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Hancocks & San Francisco

A long-felt affinity

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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.

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At Hancocks we have felt a strong affinity with San Francisco and its culture and have been making jewellery for customers based there for many years
At Hancocks we have felt a strong affinity with San Francisco and its culture and have been making jewellery for customers based there for many years

Recently we have seen a marked growth in our business there, particularly for engagement rings and we are delighted to be working with so many new clients in San Francisco.

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In particular, our focus on using recycled precious metals in our jewellery alongside the antique and vintage diamonds we specialise in seems to resonate with San Franciso clients.  Using these old stones is by far the most sustainable and ecologically friendly option for diamond jewellery when compared to the environmental cost of newly mined and manufactured diamonds.

Our latest collection, playfully called Slinky Shoulders, shows off a selection of these diamonds beautifully.  It features a variety of shapes and sizes of old-cut diamonds, all set with coloured gemstone shoulders, adding a contemporary pop of colour to an otherwise classic design.

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Guy Burton, Director, Hancocks London, says:

“This collection evolved from discussions we had about different ways to complement and enhance our beautiful old cut diamond solitaire rings. We wanted something different to the diamond embellishments or hand engraved details we have used before and after playing with different designs which enhanced the central diamond, we came up with these slinky, colourful shoulders.”

The unique old-cut diamonds are all enhanced by elegant tapering shoulders set with specially cut aquamarines, sapphires or emeralds.

Guy Burton adds:

“Cutting stones to fit exactly into a design like this is known as calibre cut. Each one of these coloured gems has been designed and cut by hand so that they precisely fit into the shoulders of the band of each ring. The attention to detail this affords is reflected in the beauty of these jewels.

“Our beautiful antique diamonds don’t necessarily need any embellishment but sometimes it’s good to add a splash of colour, subtle or otherwise. We hope these rings will appeal to people who like their classics with a little contemporary twist.”

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♈️ It’s officially Aries time! ♈️Finding the vintage zodiac pendant of the specific one you want is not the easiest, so if you are an Aries baby we recommend grabbing it before someone else does! Our Aries pendant is by Tiffany & Co. circa 1970s, 18ct yellow gold, the detail in it really is lovely with a lot of texture and the ram depicted in high relief.As Aries are typically confident, bold individuals this pendant definitely fits the bill! #hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #tiffany #tiffanyjewelry #zodiac #aries #zodiacpendant #vintagezodiacpendant #ariespendant #gold #vintagejewellery #vintagetiffany
St. Patrick’s Day may have been yesterday but I’m sure celebrations are still continuing! It would seem amiss not to post this amazing jewel considering what it contains inside! 🍀This beautiful Victorian diamond heart locket c.1896, opens to reveal a four leaf clover no doubt intended to bring the wearer good luck and you can see the dates 1875 – 1896 engraved at the top, indicating this is likely to have been a 21st birthday present. The Victorian’s were hugely fond of the heart motif in jewellery - no doubt influenced by Queen Victoria’s fondness for the shape. One of her most precious and personal pieces was a charm bracelet with nine differently coloured enamel hearts on it, each representing one of her children. Tokens of love and sentiment feature prominently in the jewellery of this period. The motif remains beloved by many and this locket pendant is a particularly beautiful representation of it.🍀💎❤️#hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #victorian #victorianjewellery #heartpendant #diamondheart #heartlocket #victorianlocket #antiquejewellery #finejewellery #diamonds #luxuryjewellery #lucky #luckycharm #goodluck #fourleafclover #stpatricksday
💚St. Patrick’s Day💚As a nod to the Emerald Isle on this day - a reel dedicated to one of our favourite gemstones - Emeralds! We really are passionate about our gemstones at Hancocks and when we select our emerald jewels we are very discerning. A majority of our collection are of Columbian origin which are historically the finest quality and the most prized of all emeralds. The way we set emeralds is also extremely important to us as they are not as tough as some other precious gemstones so they need a little extra care and caution…however, putting aside the practicalities for a moment, let’s focus on the beauty! They are undoubtedly incredibly attractive, vibrant gemstones that just create stunning jewels! Yes, you guessed it…..We love them! 💚💚💚#hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #stpatricksday #emerald #handmadeinlondon #finejewellery #luxuryjewellery #emeralds #columbianemerald #vintagegems #vintagejewellery #antiquejewellery #emeraldring #craftmanship #handmaderings
✨New Arrivals✨ Had a few new arrivals on my desk and I couldn’t choose between them so I decided I would just show them all - why not?! All three jewels are vintage signed pieces… we’ve got Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Jean Mahie here….. can you guess which is which?These have just arrived so are not on the website yet - please DM for all the details!
💎 Craftmanship Spotlight 💎It’s true - I really don’t know much about science books and my French is absolutely appalling…. But what I do definitely know is jewellery and how beautifully crafted this Hancocks ring is and how I can truly appreciate the work by our Master Craftsmen that have gone into it. All our Hancocks rings are handcrafted here in London and we are very proud of our collection. Our diamonds and other gemstones are individually and expertly chosen and then the rings designed in house. This ring has a central 3.02ct Emerald cut diamond with perfectly tapered calibre cut baguette diamonds between rows of single cut diamonds all set in platinum. #hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #craftmanship #handcrafted #handmakeinlondon #mastercraftsman #diamond #emeraldcut #diamondring #engagementring #engagementinspiration
✨ It’s Friday - I’m in Love! ✨A few beautiful gold and diamond jewels to enjoy here this Friday! We’ve got a great Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet c.1955 that has a brushed gold finish - so it works so beautifully with our Hancocks gypsy set old cut diamond ring and our french cut diamond ‘Doughnut’ eternity band, both of which have that lovely satin finish on the gold. Happy Friday everyone! #hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #lovegold #diamond #gold #oldcutdiamond #vintagegems #handmaderings #handmadeinlondon #jewellerylover #ringsofinstagram #recycleddiamonds
💎 Craftmanship Spotlight 💎She’s a real beauty… can’t help but really admire the craftsmanship in this ring, the precision is perfection! We take a lot of pride in our House jewellery and use only the best Craftsmen, all handmade right here in UK. 💙 Enjoy! 💙#hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #handcrafted #handmadeuk #craftmanship #mastercraftsman #diamond #sapphire #crossoverring #emeraldcutdiamond
💎🌀 Kinetic spinner ring 🌀💎As seen on the gorgeous @hollywilloughby last night on Dancing on Ice! Her brilliant video of it in action can also be seen here… it is so great to see it being worn with joy! Thank you! The gold and diamond ring is by Norman Teufel c.1975 who won the DeBeers Diamonds International Award 5 times. It contains approximately 6ct of diamonds and is so expertly crafted it spins and moves flawlessly, creating such a playful and unusual jewel! A ring of the same design was once owned by Elton John and auctioned in a sale of his jewellery by Sotheby’s in 1988 #hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #hollywilloughby #normanteufel #teufel #kineticjewelry #kineticjewellery #gold #diamond #vintagering #jewellerylover
If you haven’t spotted our beautiful gypsy rings yet here’s a closer look! Each one is unique, individual, special. The carefully sourced gemstones we use will dictate the exact unique shape given to each gypsy set ring design and of course the colour of precious metal used to compliment it. Choose something subtly elegant or a showstopper that just can’t be missed! #hancockslondon #mayfairjewellers #gypsyrings #oldcutdiamond #diamond #gemstones #fancydiamond #fancycolourdiamonds #emerald #ruby #lovegold #handmadeuk #handcrafted #finejewellery #finejewelry #jewellerylover