Designer-Maker Jewellery Boutique of the Year finalists for PJ Awards 2018 unveiled

Professional Jeweller is delighted to announce the finalists for the Designer-Maker Jewellery Boutique of the Year category of the 2018 Professional Jeweller Awards.

Finalists in this category are designer-makers showcasing their pieces within their own boutique.

The finalists in the Professional Jeweller Awards Designer-Maker Jewellery Boutique of the Year category are:

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Alex Monroe
Always a brand to be creative in its approach and think outside the box when it comes to customer service and events, over the last 12 months Alex Monroe has been driving customers to its boutique in London with exclusive product offerings, hidden surprises, and dedicated events such as declaring April ‘Tie the Knot’ month. The designer has also invited brides-to-be to create rainbow sapphire rings. One thing’s for sure, there is never a dull moment at the British designer’s store.

Baroque Bespoke Jewellery
Brighton-based Baroque Bespoke Jewellery has grown in the last 12 months, with year-on-year sales increasing by over 10% compared to the previous year. This has been helped by a new website and strong word of mouth recommendations. Whilst Baroque does carry over 20 jewellery designers in store — own brand jewellery counts for over 90% of sales, and an increase in team members has allowed the jeweller to create more collections — reacting even faster to trends and requests.

Diana Porter
Diana Porter has made a name for herself in Bristol and beyond, with consumers popping in to explore the namesake designer’s latest collections, alongside pieces by emerging designers. The independent store and gallery showcases over 80 top jewellery designers, including talents fresh out of university, and provides a place for shoppers to meet skilled jewellers and order bespoke commissions.

Maya Magal London
British designer brand Maya Magal London has experienced tremendous growth since its humble beginnings in a Hatton Garden studio working on wholesale and bespoke commissions. This year the brand has expanded its retail footprint, with a second boutique in London, this time in St Christopher’s Place, Marylebone. The new store includes an in-house jewellery workshop where customers can watch iconic pieces be made before their eyes.

Rachel Entwistle
Multi award-winning jewellery designer Rachel Entwistle opened a flagship boutique in the heart of Shoreditch, where fans of the brand, tourists and locals alike can’t help but take a look inside. So much so, the store was named the most loved shop in Shoreditch and Hoxton in the Time Out Love Awards this year. The space showcases the designer’s own jewels alongside guest pieces, and it has been designed to give consumers the chance to know the inner workings of the brand.

Werk by TCJ Designs
Located in the heart of York, Werk by TCJ has been serving the city with unique and bespoke designs for 30 years, something that has won the company numerous awards. Although a small team, the store dreams big — always pushing the boundaries and embracing new technologies to offer the very best service. The jeweller is also keen to support the next generation, with the founders displaying work from new and hidden talents. While shoppers can buy off the shelf, this jeweller really leads the way in bespoke, and has become known for this in the city and surrounding areas.

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