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Hancocks, from 1860 to 2022.

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Let me take you back to 1860…

A leap year.

Anton Chekhov is born.

Abraham Lincoln becomes a presidential candidate.

The British Open is played for the first time ever.

And Hancocks is born.


Since then Hancocks has built its reputation as an exclusive jeweller in Manchester through its excellent service and array of fine jewellery. It’s no surprise that they are Manchester’s oldest fine jewellers.


Internationally recognised, Hancocks are an authority on diamonds and precious gemstones. They’ve been helping Manchester select fine pieces since the start. Originally located in Piccadilly, the jewellers have occupied their iconic location on King Street, Manchester, since the early days of business.


It all started with Josiah Hancock working as a clock winder for the elite in and around Manchester, and business was thriving so much that he invested in a permanent home in the city. Hancocks are proud to continue to thrive as a privately-owned jewellers today.


Over their 162 years, Hancocks have seen fashion trends come and go, and have curated a collection of the finest pieces and stones available. This, along with their skill and expertise in designing elegant pieces and bespoke jewellery, is what makes them so special. Their ability to select and present the finest jewellery to their clients has meant that their long history lasts to this day, as they continue to occupy the place of the leading jeweller not only in Manchester, but all over the North West.


The ability to adapt with the times and ensure the most fashionable jewellery for each season has been part of Hancocks’ success. Their Manchester archive catalogues contain the history of the different fashions that have passed through this store, which has seen everything from gold and gems, chunky designs, coloured stones and classic accents, all the way through to simple, clean lines and beautifully cut diamonds. It really is a sight to behold.


Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, the expert team at Hancocks are here to help you find the right jewellery, whatever the occasion. With their exquisite hand-picked collection, and bespoke designs, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.


We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Manchester King Street store.