Hatton Garden in London has been at the heart of the jewellery trade in the UK for centuries. Conveniently situated in central London, it has become the destination of choice for discerning jewellery buyers and many of the shops are able to offer an online service.
The breadth of choice on offer is outstanding. Because many of the jewellery shops buy vintage and antique pieces as well as creating their own; shoppers can find almost any style of jewellery for sale. For that truly special, one-of-a-kind piece, Hatton Garden is the place to find expert jewellery designers from established talents to the most creative and innovative newcomers.
Although Hatton Garden is most famous for its diamonds and in particular for engagement rings; buyers can find or commission pieces in almost any combination of metal and gemstone. As well as rings, there are plenty of other jewellery styles available including necklaces, brooches, and earrings.
Part of the modern appeal of Hatton Garden, is that quality jewellery is possibly the world’s most beautiful investment. Precious metals always carry value. As well as different colours of gold, there are also pieces available in silver and platinum. Alternatively buyers can choose to commission jewellery in other metals such as titanium.
Similarly, well-cut gemstones have been prized for thousands of years. While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, they are popular with men too. Part of the reason for their enduring appeal is their unparalleled versatility. Diamonds work perfectly as solitaire stones or as embellishments to precious metals. They can be the only type of gem used or can compliment (and be complimented by) any other stone. Luscious, milky peals and iridescent opals partner with diamonds as perfectly as the bold, passionate stones such as ruby, sapphire and emerald.
In addition to the quality and range of the jewellery available, Hatton Garden is well worth a visit for its architecture and history. The name refers to Sir Christopher Hatton, who was granted a lease of the area by Elizabeth I in the 16th Century. At the time the area literally was a garden however as London expanded such a desirable location inevitably attracted development until now only street names such as Vine Hill and Saffron Hill give a clue to its past. The area has always attracted famous faces from Dickens to modern-day celebrities and so a visit there is an opportunity to rub shoulders with them, if only in spirit. [divider]