Vintage antique jewellery and contemporary designer jewellery are the twin passions at family-run, Yorkshire-based jewellery specialists, Nicholsons, where our guiding mantra is Everyday Luxury. Our jewellery store in the Roman spa town of Ilkley is bright and modern, and a warm welcome awaits those of you who prefer to shop instore rather than online. A visit is also the best way to begin the Bespoke Jewellery process or, if you're passing the store just to drop by and meet the experts.
Renowned for elegant and authentic fine vintage rings, many of which are the perfect engagement rings, we have an extensive choice all available to buy securely online or in store. Discover a carefully chosen selection which includes old-cut diamond solitaire rings, diamond clusters and three-stone trilogy rings, together with gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Browse pre-owned diamond cocktail rings from the retro 1970s and beyond for the perfect unusual engagement ring.
Not just known for vintage rings though, we stock a thoughtfully curated collection of timeless antique jewels from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and later eras. Victorian silver bangles, many with intricately engraved patterns, are large and chunky enough to make a modern style statement whilst still being light and comfortable to wear. Old gold curb link and gate bracelets in 9ct rose gold or 15ct gold appeal to the traditionalist and, as many are also set with gemstones such as turquoise, pearls or opals, give a touch of luxury to antique wristwear. Elegant pendants and necklaces from a bygone era have been a success as gifts to mark a special birthday or anniversay and many brides have walked down the aisle wearing an antique pearl necklace specially chosen to compliment the wedding gown or as a gift from father to daughter. Although formal day wear is in something of a decline, antique brooches that were more usually associated with such wear show no signs of decline. And what a good thing too as so many beautiful vintage styles exist and many are enhanced not just with gold filigree decoration or translucent enamel, but also diamonds, pearls, sapphires, rubies or emeralds. We can often adapt a brooch to be worn as a pendant and their appeal to the avid collector of antique jewellery and those who appreciate craftsmanship of a bygone era never quite goes away.
Modern Silver Jewellery
The exacting quality criteria we have for our vintage jewellery is also evident in our choice of contemporary jewellery designs. We have selected styles in modern silver jewellery from an eclectic mix of both independent workshops and larger, well-known names where we have cherry-picked the best and most desirable designs to cater for our customers' exacting jewellery demands. Currently meeting these criteria are Hot Diamonds, Nordahl, and Jersey Pearl. Several other, smaller, design houses are also stocked under our 'Nicholson's Own' brand.
Contemporary Engagement Rings
Luxury ring designs in platinum and diamonds have been carefully selected from a niche range of award-winning jewellery designers such as Andrew Geoghegan and Paul Spurgeon. Both of these jewellery designers have a quality ethic that's completely in tune with our own here at Nicholsons. Striving for perfection and quality in each and every design decision, both Andrew and Paul have as their first design criterion the customer. In other words: you. Andrew Geoghegan and Paul Spurgeon each select the finest materials and gemstones in which to work and their quality control and perfectionism is rarely seen in these days of mass production.
Bespoke Rings & Jewellery by Nicholsons
We know that whether vintage or contemporary, you just can't seem to find what you want, or perhaps you have a very definite idea of a design. Well, we can help you. We have a jewellery workshop experienced in all tasks and staff experienced to cope with it all, whether that's a very simple chain repair or ring sizing to a completely hand made diamond ring. We are able to source loose diamonds to your specification or, if you already have a diamond, we can help you to choose a setting for it.
A range of fine quality diamond set wedding bands, created with exacting precision are available to buy under the Nicholsons brand. With a sample range of 80 stylish designs these can be made to order set with diamonds from approx. H colour and SI clarity and upwards in a range of precious metals from gold, palladium and platinum.
We are approved UK stockists of Bien, one of the leading names in designer wedding bands. We show a small selection of the range on the Nicholson's website but if there's a design you can't see, please just give us a ring. As an authorized stockist we are able to obtain any of the designs in the Bien range of rings - all at the best possible prices.