Laings is a prestigious family-run jeweller with over 180 years’ experience in the industry. Established in 1840, we are now one of the largest independent jewellery businesses operating six stores across the UK. In an industry where heritage and reputation count for so much, the long-established name of Laings is now a byword for high-quality jewellery, luxury watches and exceptional customer service.
Brothers James and William Laing established the family wholesale and manufacturing business in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant Merchant City. From there, the business grew, expanding into retail and soon becoming recognised as an iconic brand in the jewellery industry. Now in the hands of the sixth generation of the Laing family, Executive Chairman, Stuart Laing acts as a guiding hand for his daughter, Wendy Laing, Marketing Director and her husband, Joe Walsh, CEO. Richard Laing also sits on the board of directors and the exceptional family legacy continues.
Stuart joined the family business in 1970 and the company grew from strength to strength under his ownership and that of his brother Michael. Soon after, in 1975 Stuart created Houlden Group, a premium consortium that supports luxury jewellers based in the Uk and Ireland in networking, buying, training, business services and marketing. The Houlden Group is now among the top 3 jewellery and watch buying services.
After opening a further showroom in Edinburgh in 1978 and purchasing another historic family jewellers Parkhouse and Wyatt based in Southampton in 1995, and opening a second Parkhouse in Cardiff in 2000, brothers Stuart and Michael split the business.
Stuart continued to develop the Glasgow business with three stores based in the renowned Argyll Arcade situated in the prestigious shopping metropolis on Buchanan Street.
Stuart studied at the Centre for Horology (CFH) in Lausanne Switzerland. It's, therefore, no surprise that Laings offer their customers an array of Swiss timepieces including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega and Breitling to name but a few.
In 2011 Wendy and Joe joined Laings, continuing to grow the business, and in 2017 they bought Michael’s business and the family jewellers were reunited as one under one brand ‘Laings’. Laings is now one of the largest run family businesses within the UK.
In 2018 Stuart was delighted to be awarded an OBE in the Queens Honours List for his services to the UK jewellery industry.
The families dedication to the growth of the business is only rivalled by their passion for exceptional and personal customer service that has become synonymous with the name Laings. At Laings, we understand that purchasing any piece of fine jewellery, diamond ring or luxury watch is an important decision, often to celebrate a landmark moment in life. This is why we strive to provide only the best service, and everything we do is for a memorable occasion.
Our team will do all they can to make your purchase a special experience. In-store our jewellery and watch experts can guide you through our collections to help you to find the perfect piece. Our dedicated online customer service team is also available to offer you advice, no matter how big or small your query is. Whether in-store or online, we will work with you to help you confidently select the perfect item for you or your loved one.
At Laings, we host an exceptional selection of luxury watch and jewellery brands. Our collection of exquisite engagement rings, fine jewellery and luxury timepieces are all hand-picked to become that precious item to be cherished throughout generations. As a long-established family business, we need to have strict criteria and only put our name to products worthy of our outstanding reputation.
Fine jewellery and luxury watches are items to be treasured – start your own Laings story today.
Laings is founded by James Laing. Having served an apprenticeship as a clockmaker and carried out some impressive work for the Duke of Hamilton, James Laing sets up business for himself, manufacturing and repairing watches and clocks, from a few rooms in Brunswick Street, Glasgow.
William Laing, James’ brother, joins the company and helps the business expand into trading jewellery, silverware and cutlery.
William’s son Robert Laing joins the business and helps them make the transition from manufacturing to wholesaling. The turn of the century brings the momentous opening of a large wholesaler’s warehouse.
As the business flourishes, Robert moves the original Merchant City workshop in Glasgow to a new location beside Glasgow Central Station and several showrooms are acquired.
In keeping with the existing family tradition, Robert’s son, William runs the company from 1918 onwards, just at the end of the First World War.
In the midst of two world wars, Laings continue to adapt and change with the times. As World War II takes hold, the demand for jewellery hits rock bottom, and Laings begins to sell antique furniture and crockery.
Laings is finally welcomed to the world of retailing when they open a store on St. Vincent Street in Glasgow. Retailing would soon bring Laings to the forefront of their competition.
William dies, and whilst his son Robert is in the forces during the war, William’s widow runs the business. When he returns, Robert becomes Managing Director of Laings in the early 1950s. Robert marks the 4th generation of the family business.
Laings relocated to Renfield Street in Glasgow. The company unveils a contemporary new image, and experiments with some innovative marketing techniques, including the infamous window display of Rolex watches in an aquarium.
One of the world's most famous ocean liners, the QE2, is launched from Glasgow in 1967 and Queen Elizabeth is presented with a specially created Laings brooch.
Stuart Laing, Robert’s oldest son joins and is based at Head Office on Buchannan Street, Glasgow. The company grew from strength to strength under his ownership.
Robert’s other son Michael Laing joins in 1971 having trained at Sir John Cass College, London, in Art Design & Craftsmanship and thereafter with various well-known manufacturers of jewellery. Stuart and Michael are involved in many changes as the company expands.
Lady Helen Stewart is presented a choker created by LAING on her 33rd birthday from her husband, Sir Jackie Stewart, to mark his retirement from F1 motor racing. It features 3 rows of pearls for his 3 World Champion titles, 27 rubies for his 27 Grand Prix wins and 99 diamonds for the 99 Grand Prix he entered.
Stuart creates Houlden Group, a premium consortium that supports luxury jewellers based in the UK and Ireland in networking, buying, training, business services and marketing. To this day the Houlden Group is among the top 3 jewellery and watch buying services.
Laings moves to Edinburgh where Michael opens a retail store on Frederick Street by purchasing old established jewellers Sidney Latimer.
Laings' Head Office location opens on Buchanan Street in the heart of Glasgow's city centre and 150 years of trading is commemorated. A new flagship store is opened on Gordon street with the addition of a watch gallery and ring viewing room.
An important year for Laings as it purchases their first venture outside of Scotland, Parkhouse & Wyatt in Southampton, an established and well known jeweller and watch specialist. The two businesses share similar family heritage and company longevity.
PARKHOUSE: Parkhouse and Wyatt expand into Wales and open a Cardiff store, which coincides with the return of the Welsh Parliament and the renaissance of this fast growing city.
Michael Laing is awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to customer protection and hallmarking.
The family business is split between Michael and Stuart. Stuart retaining the Glasgow stores ‘Laings’ and Michael Edinburgh, Southampton and Cardiff ‘Laing’ and ‘Parkhouse’
Michael welcome’s his son, Richard, to the team full time having spent every school holiday working within the business since the age of 13. Following training for one year at Lunn’s the Jeweller in Belfast he experienced the opening of their fourth store. Richard marks the 6th generation of the Laing family.
Parkhouse Cardiff relocates to the sensational new St David’s centre, allowing the store to offer a truly luxurious customer experience in a spectacular location.
Stuart's daughter Wendy and her husband, Joe Walsh, join the business. With them they bring a wealth of new and exciting brands including Chanel, Breitling, Officine Panerai and Jaeger LeCoultre.
The laingsuk website is officially launched bringing the luxury of the Glasgow stores to the online domain. A huge achievement for the company, the website continues to build on its success in online retailing today.
A full range of bespoke jewellery, designed in house and inspired by the ladies of the Laing family, sets Laing apart for its unique, exclusive and personal designs.
2015 saw Laing celebrate their 175th Anniversary which marked a milestone in the rich history of the company. With exciting upcoming plans, the future is certainly sparkling for the family run institution.
The end of 2015 sees a historic move for the long established Laings Edinburgh. Having been located on Frederick Street since 1978, the store takes the step to move to George Street.
Wendy and Joe acquire Michael's business, Laing, reuniting the two family businesses to become one again. Laings, as the company is now known, is one of the largest independent jewellery businesses operating seven stores across the UK. Parkhouse stores are also renamed ‘Laings’. Now under the brand name "Laings" there are three stores in Glasgow's Argyll Arcade, Edinburgh and one each in Cardiff and Southampton.
Stuart is delighted to be awarded an OBE in the Queens Honours List for his services to the UK jewellery industry.