Author Archives: Joe Peskett

Forevermark helps ambassadors to find an aspect of the brand that resonates with them so their passion can be translated into sales

Brands and retailers reveal training secrets to make staff shine

Brands and retailers reveal training secrets to make staff shine

Regardless of how fine, fashionable or desirable a business’ jewellery is, if consumers are not provided with flawless information or do not receive premier service, the business will fall short of its full potential. This is a widely accepted notion in the jewellery sector and as such most retailers have steps in place to ensure


Clock starts ticking for jewellery retailers to publish gender pay gap data

New regulations that will require private sector employers to publish annual data on their gender pay gap have come into force. The rules – which will be enforced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – require UK companies with 250 or more employees to provide data on their gender pay gap by April 2018.

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Hockley Mint aims to set new standards for jewellery apprenticeships

Jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint is establishing a new industry panel of employers with the aim of setting new standards for manufacturing apprenticeships. It is to be established under the chairmanship of Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint in Birmingham. Its purpose will be to steer the development of a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for

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Stockists respond positively to Gecko’s ‘D for Diamonds’ range

Gecko Jewellery says it has had a “very positive response” to its recently-refreshed ‘D for Diamonds’ range for children following on from Jewellery & Watch in Birmingham. The company has added a number of new retailers to its list of stockists and seen a month-on-month increase in sales. The collection, much of which can be

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Swarovski collaborates in contemporary crystal collection

Swarovski has collaborated with innovative British artist Arran Gregory and acclaimed Japanese digital artist Yoshii Hiroshi to create two new collections. A modern take on the classic figurines first created by Swarovski in 1976, the company’s latest creative partnerships with Yoshii Hiroshi and Arran Gregory express each designer’s signature techniques using crystal. Arran Gregory is

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Firm’s traceability tech to instil ‘confidence and trust’ for jewellers

The Gübelin Gem Lab, one of the world’s leaders in the analysis of precious gemstones has launched a new technology to trace emeralds back to their origins. The Emerald Paternity Test is designed to offer jewellery brands a new level of transparency when sourcing emeralds, aiming to instil confidence and trust, so says the company.

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Argento overcomes ‘difficult’ market conditions to register £1m profit

Northern Ireland-based Argento Contemporary Jewellery has reported another profitable year in business despite facing what it calls “difficult ongoing market conditions”. Overall profits at the firm increased from £1.22m to £1.29m for the 12 months to 30 June 2016, according to accounts filed at Companies House this week. The rise in profits came in spite