Mr Holt, a pre-war Jewish refugee from Vienna, arrives in London aged 16 and works as an apprentice diamond polisher in Clerkenwell
Mr Holt opens ‘R Holt & Co’ shop on Hatton Garden
Mr Holt was given a signet ring by his father, visiting Jersey he was asked to design and sell signet rings
A new branch of R Holt & Co began selling gold and metal jewellery to ‘Boots The Chemist’
Mr Holt was asked to make a waist wide ribbon with a Turquoise stone to help a lady with her fertility. A few months later she returned and announced to a packed shop that Mr Holt had made her pregnant!
Holts Gems’ first official apprentice!
R Holt & Co opens an on-site stone cutting workshop!
Mr Holt was one of few allowed to enter China - as advisor to the government. Mr Holt sold diamond powder and become fascinated with the chinese minerals and carvings which led to their importation.
Mr Holts made a trip to Sierra Leone to value diamonds, a government coup took place and he had to escape by joining a tour group and pretending to be a tourist!
Mrs Debbie Minshall joins the business and launches our popular re-stringing service.
Holts Gems are awarded 'Winner' of the National Training Awards 1996!
Holts Gems 50th anniversary! We celebrated by creating a miniature model of 'The Albert Memorial' which was launched by Dame Judy Dench who played the infamous Mrs Brown.
A new deposit of Pink Tourmaline was discovered in Nigeria, Holts Gems was the place in London to buy it from!
Jason Holt (son of Mr Holt) joins the family business after successful law career and quickly identified that the industry was in danger of losing its craftsmanship. Jason focused on driving more apprenticeships into the industry which not only ensures Holts Gems have world class stone cutters and jewellers but that ensures the longevity of the lapidary industry in the UK.
Our Head of Lapidary, Roger Dunkin, was commissioned to repair some of the gemstones wtihin the iconic V&A Monument.
Jason sets up Holts Academy to train the next generation in Jewellery & Lapidary.
A particular type of Turquoise experienced a resurgence in 2001, the 'Sleeping Beauty Turquoise'. This type of turquoise has a very consistent egg-blue colour which shows very little to no veining or webbing.
We were thrilled to be awarded Winner at the National Training Awards again in 2002.
Jason Holt was awarded 'Winner' of a Special Award from the Department of Education & Skills as part of his ongoing work at Holts Academy.
Holts Gems were awarded 'Winner for Commitment to the Community' at the London Business Awards which are staged by the London Chamber of Commerce.
Holts Gems achieve supplier status for fine jewellery to Lords, Ladies and MP’s including the The House of Lords. We continue to work with the House of Lords, this is an example of our latest work.
We introduced our bespoke design service allowing us to fully complete the 'rock to ring' journey. We have created unique items and celebrated along with our bespoke customers through proposals, anniversaries and birthdays. Our service is much loved by returning customers and we ensure that every item is truly unique and perfect for the recipient. Book an appointment with us today.
Pink Sapphire gemstones took off in the market, primarily as an alternative to pink diamonds, Holts was the place to buy from. We take great pride in sourcing the very finest gemstones at the right time.
Jason Holt is awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
At the awards event, Mr Holt (senior) and the Queen reminisced about the time when Princess Elizabeth had visited a diamond factory where Mr Holt had polished the stone for her engagement ring!
Invented a self-setting mechanism ‘ROQUE’ to set gemstones without needing a jeweller...
Holts Gems were thrilled to be awarded winner of the UK Jewellery Awards, for 'Independent Retailer of the Year'.
Holts Gems wanted to incorporate virtual ‘trying on’ with our bespoke creations which led to the birth of ‘Holition' now a world leader in augmented reality.
Prince William proposes to Kate Middleton with a blue sapphire ring belonging to his mother, Princess Diana and immediately reinvigorates the market for blue sapphire engagement rings.
Precious coloured gemstones storm the market, more rare than diamonds!
Holts invented and manufactured new Lapidary machinery to polish, grind and facet all types of gemstones, available to buy.
Rachel Lichtenstein, a respected author, artist and archivist visits Hatton Garden for her documentary 'Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden'. Rachel chooses Holts Gems as her no.3 focus, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE2SomN53Mg
The wider Holts family were overjoyed that Jason was awarded a CBE for services to Apprenticeships & the Jewellery Industry.
Mr Holt, an apprenticeship ambassador for the government, CEO of Holts Gems and founder of Holts Academy, said: “I have always felt as a business owner I needed to act — to do something about the skills gap in our sector. I’m always willing to help if I know that I can make a valuable contribution, and to be recognised for that in this way is very humbling.”
So much so that we signed a new lease for 20 years for our shop location at 98 Hatton Garden. Visit us and find out why London's Jewellery Quarter is iconic!
It has been an exciting year at Holts Gems, we have refreshed our branding and invested in a world class ecommerce platform to showcase our gemstones and our unique lapidary skills. We hope you like our nod to our past and come on the journey with us.