Pukekohe Jewellers celebrate 105 years

Local business Wrights Showcase Jewellers celebrated 105 years of business in March.

Opening up shop in 1912, Walter Wright started the jewellery and watchmakers business in Pukekohe.

Last year, in 2016, Rhian Wright joined the business becoming the fourth generation of Wrights to own the company. They have continued to keep business flowing, even through times of local and national difficulty.

“My grandfather would tell me about business during the depression and in war times,” Rhian says.  “There were limits on buying and selling, and a waiting list for watchmakers.”

While Wrights Showcase Jewellers have managed to modernise their business, they have also maintained the traditional aspects.

“We have been through a lot of changes. We’ve kept the traditional side by having watchmakers on site, but also introduced modern fashion brands,” Rhian says. “Keeping the heritage is a really important aspect of the business.”

Rhian says being able to merge the two and bring the business to what it is now has been a highlight.

“There has been a big focus on our engagement and wedding ring collection and bringing in new designs. That has been quite fun.”

Rhian says the Franklin locals have always supported the family business.

“A lot of people who shop with us tell stories of when their grandparents bought a watch from Wrights. We also get to rebuild wedding rings which have been part of a family. It’s cool to see all generations come through.” 

In the future, Rhian says Wrights will continue to be providing top quality goods and services to the community.

“We’ll just keep building on what we’ve done,” she says.


Ben Paul and Rhian Wright of Wrights Showcase Jewellers.