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A family-run business, Berganza is a long-established retailer specialising in fine antique jewellery. Berganza the jewellers is based in the heart of Hatton Garden, London's historic jewellery quarter. As a vintage jewellery shop, we focus on the finest examples of ancient, antique and vintage engagement rings, with each piece of jewellery utterly unique and expertly handcrafted. We are very proud to have one of the largest collections of antique diamond engagement rings, as well as natural and unenhanced gemstone engagement rings, in the world. We are fascinated by the history, myth, tradition and design of these rings and how they have evolved over the millenia...

...We specifically deal in rarity when it comes to our antique and vintage jewellery collection. A wonderful aspect of this is our vast and unique collection of posy rings, the precursors to ‘modern' wedding rings, which are most often only available to be viewed in museums. Berganza also has an extensive and exclusive selection of other types of jewellery such as antique earrings. These earrings range from stud earrings through to ornate drop earrings, with only the finest quality from each of the historical design periods. Our buyers travel the globe and use their superior knowledge to acquire the most sought after vintage jewellery with intrinsic character and quality.

Our team of specialists combine experience, vision and practical expertise with academic excellence, and are trained in all aspects of gemmology and history of jewellery design. This allows us to help our customers make informed choices when investing in antique and vintage jewellery pieces, which in many cases will become their own heirloom. Our expertise in this area is unparalleled, and our shared passion for vintage jewellery is incomparable to any other jewellers.

Our Collection

With an ever-expanding inventory of three thousand ancient, antique and vintage rings, at Berganza we specialise in the rare and unusual - appealing to consumers who are in search of something truly individual and one-of-a-kind. Spanning across the centuries and incorporating countless stylistic influences, antique and vintage jewellery provides infinite options to those who are in search of something truly different. Every single item of jewellery is set with labour intensive hand cut diamonds or natural and unenhanced gemstones, often from famous historic mines long since exhausted. We are delighted to include in our vast collection, antique and vintage jewellery set with...

... exceedingly rare old mine diamonds from the earliest of diamond sources as well as natural and unenhanced gemstones such as Burmese rubies, and Kashmir, Ceylon and Burmese sapphires. These valuable unenhanced gemstones are matchless and show off exceptional natural colouration. In a world dominated by gemstones which are routinely treated, these stones can never attain the depth of colour that their natural counterparts exhibit. Their one-of-a-kind history and unaltered splendour makes these pieces perfectly timeless antique and vintage engagement rings.

We believe in offering only the highest quality pieces from each era. Our collection ranges from ancient Roman intaglio rings, to Viking twist rings, and rare gem-set Medieval pieces. It also includes ornate Georgian and Victorian jewellery, elegant Edwardian pieces, bold Art Deco jewels, and retro vintage designs from the 1940s and 1950s. We also offer a fantastic collection of antique and vintage signed pieces of jewellery by the most famous of jewellery houses, including Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Oscar Heyman Brothers and Boucheron, to name a few. These pieces of jewellery showcase the glamour of bygone eras and are highly sought after today.

Associations & Memberships

We are proud members of a number of prestigious associations such as the Association of International Antiquities Dealers (AIAD), The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Œuvres d’Art (CINOA), the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (GEM-A). As a member of these organisations, Berganza must adhere to the highest standards of quality, expertise and integrity. Inspiring consumer confidence via these codes of practice ensures the highest standards of ethical business practices, honesty and professionalism. For the last 20 years, we have been proud sponsors of the prestigious Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Awards, and we are pleased to support craftsmanship within the jewellery trade. We honour the craftsmanship, time, effort, and history that is imbued in each piece, whether it dates back to the Medieval period or the Roaring 20s. Furthermore, we understand the excitement, investment, and commitment that comes with purchasing a piece of jewellery such as a vintage engagement ring or an heirloom to pass through the generations. As such, we proudly maintain the highest standards possible for any and all buyers, collectors, and lucky recipients.

Why Berganza

When you purchase a piece of fine antique or vintage jewellery from Berganza, you are investing in rarity. With a service that is unrivalled by any, we are confident that when you buy from us, you are buying peace of mind. Every single piece of antique jewellery has a unique historical background which dates to a time when jewellery was crafted by hand, in the days before mass-production. Therefore, no two rings are alike, ensuring that you will find a piece that suits your personality perfectly. Contact us today to view our current collection of jewellery, either online or in our showroom, and secure your own unique piece of history. We also encourage you to visit our showroom if you are seeking a vintage engagement ring, even if you are searching within a set budget, as we can accommodate luxury for all.

Why Choose Antique or Vintage Jewellery?

There are endless benefits to choosing antique or vintage jewellery, including quality, rarity, charm and sustainability. The quality of antique or vintage jewellery is largely unparalleled. During the eras that our jewellery originates from, mass production did not exist, meaning that each and every piece was expertly handcrafted in a unique way. Skilled craftsmen would diligently construct pieces of jewellery using fine materials and specialist techniques, taking an incredible amount of time and effort to guarantee the quality and longevity of these pieces, which lends itself exceptionally well to their becoming antique engagement rings.

Today, gemstones are cut and polished by lasers and machinery, whereas in the past, stones were cut and faceted completely by hand, resulting in exceptional pieces with a wonderful sense of character. The care and precision taken to produce vintage jewellery not only created beautiful pieces, but also ones that will last for centuries to come. Additionally, we have the element of rarity. Due to the lack of mass production, your piece will be one of a kind as modern production methods cannot duplicate the distinctiveness of antique or vintage jewellery. Investing in antique and vintage jewellery gives you a significant chance of owning authentic and rare natural gemstones that took millions of years to form.

Another reason to choose vintage jewellery over modern pieces is their charm. Each piece of vintage jewellery would have been created during a specific era, using the materials and practices from that time, adding a sense of character that is rarely found in modern jewellery. Behind every piece of vintage jewellery there is a story, adding an element of romanticism that you won't find in new pieces.

Finally, the element of sustainability is a significant factor in many people's decision to invest in vintage jewellery. Modern methods of extracting gemstones and precious metals are hugely damaging to the environment. There is magnificent vintage jewellery on the market featuring breathtaking gemstones and diamonds, waiting to be valued and appreciated. When you purchase antique or vintage jewellery, you will be giving a piece of history a new story.

At Berganza, we have the highest standards when it comes to selecting the finest pieces of ancient, antique and vintage jewellery and are proud to present them in our collection.

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