Gatwards of HitchinJewellery for men and women

UK's oldest family jewellers

Gatwards has been a jewellers for over 260 years. They are an award-winning family business and the oldest family jewellers in the United Kingdom. That also makes Gatwards the 28th oldest family business in the UK. When James Gatward first opened for business in Hitchin in 1760 as a watch and clock maker King George II was still on the throne. During its history, Gatwards has seen many changes. Today, Gatwards is in its 8th generation with Charlotte Gatward taking the reins. Whatever you are looking for, an engagement ring, an anniversary present, a landmark birthday, or something special, the Gatwards team are there to serve and are committed to delivering outstanding customer experience. Every team member is highly trained with many of the team having achieved external qualifications in gemmology.

Responsible buying 

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. 


Gatwards specialises in fine jewellery but has ranges to suit every taste and budget in 18ct gold, 9ct gold, silver and an array of different gemstones. 


Whether you are looking for an engagement ring, wedding rings, eternity rings or a stunning gemstone ring to mark a special occasion, Gatwards has an extensive range for all occasions. 


Gatwards is proud to stock both ladies and gentlemen’s watch ranges from high quality, well known brands such as Longines, Tissot and Raymond Weil. 


The shop offers an array of extra services including repairs, restoration & re-mounting of modern & antique jewellery; valuations carried out on the premises by an Institute of Registered Valuers Member; hand engraving; seal engraving on gold or stone; CAD design & re-mounting service; they buy & sell antique & secondhand jewellery; they also buy scrap gold & platinum; free gift wrapping on all purchases; gift vouchers are available; jewellery ultrasonic cleaning service in store plus cleaning products for gold, pearl and silver. 


In recognition of its commitment to excellent customer service and high quality products, Gatwards were awarded the 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. 

Jewellery for men and women

Opening Times

  • Mon 9.30am - 5.15pm
  • Tue 9.30am - 5.15pm
  • Wed 9.30am - 5.15pm
  • Thur 9.30am - 5.15pm
  • Fri 9.30am - 5.15pm
  • Sat 9.30am - 5.15pm
Jewellery for men and women


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