London’s diamond district, Hatton Garden, opened earlier this month and has been welcoming in trade from all over once again.
This follows over two months of lockdown and very limited trade due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Many retailers have continued to operate online, selling jewellery items, pieces and more through their websites and social media.
“We are thrilled to be back,” explained Mitchell Perry of Hatton Garden Diamond. “It has been a hard time for one of the UK’s oldest trades and customers have missed the experience of being able to speak and deal with jewellers face-to-face.”
“We have seen an increased demand upon re-opening with some people eager to purchase their anniversary gifts or engagement rings after some delay, or those trying to get in early before the next lockdown arrives.”
There are approximately 87 jewellery shops and businesses that operate on the high street of Hatton Garden, although with a number of small and independent dealers and designers, the number comfortably exceeds thousands of companies and employees.
Beyond jewellery stores, many local businesses will be happy to re-open including the food market on Leather Lane market, which lies adjacent to Hatton Garden – and the number of restaurants that benefit from lunchtime trade offering poke bowls, salads and more.
“We are also boosted by the trade of people who have needed small bits and bobs but have not been able to come and visit. This includes things like jewellery repairs, ring resizing and notably, jewellery valuations, which are always important and even more so when some people are reassessing their finances.”
“For now, we are excited to be back and business. All our staff are wearing gloves, masks and the hand sanitizer is on cue – and right now we are living for the moment!”
“My credit goes to all those young couples who remained lockdown together. If they made it this far, getting engaged is the least they can do!”