Shop Local: Blennerhassett Fine Jewellers part of Nedlands fabric for 31 years

Shop Local: Blennerhassett Fine Jewellers part of Nedlands fabric for 31 years

BLENNERHASSETT Fine Jewellers has been part of the Nedlands community for 31 years.

It even sponsors the local bridge club’s scorecards.

Owners Sue and John Blennerhassett, who live in Nedlands, have supported many charity events over the past three decades and now focus on groups that are integral to the community.

“We support local Rotary, the bowling club, tennis club, schools, the bridge club,” Sue said. “These clubs are keeping people active in body and mind and that’s just as important as the bigger charities.

“We donate to things that matter to us, like the Royal Flying Doctor Service, because we have family in Shark Bay who have used the service.”

John worked in the shop at Broadway Fair Shopping Centre alone when it first opened before Sue joined him designing and manufacturing the jewellery.

There are now five in the Blennerhassett team, or “family” as Sue refers to them.

Sue said they enjoyed the community atmosphere of the shopping centre and supported local businesses and services in the area, such as dentists, doctors and supermarkets, as much as they could.

While clients were cautious about spending during tough economic times, including the most recent global financial crisis, Sue said Blennerhassett continued business as usual.

“We just kept doing what we’re doing, providing good service and products at the right price,” she said.

A highlight of the past three decades was finishing second in the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award, which attracted more than 300 entries from 35 countries. Sue said she put 300 hours into designing and making the earrings she labelled ‘Starstruck’ that impressed the judges.

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