by Charles McGuigan
Richmond’s premier jewelers will be leaving Carytown and opening a new shop this September on Grove Avenue near Libbie, the West End shopping district home to many locally-owned businesses. Additionally, Kambourian Jewelers will also have a presence on the second floor of the Branch House, what may well be the most stunning structure on all of Monument Avenue, and home to Richmond’s American Institute of Architects.
Currently, all merchandise at the Cary Street location is up to fifty percent off. “But that’s only until the move date,” says co-owner Joey Kambourian.
He and his brother, Nathan Kambourian, are taking over the family business as their mother, Melissa Kambourian, and their uncle, Haig Kambourian, slip into a soft retirement. Both Haig and Melissa will remain active in the business. Haig will be running the office at the Branch House.
For the Kambourians, the creation of fine jewelry is an intergenerational affair stretching back to the 19th century.
“It’s a proud family name,” Joey says. “We had two jewelers over in Armenia, and five over here.
Joey’s brother, Nathan, does all the jewelry making and repairs. “I do the stone sourcing and that sort of thing,” says Joey. “And we both do design work.”
Like much of the work at Kambourian’s, these Tolkein-inspired pieces were a custom order. “It’s so much fun when people have that wild of an idea,” Joey says.
At their new location on Grove, the Kambourians will continue most of their services there on-site. “Appraisals will always be one of the services we offer there,” says Joey. “We’ll have standard hours of operation. We probably will have kind of open office where you can just come by and talk with us about design work and browse the showroom, but we’re hoping to move toward a more appointment-based schedule for custom-design work.”
All the other business will be conducted out of the Kambourian office in the Branch House. “Dee (Haig) will have appointment-only gold buying at the Branch House,” Joey says. “We won’t be doing any buying at the Grove Avenue location.”
“We’ll still do the repair work,” says Joey. “Nathan will still be doing all of our repairs, but his bench for repair work will be at the Branch House.”
“And we’ll always be available to create any piece of jewelry you can think of,” Nathan adds.
3141 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221 (current location)
5706 Grove Avenue second floor, Richmond, VA 23226 (new location after mid-September)
Tues-Fri, 10-6; Sat, Noon-5