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Borthwick Jewelry Owner Tom Borthwick in the LaBounty Drive store (September 8, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Ferndale retailer bucks trend, celebrates 20th anniversary

Borthwick Jewelry Owner Tom Borthwick has a problem other retailers would love to have. In light of the closure of 2 prominent Bellingham jewelers in recent years, Borthwick says he has had to double his inventory to keep up with demand according to recent press release.

In addition, Borthwick announced he will be celebrating his business’ 20th year in business with an anniversary celebration and open house on Thursday, September 14th, from 2pm to 6pm. The open house will feature a 5-carat round, brilliant-cut diamond valued at $125,000 and refreshments.

Borthwick and his son, Max Orrantia-Pieper, handle most repairs at the store, reducing turnaround time for their customers. “If you have a problem, we’re here to fix it,” Borthwick said.

Borthwick has 30 years of experience in retail jewelry and Orrantia-Pieper is undergoing training to become a Gemological Institute of America certified appraiser. Borthwick opened his store in downtown Ferndale in 1997, then moved it to the current location in the North Sound Center, 1730 LaBounty Drive, Suite 5, in 2004.

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4 Comments

  1. Larrian Eagan Larrian Eagan September 8, 2017

    I truly love having a reputable, personable, professional businessman in Ferndale. I go there often , sadly not buying diamonds, for battery replacement in my watches, specially designed pieces and fun conversation. Max is such a great guy, the staff is friendly and welcoming. Then there’s Tom………….how to describe him is a bit diffucult . He’s just Tom ! :-). Congrats to all of you at Borthwicks . Good job !

    • Thomas C Borthwick Thomas C Borthwick September 11, 2017

      Kristi here from Borthwick Jewelry and I read your comment to Tom. I will tell you it gave me a good laugh and Tom says “Thank you he thinks??”

  2. John Wirts John Wirts September 8, 2017

    I wouldn’t buy jewelry anywhere but Borthwick. Customer service is top of the line. Congrats Tom!

  3. Crissy Baker Crissy Baker September 9, 2017

    Congratulations Tom!

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