About Us

Founded in 1985, Harpers Jewellers has become one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious jewellery stores. The family run business offers a warm, welcome and personal atmosphere, our highly trained staff are constantly seeking to combine the highest quality of product along with the highest quality of service.

Situated by one of  Europe’s largest Cathedrals, our York store houses a selection of the world’s most prestigious watch brands along with some of Italy’s finest jewellery brands, displayed alongside our own stunning collection of fine jewellery. Our Harrogate store is almost entirely dedicated to jewellery.

With over 60 years of combined experience , our sales professionals have wide ranging experience within the jewellery industry and have attained standards such as The Professional Jewellers’ Diploma,  Professional Jewellers’ Gemstone Diploma, Accredited American Gemological Laboratories Diamond Grader along with work experience within one of the world’s finest watch houses. We are also proud to offer in house watch repairs and restoration.  Our wealth of experience and knowledge enables our Managing Director to source some of the world’s finest gemstones which we strive to deliver at the most attractive price possible. We are happy to offer a bespoke service, whether sourcing a specific stone, re-modelling a current piece of jewellery, or restoration.

The newest addition to the world of Harpers, our state of the art ‘Swiss style’ workshop, was built with the assistance of one of the world’s most prestigious watch houses. Our workshop enables us to provide the highest standard of after sales service, that we feel should always offered to our clients, without compromising on quality. Our highly skilled watch maker has a wealth of experience with one of the world’s most popular watch houses, and since joining us has gained accreditation with several other prestigious brands.

Harpers are also happy to offer the following:

  • Valuations
  • Pre-owned watches
  • Pre-owned jewellery
  • Part exchange
  • Sale on Commission Service

 

Ethics


Harpers Jewellers is committed to providing diamonds that are conflict free. We only use trust worthy sources that ensure none of their diamonds have been sourced from areas of conflict.

Furthermore, the Kimberley Process ensures that more than 99% of the global production of rough diamonds is certified to be from conflict free sources.  We support calls by the World Diamond Council and civil society for participating Governments to ensure that the Kimberley Process is properly supported and rigorously enforced.

We recognise that meeting the goal of ensuring that all diamonds are legitimately sourced requires a concerted effort by the governments of diamond producing countries, the diamond industry and civil society.

 

Conflict Diamonds


The United Nations (UN) defines conflict diamonds as “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognised governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.”  Conflict diamonds were used by rebel movements, mainly during the 1990s, as a source of funding for wars against legitimate governments in countries such as Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone. The Family of Companies works in full compliance with the letter and spirit of all UN resolutions. Harpers do everything possible to ensure the diamonds we sell are conflict free and are purchased in full compliance with national law, the Kimberley Process and our DTC Best Practice Principles (BPPs).

 

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme


The Kimberley Process was established by the UN, governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the diamond industry to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond supply chain. Today, about 99.8% of world diamond production is from countries that participate in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).

 

Requirements for participants


The KPCS is a joint government, diamond industry and NGO initiative that imposes requirements on participants to certify that international shipments are free from conflict diamonds. The KPCS came into effect on 1 January 2003 and requires all participating governments to enact laws and regulations to this effect.

Today, diamonds are one of the most monitored and audited of any natural resource in the world. Under the KPCS, all international rough diamond shipments must be traded in tamper-proof boxes and accompanied by a forgery proof certificate that states they are conflict free.

The certificate is issued by the exporting country governments. Certification is backed by a system of internal controls in the producing countries, as well as those countries that trade, cut and polish rough diamonds.