At Berganza, we pride ourselves on having one of the most extensive collections of antique rings in the world. As a family-run business, we also believe in a 'service for life' approach.
We supply only the finest quality pieces available, and ensure all our gems are natural untreated stones without enhancements. What's more, we source just those rings that represent the very best of every period. From Roman, Byzantine and Georgian to Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco. Not to mention, the retro fashions of the 1940s and 1950s.
In short, when you purchase a piece of fine vintage jewellery from Berganza, you are investing in a rarity. Each article was handmade by a craftsman at a time when there was no mass production of gemstone rings and jewellers considered themselves artists. It's no coincidence, therefore, that we are proud sponsors of the prestigious Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Awards, and have been for the last twenty years, in support of the enduring craftsmanship within the jewellery trade.
The team at Berganza combine experience with vision, practical expertise with academic excellence. A family business, our most important shared characteristic is a passionate devotion to antique jewellery. Our profound understanding of gemstones, supported by our extensive knowledge of the heritage of jewellery design, ensures that we are uniquely placed to select only the very finest for our collection, and to help our customers make informed choices in investing in pieces which, in many cases, will become their own heirloom.
With a service that is unrivalled by any, we are confident that when you buy from us, you are buying peace of mind.
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The Chairman and founder of Berganza, Paul Daughters’ passion for gems and jewellery was first ignited at the age of ten whilst in Australia on prospecting trips for gold and opals with his father. On returning to England, he undertook an apprenticeship in a prestigious lapidary company in Hatton Garden. Having gained immeasurable experience in a relatively short time, he ventured out on his own to create the largest lapidary company in England whilst still a teenager.
Over the years he grew the lapidary business and added diamond dealing and cutting to the company’s portfolio. Forever searching for unique precious stones, a natural progression was for the company to turn to not only mining, but also purchasing antique jewellery, where the finest gemstones were found. This was to be the beginning of a new era for the company when Paul realised that the incredible craftsmanship of these pieces was just as important as the stones themselves. This heralded the beginning of Berganza’s antique and vintage jewellery collection.One of the highlights of his career was being asked to repolish the sapphire in a ring that had just been bought by Prince Charles. It would later be presented to Lady Diana Spencer, and is famously worn today by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Justin Daughters, Managing Director of Berganza, is continuing to build on the Daughters’ family legacy. Having worked at Berganza since the age of sixteen, he is an expert in both vintage and antique jewellery, with an incredible eye for quality, craftsmanship and the finest gemstones. He is responsible for sourcing and acquiring pieces for the collection from across the world. With over 2,500 pieces, Berganza is proud to have one of the largest collections of ancient, antique and vintage jewellery in Europe!
The company has one of the most technologically advanced, comprehensive and visually stimulating websites in the industry. Recognising the importance of global marketing, Justin is continually researching and investing in innovative technology and equipment. Most recently he launched the new Berganza app for iPhone.
Whilst Justin has a great appreciation for all fine gemstones and antique jewellery from across the eras, he is particularly drawn to the vivid hue of Colombian emeralds. He brings enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to every piece he encounters.
Lily is the manager of Berganza and ensures the smooth running of the showroom on a daily basis. With over five years of experience in the trade, she is also one of our vintage and antique specialists, and press liaison. Alongside managing the Berganza team, she has a considerable knowledge of antique diamonds, and has her diamond grading diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Lily favours statement pieces from the 1970’s made from yellow gold and is also an expert in vintage signed pieces from world renowned jewellery houses such as Bulgari.
Alexandra is the assistant manager at Berganza. Not only is she one of our vintage and antique specialists but writes many of our articles, often featured in publications. With a specific interest in our ancient and early pieces, Alexandra researches the history of our earlier and important jewels. Alexandra has her Cert GA from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), a degree in History of Art with Museum Studies, as well as a Masters in the Art Market and Appraisal, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the Berganza team.
Having worked at Berganza for over 10 years, Emma is an intrinsic part of the Marketing Team. She is the creative vision of Berganza and her role focuses predominantly on photographing recently acquired pieces for the website. With the largest collection in Europe of ancient, antique and vintage jewellery, Emma keeps our continuously changing collection up to date online. Emma also creates content for our popular social media channels, including Instagram and Youtube.
With a passion for gemstones, Zoe is a graduate gemmologist from GIA. In addition to this, she has her FGA, making her a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Zoe is an integral member of the sales team and specialises in highly sought after, unusual and rare gemstones such as cat’s eye chrysoberyl and colour change sapphires. She can often be found in the lab researching our latest acquisitions. Zoe is fluent in English, French and Spanish and often converses with our international clientele.
With a degree in Art History, Harriet has a passion for creativity and history. Inspired by the fine craftsmanship found in antique jewellery, Harriet is fascinated with the unique stories and sentimental value that are intrinsically found in these rare pieces. Harriet specialises in our antique and vintage wedding bands, and eternity ring collection, and can assist you in finding the perfect band to accompany your one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
Anna has a degree in photography, and garnered a wealth of experience before joining Berganza. As part of our Marketing Team, Anna photographs jewellery for the website, along with creating content for our social media, and managing our online platforms. Anna appreciates the intense blue of a Kashmir sapphire.
With a background in luxury retail, jewellery and watches, Luke testifies that the finest pieces he has worked with to date have all been antique and vintage. He places particular emphasis on the traditional, handcrafted techniques of yesteryear, and the unmatched quality of the natural, unenhanced gemstones. With a penchant for writing, Luke enjoys getting lost in research for one of our latest newsletters or blogs, or filming interesting new videos for our social media platforms.
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