THE DIAMOND QUARTER
Nestled in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter, our customers talk of ‘discovering’ us like you might a hidden gem.
Indeed, much of our work is a result of referrals from people who appreciate our expertise and no-nonsense approach and knowledge inherited over four generations of the same family.
OUR TIME BEGAN…
On the 13th of October 1937 Samuel Gardiner began supplying spare parts to most of the working watch makers in Northern Ireland and some in the South. They repaired Gentlemen’s mechanical watches in and around Belfast. Our original premises were at number 12 Waring Street, facing what was known as the Blitz Square as there were no building between Waring Street and High Street.
At the time we employed three jewellers, six watch makers and a clock maker doing repairs for retail jewellers and individuals from all over the UK and Ireland. The massive change to trade came with the introduction of driven clocks and watches.
A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE
Gardiner Brothers began to sell a wide range of trophies, clocks and gift-ware, becoming so successful, they had to move to larger premises in 44-46 Waring Street in 1960. Training a large number of apprentices was necessary to fulfil the growing demand for detailed gold and gem work and these apprentices have since become the bedrock of talent in the jewellery trade in Northern Ireland, thanks to their time spent in our workshop.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Tom Gardiner took over as Managing Director in 1975 following the death of his father. With over 60 years in the jewellery trade, he helped the company become the leading wholesale jeweller in Northern Ireland. Tom’s son-in-law Iain Warke then succeeded him as managing Director and in turn his sons Michael and Philip continue the family tradition. They have formed links with many of the worlds leading Diamond and Gemstone cutters allowing Gardiner Brothers to
offer some of the finest quality gemstones and diamonds in the UK and Ireland.
With over 80 years of family values and four generations of expertise and honesty with Gardiner Brothers you know you are in safe hands.