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    Hatton Garden and Its Jewels

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    Hatton Garden and Its Jewels

    Hatton Garden has long had a reputation for being the centre of the diamond and jewellery trade in London. However, it is a fascinating area of the city for reasons other than just its history as the jewellery quarter. Here is a guide to some of the interesting things about Hatton Garden that you may not have known about.

    The Jewellery Quarter

    The jewellery trade has been important in Hatton Garden since the medieval period. The City of London always had streets that focused on various trades and businesses, and jewellery was the main business here. However, things really took of for the jewellery trade in the 19th century when De Beers decided its headquarters would be here.

    Following this, the area developed an international reputation for its jewels and expert jewellers, and this reputation continued to grow. In the latter half of the 20th century, many jewellery shops opened in Hatton Garden, and now there are about 300 business and over 50 shops operating here.

    More then Just Jewelley

    Here are some other facts about the history of Hatton Gardens that make this area of London so interesting:

    The area used to be famous for its gardens, as suggested by the name. Street names like Saffron Hill still remind us of this history. It was not until the 17th century that the gardens were converted into houses and street.

    The area used to be owned by the Bishop of Ely. He had a palace and grounds in central London because he was so powerful. In Shakespeare's 'Richard III', mention is made of the strawberries in the Bishop's garden.

    The area got its name from Christopher Hatton, who was a courtier admired by Elizabeth I. In the 16th century, Hatton was given a house within the grounds of Ely Palace. He was later knighted and became Lord Chancellor.

    The area provided inspiration to Charles Dickens, who used to live here. Gray's Inn featured in 'David Copperfield', and Bleeding Heart Yard featured in 'Little Dorrit'. There is a museum dedicated to Charles Dickens in Doughty Street.

    Other famous people lived and worked in the area, and they are commemorated on plaques. For example, there is a plaque to Sir Hiram Maxim, the designer of the machine gun, at the top of Hatton Garden Street.

    Bleeding Heart Yard is connected with the murder of Lady Elizabeth Hatton. Her body was found in 1626, allegedly torn apart but with her heart still beating. Her ghost is now said to haunt the streets.

    You can also see one of the last private roads in London, Ely Place, where the architect Charles Barry used to live.

    Explore Hatton Garden and Its History

    Hatton Garden is a fascinating area of London, and one rich in history. If you want to  buy a piece of jewellery, perhaps purchase a little piece of history yourself in the form of an antique engagement ring; commission a statement piece in the form or a sapphire engagement ring or let your sentimental side show with the acquisition of an eternity ring, take a trip here and walk around its ancient streets, keeping a look out for plaques of the famous people who have walked before you … Just watch out for the ghost of Lady Elizabeth Hatton.

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    Hatton Jewels,
    5 Hatton Place,
    EC1N 8RU
    Opening Hours
    Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm
    We are open by appointment only:
    Evening and early morning appointments available upon request.
    Terms and conditions of sale for Hatton Jewels

    These terms and conditions relate to the use of Hattonjewels.com website and any purchase from Hatton Jewels Ltd, Registration Number: 06241877, and whose Registered Office Address is 57-59 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5BU


    All orders for Goods shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods pursuant to these Terms and Conditions and are subject to acceptance by Hatton Jewels Ltd. Hatton Jewels may choose not to accept an order for any reason.

    When the item you wish to purchase is not available from stock you will be notified and given the option to either wait until the Goods are available from stock or cancel the order and receive a full refund within 30 days.

    Bespoke Items

    Items that are manufactured from our Build Your Own Rings range are not eligible for a full refund however a life time credit note will be issued for the full value of the item. If the item you received was a special order for a non-standard ring size* or if you ordered a Bespoke Item made to order, we regret that it can only be able to return it to us if it is faulty, as it will have been specially made and cannot be resold. *Standard Rings Sizes - Ladies I - O, Gents L - V

    Cancellation & Return

    We are confident you will be delighted with your Hatton Jewels purchase.

    However, you do have the option of returning items to us within 30 days of receipt for a full refund or exchange if you decide that the item is not right for you or the goods are faulty. We regret that we cannot offer refunds or exchanges on goods that have been worn, damaged or have had any alterations by a third party. Returned items can only be accepted if they are:

  • In the same condition they were received
  • With all original paperwork and documents
  • In the original packaging
  • Via the returns procedure detailed below
  • Failure to do so will result in the item being returned to you. Please complete the following procedure should you decide to make a return.
  • Call us on 0203 116 0069 or e-mail info@hattonjewels.com within 30 days from the receipt of your purchase. We will give you a unique authorisation code which you must write on the original invoice which you need to include in the package.

    Address your package to Hatton J Ltd, 5 Hatton Place, London, EC1N 8RU. For security reasons please do not write ‘Jewels’ anywhere on the outside of the package.

    Post the parcel using the Special Delivery service available at the post office. We recommend that you obtain proof of posting. We cannot be held responsible for any items that are lost in transit.

    Once your package has been received by Hatton Jewels Ltd it will be assessed to verify that the item has been returned in the original condition. Once verified a full refund or exchange will then be issued.


    Every effort is made to deliver your purchase as swiftly as possible. You will be sent a confirmation of delivery date at the time your order is confirmed.

    For items that are in stock we aim to deliver to you within 5-7 days. If we cannot deliver within the agreed time we will notify you immediately and with your agreement arrange an alternative date. Items listed under 'Express Delivery' are items which are currently in stock and can be delivered within 5-7 days. Depending on the rate at which the payment clears, we might be able to deliver it to you sooner.

    All items dispatched are fully covered by insurance whilst in transit, and must be signed for on delivery. At this point they become the property of the purchaser and our insurance no longer applies. Please be satisfied that the parcel has in no way been tampered with in transit before accepting delivery.

    Hatton Jewels Ltd shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform any of its obligations or promises if the delay or failure results from events or circumstances outside its reasonable control.

    Information on our website

    Whilst we make every attempt to ensure that our online catalogue is as accurate as possible errors can occur. Prices are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed upon receipt of your order. We may alter images for presentation purposes. Colour and size may vary slightly due to different monitors.

    If a product is not in stock and we are able to replicate it, this does not apply to antique pieces, Hatton Jewels guarantee the carat weight listed on the product as minimum and guarantee the same quality of gemstone, metal and workmanship for the order placed.

    Lifetime Warranty

    All Hatton Jewels handmade pieces come complete with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that covers any manufacturing defects and any necessary repair will be conducted free of charge under the following terms and conditions:

  • The item is identified by our production department as being defective as a result of a manufacturing default.
  • The item has not had any damage as a result of mishandling or Inappropriate impact (eg. knocks, dents or pressure), and has had no alteration, manipulation, repair or care by a service provider apart from ourselves or is the consequence of normal wear and tear.
  • Proof of purchase must be presented.
  • This does not apply on antique pieces or signed jewellery.
  • In order to ensure all stones are secure within your piece we advise having your piece checked by a jeweller at regular intervals.

    If purchased from ourselves even if not covered by guarantee we endeavour to resolve at the lowest price possible

    Repairs and Alterations

    All repairs on jewellery that has not been purchased through Hatton Jewels are completed at the customer’s risk. We will guarantee the specific work we complete for 1 year.


    If you have a complaint or concern please contact:

    Hatton Jewels Ltd

    5 Hatton Place
    EC1N 8RU
    Tel: 0203 116 0069
    e-mail : info@hattonjewels.com