Our History

Five Generations of Family History

Established in 1850 by Thomas Pickett, Picketts & Pursers are understandably proud of a splendid and truly unique trading heritage as one of Hampshire’s longest established family firms of jewellers, goldsmiths, silversmiths, watchmakers and fine china & glassware retailers.

Setting up his first shop in Victorian Britain, little could Thomas Pickett imagine that he was laying the foundations of a business that would flourish and continue to prosper for over a century and a half. A firm that would trade through two world wars and witness the change of some 45 Prime Ministers, perhaps most remarkably five generations of the same family have presided over this historic institution for 165 years.

The 1920’s saw the business expand with the acquisition of John Purser & Sons “Jewellers to the Admiralty” the name of Picketts & Pursers was born!

A Contemporary Company

Today Picketts and Pursers are situated in a prestigious location in Petersfield. Our showrooms housing wonderfully diverse and exciting collections of fine jewellery, silver, watches and clocks. There are designs to suit every taste, with excellence of workmanship and quality being our criteria of choice.

Walking into the showrooms of Picketts & Pursers has often been likened to stepping back in time. Whether simply having a new watch battery fitted or selecting from our finest diamonds you may be assured of a welcoming and friendly service, thus ensuring the high standards set by Thomas Pickett over 165 years ago continue to be maintained.

Our experience, knowledge and variety of merchandise have made us one of the country’s leading independent jewellers. Picketts & Pursers put huge emphasis on investing to ensure that their 15 members of staff undergo sufficient training to offer the highest levels of customer service. All the sales team have trade qualifications with either jewellery or gemmology diplomas with some qualified with higher management distinctions.

We not only specialise in diamonds and coloured gemstones, but also in pre-owned jewellery. Our trade connections built up over many years have enabled us to supply the most unusual of requests including many bespoke commissions in our own workshops for the rich and famous.

Apart from our extensive ranges of gem set and plain jewellery in gold and silver, we merchandise many top watch agencies, clocks, silver and high-class gifts for every occasion.

Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, the Petersfield branch is wonderfully located in a prime position at the head of Rams Walk.

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