Lucas Rarities is a family,’ says Sam Loxton. ‘We all love what we do and feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy the unique pieces we have for sale, even if they don’t stay with us for very long.’
Not many jewellers can trace their family’s involvement in the industry back to 1693 as the founder of Lucas Rarities, Dominik Biehler, can. Biehler is the 11th generation of his family to work in the antique jewellery, natural pearl, diamond and precious stone business, and with a member of the 12th generation having just joined the business, the long family tradition looks set to extend through the 21st century. Lucas Rarities was established in 1999 to provide a customer-facing retail division to support its parent company’s wholesale interests.
As a renowned period jewellery specialist, Lucas Rarities can assist clients looking for particular items, perhaps by a certain designer or from a chosen period
It specialises in rare and exceptional pieces of period jewellery and objets d’art, with a particular focus on signed pieces from the Art Deco era to the 1970s. Its collection includes a range of jewellery that fully captures the stylistic shift during the first half of the 20th century, which saw the evolution of jewellery design into an art form. Sam Loxton, a well-respected international authority on rare antique and period jewellery, joined the company 11 years ago to set up the London office. ‘We believe that jewellery collecting should be an intimate experience that retains traditional values,’ he says. ‘Our Mayfair location aligns the company with an age when jewellery was sold from discreet salons without a shop front, where a tailored and personal service is provided.’
Loxton says his company’s target audience appreciates the finer things in life, high-quality manufacture and a superior level of customer service. ‘Typically they are self-educated in their knowledge of jewellery often intertwined with a love of fine art,’ he adds, the correlation between jewellery and art being a key factor. As a renowned period jewellery specialist, Lucas Rarities can assist clients looking for particular items, perhaps by a certain designer or from a chosen period. Equally, with access to the best workshops in London, it can undertake commissions from those wishing to commission individual pieces from the company’s large range of outstanding diamonds, precious gemstones and natural pearls.
Not many jewellers can trace their family’s involvement in the industry back to 1693 as the founder of Lucas Rarities, Dominik Biehler, can
It also makes acquisitions: Lucas Rarities is always looking for pieces of exceptional quality, preferably with an interesting provenance and by a top designer, to add to its collection. Sam Loxton, meanwhile, is a young gun in an industry that he describes as characterised by a ‘real lack of young blood’. Proud of its British roots, Lucas Rarities supports and sponsors several British sporting teams and individuals, including female bobsleigh pilot Mica McNeill, young PGA golf professional Harry James, Woking Football Club, Woking FC Academy and three grassroots football teams providing local football for both boys and girls.
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