Harry Terzian learned his trade more than 40 years ago as a young man in Yerevan, Armenia, where he began turning precious metals and loose gems into beautiful jewelry.
He emigrated to Watertown with his wife and two children in 1988, and honed his skills making and repairing jewelry first at Long’s Jewelers and then at Barmakian Jewelers in Framingham.
But as his son Asad, known as Ozzie, grew up and also got involved in the jewelry business, the two set their sights on a store of their own.
And since many of the customers who Terzian had come to know over his years designing and making jewelry were from Wellesley, the father and son targeted it as a choice location to get started.
Three years ago they opened at 260 Washington St. next to in the same strip of stores with , Walgreens and .
“We just wanted to start out on our own, and here we are,” Harry Terzian said Friday afternoon.
They have all types of jewelry set in gold, silver and platinum with or without precious and semi-precious stones, from engagement rings and wedding bands to bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, watches and crucifixes.
They also have a selection of new and vintage watches from brands such as Cartier, Chopard, Rolex and Girard-Perregaux which they sell and repair on the premises.
They also repair jewelry and carry a variety of vintage jewelry from designers such as David Yurman, Cartier, Elsa Peretti and Tiffany which they buy and resell.
For instance, they currently have a copy of Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond ring that her son, Prince William gave to Kate Middleton for their engagement. They also have an Elsa Peretti open heart pendant and a LaVogue designed pin made in Johannesburg, South Africa in the 1940s.
“We have all the original paperwork to verify the authenticity of our pieces,” 26-year-old Ozzie Terzian said.
There is also an assortment of original pieces that the men have designed and handmade themselves.
But their specialty is working with customers to make custom designs.
“People will come in with a sketch or an idea and we’ll work with them,” Ozzie Terzian said.
He said sometimes a woman will want to redesign an engagement ring on a special anniversary with a bigger stone or an updated setting. Or perhaps they have a piece of costume jewelry that they want created in gold or silver with real diamonds, sapphires, rubies or other precious or semi-precious stone.
“They’ll bring in their old jewelry with stones and we’ll take it apart and put it back together into something they want,” Ozzie Terzian said.
The price of this service is dependent on what materials are used and what labor is required, according to Harry Terzian, who said it would also depend on how long it will take him to make the piece.