Jewellery valuations rose during break-ins

Malcolm and Joy Wells pictured with their daughter Emma and son Kerrin at Celtic Gold

Malcolm and Joy Wells pictured with their daughter Emma and son Kerrin at Celtic Gold

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A burglary spree which alarmed householders across the island sparked a surge in jewellery valuations at a shop now celebrating a 30-year anniversary milestone.

Celtic Gold was ‘inundated’ with requests for help in pricing up precious treasures from worried residents, revealed owner Malcolm Wells.

He said the wave of break-ins earlier this year caused many people from across the island to decide to find out how much their gems and keepsakes were worth.

Many items were of sentimental value and owners were sometimes quite surprised to find out how much they were worth, in some cases, thousands of pounds.

At the Michael Street, Peel shop, Mr Wells’s daughter Emma is a qualified valuations expert and was able to advise folk on the value of jewellery, much of which had been passed down by family over generations.

Celtic Gold was opened three decades ago, and to celebrate this landmark anniversary, is holding its first sale on a large range of diamond and other precious stone jewellery. Mr Wells, 65, said the discounted items were ‘well worth a visit to see the range in our shop where we are offering a 30 per cent discount on selected items’.

Celtic Gold was originally opened by Anthony Lewis

Mr Wells said: ‘He was a talented musician and a real character who we had the privilege of knowing when we took over the business 18 years ago from Tony who retired to Wales and sadly died a few years ago.’

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