Delve into PJ’s August digital issue, online now

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Discover our Shop Floor Stars, 2015 trends and Stella & Dot’s UK plan.

The new August 2014 issue of Professional Jeweller magazine is now available to read online, where you can discover our Shop Floor Stars 2014, read an in-depth interview with Stella & Dot CEO Jessica Herrin on her plans for the UK, and find out what’s coming up next for HD Group.

This month’s issue features a special guest column from jeweller Paul Spurgeon, who is working tirelessly to provide jewellery education in Africa. He’s flying out South Africa this month to begin training young people in jewellery-making, giving skills back to those countries where minerals and resources have long sustained the UK industry.

You can discover just who made the cut in Professional Jeweller‘s inaugural Shop Floor Stars initiative in this month’s issue, where we toast our Shop Floor Stars winner Gemma Clive of G.H. Pressleys, and outline the achievements of our 19 finalists and special prizewinners, from leading independent and multiple retail stores including Goodman Morris, Wongs Jewellers, H&T Pawnbrokers, Steffans, Laings of Glasgow, Allum & Sidaway, Baker Brothers and Winsor Bishop.

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Our lead interview this month is with Jessica Herrin, the woman at the helm of US jewellery company Stella & Dot. With a "high-touch high-tech" concept through which consumers can buy jewellery online or attend special jewellery parties at a host’s home, Stella & Dot is seeking to build its name in the UK by creating hundreds of new job opportunities. Herrin tells us more about her plans for Europe, and why the Stella & Dot business is becoming a hit among working men and woman seeking additional income.

HD Group managing director Sandford Simpson steps up to answer our questions in this month’s special Q&A, discussing his return to the business and the outlook for HD Group coin brand Emozioni. Simpson also reveals plans for Emozioni’s international expansion, discusses why male shoppers are so fond of Hot Diamonds and reveals which designs are proving popular at present.

Kathryn Bishop takes a closer look at this summer’s New Designers showcase in London, giving the low-down on graduate jewellers making their mark in 2014, producing everything from marble and rubber designs, to slick 3D-printed pieces and intricate laser-cut paper pendants.

Our Showcase section opens with a statement pearl design from Orlov, followed by a hop, skip and a jump into 2015 with Swarovski’s annual GemVisions trend forecast. We outline the five jewellery trends Swarovski says will shape design next year, along with a special focus on bridal jewellery trends and the key themes to work into your bridal retail offer, offering something for every bride.

This month’s Trends page takes a closer look at simple gold designs. Sarah Louise Jordan rounds up why 9ct gold is becoming popular once again, showcasing those simple-but-effective designs that are catching consumers’ eyes, from plain hoops by Laura lee to stacking rings by Lindsay Pearson and delicate gold pendants from Elements Gold and Akex Monroe.

Flip over to our New Products pages for a punchy glass bead collar from Kirsten Goss, a floral bangle that perfect for stacking by Jana Reinhardt and some intricate honeycomb drop earrings from new brand Livyora.

Last but not least, our Social Lite page presents the best shots from jewellery parties cross the UK last month, including JewelleryBox.co.uk’s launch event, Pandora’s Essence Zodiac press morning and Houlden Group’s Great Gatsby party.

To read the August issue of Professonal Jeweller, click here.

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