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About Holts Gems

Our Story | Our Expertise | Our Awards


Our Story

Over 70 Years of History

Holts Gems was established in 1948 by Robert Holt, a pre-war Jewish refugee, who upon arriving in London from Vienna found his calling within London’s bustling jewellery scene. Aged 16 he began an apprenticeship as a diamond polisher in Clerkenwell, soon developing ambitions of expanding his trade and taking his place alongside the fellow Hatton Garden jewellers that have made the area what it is today. In 1948, the lease was signed for 98 Hatton Garden, where the Holts Gems store stands today - as one of the longest established Hatton Garden jewellers.

the Holts Gems store first opened in 1948, looking a little something like this. We still stand proud at the same location with our newly refurbished, contemporary studio

the Holts Gems store first opened in 1948, looking a little something like this. We still stand proud at the same location with our newly refurbished, contemporary studio

Since the establishment of Holts Gems, our mission has remained the same - to provide a service of expert craftsmanship, unrivalled gemstone knowledge, and to build relationships with our clients that are based on honest, valuable advice.
— Jason Holt

Whilst celebrating our history, we know the importance of learning alongside our clients, which is why we’re constantly developing a service that is relevant to those visiting us today. Our clients are after a totally fresh buying experience; a personal service where we’ll work closely with you to find the perfect combination of diamonds, gemstones and the right design for your bespoke engagement ring or jewellery.

Rather than order in mass produced settings, our artisanal jewellers create each piece from scratch, whilst our diamond and gemstone experts use their impeccable knowledge to find the ideal stone for each individual.


Our Expertise

Sourcing, cutting, crafting

Our roots lie in the lapidary industry, in which our sister company Holts Lapidary still offer a comprehensive and highly skilled service. Visit our trade page for Holts Lapidary services.


Diamond & Gemstone Experts

In Hatton Garden, diamonds are synonymous with the history of the area. At Holts Gems, we source diamonds graded by the GIA.

Our in house diamond experts use their knowledge to source GIA diamonds and coloured gemstones with the perfect combination of characteristics to reach the best price point.

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Artisanal Jewellers

Since its establishment, Holts Gems has supported traditional British master craftsmanship. Whilst many Hatton Garden jewellers are decreasing the amount of jewellery they make in-house, Holts Gems is proud to produce each piece within our showroom.

Visit us to see our workshop in full swing and our talented goldsmiths in action.

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A Heritage Brand

With authentic roots in the Hatton Garden jewellers’ scene and decades worth of experience and expertise, Holts Gems is proud to stand within London’s jewellery quarter as a heritage brand.

Still within the Holts family, Holts Gems has built upon a wealth of knowledge and expertise to uphold the business and transform into a brand that meets contemporary needs.


Trade & Retail

A new era for Holts Gems

Having served our trade customers under the Holts Gems brand for over 70 years, 2019 see’s one of the biggest changes in the business for over half a century with the creation of a new trade services brand; Holts Lapidary.


Our Showroom

Over the decades, our showroom has undergone a number of changes - our latest refurbishment our proudest yet.

We aim to set a relaxed ambiance - Holts Gems is a small sanctuary of calm on the otherwise bustling streets of Hatton Garden. Our showroom is a comfortable space for you to make the most of while you browse & learn from our experts.

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Multi Award-Winning

Our Awards & Accreditations

Over the years, Holts Gems has picked up a number of awards that are credit to the intricate knowledge, expert crafting skills and warm personal service that our team work together to provide - from UK Jewellery Awards’ Independent Retailer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, to Family Business of the Year Awards’ Luxury Business accolade. Holts Gems are proud to have won the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Competition a total of 41 times, and in 2015 celebrated Jason Holt’s appointment as Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the jewellery industry.


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