Hidden Belgium: Ruys jewellery shop

Hidden Belgium: Ruys jewellery shop

The most beautiful Art Nouveau shop in Antwerp lies in an unlikely location, far from the elegant shopping districts. It dates from 1902 when the jeweller Albert Ruys transformed the family shop where his father had started as a silversmith in 1854.

The new shop, three houses wide, has a beautiful Art Nouveau facade, mosaic floors, carved wood display cabinets and soft lighting.

The family has run the business for five generations, creating beautiful Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery for the city’s elite.

Derek Blyth’s hidden secret of the day: Derek Blyth is the author of the bestselling “The 500 Hidden Secrets of Belgium”. He picks out one of his favourite hidden secrets for The Brussels Times every day.

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