Payne and Son Jewellers have been a feature on the old High Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells since 1870. It was a seventh generation family run business up until December 2009 when local business man Mr Mike Starkie saved the shop from closure and took over the running of the business.

With an interest in jewellery and fine arts, Mr Starkie incorporated the Zelli Porcelain Gallery into the shop in 2011 which brought a much needed boost to product variety. No longer just a jewellers, Payne and Son boast a wide selection of traditional and contemporary jewellery, silver giftware, writing instruments and the World’s most beautiful porcelain.

As a jewellers shop we have seen many changes over the past 220 years, and have had to reinvented ourselves a number of times over the years in order to keep up with the Jones’. This is where antique meets contemporary, old meets new, vintage meets modern. The shop is ideally placed for tourists as the train station is only a short walk away and parking around the town is ample. The large clock outside and above the entrance is a well known local landmark.

We have been featured in a number of advertisements as well, perhaps the best known one being for “Talking Pages” where John Cleese pops his head around the door saying: “Got any antique diamond rings?” As our range of items is extensive and constantly changing, we have tried to give you a flavour of the types of things we do here rather than give you a laborious list of individual items. If you are looking for something in particular, or have seen something elsewhere, or previously shown on this site, please just give us a call or drop us an email and we will do our best to locate the item for you.

New Collection just arrived!!!! The Zelli Collection is inspired by classic Italian design and encompasses both .925 sterling silver and silver gilt necklaces and bracelets. Prices start from just £60.00 So pop in and see the range today!!

Our ranges are always changing – reflecting seasonal and fashion trends. So come and take a look at what we have in store, join our blog and sign up for our email newsletter to keep you up to date with all the news and events happening in store.


Back in the summer of 2008, British Silver Week was launched to create awareness of modern contemporary British silver ware – the best in the world. Displaying their signature pieces in an exhibition reflecting 21st Century silversmithing, events were happening across the UK. This year, The Festival of Silver will be presenting exhibitions in London, Henley, Wisley and Winchester. Hosting their version of the selling exhibition this summer is Payne and Son Jewellers on the old High Street in  Royal Tunbridge Wells, who throughout June, July and August 2014 will be featuring exhibits of silverware from British designer/silversmiths:

Padgham & Putland

Rebecca Joselyn

Ana Meneses

Lexi Dick

Hannah Felicity Dunne

Louise Walker

Victoria Coleman

Samantha Moore

Jemma Daniels

Stuart Jenkins

Rachel Elizabeth Wood

Kathryn Hinton

Karina Gill

Outstanding masters of their craft, this prestigious group of artists will present to you innovative design, inspiring craftsmanship, traditional skills and pure indulgence.
As this is a selling exhibition, any items purchased may be collected after the event.

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