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Welcome to Hancocks

Purveyors of the finest vintage and contemporary jewellery in the heart of London, since 1849.

Tiara 1
Welcome to Hancocks

Purveyors of the finest vintage and contemporary jewellery in the heart of London, since 1849.

Tiara 1
Welcome to Hancocks

Purveyors of the finest vintage and contemporary jewellery in the heart of London, since 1849.

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Summer 2021
Summer 2021

Engagement

Browse our stunning ring collection all handmade in London using the most beautiful vintage and antique gemstones.

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Summer 2021

Wedding Eternity

Discover our unique collection of wedding and eternity bands.

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Summer 2021
Summer 2021
Summer 2021

Vintage Antique

We are proud to be known around the Globe for our collection of vintage and antique jewels.

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This Australian black opal is full of beautiful fiery flashes of colour and is set in a fabulous 1950s cocktail ring with diamond shoulders that make me think of fireworks or sunbursts.  This colour flash effect is known as ‘play of colour’ and is caused by the splitting up of white light into its spectral (ie rainbow) colours. This occurs due to the physical structure of the opal which is formed of tiny silica spheres.  When light passes through the gaps between these spheres it gets spread out and depending on the size of the gap we will see the different colours from red through to violet.  So there’s a mini gem lesson for you, I’m sure lots of you knew that already but maybe some didn’t and it can help you appreciate and understand the magic of opals just a little more.
They may not be scented but they’ll last forever. 🌸  Our beautiful flower earrings are set with 2.54cts of diamonds, the twelve matched pear shape diamonds creating the prettiest six-petalled blooms, all set in platinum with super secure alpha backs.
Weighing in at a mere whisker under 7cts between them, these wonderfully elegant elongated Colombian emerald drops have each been topped off with a diamond and finely articulated to ensure maximum swing and movement when worn. 💚
Made in 1921, this chic diamond and onyx cross pendant is by Van Cleef & Arpels.  Finely hand crafted in platinum and set with two rows of beautiful bright and lively old European cut diamonds, interspersed with tiny old and rose cut diamonds, it has been edged with a very fine black onyx frame.  This wonderful pendant measures almost 3” long inclusive of bale and is set with over 9cts of diamonds which are well matched and beautifully sparkly, the platinum has been expertly pierced out and the diamonds so carefully and expertly set that the metal seems to disappear. It is an impressive, statement pendant in monochrome colours that could be hung from a chain, pearls or even a ribbon.
Asscher attack! They just don’t cut them like they used to! #asscher #antiqueasscher #antiquediamond #recycleddiamonds #antiquediamondring
Our gorgeous pigeon’s blood ruby ring by Oscar Heyman is now up on our website. Perfectly set off by a pair of half moon diamonds, this fiery red gem has the ultimate colour and saturation for a ruby.
This striking and unusual necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels dates from 1942. It measures just over 14” long so would have been worn across the throat in the style of a choker.  The elegant advertisement from 1943 featuring jewels by VCA shows a necklace just like this one being worn with a black dinner dress, the effect is modern and contemporary.  The brushed platinum has a cool almost industrial feel to it and the contrast between the relatively matte metal and the sparkling diamonds is very effective. It’s hard to believe this was designed and made 80 years ago!
A gorgeous 5ct vintage Asscher cut diamond wrapped in 18ct yellow gold, just look at that lovely chunky crown.  Designed by Joseph Asscher in 1902, this is one of our favourite cuts. If the family name is familiar to you it might be because they were the diamond dealers entrusted with cutting the world famous Cullinan diamond.  The popular story goes that when he attempted to cleave the 3,106ct rough diamond, Joseph Asscher fainted. However this is refuted by his descendants who claim he simply fell back from the force of the blow which had only served to break his blade and not the diamond. Four days later having made new larger and heavier tools, Joseph successfully split the extraordinary diamond in two.
Saying goodbye to 2021 and all the beautiful jewels it brought us. We can’t wait to see what treasures await in the New Year but until then we’ll leave you with this 20ct old cut pear shape - just because I love it. Thank you all for your support and custom this year, we’ll see you on the other side. 🥂🍾✨