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Hatton Garden has been London's jewellery quarter for more than 200 years and is currently home to 300 jewellery businesses, including market leaders De Beers. Located north-west of the City in Holborn, this half-mile stretch is where millions of pounds of gold, silver and precious stones are bought and sold every day.
This lively one-off film goes behind the scenes, meeting the wheelers, dealers and distinctive personalities working in the area – which attracts everyone from millionaire clients looking to commission exclusive pieces, to romantic punters seeking that perfect ring to propose with.
Among the characters we meet are Steve Kirby, a sole trader who conducts the sale of a diamond ring in the back of a taxi. He makes his living by buying and selling gold but, because prices are fixed twice a day, profits can quickly fluctuate – meaning sometimes he needs to sell items fast to make a profit.
There's also Michael Lynton, a veteran jewellery maker whom we watch working on an intricate diamond-studded gold bird, using techniques that have barely changed for centuries.
Elsewhere we meet Leigh Stutman, a glamorous young metal reclamation expert who provides a vivid insight into her often mucky job: extracting scraps of gold from dirty workshops and sifting drains for bits of precious metal that have been washed down the plughole. Jobs like this, it seems, are gold-dust.
Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers will be on ITV on Thursday 24 July at 9.00pm.
"There's no point in paying a mortgage on an asset that is going to fall by 40 per cent or so in the next few years". Steve Keen, 2008.
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