Author Archives: Stacey Hailes

EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Sabo UK boss steps down

EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Sabo UK boss steps down

The managing director of Thomas Sabo in the UK and Ireland has announced his resignation. After five years at the helm, Jon Crossick, has decided to leave his role with effect from October 18, 2018. Crossick will remain on gardening leave in the interim. Thomas Sabo Group chief executive officer, Dr. Gunnar Binder, says: “At

GUEST COLUMN: How seeking expert advice bolstered business for an independent jeweller

If there’s one thing I wish I’d known when our business lost the Pandora account, it was that just like tennis or football coaching, ‘business coaching’ is a thing. Back then, I’d been in business a reasonable amount of time, and had even run an international business operating in six countries. But I didn’t really

NAJ partners with leading organisations to launch diamond terminology guideline

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) together with eight of the leading diamond industry organisations (AWDC, CIBJO, DPA, GJEPC, IDI, IDMA, WDC and WFDB) has launched a diamond terminology guideline to help encourage full, fair and effective use of a clear and accessible definition for diamonds, synthetics diamonds and imitations of diamonds by all sector

Claudia Bradby Jewellery reports strong first quarter growth

Claudia Bradby Jewellery has enjoyed a positive start to the year, reporting a 45% growth in wholesale sales figures for the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year. The pearl jewellery specialist credits the buoyant figures to the popularity of two new collections; the Signature Hearts collection, which was launched in

David Morris targets younger demographic with playful new collection

London jeweller David Morris has unveiled a brand new collection designed to attract a younger demographic of consumers. Launching in David Morris stores from May 2018, the new range, which has been named ‘Berry’, targets a more discerning fashion conscious client, one who seeks affordable pieces with qualities only found in high jewellery. Berry has

REVEALED: How Fraser Hart engages and empowers shop floor staff

Jewellery retail giant Fraser Hart has revealed how it empowers and engages with shop floor staff members to ensure staff retention and quality customer service. In an exclusive Interview with Professional Jeweller, the company’s retail director Richard Parsons said a good commission scheme, feeling of ownership and an emphasis on being a family business helps

De Beers unveils plans to pilot programme to support artisanal minors

De Beers Group announced it is preparing to pilot a programme called GemFair to create a secure and transparent route to market for ethically-sourced artisanal and small-scale mined (SM) diamonds. GemFair will use dedicated technology to record ASM production at mine sites that meet demonstrable ethical standards, with the aim of purchasing of rough diamonds

Domino reacts to growing stackable bridal rings trend

Domino has responded to a growing trend for stackable engagement and wedding ring set with the introductions of a collection titled ‘Identity’. In the annual Etsy Wedding Trend Guide, the online market place revealed the term ‘stacking rings’ currently yields over 131,000 search results, and view for these pieces are up 68% on last year.

Consumers ‘dropping out’ from online purchases cost retailers billions

Online retailers could be losing out on a potential £18bn a year because customers are putting items in their baskets but then are not going through with the final purchase. A growing trend of online window shopping has been identified by new research from Barclaycard, which claims Brits abandon online baskets worth almost £30 a

Couture London provides platform for luxury jewellery brands to meet influential press and buyers

Couture London, a one day VIP buyers and press event showcasing fine jewellery brands, will be taking place in Bond Street on June 12 2018. Now in its third year, the invitation-only one day exhibition will take place at a discreet luxury showroom on London’s Old Bond Street. Fine jewellery collections and one-of-a-kind jewels from