Brighton is a hot spot of antique jewellery, and many come to the UK's coolest beach town to spend a day browsing The Lanes to look for engagement ring inspiration. We've rounded up the best antique jewellers in Brighton as a handy guide if you're heading to our beautiful home anytime soon.
The Vintage Ring Company
The newest addition to Brighton’s antique jewellery scene, The Vintage Ring Company (that's us!) is a new concept in antique jewellery. Specialising in rings, we don't have a storefront. Instead, we can arrange a meet-up over coffee to allow you to try on any jewels you are interested in on our website. Just let us know when you're planning to be in town and we will do the rest.
48 Meeting House Lane
The Witch Ball is a quaint little store on Meeting House Lane, one of the main shopping streets for jewellery in The Lanes in Brighton. Selling an eclectic range of antique goods, it is also home to Fetheray, the jewellery side of the business. Whilst the shop’s mystical name may conjure up spellbooks and magic potions, in fact the Witch Ball stocks a wide range of vintage jewellery and rings alongside fine antiquarian maps and prints.
47 Meeting House Lane
Next door to The Witch Ball is Fidra, which is just as you imagine an antique jewellery shop to look. Located on Brighton’s historic Lanes for more than 45 years, you will feel like you have stepped back in time when you browse the many treasures in the window, which range from antique rings spanning different eras, alongside diamond earrings, necklaces and jewellery crafted from Whitby jet - an organic, very British gemstone.
31 Meeting House Lane
The little sister shop to Fidra, three doors down, the vibrant red storefront of Regent’s Jewellers stands out on The Lanes. Named after George IV, the colourful former resident of Brighton who commissioned John Nash to build the flamboyant Royal Pavilion in 1815, it is charmingly small and stocks a selection of both new and antique rings, beautifully displayed in the windows.
22 Meeting House Lane
On the corner of Meeting House Lane and Union Street, family-run Doyle’s has been in The Lanes since 1914, making it one of the oldest antique jewellers in Brighton. Specialising in diamond jewellery - old and new - six windows overlooking the cobbled street display newly crafted jewels alongside a range of antique rings from different eras.
Baxter & Hanks
16 Meeting House Lane
Further up Meeting House Lane is Baxter & Hanks, which has not one but two traditional jewellery shops in the heart of Brighton Lanes (the other is on Union Street). Specialising in higher-end antique engagement rings set with some serious diamonds, Baxter & Hanks pride itself on its friendly service and welcoming environments in which to browse a wide range of vintage jewels.
There are many good reasons for choosing an antique engagement ring over a new one. Not only do they have more character, they also have a history attached, which makes them a genuinely meaningful purchase. They are also good value for money because an antique ring is essentially second-hand so you will get more for your budget, not to mention the fact that they are 100% kind to the planet.
If you are planning on visiting the seaside post-lockdown for your antique engagement ring, browse our website first. If you see something you like, just get in touch - we'd love to meet you!