Meet the Team
Founder & Owner of Perry's Emporium
Alan Perry has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years. Alan’s passion for jewelry began at the age of 16. His brother, Ernie, helped him land a job at “The Jewel Box” in his hometown of Charlotte. Alan started by simply polishing, cleaning and engraving. At 17, the youngest of six took off to New York City because he wanted to earn his Graduate Gemologist Degree. Alan spent two years co-managing and appraising for “The Jewel Box” in Panama City, FL, and also two years buying and grading diamonds at “Carlyle” in Greensboro.
Alan decided to return to Charlotte with his two brothers for an opportunity to open his own store. This was the first Perry’s Jewelry Store for the Perry family, which his brother, Ernie, still owns and operates today.
Finally, after over 10 years of co-ownership with his brothers in Charlotte, Alan Perry moved to the coast to open his own “Perry’s Emporium” inside the Independence Mall in Wilmington in 1991. From there, the store has grown out of the mall into what it is today… the largest jewelry store in Southeastern North Carolina. “I’m always striving to be #1,” says Alan.
Josh Perry is Alan Perry’s oldest son. He is married to his beautiful wife of 5 years, Stephanie, and has a 3-year-old daughter, Ella. He has worked alongside his father for the past 10 years in the jewelry business. He is dedicated to continuing to follow in his father’s footsteps along with his younger brother, Jordan.
Josh is very well versed in the jewelry business, from appraising jewelry to buying and grading diamonds and gemstones. He has completed his Gemological Institute of America Certification in Diamonds & Gemstones.
Jewelry Repair Specialist
Jordan Perry is the youngest son of the owner, Alan Perry. He’s been in the jewelry industry for over 7 years, has been a practicing Goldsmith since 2014, and has been in a sales and management role since 2018.
Born and raised here in Wilmington, NC, Jordan has lived in town for his entire life, aside from the time he spent at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Tennessee in 2014. He is experienced in custom jewelry design, loves estate jewelry, and is an avid watch collector.
Anne has 32 years of experience in the jewelry industry and has spent 14 of those years with us at Perry’s Emporium. She pursued a career in the jewelry world because it’s a very personal business. She loves building relationships and counseling her clients about the perfect jewelry to commemorate the happiest milestones of their lives, and in the lives of those they love.
An oval diamond solitaire engagement ring and band set is Anne’s favorite piece of jewelry that she owns because it represents her thirty-one wonderful years of marriage to her husband, Randy. Anne’s favorite things about Wilmington are the painted skies and the power and beauty of the ocean. She also loves living among some of the nicest people in the world.
Anne has her certification from the Gemological Institute of America in Diamonds & Diamond Grading and is a certified Hearts on Fire University graduate.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Gail began her career in jewelry as a part-time job while she attended college in her home town. Now, over 30 years later, she is still helping her clients find gifts for their most memorable occasions.
Career choices brought Gail to Wilmington, NC where she feels fortunate to be part of the Perry’s Emporium team. “It feels good to work with a company that believes in family and gives back to the community, not to mention the simply gorgeous jewelry!”, says Gail.
Gail is a certified Diamondtologist from the Diamond Council of America, and a graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.
Judy began her career in this industry 34 years ago because of a lifelong passion for jewelry and “everything shiny”! Approximately 17 of those beginning years were spent on the wholesale side of the industry, involving everything from estate and custom jewelry to loose color stones, pearls, and diamonds. Judy also spent 2 years in the jewelry replacement industry.
Raised in northern Virginia, Judy has lived from coast to coast throughout her life but moved to Wilmington because of family. Her favorite things about calling Wilmington home are the ocean, a lifetime of memories and family roots.
Judy’s favorite jewelry is diamonds – especially Hearts on Fire! She has her Gemological Institute of America Certification in Diamonds & Jewelry and is a certified Hearts on Fire University graduate.
Brigitte started her career in the jewelry industry in 2013 after the birth of her second child. She wanted to get into the jewelry industry initially because she genuinely loved jewelry and wanted to work part-time while her daughter was a baby. Brigitte then started falling in love with the relationships she was developing with clients, making sure the happiest moments of their lives were truly perfect. Making sure these moments are truly special became very close to her heart.
She was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and has only moved once, to southern Florida, but moved back after 3 years. Wilmington, NC has always been “home”. Brigitte’s favorite parts of Wilmington include the wonderful beaches that she grew up collecting seashells on, and now she takes her children to do the same. She also loves to take her children to the many events that we in Wilmington are able to call our own. She’s proud to continue these traditions so that her children can experience things that she experienced as a child: The Azalea Festival and Riverfest being a couple.
Brigitte’s favorite piece of jewelry is a turquoise necklace her son gave her, that came from a field trip he went on to Myrtle Beach, SC. She has the Diamontologist Certification from the Diamond Council of America.
Leah is originally from Maryland but moved to Wilmington, NC over 2 years ago to start a new adventure closer to the beach. Some of her favorite things about Wilmington are the beach (of course!) and the wonderful people she’s met during her time here.
With 3 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Leah is also a Diamond Council of America certified Diamondtologist and is a certified Hearts on Fire University graduate.
When Darian graduated High School, his uncle, Alan Perry, invited Darian to work for him over the summer as an intern at Perry’s Emporium. His job was to clean the showcases and jewelry. Once the summer ended, Darian had proved himself and earned a full-time position as a Sales Associate.
Darian has been on the Perry’s Emporium team since mid-2019. “I have much to learn and I am very eager to learn all that I can about jewelry,” Darian says. When his Grandpa found out that Darian was going to be working here at Perry’s Emporium, he bought him a Perry’s watch for Christmas. It is by far Darian’s favorite piece of jewelry.
“Perry’s Emporium is a family-owned and operated business; I’m proud to be a part of both the family and the business,” says Darian. Many people ask him how he’s related to the Perrys… His Grandmother was Alan’s sister. Darian is originally from Winston-Salem and since moving to Wilmington he only has good things to say. He loves the people and the area. “All I can say is that I am truly blessed to be in the situation I’m in. To be surrounded by my family and friends is all I need.”
Wendy is happy to have called Wilmington home for her entire life. She can’t think of any place she’d rather be! She has 7 years in the jewelry industry and has enjoyed spending the entirety of her career in the Perry’s family business. “It’s so important to me to work with people whose integrity and willingness to do the right thing are always a priority”, Wendy says.
Wendy’s favorite part of her job is getting to know the clients who trust in her to help them celebrate their loved ones and all of the important milestones in their lives. She is a certified Hearts on Fire University graduate.
Norman started in the jewelry industry in 1995 after a career change and was promoted to manage his first store 8 months later. He has managed 5 different stores (with a brief foray as an owner-operator of a small fish shop in Durham) and has been the Gold Buy Supervisor for another jewelry company, but was traveling a lot and missing out on his son’s formative years.
Norman joined us at Perry’s Emporium approximately 8 years ago as our resident Gold Buyer and has enjoyed the family-friendly hours. He has 24 years of experience in the jewelry industry and 8 years of gold buying experience.
Brian has been in the jewelry business since 1980. He worked for a family-owned and operated jeweler in New York where he was responsible for sales, managing the sales floor, appraisals, and gem and diamond identifying and grading. After 30 years with that jeweler, he relocated to the Wilmington area. Brian has been a Diamond Grader since 1989, a Gemologist since 1996, and an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser since 2001. He has been on the Perry’s Emporium team since 2018.
Aside from his expertise in jewelry, Brian also has an interest in music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Berklee College of Music and throughout his career in the jewelry industry, he has played in numerous bands, has participated in musical theater and directed a music team for 23 years in New York. Brian has continued playing music and currently plays with a team here in Wilmington.
Some of Brian’s favorite jewelry items are two silver coins that were recovered from the Spanish shipwreck, Atocha, that sunk in 1622. Brian met four divers from that recovery and was able to obtain two coins that are precious to him.
Jewelry Repairs Manager
- 10 years in the jewelry industry
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal Design
- Certification in Lapidary Arts
- Gemological Institute of America Certification in Diamonds & Gemstones
Jewelry Repair Specialist
Daniel began his career in jewelry in 2002 after attending the New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia Beach. He has consistently been in the jewelry industry and specializes in custom designs and repairs.
Growing up in Calabash, NC, just south of Wilmington, Daniel always wanted to work for Perry’s Emporium “because of their great reputation in the jewelry industry”. After leaving a job for a manufacturer in Charlotte, Daniel got his chance in 2015 and joined the Perry’s Emporium team.
Along with the certificates he received from his time at the New Approach School for Jewelers, Daniel also has a certificate for training on Rhino Gold, a CAD design program that allows the creation of custom jewelry design digitally before casting.
Jewelry Repair Specialist
Born into the jewelry business, Robbin started helping his father at the jeweler’s bench when he was a teenager. In the mid-70s he attended the Holland School for Jewelers at just 16 years old. A few years later, Robbin also attended the Paris School of Jewelry Technologies. In 1980, he went to Santa Monica, California to get his G.G.I. certification from the Gemological Institute of America.
Robbin went on to work in Knoxville, Tennessee at a custom design manufacturer for 3 years before returning home to his family’s business. With over 40 years at the jeweler’s bench, Robbin has been with the Perry’s Emporium team since 2017.
Jewelry Repair Specialist
Leah’s passion for jewelry started at a young age with the help of her mother. Her first job was in a jewelry store in Pennsylvania where she quickly found that jewelry was her calling, first in sales and buying. That job led her to further her education as a Goldsmith. She graduated from the New Approach School for Jewelers in 2015.
When searching for a job, she came across Perry’s Emporium and after research, she “just had to be a part of this amazing team”. Since being in Wilmington, Leah has had the opportunity to continue her education with CAD and counter sketch classes through Stuller Jeweler workshops.
“I have loved every moment of my 12 years in the industry,” Leah says. Her favorite thing about jewelry is how it makes people feel, and the conversations that bring people together when talking about their beloved pieces.
Jewelry Repair Specialist
Chelsea is a third-generation Metalsmith originally from Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a BFA in jewelry design. After graduating she received a scholarship to take classes at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.
During her time on the West Coast, she was also working for a platinum casting company and worked for notable designers such as Jeff Koons, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. to name a few. After returning to North Carolina, she soon became an assistant teacher at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is now happily settled here at Perry’s Emporium working as a Master Goldsmith and Jewelry Designer.
Paul received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2006 and completed independent coursework through Louisiana State University with a focus on Audit in 2012.
He began his career while still attending UNCW when he was hired as the Accounting Intern for a small medical device startup. After graduating he was promoted to Staff Accountant and experienced some very exciting milestones, such as an initial public offering a year later and M&A transactions following that. When the company decided to relocate headquarters from Wilmington in 2014, following its largest acquisition to date, he chose to remain in Wilmington.
Paul joined Perry’s Emporium in February of 2014 and enjoys among many great things the uniqueness, and challenges of a family-owned and operated company. He is proud to be part of the best team in Southeastern North Carolina.
Originally from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Matthew moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW in 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2015 and joined the Perry’s Emporium team two summers later. Matthew is currently pursuing a GIA Graduate Gemologist certification, the most prestigious industry certification for expertise in diamonds and colored gems.
Although he admits that Appalachia still tugs at his heart (especially in the winter!), Matthew quickly grew accustomed to beach life. His fondest moment so far was dipping his newborn daughters’ toes in the Atlantic for the first time. Matthew and his wife say they are here to stay and plan to raise their family as Wilmingtonians for the foreseeable future.
Advertising & Marketing Manager
Originally from Rockingham, NC, Morgan attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing in 2014. Her love for the beautiful coastal city of Wilmington wouldn’t let her leave town after graduation. Directly following her time at UNCW, she worked in Marketing for another Wilmington-based jewelry company and a Web Design and Marketing agency before joining the Perry’s Emporium team in 2019.
Morgan loves that Wilmington has several local businesses and events that offer endless opportunities to enjoy the gorgeous city. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jesse, and family and friends, finding live music, being involved with her church, Christ Community Church, and soaking up a warm day at the beach.
One of her favorite things about working for Perry’s Emporium is how relational the team is with clients and the community. Morgan says, “working at a local business that’s family-owned and operated provides so many opportunities to add a personal touch to my work. I love that personal interactions and developing relationships are priorities here at Perry’s Emporium”.
Susie has lived in Wilmington all of her life and would never consider living anywhere else! Susie says, “North Carolina has the best central location for beach or mountains!”
After gift wrapping for Perry’s Emporium for two years, Susie now greets our guests with a smile!