When Ernest Perry started his jewelry store in 1977 on Independence Boulevard, he and wife Priscilla spent Saturdays at estate sales, hoping to bolster their inventory. When they filled up more than 50 coffee cans with jewelry, they knew they were in business.
Today, Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry is one of the nation’s top antique and estate jewelers and diamond brokers, offering on-site custom jewelry design and repair as well. The store has become a staple in SouthPark for more than 40 years.
Daughter Hadley joined the company in 2012, leaving a successful law career in the Northeast to come back home. Newly engaged, she made her mark on Perry’s new, expanded store, designing a welcoming showroom and adding a fresh, expanded focus on Perry’s bridal lines.
What sets Perry’s apart is its expert staff, its unique, distinctive selection and its longtime relationships. “We don’t want to be your jeweler for today,” Ernest says. “We want to be your jeweler for life.”
With 10 graduate gemologists and two fellows of the Gemmological Society of Great Britain, customers can be confident they’re choosing the highest quality, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Hadley appreciates the emotional connection jewelry represents, from buying an engagement ring to bringing in jewelry after a loved one has passed away. “It astounds me every day that we’re such an intricate part of people’s lives,” she says. “It’s an honor.”