About Me

Hello, firstly I would like to just say thank you for visiting my website. My name is Paul Haywood FGA DGA, the founder and owner of Haywoods Jewellery and I would like to use this page to give you a bit of background on myself and how Haywoods Jewellery came into being.

The Haywoods Jewellery Story

Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by small shiny things, especially if they were rare and valuable!

However, I never really considered jewellery as a career and I was actually studying towards being an accountant but being sat behind a computer playing with numbers all day really didn’t light my fire.

My entry into the jewellery trade was more good fortune than planning as I took a job working for a company that bought scrap gold and it was just like someone flicked a switch because I absolutely loved it!

I then went on to work for a pawnbrokers to learn more about gems and jewellery.

The Original Haywoods Jewellery

I had to give up working for the pawnbrokers due to health issues but it gave me the time and impetus to do something that I had wanted to do for years and that was starting my own business.

In the summer of 2012, I did lots of planning and research before launching autumn of 2012 as an online jewellery retailer. What started as a small selection of gold chains, grew over the next four years to a selection of stunning diamond and gemstone jewellery.

In 2019, I decided to close the online facet of my business. This was after a difficult retail period following a shake up of the political and economical landscape during the summer of 2016.

The New Haywoods Jewellery

For a couple of years, I had known that being a retailer wasn’t what I really wanted to do. Instead I wanted to work one on one with clients to help them create their perfect piece, rather than them just buying what I had for sale. So in 2019, I took the jump and made the change.

Unlike many jewellery businesses, I don’t specialise in rings. Instead I specialise in Earrings, Pendants and Necklaces using Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires as these were the most successful ranges I sold as a retailer and I have carried that over into my new business.

If you want to know more about my bespoke jewellery process then please have a look at my Bespoke Jewellery page.

What Qualifications do I have?

Ever since buying my first piece of gold, I have wanted to learn as much about the jewellery trade as I could but it wasn’t until 2015 that I really took my quest for knowledge to the next level.

I wanted to really know what I was talking about when it came to gemstones and diamonds, so I enrolled on a Gemmology course at the School of Jewellery in October 2015 and over the next three years gained a huge amount of knowledge and practical experience in this specialised area and gained myself the following qualifications:

2017 – Gem-A Gemmology Diploma
2018 – Gem-A Diamond Diploma – passed with distinction
2018 – Recipient of the Gwyn Green Award for the finest results achieved in the Gem-A Diamond Diploma in the greater Midlands area.