Two men have stolen £1 million-worth of jewellery during an armed shop raid in which they smashed glass display cabinets with an axe.
The robbers, wearing hooded tops and concealing their faces, entered ROX jewellery store in George Street, Edinburgh at about 5.15pm on Tuesday.
Two women were working at the front of the shop when one of the men started smashing the display cabinets with an axe and the other produced what is believed to be a handgun.
The robbers put their haul of jewellery into rucksacks and made off on a black Honda 650 motorcycle. The bike was later found abandoned in Northumberland Street, North West Lane, along with the axe. Both have been sent for forensic analysis, said Lothian and Borders Police.
Officers say they want to speak with anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time.
One of the robbers had a local accent and the other is said to be English. Both wore dark tops and jogging bottoms. The man with the axe had a stripe on the sleeve and leg of his clothing.
Detective Chief Inspector Bobby Deas said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the shop staff to endure, although, thankfully, neither was injured as a result. An estimated £1 million-worth of jewellery was stolen during this incident and we are conducting various lines of inquiry to trace these items and identify those responsible for their theft.
"The motorcycle which was used during the suspects' getaway is believed to have made a lot of noise as it sped off and members of the public who were nearby would have heard it. We would now urge anyone who remembers seeing or hearing the bike, or who recognises the description of the riders, to contact police immediately.
A spokesman for ROX said: "We can confirm that the ROX store in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh was targeted by armed robbers on January 15. Staff are badly shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt.
"Initial estimates suggest that £1 million-worth of stock has been taken, including diamond necklaces and engagement rings worth upwards of £100,000 each and luxury watches from brands including Hublot and Corum. Girard-Perregaux watches were also taken during the raid. However, the rare Opera 2 timepiece worth £500,000 has not been in the store since Christmas."