When it comes to finding incredible jewellery in the UK, there are many counties and cities to choose from. Every highstreet you go to will have the same brands and chains, but what if you’re looking for something independent and unique? We’ve searched the country far and wide to find the 10 best places to shop for jewellery in the UK.
The city of Bath is best known for their Roman-built baths, but it’s also brilliant for shopping. Rich in style and culture, it’s an ideal place to shop for jewellery. Bath is known for their independent boutiques and antique shops which are full to the brim of unusual unique jewellery. Bath is also renowned for their Christmas Market, which is packed every year full of jewellery stalls, which boasts the beauty and craft of handmade jewellery. Bath is a fabulous mix of new designs and antique jewels, so make sure you shop for jewellery the next time you visit.
Birmingham is one of the best UK locations for jewellery. Situated on the edge of the city centre, The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter has been trading and thriving for more than 250 years. The Jewellery Quarter is home to over 700 jewellers and independent retailers and is steeped in history. Birmingham is passionate about jewellery, with local colleges and the University of Birmingham offering jewellery making courses, hoping to educate and encourage the next generation of jewellers. If you’re interested in learning how to make jewellery, The Jewellery Quarter also host workshops every month.
Next door to Bath, Bristol is a vibrant city and busy shopping destination. From the high-end shops in Clifton, to well-known brands in Cabot Circus shopping centre, there is an eclectic mix of jewellery in Bristol. If you’re looking for handmade unique jewellery, take a look at St Nicholas Market. The indoor market is open everyday and hosts a large collection of independent retailers. Hidden inside is many jewellery shops as well as places to buy gemstones. Psst - Bristol is also home to the JewelStreet office!
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is an extremely busy place, boasting three shopping centres and multiple independent businesses. Hidden inside the winding arcades, you can find vintage, independent jewellery shops and high-street chains, offering you a bit of everything. Unsurprisingly, Cardiff is a very patriotic place, so you’ll find ‘Shop Wales’ shops around every corner, where you can shop traditional Welsh designs.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is rife with independent jewellery makers. Many of Scotland’s independent jewellers take inspiration from Scotland’s nature and heritage. Three main jewellers include Annie Smith, Sheila Fleet and Rosie Brown - definitely worth checking out when you visit.
While Henley-on-Thames may be a small town, it is full of antique jewellery shops and is a fun shopping experience. A quaint town, you can easily get round it in a day so you’ll get to experience all that Henley has to offer. Henley is also home to the annual Henley Royal Regatta. If you’re a big fan of rowing, the Regatta have their own collection of jewellery, inspired by the beloved sport. Psst - JewelStreet designer, Jeremy Heber Jewellery previously designed pieces for the Regatta!
Lincoln is a popular tourist attraction due to its famous landmarks, like Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral. They also have a variety of jewellery, from vintage to contemporary. Many local and independent designers showcase and sell their jewellery in the local shops. Lincolnshire’s vast countryside is also a vast treasure trove, with jewellery that had been lost for centuries found buried underground.
Venturing further up North, Liverpool is best known in the jewellery industry as the home to Boodles. Boodles’ empire started in Liverpool and has been run by the same family for more than 200 years. It is also home to another successful jewellers, Wongs Jewellers. An independent family jeweller, they source and handcraft all of their jewellery and have been doing so for over 50 years.
London is the biggest tourist attraction in the UK and is full of culture, style and jewellery. Home to Harrods and De Beers Jewellers, London is the centre for the diamond trade, with hundreds of gems passing through on a regular basis. To narrow it down, Covent Garden and Hatton Garden are well-known for their independent jewellery retailers. London is also home to the Crown Jewels, so if you don’t fancy buying any jewellery when you next visit, you can feast your eyes on the most famous jewellery in the world.
Another popular tourist destination, Stratford-upon-Avon is full of culture and history. Visitors flock there all year round to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and to enjoy the shops that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer. Full of unique and independent boutiques, Stratford-upon-Avon prides itself on selling jewellery that you won’t find anywhere else.