Hancocks remains a family owned London jewellers to this day, with the Burton family moving the firm into its current location in the famous Burlington Arcade in 1992.
Today the jewellery collection consists of the very finest examples from antique to retro, offering our clients jewels from the very greatest jewellery houses to have existed. In keeping with our heritage we are also specialists in old cut diamonds and gemstones, using them to make exquisite unique pieces created by some of the most experienced craftsmen alive today. We always have a stunning collection of Objets D’Art and silver at any given time.
The collection ranges from antique pieces by the gothic goldsmith master Wiese, micro-mosaic perfectionists Castellani and Giuliano to the Art-Nouveau sensationalist Rene Lalique. The revolutionary Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s were defined by pioneers such as Fouquet, Boivin, Belperron and immortalized by Cartier and VCA; all of which feature, amongst others, in our collection. The post-war period was dominated by the aforementioned houses that survived the turbulent first half of the 20th century and had established a fine reputation by this time; they continued to make jewellery in keeping with the fashions of the era and defining decades with various iconic pieces which we are constantly on the lookout for.
Our focus on old cut gems, especially diamonds, is based on our 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 we create pieces that reflect the style of the age of the cut, or we create bespoke, commissioned jewels.
Silverware has been a staple part of business for Hancocks since 1849. Today we are 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 us.
Amassing a collection such as this is no mean feat and Hancocks constantly travels the globe to seek out the best and most interesting pieces. The family and team here at Hancocks all have their own areas of expertise enabling them to offer our customers a unique, professional and friendly experience.
Meet the team
Stephen Burton, Owner & Managing Director
Stephen is the Owner and Managing Director of Hancocks. Stephen and his wife Janie work side by side and have done ever since they met in 1976. Their children Amy and Guy have now joined them in the business. Stephen is well known within the industry for his discerning eye and is the principal buyer of jewellery at Hancocks.
Janie Burton, Director
Janie works alongside her husband Stephen and has done so ever since they met in 1976. From their first date down Portobello Market to now sitting side by side at Hancocks, they are a team and their career has been and still is a journey together. Janie is the photographer at Hancocks keeping the website up to date with our ever-changing jewel collection and overseeing much of the day to day running of the business and our trips abroad.
Guy Burton DGA, Bespoke Director
Guy is Hancocks Bespoke Director. During his time in the jewellery trade has developed a passion for diamonds and bespoke jewellery. He has created an extensive collection of contemporary diamond jewellery for Hancocks with a focus on unusual and rare old cut diamonds.
Amy Burton FGA DGA, Designer
Amy has been at Hancocks since 2008 and has a particular passion for jewellery design. In addition to designing unique jewels and a contemporary collection for Hancocks, she is also a gemmologist and a buyer for the Hancocks collection.
Louise McGurl, Administrative Director
Louise has been working with Stephen for many years and is the company Administrative Director at Hancocks. Louise ensures the smooth running of Hancocks and oversees all the different areas of the company, from the shop gallery to shipping laws and complex licensing, Louise is a master of management and ensures that everything at Hancocks that is supposed to happen, happens!
Matthew Raymond, Sales Manager
Matthew joined Hancocks in 2013, therefore, he is one of the faces you will regularly see if you come to visit our gallery. Matthew has been working in the art and antique world since 2003 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge.
Rachel Warner BA FGA DGA, Researcher
Rachel joined Hancocks in 2015, she catalogues and researches every jewel as it becomes part of the collection. Rachel has been working in the jewellery world since 2001 and has great experience in many areas of jewellery and has a particular interest and in depth knowledge of gemmology and the history of jewellery.
Maria Boyle, MB Communications Ltd
Maria handles all of our PR and media. For media enquiries please contact her using the following details:
0208 876 8444