From overseas trade shows to Trollbeads, plus our round up of 2013.
The December issue of Professional Jeweller is available to read online now, rounding up 2013 with a review of the year, an interview Trollbeads’ first UK chief executive and a focus on overseas business expansion.
As we come to the end of another year in the jewellery industry, Professional Jeweller brings you its last issue of 2013, reflecting on a year of change and looking ahead to the opportunities that 2014 will bring.
First up, we outline the 10 lessons the industry has learned in 2013, including the impact of tourism on jewellery retail, the rise of rose gold and influence of synthetic diamonds on the natural diamond supply chain.
We also take an in-depth look at the advice, opportunities and funding available for British jewellery companies to help facilitate overseas expansion. Whether you want to show at international trade shows or take your jewellery to burgeoning new markets through initiatives such as the UKTI’s Great Weeks campaign, we hear from industry professionals and the designers that have taken part themselves about their experiences and the pros, cons and considerations when it comes to international growth.
Next up, this month’s Ask the Expert meets loss prevention and merchandise visibility expert Neil Matthews, who shares his advice on keeping your jewellery secure in the run up to Christmas, while making the most of your visual merchandising.
One man already scheduling initiatives for 2014 is Trollbeads’ first UK chief executive David Riddiford, the former Links of London managing director and this month’s lead interview. He outlines plans to revive and reaffirm Trollbeads’ position in the UK branded jewellery marketplace, discussing changes to the distribution chain, new products for 2014 and plans to work more closely with retail buyers and department stores.
Brian Hill, secretary of the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards, speaks to Kathryn Bishop this month about the awards’ development and recent changes that are attracting a wealth of new awards applicants, from jewellery design students through to the finest goldsmiths and craftspersons working in our industry. He talks standards, the judging process and embracing new technology alongside tradition.
We also hear from Fairtrade International chief executive Harriet Lamb about changes to the standards of Fairtrade precious metals, new opportunities for emerging designers wishing to use Fairtrade metals and how its gold mining projects have expanded into Africa, with a little help from Comic Relief.
Within December’s Showcase section, we delve into the trend for modern-day brooches and pins, and the contemporary designers that are placing these adornments back on our lapels and jackets, with daring designs that play with colour, materials and personalisation.
2013 has truly been the year of the emerald, and we celebrate the green stone in this month’s Book Club with an extract from the awe-inspiring, new 256-page book Emerald, penned by Joanna Hardy, Hettie Judah, Jonathan Self and Franca Sozzani. Read on to discover a trip into the depth of Jaipur, where Self meets an octogenarian emerald dealer with plenty of stories to tell.
If you want some product inspiration for the end of the year, this month’s New Products pages offer up a wealth of slick new jewellery designs, from Domino’s dazzling diamond honeycomb cuff and a tsavorite garnet bridal set from Kristjan Eyjolfsson to a baroque-inspired pendant from Rosie Sanders and a sprinkling of Valentine’s hearts from Elements Silver.
Finally, don’t forget to check whether you were papped partying at jewellery events last month, on our monthly Social Lite page.
To read the December issue of Professional Jeweller in full online, click here.