Lanes are an independent jewellery specialist, with an excellent reputation, offering the finest Hallmarked Platinum, Gold & Silver, Diamond and gem set jewellery in both traditional and contemporary designs.
We have one of the most comprehensive selections of prestige pre-owned & designer watches in the area and provide an extensive range of specialist services to cover all needs.
At Lanes we are very passionate about what we do, this is reflected in all our items of jewellery and service. Every piece is carefully selected or crafted by ourselves in our on-site workshop.
Specialising in diamond jewellery, our years of experience and training have enabled us to offer a wide variety of exceptional quality pieces at all price points.
From a very early age the creative side of Michael Lane, the little council house lad, was always present, he painted the inside of the family’s shed together with the garden tools and the lawn mower with emulsion in a nice shade of yellow!
This developed into taking everything apart and attempting to re-assemble them again in between scribbling (artistically!) on walls and furniture in the house. Then school days arrived, which Michael disliked intensely, all but art and later technical drawing. He left school to study graphic design, art & photography, he always wanted to do something creative.
Michael met a skilled Hatton Garden Diamond mounter by chance, in his late Fathers shop named Robert (Bob) Wallace who at the time was buying his fishing tackle! The following week, Bob took Michael to his workshop in London and he was instantly smitten by this interesting trade.
Michael then borrowed some tools and began making jewellery as a hobby in his parents garage, finished his Foundation Art course in Cambridge and decided not to be a hippy after all! His formal training as a goldsmith & diamond mounter then began under the strict supervision of London’s Hatton Garden craftsmen.
After around 5 years Michael went to work in St. Albans, as a goldsmith making commissions, which included work for DeBeers diamond collections. Michael’s parents (now sadly no longer with us), decided to semi-retire to Norfolk, Michael tagged along and with his father Lanes Jewellery was born.
Lanes opened their first shop in the wonderful North Norfolk town of Holt in 1981, moved to their position in the Market Place in 1988 and through the years have gone from strength to strength.
At Lanes you will be greeted with a friendly face and we are always happy to give free advice and quotations. In March 2013 Lanes undertook a complete shop refurbishment, creating a beautiful environment to give our customers the best shopping experience possible.
Michael’s son, Joshua Lane 26, joined the family business in 2008. From a young age he was always interested in the jewellery trade. At 15 his training began. He completed numerous jewellery courses, which included an advanced course in diamond grading.
Josh was considered, at the time, to be the youngest person to pass this intensive diamond grading course in Antwerp, from then on Diamonds have been his true passion.
Josh is now involved in most aspects of the business, including diamond buying and has developed a huge interest and knowledge in prestige watches. This an aspect that the business is excelling in.
Father & son, Michael and Josh have a great relationship and work amazingly well together. Michael is passing on his exceptional practical skills to his son at the jewellery bench. Josh, like his father, has always been very artistic and has passion to succeed in the fields that Lanes specialise in.
Another friendly face you will see at Lanes is Cassia Walker, Cass has been a huge asset to Lanes for many years, she is National Association of Goldsmiths qualified with an extensive knowledge of jewellery and customer service.
MIKE LANE – Started in parent’s garage 1976
“It’s all in the details, everything is important!”
JOSH LANE – Joined Lanes in 2008
“If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is failure.” – Elon Musk
CASSIA – Joined Lanes 1995
“Everything is waiting for you!”
MIAH – Joined Lanes 2016
“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
LIZ – Joined Lanes 1992
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter!”
HAYLEY – Joined Lanes 2005
“Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like no one is listening. Live like heaven is on earth!”