-grandfather, also James Tilly, who was a pearler in Broome, before it eventually went to Mr Milne’s father, who died about 15 years ago.
December was a big month for Mr Milne and his wife Toni with Rohan Jewellery, which opened a second store at the State Buildings in January 2016, celebrating its 10th anniversary and Mr Milne his 40th birthday.
“It’s a massive milestone for any business,” Mr Milne said.
Five years ago, Rohan Jewellery became one of 37 Argyle Ateliers in the world, meaning Rio Tinto supplies its pink Argyle diamond direct to the small business.
“It changed our business, it’s fantastic,” Mr Milne said.
“The mine has only three years left of production and after that 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds will stop being produced. At the end of last year, Argyle sold the highest price per carat diamond in the world.”