Son Stephen Wright pays tribute "real gentleman" of the trade.

Hatton Garden trader John Wright has passed away aged 92.

The BKT Rings Ltd and TJW Diamonds Ltd business director had a long career in the trade, with his son Stephen Wright describing him as a real gentleman and a well-known name around Hatton Garden.

John Wright studied at Trinity College at Cambridge University just before WW2. He finished his degree after the war having served with the Royal Signals. John then joined his father Joe and brother Billie in the family business in Hatton Garden.


At the time, the business dealt in watches and clocks. There was a connection with the Thos. Russell & Son Ltd company in Liverpool, with Joe running the London office from 1915. It was realised that they had to expand into other areas. The family took over the running of BKT (Rings) Ltd in 1950 selling rings & other items of jewellery. John signed up to the FGA course passing with distinction and coming second to the Tully Medallist. He personally developed the loose gemstone side of the business before starting the second-hand and antique company TJW (Diamonds) Ltd in 1965. He is described as having enormous enthusiasm, patience, care and good humour, which fuelled business growth. John is also crediting with helping to establish a wide customer base across the UK.

John was joined by his nephew Robert and sons Stephen and David in the 1970s. His grandson, William, started working in the firm in 2012. Although John has not been an active member of the business since 2000, he remained a director of the company and continued to give invaluable advice and support to the end of his life.

His son Stephen Wright said: "He was a true gentleman of the trade and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves his wife Mollie to whom he was married for over 63 years and a much loved family. The family would like to sincerely thank all those who have passed on their condolences at this time. It is much appreciated."