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FEATURE: Seven myths about online jewellery retail

FEATURE: Seven myths about online jewellery retail

As smartphone touch payments are beginning to replace credit cards, and shopping from an iPad gets easier and easier, there is no doubt that the industry is experiencing a digital retail revolution. However, while at first glance e-commerce seems to offer a low barrier of investment entry and limitless global opportunities, it also comes with


SPECIAL REPORT: Independent jewellers in Newcastle have the tools to work through high street challenges

One does not have to spend long in Newcastle to see that it’s much more than a night-life centred city. The rapidly growing shopping centre, which seamlessly switches from quintessentially modern outlets to up-market, historic stores without missing a beat, boasts an impressively vast array of retail opportunities. Newcastle’s coal mining history helped define the

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Q&A: Charles Burns on The Apprentice and his business plan

It’s been one week since the nation watched Lord Sugar fire Charles Burns from The Apprentice, but the jewellery mogul is very confident his business will success without the British business magnate’s investment. Here, Professional Jeweller catches up with Charles Burns to see why he entered the show, what he thought of his performance, and


ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: How can the jewellery industry bolster business online?

Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes sat down with digital-savvy members of the UK trade to discuss how companies can  use online tools and channels to boost sales and build brand awareness… On the Panel: Diana Sherling (DS), founder, Lily Flo Jewellery Tamsin Ivy (TI), founder, Glitzbox Nimesh Thakrar (NT), co-founder, Banneya London Rose Swingler (RS),


Consumers starry-eyed for constellation jewellery

Jewels which use constellation motifs to represent zodiac signs have been flying off the shelves this year, industry feedback reveals. Reviewing the nominations for the Collections of the Year Personalised Jewellery category has shown consumers are starry-eyed for meaningful constellation jewellery. Personalised jewellery has been a growing trend in the industry over the last few years,

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TOP FIVE: Digital marketing tips from jewellery industry professionals

Professional Jeweller sat down with digital-savvy members of the UK jewellery industry to discuss how trade professionals can boost business and brand awareness online. While the full conversation will be published in the November Issue of Professional Jeweller, here are five top tips which came out of the conversations: Do not spread yourself too thinly When


SPECIAL REPORT: How more than 20 jewellers survive side-by-side in Norwich

If you’re a jewellery retailer in Norwich then you cannot be afraid of a bit of healthy competition because there are no fewer than 20 jewellery businesses all vying for their share of the pie in the city centre. It would be fair to say Norwich is actually a hidden gem when it comes to


FEATURE: Peter Wong axes branded jewellery to return to store’s roots

This year Wongs Jewellers has taken the bold decision to sell its branded jewellery and go back to its roots as a traditional jewellers. Here, managing director Peter Wong reveals why he made this decision, and discusses the plans the company has in place to make sure the business continues to stand out and stay

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FEATURE: Domino introduces new collection and concept

Following a sneak peak at the CMJ and Houlden summer trade events, at International Jewellery London Domino Jewellery introduced the wider industry to a brand new product offering called the Anthology collection. Moving on from traditional neckwear and earrings suites, the Anthology offers retailers a range of capsule collections complete with strong back stories and


FEATURE: Chisholm Hunter strives to remain a ‘cut above’

Chisholm Hunter started in 1857 as a small jewellery store on Chisholm Street in Glasgow. Today, the business has gone from the ‘Shop of 10,000 Wonders’, as it was known back then, to an award-winning business which operates over 20 stores around the UK. The story almost wasn’t one of success though, as 28 years