As a family, we are all passionate about Pre-owned & Antique Jewellery and we are always happy to share our knowledge. We believe that our collection exemplifies the very best from a range of time periods in our history.
The Business was started in Plymouth in 1887 by William G Capps having served his apprenticeship since the 1860's as a watchmaker. William's son Reginald William Capps started his apprenticeship with his father for three years and then went to Jersey for a further two years to do his Improvers. Having completed his apprenticship he opened a shop in Westwell Street Plymouth, using the name 'Wray' - Which was his grandmother's maiden name as his father was still trading as W G Capps.
"Two shops were destroyed during the Plymouth Blitz, within a fortnight of each other, Reginald continued to trade from the front window of a chemist"
On his father's retirement on the 8th July 1921 a promissory note was signed for £1500.00, for Tenants, Fixtures, Fittings & Stock in respect of the business carried on at 192a Union Street, between father & son. Although two shops premises were destroyed in Union Street & Old Town Street during the Plymouth Blitz, within a fortnight of each other, Reginald continued to trade from the front window of a chemist.
After the war Reginald was joined by his daughter & son-in-law Bettie & Herbert Statton. They were later joined by their son Richard. In 1963 the New George Street premises was opened, and remains open today being run by Richard's son Andrew who joined the business 1985.
In August 2006 Andrew (Snr) achieved his ambition of a second shop, when 51 Fore Street, Kingsbridge was opened. In 2012 Andrew (Jnr), the sixth generation joined his father, and works side by side to carry the family business forward for future generations.
In 2014 Wray & Co won City Centre Business of the Year at the inaugural Plymouth Herald City & Waterfront awards. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us.
2017 marked 130 years of business for Wray & Co, still in the same family it began with in 1887. Also during 2017, Andrew Jnr completed a Diamond Diploma in the historic Hatton Garden, London. Studying at World's Oldest School of Gemmology, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, he gained extensive knowledge of diamonds from their formation to the diamond market. After passing both of his written and practical exams he is now a Diamond Member of the Gemmological Association (DGA).
6 generations, 1 family
Herbert & Bettie
Take a look at some of our past shops...
Russell Street, Plymouth