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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Meet the new man running Pandora UK

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Meet the new man running Pandora UK

With a background in retail and passion for learning and development, Brien Winther has joined Pandora as the jewellery giant’s new managing director for the UK. Here, he sets out his plans for the first 12 months, and gives an insight into his management style… When Brien Winther first started working for Pandora, he was

Peter Boyle, chief executive officer, Argento Contemporary Jewellery

INTERVIEW: Peter Boyle discusses his Argento ambitions

Jewellery retailer Argento has gone from strength to strength since starting out as a single 100 square foot unit in Belfast. Joe Peskett caught up with chief executive officer Peter Boyle to discover how a major store redesign, brand buying strategy and ecommerce site has presented the company with an opportunity to dominate the multibrand


REBEL AT HEART: An exclusive interview with the founder of Thomas Sabo

In a rare interview, thee Thomas Sabo, founder of the eponymous jewellery brand, sits down with Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes to discuss what it takes to run one of the most successful jewellery businesses in the world. When I worked as a sales assistant for one of Thomas Sabo’s wholesale partners, one of my

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INTERVIEW: Jewellery & Watch event manager Kirsty Broere on the 2017 show

As the industry prepares to descend on Birmingham for the annual Jewellery & Watch trade show, event manager Kirsty Broere discusses the changes to this year’s edition, including a tighter brand edit, bold new interior and focus on bringing brands and buyers together. Shortly after last year’s trade show Jewellery & Watch portfolio director, Julie

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Q&A: Robert Eden, head of membership and membership services, NAJ

Professional Jeweller caught up with the National Association of Jewellers head of membership, Robert Eden, to hear what visitors can expect from his seminar at Jewellery & Watch on Tuesday. What can visitors expect to take away from your seminar at Jewellery & Watch? A clear understanding of the Association, the value we deliver for

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17:  In this photo illustration, the European Union and the Union flag sit together on bunting on March 17, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries which allows members to trade together in a single market and free movement across its borders for citizens.  (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

10 things the jewellery industry learned in 2016

As we wave goodbye to 2016, Professional Jeweller reflects on the most important trends and stories of the last 12 months and looks at how these will shape the year ahead… 1. Public votes can lead to unexpected results Regardless of how you voted in the EU Referendum, the majority of the industry, and indeed


Q&A: Charlotte Kimber shares advice for emerging designers

Charlotte Kimber, assistant buyer at EC One, shares her trend forecast for the next 12 months and give advice to emerging designers looking to launch collections next year. What trends have been selling best at EC One in the past 12 months? Dainty fine jewellery in 9ct and 14ct yellow gold and the rise of

Emma Begent-Cove, jewellery buyer, Watch Shop

Q&A: Emma Begent-Cove shares her fashion jewellery predictions for 2017

Emma Begent-Cove, jewellery buyer at Watch Shop, discusses the fashion jewellery market with Professional Jeweller. What makes fashion jewellery such a popular choice for millennial consumers? Fashion jewellery has really developed over the last few years with brands creating desirable ranges at affordable prices. We have found in particular that social media has had a real


Q&A: Louise Tippey on pearl jewellery trends

Louise Tippey, founder of the British Pearl Association, talks to Professional Jeweller about the pearl jewellery market. How has pearl adorned jewellery evolved over the last 12 months? Pearls are still very much at the forefront of British design with designers such as Melanie Georgacopoulos and Shaun Leane. Overall there is definitely a preference for more


Q&A: Lorna Haddon discusses bridal jewellery trends

Lorna Haddon, diamond ring and jewellery buyer at Beaverbrooks, talks to Professional Jeweller about the bridal jewellery market. What bridal trends exceeded your expectations this year? Diamonds, sparkles and pearls are still the most popular choice when it comes to bridal jewellery, but brides are now beginning to add colour to their accessories by introducing