Britain’s Oldest Family Jewellers
With 260 years in business, award-winning family business, Gatwards is the oldest family jewellers in the United Kingdom and 28th oldest family business.
When James Gatward first opened his doors for business in Hitchin in 1760 as a watch and clock-maker King George II was still on the throne. Over its long and colourful history, Gatwards has seen many changes.
Today in 2020, Gatwards is in its 8th generation with Charlotte Gatward (pictured) taking the reins as her Aunt, Anna Gatward and mother Lisa Gatward have taken a back seat.
Originally watch & clock makers, examples of Gatwards work is still evident today. Bradly Gatward, Charlotte’s great grandfather, was the last member of the family to make clocks. When his son, Willson, died at only 59, the business was carried on by his widow Sylvia until his daughters Anna & Lisa took over the reins. With ladies at the helm, the emphasis moved towards jewellery & today, Gatwards is now renowned for fine diamonds & beautiful coloured gemstone jewellery.
The Gatwards buying team source jewellery from all over the world as well as here in the UK, providing the widest ranges to suit all tastes and budgets. Integrity and Trust are core values of the business and only the finest jewellery is hand selected from their conflict free and award-winning suppliers.
Whatever you are looking for - whether its an engagement ring, an anniversary present, a landmark birthday, or just something special, the Gatwards team are here to serve and are committed to delivering an outstanding customer experience. Our aim is to “Put the Sparkle into buying jewellery” and we intend to continue that into the 9th generation and beyond. Every team member has been highly trained with many of our team members having achieved external qualifications in gemmology.
In recognition of our commitment to excellent customer service and high quality products, we were recently awarded Family Business United’s Retail Family Business of the Year with Anna Gatward also being awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for her 60 years in the business.
Having guided and advised customers through 8 generations of the same family, maybe your grandparents or even great-great grandparents shopped at Gatwards!