About us

Dobles is the home of quality jewellery and vintage watches with a flair for the unusual! For 100 years and three generations our jewellery shops have thrived, always striving to meet the demands and specialist needs of our customers whilst giving the assurances of a local family business. It is our pleasure to offer the highest quality of new and antique jewellery with every piece handpicked, making each item extra special to you and us. One of our core values is that purchasing jewellery should be a memorable experience and we endeavour to ensure a high quality of service. 

Doble History

The Doble story begins in 1918 with Arthur Golesworthy who created the business and started in Ottery St Mary, Exeter. Eventually when Arthur Golesworthy retired he handed Roy Golesworthy the reins and his sister, Vera, married Ivor Doble in 1949. They then branched out and opened their first shop together a few months later.

The first 'Ivor Doble' shop was located in St Thomas, Exeter, with Ivor repairing watches and Vera running the day to day upkeep of the shop. They worked for 10 years deleloping their knowledge in the trade and eventually hired staff to run the workshop and sales area. In the early 1960’s Ivor saw an opportunity and opened a new shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter which turned into his flagship store and was the start of a rapid rise for the Doble Family.

In the early 70’s Ivor and Vera’s Son, John Doble joined the business and he opened a second branch in Cowick Street, Exeter. Shortly after this Ivor Doble expanded into Newton Abbot, Bristol and Brixham. In November 1981, John Doble moved to Torquay and opened his flagship store in Fleet Street, Torquay. This offered a great balance of shops around Devon and made the family name become one of the most established in the area. Addtionally in the late 1970's Ivor bought the neighbouring shop in Brixham which was then knocked through and fully renovated with the name changed to Doble Jewellers and ran by John Doble. 

Fast forward to 2016 and the newest shop was recently opened in Totnes by John Doble and his son Roo Doble, with the business looking to expand. In 2017/18 Roo has overseen renovations for the Doble flagship store in Sidwell Street, Exeter with the help from John. Sidwell street now boasts 2 floors of modern retail spaces and is the home of a new state of the art workshop which has 3 goldsmiths working around the clock. Recently the Ivor Doble Jewellers and Doble Jewellers branches have undergone a major rebranding to celebrate 100 years in business, with the online shop one of Doble familys newest expansions.