Our History

Hester Clarke is now into it’s fifth generation of the Clarke Family. After over 125 years, we still strive to give the same professional and friendly service we have been offering our customers since 1892. Read more about our history below.

 

1892

Wilson & Gill founded in Regent Street

Mr Wilson & Mr Gill opened their jewellery shop in April 1892 at 134 Regent Street London. Most of their work at this time was Silversmithing, producing elegant and beautiful centerpieces and trinkets that were classic of the late Victorian period

 

1913

Victor Clarke Joins Wilson & Gill

After learning the trade at a Birmingham jewellery manufacturer, Victor Clarke Joins Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gill as the third partner in the business

 

1924

Lawson & Raphael join Wilson & Gill

Victor's sons Lawson and Raphael Clarke join the business, as the Second Generation of the Clarke family

 

1942

Lawson Clarke becomes a Fellow of The Gemmological Association

Gem-A, which began as a Gemmological Committee of the National Association of Goldsmiths, first introduced a gemmology qualification in 1908 in order to encourage jewellers to understand the gems they were selling and to identify the fakes

 

1946

Wilson & Gill become a limited company

Following the conclusion of World War 2, Wilson & Gill register as a limited company

 

1947

Lawson and Raphael Clarke take over

Following Victor's death his two sons, Lawson & Raphael, take over the running of the business

 

1955

Christopher Clarke joins Wilson & Gill

The third generation of Clarke's joins the company, when Lawson's son Christopher Clarke joins Wilson & Gill having trained at Biggs of Farnham

 

1969

Hester Clarke is born

Lawson, his son Christoper and Christopher's wife Ann buy out Raymond Hester of Hester and Sons, who had premises in Aylesbury and Princes Risborough. Raymond was looking to retire, and hoped to pass his family owned business on to a family who shared his values. The decision was taken to relocate from London to take over the business that served the heart of Buckinghamshire. Wilson & Gill and Hester & Sons become Hester Clarke Ltd

 

1977

Nicola Clarke joins the Family Business

Nicola Clarke joins Hester Clarke, having trained at George Tarratt's of Leicester. Nicola became the Fourth generation of Clarke to work for the company. Nicola is now a Director of Hester Clarke, and holds her RJ Dip

 

1979

Julia Clarke joins the family business

Julia Clarke joins the company, having trained at E W Payne of Bromley. Now Managing Director of Hester Clarke. Julia holds her RJ Dip, as well as being a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, and a Fellow of the National Association of Goldsmiths

 

2007

Michael Ellis joins family business

Julia's son Michael joins Hester Clarke, becoming the Fifth Generation of the family to work in the company

 

2017

Celebrating 125 Years

Hester Clarke celebrates 125 years since the founding of the original company in 1892