In order to maintain competitive low prices and improve our service we have reduced costs by
rationalising and streamlining our operation. Manchester Minerals Ltd is now an internet based operation following the merger of our established retail and wholesale businesses.
We are continuing to offer LOW PRICES with GENEROUS QUANTITY DISCOUNTS and a FAST SERVICE with NO REQUIREMENT TO LOG-IN.
We have taken advantage of the rapid increase in internet involvement throughout the World and this site has enhanced our share of the market.
We receive an average of 2 million 'hits' a month on our website !
We use Sage accounts linked to a Sellerdeck on-line trading site.
We regularly receive container loads of rough and semi precious gemstone products, associated gift items and jewellery making tools, from scources all over the world.
As one of the top importers of these products into Europe we can offer quality at very competitive prices.
|Click here to find out more about Helen Hilton - who combines her lapidary skills with a flair for jewellery design and creation.|
Company BackgroundEstablished in 1972, by engineering graduates - twins John Hilton (seen - almost ! - to the left in the photo below) and Peter Hilton - and now ably assisted (as a fellow Director) by Helen Hilton, whose custom-made gemstone jewellery can be found on this site.
Manchester Minerals Ltd is universally recognised as a leading European specialist mail-order supplier of Lapidary and Jewellery-making supplies, crystals and gemstones.
Company HistoryThe business developed from a hobby, in the early 1970's, into a retail business with five stores in the North West of England and Worldwide Mail-Order sales.
Increased purchasing power enabled the Hilton twins to travel the World to source interesting, competitive and quality products to market. Subsequently a wholesale business was established and the retail shops were closed down - with the exception of Stockport - as the wholesale company grew and became the prime scource of supply for many similar businesses throughout Europe. The combination of the two businesses has been prompted by a rapid increase in internet activity such that our site - www.gemcraft.co.uk - now offers competitive quantity based pricing to customers around the World.
| To celebrate 40 years of trading we summarised some of the significant changes that have taken place during that time - it makes interesting reading !|
Click here for the article.
Good Stocks and Fast Service
We try to ensure that all the items offered on-line are available ex-stock.
In order to achieve this we use Sage computerised accounting linked to our Sellerdeck powered online store by automated order processing software: We just have to 'pick and pack'.
Orders received before 1.00 p.m. are generally despatched the same day.
Manchester Minerals Ltd
Our website is available for placing on-line orders 24/7
And Finally ! - 1962 Ford Classic
An eye-catching attraction (the car - not the person !) that can sometimes be seen in our car park (on sunny days only !): A rare LHD 1962 Ford consul Classic 315 that is preserved and maintained by John Hilton and his family. For about fourteen years the car had been an exhibit in a Paris museum and then purchased by a farmer who had then stored it in a barn for a further seven years. An enthusiast, on holiday in France, spotted the Ford Classic and negotiated to purchase it: He then shipped it back to Britain where he restored it to concourse condition, in the late 1980's.
This rare Classic has been exhibited at the NEC Classic Motor Show (Birmingham) and other regional events with the Ford Classic and Capri Owners Club: FCCOC