Jewelers reveal new renovations to historic showroom

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An EDINBURGH jeweler business has announced the reopening of its renovated showroom on this week.

Hamilton and Inches opened yesterday to the public as coronavirus restrictions lifted and now have a new showroom to boast.

Work was also carried out in the workshops, service departments with the shop claiming they have kept the “historic accents at the heart of the restoration.”

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Hamilton & Inches new story front.

The new storefront is clad in Scottish Whinstone and has features a curved glass panels set in antique bronze, with jewelry displayed on a carved breccia marble plinth topped in silk.  

The focal point of the showroom is a hand-crafted silver Ginkgo leaf installation fitted above the diamond bar.

The firm claims this was created on the premises by Hamilton & Inches’ craftspeople with each silver leaf created to “honour the team and history which encases the brand.”

Alongside the installation, clients will be able to purchase a piece of the limited edition Ginkgo collection.

Working with Historic Environment Scotland on the plans, Hamilton & Inches partnered with the conservation practice Simpson & Brown Architects, and the founder of design practice Waldo Works, Tom Bartlett, to restore the five-story Georgian building located on George Street.

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Hamilton & Inches new renovated showroom.

Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches CEO, said: “I’m thrilled to unveil the newly restored showroom.

“This has been an amazing journey, and everyone including local contractors SJS, local chartered quantity surveyors McLeod & Aitken and bespoke joinery and furniture specialists Laurence McIntosh have worked so hard to bring our vision to life.

“The customer experience has been at the forefront of this project since inception.

“We incorporated residential elements into a retail environment to achieve an inviting and comfortable atmosphere whilst creating a memorable luxury experience.”

Mr Bartlett collaborated with Victoria Houghton, to select Scottish materials and furnishings.

Hamilton & Inches reopens its iconic showroom after undergoing an extensive regeneration - Consumer News Scotland
Hamilton & Inches
has reopened its iconic showroom after undergoing an extensive regeneration

Tom Bartlett, Waldo Works founder, said: “It has been a wonderful experience to work with Hamilton & Inches in creating what I believe is the most beautiful store in Scotland.

“It is rare to work with a client who’s focus from the inception was to reflect the quality and design excellence of their product in the design and construction of this intricate showroom.”

Newly installed service desks throughout the showroom floor will enable clients to access ongoing maintenance for their jewellery, within a lifestyle area, situated beside the fireplace.

Hamilton & Inches selected local tradespeople for the showroom project with the company claiming they chose each “for their skills, expertise, and like-minded craftsmanship.

The firm said “By championing local suppliers and using traditional materials, the handpicked organisations have created a trustworthy assurance of quality, ensuring that the showroom delights Hamilton & Inches’ new and returning customers.”