History OfGoldsmiths

Goldsmiths have a rich and vibrant history as one of the longest standing jewellery British jewellery companies, with over a hundred years of tradition and experience in offering exceptional pieces and unparalleled customer service.

Goldsmiths trading history can be traced back to 1892 when it commenced business as a family run jewellers in Newcastle upon Tyne called Northern Goldsmiths & Silversmiths. In over a century since, it has grown into one of the major jewellery groups in Britain, still run on family lines, with much of the old family atmosphere retained in its one hundred and sixty five outlets, spread throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The founder of the company was a Victorian entrepreneur named Thomas Cooke. He had many diverse business interests, amongst which was partnerships with jewellery concerns called Street & Co and Field & Co and was a founding Director of a superior restaurant, "Tilleys" all in Newcastle.

Having purchased one of the finest retail sites in Newcastle upon Tyne, known as Suttons Corner, at the junction of Pilgrim Street and Blackett Street, he had a superb building erected. It was designed by a young architect called James Cracket, and fitted out by Sage's of London to the very highest standard. However, very soon after in 1892 the fascia had to be replaced after a conflict of company name. Northern Goldsmiths & Silversmiths became the Northern Goldsmiths Company.

There have been many notable achievements for Goldsmiths throughout the years. We were the jewellers who made the Rugby League Trophy, and we were the UK's first appointed stockist of Rolex watches in 1919.

Today, Goldsmiths is the largest quality jeweller in the UK with showrooms in every major town and city from Aberdeen to Torquay, as well as five in Northern Ireland. We also operate the largest distribution network for Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Gucci and many other reputable watch brands. Our website, which was created in 2000, has also solidified us as one of the most successful jewellery companies not just throughout our bricks and mortar stores, but in the digital world too.

Even though we're much bigger than when we first began, we still put our customers first and have the finest selection of diamond jewellery, luxury jewellery brands, plus fashion and prestige watches in our showrooms. Leading brands that we stock include Rolex, Omega, TAG Heuer, Breitling and many more. We have strong relationships with all of our brands, and often get exclusive pieces into our stores and on our websites before any other company.

It all comes down to one thing: we love what we do, and it shows. Big or small, gold or silver. We love it all and our team is expertly trained to help you find and keep safe items you will treasure forever.

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