2012 sees Phillip Stoner celebrating 30 years in the jewellery industry – a huge accomplishment. With every year that has passed the company has grown significantly and it is now recognised as the North’s leading bespoke diamond and platinum specialist. Here we take a look back at some of Phillip Stoner’s most notable achievements to date. To see the full story, view our Timeline on Facebook.
1982: Phillip Stoner the Jeweller is Founded – In 1982, after training in Jewellery Design at Bradford College of Art, Phillip Stoner opened his first boutique and workshop in Shipley, Yorkshire. In the years that followed, the company’s reputation for outstanding quality and service lead to high-profile commissions for celebrities including the late Michael Jackson and cricket umpire Dickie Bird.
1998: Phillip Stoner Relocates to Halifax, West Yorkshire – Home to both head office and the workshop between 1998 and 2012, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller’s Halifax branch allowed the company to develop their bespoke jewellery service, working closely with customers to create their own dream piece of jewellery.
2002: New Store Opens at The Light, Leeds – Situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan city centre of Leeds, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller opened the doors of its first Leeds boutique in 2002.
2007: New Store Opens at The Victoria Quarter, Leeds – In 2007 Phillip Stoner the Jeweller opened their second Leeds store in the Victoria Quarter, dubbed ‘The Knightsbridge of the North’. Housed in an elegant Grade II listed building, the boutique is nestled amongst some of the world’s most famous leading fashion and lifestyle designers including Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.
2007: The Lila Collection is Born – To coincide with the birth of Phillip’s first granddaughter, in 2007 The Lila Collection was developed and named in her honour. Available exclusively at Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, each piece from the collection is designed and handcrafted in-house, using only the finest quality diamonds.
2008: Continuing the Family Legacy – In 2008, the company’s established tradition of exceptional craftsmanship became the responsibility of Phillip’s son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Helen. To keep Phillip Stoner the Jeweller at the forefront of design, they invested in the latest technology and finest materials to offer customers unique jewellery, available exclusively at Phillip Stoner.
2010: Flagship Store Opens at The Avenue, Manchester – In December 2010, Phillip Stoner opened its flagship store at one of Manchester’s finest shopping destinations, The Avenue, Spinningfields.
2011: Jonathan Stoner Named One of Professional Jeweller’s ‘Hot 100’ – In 2011 managing director , Jonathan Stoner was named one of the industry’s ‘Hot 100’ by Professional Jeweller. Jonathan was in good company as the list featured the year’s most innovative industry stars, from the most emerging designers to some of the most established retailers.
2012: Expansion of The Victoria Quarter Boutique – November 2012 sees Phillip Stoner celebrating the expansion of their breath-taking Victoria Quarter boutique, situated in the heart of Leeds City Centre. The most notable part of the expansion is the new, on-site workshop, which boasts state-of-the-art technology and highly-skilled craftsmen, who are on-site six days a week.