Holts Gems has announced the sad passing of its founder and director, Mr Robert Holt, just five days before his 95th birthday.

Mr Holt, who founded Holts Gems in 1948 and was the oldest surviving member of the London Diamond Bourse, passed away on January 11 whilst on holidays with his family in Lanzarote.

Paying tribute to Mr Holt in a statement, his family and the team at Holts Gems, said: “Five days from his 95th birthday, he was an inspiration to all who knew him. His charming loving nature and quiet humour made him one of the most respected members of the jewellery trade. He was a loving and dedicated family man to his wife Dorothy, two sons Jason and Stuart, and five grandchildren. Whilst reaching a grand age, Mr Holt never grew old. He was young until the final moment.”


“We thank all our customers, colleagues and friends for the warmth and loyalty you showed Mr Holt over so many of his 70 years in business.”

Holts Gems will be closed today (January 18) to observe a day of mourning. For details of the funeral please contact Rachel Tipping on rachelt@holtsgems.com or call 020 7405 5286.