Jewellers get ready to ring the changes

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A husband and wife team, who have spent more than a quarter-of-a-century putting a sparkle into the lives of their Sudbury customers, are moving.

Richard and Maggie Chapman, who specialise in designing and making bespoke fine jewellery, are closing their workshop in Gainsborough Street and starting a new business in Woodbridge.

Richard was apprenticed to Crown jewellers Asprey, where he made pieces for royalty and celebrities, before setting up shop with Maggie, who designs the jewellery he hand-crafts from precious metals and stones.

They moved to Sudbury 26 years ago. “We shall be sad to leave – we have become friends with many of our customers over the years,” said Maggie.

“We’ve been here so long that now we are making wedding rings for the sons and daughters of people whose wedding rings we made when we first came here.

“We would like to thank our customers for their support over the years.

“They really have given us the opportunity to make some lovely pieces and we’re confident that many of them will still visit us in Woodbridge.”

Repairs have always been part of their business and, before they leave, they hope to reunite some uncollected items with their owners.

“A few have been with us for a long time,” said Maggie. “In a few cases, the telephone numbers we have are incorrect and, although we have written, we have not heard anything more.

“If owners have the original ticket, that would be good, otherwise we shall require proof of identity and ownership.”