It started when William J Hug the son of a Swiss immigrant began supplying goods and services to the Navy in Portsmouth.
He promptly found premises at 82 High Street, Gosport to serve the local community and deal with Naval contracts to repair
and service ships' chronometers, clocks and barometers.
The move to the present location, 90 High Street, occurred when Woolworths bought out ‘82’ for their then new store. Later
there were branches in Stoke Road Gosport, West Street Fareham and Ventnor Isle of Wight.
The Gosport business as many people now visualise it was taken over by two of his sons, Denis and Richard, followed by
their sons Brian and Nicholas (Nick).
Brian's elder brother Mike worked briefly in the workshop before leaving to follow his passion for music and formed the pop
group Manfred Mann......now still performing as THE MANFREDS......check their website for details.......he also works with brian
on songwriting and recording projects.
Nick sadly passed away 11th June 2006 and Brian now runs the new business Hug-the-Jeweller Ltd.
His aim is to take a historic much loved local family business into the 21st century for another generation of happy customers.
operating from 90 High Street, Gosport and the latest shop at 113 West Street, Fareham.
Hug's look forward to continuing to serve the local community and new on-line customers for the foreseeable future.
OUR BESPOKE SERVICE CAN MAKE ANYTHING YOR HEART DESIRES
Yes ! our state of the art CAD design and cast facility with stone supply and setting can give you
something unique at readymade prices. we can repair remodel copy or work with you to make
something special we will all be proud of.....even engrave any intials... message.... logo or pattern !
All jewellery not made in-store is sourced direct from trade fairs all over the world from
manufactureres with the best made designs at the keenest prices. No middle men !
PLUS .. OUR WORKSHOP IS THERE FOR ANY AFTER SALES REPAIR OR SIZE ALTERATIONS
SO WHY TAKE ALL THE RISKS OF BUYING ABROAD!!
OUR LOCAL in-store SERVICES
SCRAP GOLD SILVER OR PLATINUM : ....we give top prices to buy it ....or make you something new.
JEWELLERY REPAIRS : .....from simple chain repairs or ring sizing to complete rebuilds or stone replacement.
...... All items photographed into our system on arrival to avoid any possibility of a mix up.......
WATCH REPAIRS :..... from battery or strap replacement to clean / overhaul or movement replacement.
VALUATIONS.........for insurance or probate.
ENGRAVING.....from initials or message on wedding or signet rings to scrollwork or decoration to plain surfaces.
PEARL STRINGING.........pearls ....real stone beads ...amber etc.
NOW WE CAN OFFER YOU A TOTALLY NEW AND UNIQUE SERVICE :-
with our continual investment in new technology ....we can now scan any item of jewellery ..save the information
and give it to you on a dongle with which we will be able to recast an exact replica of that item should you lose
or damage it .......yes ...provided it did not contain gems no longer available ....it will look the same as the day
it was scanned.....AMAZING BUT TRUE....Insurance companies will love it !!!!!!!
To my knowledge no other jeweller in the UK can offer all of the above.... or give a better personal service
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON ....