Meet the team
Ruth and Martin
The co-owners of the shop. They’re husband and wife and have been working side by side since 1980. Ruth works in the shop and Martin does all the “behind the scenes” work, such as the accounts and designing the shop’s computer software. In their spare time they love visiting theme parks, though sadly can no longer ride roller coasters due to Martin's issues with his spinal cord. Chester Zoo is a favourite haunt also...
Our longest serving member of staff, Colin has worked with us since 1993 and takes care of all the repairs we do on the premises. In 2012 Colin received a new hip after suffering constant pain for 16 years after a motorbike accident. He got some relief for a time but still has major health issues, but still manages to work a few hours a day, and also spends time at home processing and uploading the pictures for our website. For his 10-year long service gift, Colin asked for a full-sized replica medieval sword! The 20-year gift was more practical, this time he had a Kenwood Chef food mixer as he’s now into baking - we all look forward to the yummy bread, cakes and biscuits he brings in for us to try.
Started in 2004 as a Saturday girl and went full time in 2009, now back to being a Saturday girl as she has a little son Charlie to keep her busy in the week! Loves horror films and firmly believes in the paranormal, using any excuse to visit haunted locations and go ghost hunting. She's also currently serving as a County Councillor!
Has been part of the team since 2009. Clare is a proud Mummy to Ethan, Amelia and Nancy Rose, and her favourite stone is Sapphire.Morven
Originally from Scotland, Morven, started in 2013 after finishing a degree at the Wrexham School of Art. Her sculptures have been exhibited in prestigious galleries, including the Mall Gallery in London, where she won an award. She's not seen on the shop floor much as her specialised skills are used in our workshop where she is in charge of renovating all the secondhand items we buy in.
Sam spends most of her time running around after her little boy Jaxson and daughter Isobel. If she ever does get any spare time, her garden is her sanctuary. Her favourite gemstone is rose quartz, and of course diamonds!
She joined our team in January 2017. She loves hill-walking with her husband, son, and their Boxer dog, Bonzo. You will find her up Snowdon most weekends! She also enjoys watching live bands. Her favourite gemstones are diamonds and pink sapphires.
Deb only joined us in September 2017, but we feel as if she's been part of the Martin Rees family for many years - she's right on our zany wavelength! She loves gardening and reading, especially biographies. She can't decide which is her favourite gem, as she loves them all!
Has lots of retail experience as she worked on the Beauty Box stall in the old People's Market for 15 years. She loves spending time with her family, especially her gorgeous two-year-old grandson. Tanzanite is her top gemstone.
Loves her pets, including no less than FIVE cats, and a Victorian Bulldog named Bert. She studied Economics, Psychology and Business at Coleg Cambria Yale. Uni plans were put on hold by Covid, she is still deciding what to do next! She's a fan of diamonds and pink sapphires.
says: "I gained my metalwork & jewellery degree in Sheffield Hallam University. Having married in 1996 I moved to Southport where I worked in a jewellery repair workshop for 3 years before moving back to my home town of LLangollen. I joined Waltons the Jewellers in 2000 where I remained until the shop's closure in february this year. My role was solely in the retail side. With joining the team in Martin Rees I look forward to renewing my skills learnt in Sheffield & Southport.
My hobbies are many and varied. On a monday night I love to join my friends in Latin American, ballroom and salsa dancing. Thursday nights are spent crafting with my family. I've recently completed a trio of memory bears for a close friend of mine. For many years I have tended to my allotment finding pleasure in growing fruit and veg.
The love of my life has to be my 6 year old labrador who makes me smile everyday, she just loves retrieving lost footballs and collecting the biggest sticks she can find, oh and try and keep her out of water."