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THE WELLINGTONIAN, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
The name that changed diamonds forever
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We invite you to come and have
a glass of wine or beer, while you
enjoy the story of the family that
changed the diamond forever.
The Tolkowsky family legacy
spans seven generations.
From inventing the tools to make
diamonds perfectly round,
formulating the ideal proportions
for perfect brilliance, helping to
set up the Antwerp Diamond
Exchange and promoting green
and ethical diamond practises.
For the evening of March 2nd
we will have a lovely array
of perfectly cut Tolkowsky
diamonds, set into stunningly
designed jewellery. These
to be truly appreciated. They
are the perfect choice for an
engagement ring or gift for a
PS. If you can't make it on the
Friday night, we will have the
Tolkowsky range in store on the
Saturday, where you can have
your photo taken wearing the
Jubilee Jewellers, 14 Chews
Lane, Wellington CBD
The Tolkowsky story...
started in 1919 when Marcel
Tolkowsky, set out to establish the
parameters of the most beautiful
diamond in the world. He
invented the brilliant cut diamond,
which still sets the standard today
Today, Jean Paul Tolkowsky
explores contemporary design
with an emphasis on perfectly
balanced curves and twists.
Exquisitely crafted, this collection
presents a modern take on fine
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Landmark Karori store to close
Moving on: John Watts is closing his
hardware store after nearly 38
Photo: JOSEPH ROMANOS
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
One of the oldest businesses in
Karori is to close next month.
Watts Hardware in Marsden
Village is closing on March 24
because of the ill-health of the
owner, John Watts. The store has
been operating since 1974.
Karori people are used to nip-
ping down to Watts for washers,
screws, paint, tools and other
hardware items and the closure of
the store will be keenly felt.
Mr Watts said he was diag-
nosed with prostate cancer when
he was 70. I m 74 now and it s in
my bones and has knocked me
around a bit. I can only handle
working Fridays to Mondays now.
I feel OK, but I should. I take
enough supplements. It s time to
move on, though.
He said the rise of the big hard-
ware stores had dented his busi-
ness in recent years.
Down on Hutt Rd, there s a
PlaceMakers and a Carters.
There s a Mitre 10 in Crofton
Downs, a Bunnings in Tory St.
And there are plans for a Mitre
10 Mega store in Wilton. It all has
He said the best time for his
business was in the 1980s, before
the big boys got involved .
Mr Watts, who is from Victoria,
arrived in Wellington in 1964
intending to stay for 12 months.
I was a qualified carpenter and
came here to work on the Cubitt
Wells project on The Terrace.
There was a shortage of carpen-
ters and they were being brought
in from Australia and England.
I got here, met a good Kiwi girl,
Anne, and we ve now been mar-
ried 45 years.
I never did go back, though we
used to go over there often to visit
When he opened his hardware
store it was sited on the opposite
side of Karori Rd, a few metres
There were a lot of smaller
hardware stores in those days, but
we did well.
It was a different era. We
weren t allowed to sell on
Saturday mornings. I got fined
$30 for that once.
He said he had customers who
had been coming to him for nearly
It has been nice getting to
know people. When I began it was
a bit lonely.
I missed my old job as a carp-
enter. The smokos in that job were
a lot of fun, a lot of laughs.
One of the frustrations, he said,
was that his store never tended to
get big jobs.
I was looking the other day.
The average sale is just over $29.
They all add up, but it would have
been nice to get more big jobs.
I ve only ever done one house-
lot of door handles, but I ve sup-
plied a lot of replacements.
Mr Watts is unsure what will
happen to the site, which he rents.
I m trying to sell off my stock
now. The paint is spoken for, some
of the suppliers will take back sur-
plus stock and I guess there ll be
some garage sales.
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