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IN DEPTH: An analysis of the gold jewellery market in the UK

IN DEPTH: An analysis of the gold jewellery market in the UK

In 2017 a modest Q4 growth set the seal on a positive year for global gold jewellery demand, but the UK still remained troubled by Brexit concerns. Furthermore, hallmarking figures for the annual year recorded a 16.7% dip in the number of gold articles hallmarked, with 9ct and 18ct both taking a hit. However, things

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IN DEPTH: Why a well-equipped workforce is key to survival on the high street

Retail is hard across the board at the moment with footfall constantly slowing down and bricks and mortar businesses losing out to online sales. In the luxury industry, jewellers are no longer competing with others in the town, but rather fighting against consumers opting to spend their money on experiences and leisure activities, and many

TOP TEN: Discover the silver jewellery trends translating into sales this season

For the May edition of Professional Jeweller magazine, we asked independent jewellers and suppliers to help us analyse the silver jewellery market. Using the results from UK jewellery industry experts, we have compiled a list of the top ten silver jewellery trends driving sales for the industry this season. WELLNESS In the fashion market, brands have seen

ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: How can the industry work together to combat challenges?

Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes caught up with some of the country’s leading independent jewellers at the Company of Master Jewellers’ latest bi-annual trade event to find out what hurdles they expect to have to jump this year, and how retailers and suppliers can work together to bolster business for the UK jewellery industry. On

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Fraser Hart’s retail director discusses a new era for the company

Before the busy Christmas trading period, Fraser Hart completely overhauled its Brent Cross store, which now represents a fresh new concept for the company. Placing diamonds in the spotlight, and making sure its jewellery offering complements the high-end watch brands, Fraser Hart has used the Brent Cross boutique as a test to see what changes

REVEALED: Jewellers discuss the most useful marketing materials suppliers can provide

Whether stocking branded goods or traditional jewellery designs from trusted suppliers, retail windows are more often than not filled with pieces produced by external companies. Aside from training retail staff so they are equipped with all the knowledge and passion they need to sell a product, what else do jewellery retailers require from suppliers to

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Pandora UK’s managing director shares plans for growth

It’s been just over a year since Brien Winther flew over from Australia to become Pandora UK’s managing director, and already the market has seen a shift in the way the brand does business. With a background in retail, Winther has been on a mission to transform Pandora’s UK boutiques by first and foremost empowering

DIAMOND DEBATE: The case for lab-grown diamonds

Discussions about lab-grown diamonds in the UK jewellery industry have been increasing over the last year, with more and more suppliers playing with the cultivated stones, and retailer’s questioning whether there is a demand for them. If America is anything to go by, there certainly is consumer demand for the man-made stones. After all, once

SPECIAL REPORT: How Jacobs the Jewellers has thrived on the high street for 70 years

Every year that passes by on the high street at the moment is an accomplishment in its own right. Jewellers up and down the country will agree that every 12-month cycle presents its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Not only has Jacobs the Jewellers managed to weather all challenges and make it to

SPECIAL REPORT: Why retailers should say ‘I do’ to British-made bridal jewellery

When it comes to high quality home-grown products, the UK jewellery industry is in no short supply. Great Britain is home to many outstanding jewellery suppliers, from large manufacturers regularly churning out high volumes, to independent goldsmiths creating remarkable pieces on their work benches every day. One only needs to visit Hatton Garden and the

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