WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE MINZENMAY : A JEWELLERY STORE LIKE NO OTHER
To be offered a piece of jewellery purchased from the well known and much beloved Mornington Peninsula jewellers, Minzenmay, is to be enamoured forevermore. Their unique and beautifully handmade designs have been delighting couples for generations, with specialist ranges on offer and professional service that is second to none.
The team at Minzenmay understands that jewellery should be chosen from the heart and their experience and excellent reputation is testimony to that. Minzenmay, as a family business that was established in 1911 by Wilhelm Minzenmay, has shown that adapting with changing retail environments and trends and by keeping strong ties with their local community will always guarantee success.
Current owner Paul Minzenmay (grandson of Wilhelm) together with partner Bridie Lavery have created a veritable haven for jewellery lovers, with Paul as a registered jewellery valuer, diamond technologist, gemmologist and qualified jeweler offering such highly specialised services right here on the Mornington Peninsula.
TOAST Wedding Magazine delighted in recently using some incredible pieces from the Minzenmay collections to feature in our “Festive Elegance” styled shoot at the Mornington Racing Club to an overwhelming response. We asked Paul recently to answer our TOAST Q & A…
Congratulations – you recently tied the knot (to partner Bridie Lavery) – how would you sum up your feelings about marriage?
Marriage is taking your relationship to another level of commitment… It is amazing how different it does feel and strengthens the bond.
What are you most proud of?
My beautiful wife & children and my ability for make exceptional jewellery.
Minzenmay is such a well known and loved, family owned and run business. To what do you owe your long-term success?
I am a Third generation jeweller and have been raised with my family’s work ethic of unique high-end quality product. Product alone is not enough. That care and attention to detail needs to be supported by an outstanding level of customer service, which is what we are known for. Our customer’s all know that they will find beautiful pieces of quality jewellery in our store, and this consistency has contributed to our success.
How would you describe your business ethos in today’s challenging retail environment?
Minzenmay has been in the family for 105 years, and I have been raised to believe in the importance of quality and excellent services. It is very rare to enter a jewellery store these days to find jewellers, gemmologist and diamond technologists on the sales floor. We are able to offer this because we are passionate about what we do, and therefore only employ staff who shares the same values. You will get the same attentive service and professional advice for a battery change that you will for a diamond ring purchase. We also have a state of the art workshop on premise, which most other jewellers don’t have, and I am a Master Jeweller as well as a stone setter.
Therefore we do not need to send the customer’s precious stones or jewellery off site if they do not want us to. The majority of jewellery stores do not have this option, with most people requiring stone setters based in Melbourne, interstate or overseas. We can create any piece of jewellery a customer requires either by hand or by machine, and that can be made to suit any individuals desired investment.
What questions should brides be asking jewellers when choosing their engagement/wedding ring?
Do they want to…
What are some current trends with styles of engagement rings?
White gold diamond Halo styles, and the traditional solitaire is always a classic. I love it when a customer comes in wanting something unique and designed especially for them. This is becoming more popular.
What’s the one thing about you few people know?
I am a Vegan.
What was your last great meal on the Mornington Peninsula?
Actually at our Wedding. Elke from Sweet Abandon made an amazing Vegan feast and the Cake… layers of chocolate and salted caramel, Just Perfect!