Thinking of buying some jewelry as a gift?
London is a great place to buy jewelry but you do need to know just where to go to find the perfect piece. There are lots of choices no matter what your budget or preferred style. If you want a designer, high quality and expensive jewelry, then Mayfair is definitely a good starting point.
This is where you can find specialist stores such as Asprey. Many of these stores are quite near to Regency House Hotel in 71 Gower street and have been trading in this area for years and have a worldwide reputation for providing customers with first class service and exquisite jewelry. Asprey, for example, has been trading in New Bond Street for around two centuries and counts royalty amongst its customers.
Prefer something a little older and more antique? Vintage items can be found in many of the Mayfair jewelers such as the Antique Jewellery Company in Davies Street. Don’t forget to check out the sales of antique and retro jewelry at Sothebys and Christie's auction houses as some spectacular items can come up for auction.
Costume jewelry is widely available within London’s West End where countless outlets can be found in all the major shopping streets. Just take a stroll down Oxford Street, High Street Kensington, Seven Dials or Regent Street to find a wide selection of stores.
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Many Londoners head for Hatton Garden near Holborn when they want to buy jewelry. This area has been the center of the jewelry trade for hundreds of years and still has over 90 shops and associated businesses within a very short distance of each other. It is here that you can buy unusual, contemporary designs or order bespoke items which are often made on the premises. If you want something different, and unique then Hatton Garden is the place to be.
Head towards Gower Street and search for some of the best hotels near Soho in London as The London Silver Vaults are easily overlooked if you don’t know where to go. This is definitely one of London’s best-kept secrets. These vaults were originally designed for London merchants to house their precious stock. Over the years, they have been steadily turned into retail outlets devoted to antique and contemporary silverware.
The Silver Vaults are hidden behind big doors close to Chancery Lane tube station. Open the doors and head down the stairs to find one of the largest collections of silverware, especially antique silver, in the world. Many of the family businesses dealing here have been trading on the spot for generations and have a wealth of expertise and knowledge to help customers find the perfect item.