Business Address: Hancocks, 52/53 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0HH
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Hancocks is also one of the world’s leading jewellers specialising in old cut gems, especially diamonds.
Hancocks’ story began 167 years ago in the heart of Victorian London. Its first home was the corner of Bruton and Bond Street and the fledgling firm soon acquired a magnificent reputation for the purchase of the finest jewellery, silver and as diamond merchants.
Documented in a company diary, we learn that less than a year after his business had been established, Mr Charles Frederick Hancock received a warrant of appointment from Queen Victoria. She and many of the principle sovereigns of Europe became regular patrons.
In 1856, Queen Victoria entrusted Hancocks to produce her new medal, the highest military award for gallantry in the British Army. The making of the Victoria Cross medal is an honour still upheld by the firm today.
Royal Warrants and Appointments held by Hancocks:
Queen Victoria ~ 1849 & 1861
The Princess of Wales (Edward VII) ~ 1863
King George V ~ 1911
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother ~ 1962
Hancocks remains one of London’s oldest family jewellers to this day, with the Burton family moving the firm into its current location in the famous Burlington Arcade in 1992.
The collection now includes some of the finest examples of jewellery from antique to retro from all the great houses. Diamonds can be found in all shapes and sizes, from old to modern stones and rings but all are in-keeping with the Hancocks’ standard of providing the best quality across the board.
Currently, a visitor to the Hancocks’ gallery will be treated to a range of splendid jewellery from Art Nouveau works of art by world renowned jewellers such as Rene Lalique to striking art deco pieces designed by the house of Boivin and iconic items from the world of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Hancocks also offers an exciting range of retro jewellery; funky, chunky and unexpected of an antique jeweller. It includes pieces previously owned by Joan Crawford, Elton John and Diana Dors. It is easy to see why many of the world’s most amazing pieces pass through the Hancocks’ collection and at any time the Mayfair windows will dazzle even the most enthusiastic connoisseur.
This is based on its belief that the older style of cutting produced a vastly superior stone aesthetically compared to their modern counterparts mass–produced today. With these old cut stones Hancocks create pieces that reflect the style of the age of the cut as well as bespoke, commissioned jewels.
Silverware has also been a staple part of business for Hancocks since 1849. Today it is proud to offer some of the rarest and most collectible pieces by revered silversmiths such as Omar Ramsden to contemporary limited edition pieces that are made exclusively for the jeweller.
Amassing a collection such as this is no mean feat and Hancocks travels far and wide to seek out the best, using years of experience to determine what gets included. Nowhere else would you be able to find a concentration of design, quality and rarity in such abundance.