By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Whether you are looking for a stunning, modern statement piece, or an elegant, vintage keepsake, Baxter and Hanks Fine Jewellery, in the heart of the Brighton Lanes, is perfectly placed to help you find it.
A hidden gem in The Lanes
Boasting an extensive and exceptional range of beautiful and individual items of jewellery, the two distinctive shops at Union Street and Meeting House Lane were established to offer customers an unrivalled selection of exquisite new and antique jewellery.
Baxter & Hanks specialises in new, antique and pre-loved engagement rings, and diamond-set wedding bands. They also have a beautiful selection of modern and antique pendants; bracelets; some stunning brooches; and many various-sized diamond ear studs to suit most budgets.
Both shops are open seven days a week, and the experienced and friendly team will help you find the perfect momento to mark your special day – whatever that may be – or provide a no-obligation valuation for you.
Setting the foundations of success
The company was created nearly ten years ago, when friends, Jim Powell and George Pavlides, decided to go into business together. Both have lived and worked in Brighton for nearly three decades. George’s background is in retail and business management, while Jim has a degree in valuations and Fine Arts, and has been working as a jeweller in The Lanes for over 20 years.
It is a real family business, with Jim’s wife, Anna, and George’s wife, Jenny, working front of house in the two shops, along with assistant, Hiroko. Goldsmith, Terry, and diamond setter, Richard, can be found in the workshops in Union Street.
Number 1 Union Street, with its basement workshops where a lot of the magic is created, opened in 2012. It proved so successful, that George and Jim opened a second shop at 16 Meeting House Lane, four years later.
Nothing is too much trouble
Despite the extensive range on offer in the shops, if a customer can’t find exactly what they are looking for, the experts at Baxter & Hanks will create a bespoke piece to their specifications; or will source a particular stone that is requested.
Creative and experienced jewellery-makers, Terry and Richard, will work with customers to produce a beautiful and very individual piece that is sure to be treasured forever.
All repairs and re-modelling are carried out on the premises – often in less than two hours – which has delighted many customers.
“My fiancé got my engagement ring from Baxter & Hanks. Resizing was done in 2 hours, which was amazing as I didn’t have to part with it for long. We went back last week to have a look at wedding bands and spotted the perfect ones. I love that they offer various pieces at a good range of price points, everything is one off or custom made, and George gave us amazing advice regarding style and material to suit us perfectly. Highly recommended!”
A 24-carat experience
Even though the shops are both open seven days a week, either Jim or George are always to be found in one of them. As George says: “Our doors are always open; we are very approachable and happy to talk to customers about anything they want to buy or sell.”
Their helpful and friendly approach over the years means that many satisfied customers come back again and again, and are only too happy to leave feedback about their experiences.
Elizabeth was keen to share her experience with a Google review: “We purchased my engagement ring and our wedding rings from Baxter & Hanks. Throughout the whole process they were brilliant, friendly and knowledgeable, we saw a stone that we liked but wanted it in a different ring setting which they did for us within a week or so, and when it came to buying our wedding rings they gave great advice. Communication was good and we would thoroughly recommend them.”
There’s only one place to shop
Whether you are buying those timeless matrimonial keepsakes; looking for a gift for a loved one; or maybe treating yourself; Baxter & Hanks Fine Jewellers will go above and beyond to give you not only a piece of timeless jewellery, but an experience never to forget.
Where to find them
1 Union Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HA.
16 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HB
Telephone: 01273 773596 / 01273 727189