The other week I was lucky enough to get invited to a blogger event at Hancocks in Manchester. I couldn’t make the event unfortunately but they were kind enough to invite me in the next day on my own to introduce me to their brand and learn a bit about the prestigious jewellery company. I popped along after the gym and was completely under dressed!! I hadn’t really done much research before and realised that they had incredible jewellery in the store but they made me feel very welcome none-the-less. I was greeted by Amanda and instantly offered a glass of champagne that was welcomed!
The lady that I spoke to predominantly was called Rosemary and told me about the history of Hancocks and how the original owner Josiah Hancock started a trade winding up clocks for the rich during the Victorian period. He eventually opened a jewellery store and it thrived. Unique and luxurious pieces were sold made from quality diamonds and metals. Another popular name within Hancocks is the Georg Jenson pieces. They are worn by the Danish Royals and are a symbol of high standards and excellence. All of the pieces are timeless and some of the original designs are still crafted today. Hancocks has become an internationally known brand from Manchester where generations of families still come for their jewellery. There are some beautiful items starting at around one hundred pounds which I would say is on par with other high street brands only more individual and special.
I was luckily able to try on some of the beautiful items, including the diamond crusted rings, bracelets and necklaces; I don’t think I’ve ever had £200,000 worth of sparkles on me before and I was a little overwhelmed. I took a few photos on my phone but stupidly didn’t take my camera with me but they haven’t turned out too badly. The pictures really don’t show quite how beautiful the diamonds are though! They only use the top four grades of diamonds and have them in several different colours and clarity. I’ve never seen a yellow diamond before but thought that they were really pretty and a little bit different. I think my favourite piece was the diamond bracelet, and luckily for me, was one of the cheaper items; from memory, around £60,000 (better start saving now!).
Once I’d finished trying on jewellery and learning about the origins and culture of the company, I was given a little gift bag which was very sweet considering I didn’t make the actual event. When I got home, I discovered that there was a box with Georg Jenson on the lid inside; I’d been given a solid silver handbag holder for a table! It was such a lovely surprise and is now part of my kitchen for my handbag. I also got a scrummy cupcake, a brochure, a pen and a notepad.
Considering I never really knew much about Hancocks before other than the fact that it was a jewellers on my way to town, I’ve come away from the event knowing about the brand’s history and culture and seen some of the beautiful, luxurious pieces that have a great heritage. There are a few classic pieces that I really liked and will be having a look at again that are more towards my price scale. It was brilliant to learn a bit of Manchester’s history as I’m a bit out of the loop since leaving university in 2013. If you want to get a family member something special, I would thoroughly recommend Hancocks as an alternative to the usual high street jewellery brands that are out there.