Charles Patrick: the Neighborhood’s Go-to for Jewelry “Open Surgery”
Charles Patrick Jewelers has been serving the neighborhood for nearly 40 years and describes his repair work as nothing short of “open surgery” on the spot. The precision of said procedures has earned Patrick a loyal following, and word of mouth has propelled him to become one of the neighborhood’s long-running Black-owned businesses.
“When I started this profession, I worked in a very high-end store,” Patrick said in a Network Journal profile on his business, now located inside 14 Wall Street. “In my station, it was very visible. In most of the cases, there would be surprise, because it was not a very usual thing to see a Black person doing this.”
While attending the Gemology Institute of America, Patrick learned the ropes before opening his own storefront on Wall Street back in the early eighties. But even before that, at age 10, he first got interested in fixing watches when he started playing with broken alarm clocks he found in the trash.
The allure of unlocking the mysteries of watches, using specialized tools and dressing like the other classy purveyors of the craft, drew him into watch repair full time. Now, he’s not only a watchmaker. He can appraise watches and repair grandfather clocks, along with the skills to restore and design jewelry.
Learn more about Patrick in the above profile, and make sure to visit Charles Patrick Jewelers at 14 Wall Street for any watch or jewelry needs.
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