Boodles through the ages

The luxury jewellery designer with over 200 years of history, renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and stunning designs

by Edel Cassidy
Words Edel Cassidy

Luxury jewellery designer and retailer Boodles has earned a stellar reputation for its creation of high-end jewellery. Its hallmarks are unparalleled craftsmanship, exquisite designs and fine detail, using diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and other precious gemstones. Red-carpet favourites, Boodles pieces have been worn by leading ladies such as Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, Kylie Minogue and Kate Winslet. Yet beyond the glitz and glamour lies the remarkable story of a two-hundred-year-old family business. Driven by a profound passion for beautiful jewellery, it has weathered many adversities and fulfilled longstanding ambitions to endow the business with the exceptional international reputation it enjoys today.

The Boodles genesis in Liverpool

The story begins with Leicester-born watchmaker Henry Wainwright who first learned his trade from his uncle William. Henry then became the manager of the Liverpool branch of Kirk & Co, a prestigious jewellers and clockmakers. In 1898, he bought the Liverpool shop and when his sons Harold and Herbert joined the firm, he renamed it ‘H Wainwright & Sons’. Together, they built one of the most respected jewellers in the north-west of England.

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