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If you find yourself in London looking for a special piece of jewelry, you’re in the perfect location: Graff Diamonds’ flagship store is located on the city’s historic Bond Street. Originally opened in 1993, the store underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in 2012. The result? Floor-to-ceiling windows, Italian marble floors and lacquered walnut panels create the ultimate atmosphere for the purchase of the very finest jewels.
Graff Diamonds also has an outpost on Sloane Street near Hyde Park, and a third store located within The Fine Jewellery Room at Harrods will open in spring 2014.
There are a wealth of fine jewelry stores spread throughout the British capital. However, if you are looking for the widest selection within the smallest area, you should take a trip to Hatton Garden. Located between Chancery Lane and Farringdon, in the central district of Holborn, this long street and the area around it has been the center of London's jewelry since medieval times. To this day, it remains one of the world's great hubs for the diamond trade. And it is somewhere to pick up exquisite jewelry for exceptionally reasonable prices.
There are almost 300 businesses in Hatton Garden that revolve around on the jewelry industry, and of these more than 55 of these are retailers. So the best policy is to put aside half a day to browse the various stores, speak to the various experts and wait for something to catch your eye.
However, if you're really looking for a particular piece, there are certain stores to seek out. For stunning diamond engagement rings made by artisan designers, head to Savvy and Sand at 88-90 Hatton Garden. For incredible handmade gold wedding bands, try Ivan Dvorak at 63-66 Hatton Garden. And for contemporary pieces in various designs, metals and stones, make a beeline for Durrants on the adjacent Greville Street.
Although there are jewellery shops located throughout London, there is one street where you can visit literally dozens of stores in one fell swoop. Hatton Garden is located between Farringdon and Chancery Lane stations and is home to more than 50 businesses selling jewellery.
It has a particularly good reputation for diamonds and many a Londoners engagement ring has been excitedly purchased here.
The street has the weight of history behind it too. The old City of London had certain streets - or quarters - dedicated to specific types of business and Hatton Garden area has been the epicentre of London's jewellery trade since medieval times.
If you are looking for an engagement ring try John Lawrence at number 87b or Arlington & Co at number 11. Antique pieces can be bought from Hatton Jewels at number 100 while more contemporary designs are on sale at Ivan Dvorak at number 63-66.
Once you're done shopping head to Ye Olde Mitre pub to celebrate. This tiny pub was reputedly visited by Elizabeth I and is located down the astoundingly narrow Ely Court.