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FEATURE: A masterclass in networking to bolster business

FEATURE: A masterclass in networking to bolster business

Networking is a vital tool in solving problems and growing companies in the jewellery sector, but it is often easier said than done. Professional jeweller speaks to industry experts to learn how you can come away from your next event brimming with ideas, solutions and new contacts to help bolster your business. The jewellery industry


FEATURE: Alex Monroe celebrates 30 years in business

Like all budding graduates, Alex Monroe was ready to change the world when he finished studying and launched his very first jewellery collection. 30 years later the British designer is doing exactly what he set out to do and his business has blossomed from one man’s dream to a globally recognised brand. Here, he discusses

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FEATURE: How an independent retailer turned business around

When Taylor & Whitlock suffered a dramatic drop in footfall in 2005, founder Mike Taylor decided to take a step back and reflect on what had happened. Fast forward to 2017, the store has undergone a name change, rebrand and shift in concept and now the business is buzzing once again. Editor Stacey Hailes heads


OPINON: Meeting international demand for British jewellery

International sales of luxury British brands and jewellery have been soaring as the pound falls. Georges Berzgal, vice president Europe, Pitney Bowes Ecommerce Group explores the emerging opportunities for high-end retailers. British luxury brands have long been sought after, but the market for high-end apparel, accessories and jewellery from the UK has grown amidst the

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INTERVIEW: Carat* London CEO discusses sparkling success

As last year marked one of Carat* London’s best years to date, Professional Jeweller caught up with the brand’s chief executive officer, Scott Thompson, to find out what made 2016 such a success and his plans for further growth…   Professional Jeweller: How has Carat* London been evolving as a brand throughout the years? ST:

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BASEL Q&A: Michele Battaglioli, sales director, Chimento

Chimento’s sales director, Michele Battagiloli shares the brand’s vision for the UK market and focus this year. How has business been for Chimento in the last 12 months? Both challenging and satisfying. Chimento as a company have spent the last 12 months re-shaping the business to make sure the organisation has the best structure to

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BASEL Q&A: Henry and James Deakin, Deakin & Francis

Why is Basel such an important date in the Deakin & Francis calendar? Basel is an important date not just for Deakin & Francis but for the whole jewellery and watch industry. It’s a great exhibition, covering a vast array of products and attracting customers from all over the world. It’s the perfect opportunity for

John Watson, managing director, PJ Watson

BASEL Q&A: John Watson, managing director, PJ Watson

A Q&A with PJ Watson managing director, John Watson, on what visitors can expect from the Picchiotti stand this year. What will Picchiotti be launching at the show? The Basel show is the most important show for Picchiotti. Picchiotti always create many special items of jewellery to be unveiled here often featuring some of the

On Tuesday September 20 2016, the Ferris family celebrated the opening of their new Winchester Burrells boutique with an evening of storytelling, courtesy of ‘The World’s Greatest Explorer,’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes. More than 300 people filled The Great Hall to hear Sir Ranulph talk about his intrepid expeditions across the globe and then after the talk guests joined owners Edward and Tom Ferris in the Winchester store where chairman, Bill Ferris, officially opened it to the public. Lord-lieutenant, Nigel Atkinson Esq, chairman of the County Council, Keith Chapman MBE, and deputy mayor Cllr David McLean attended the event and offered a warm welcome to the Ferris family, stating what a wonderful addition the new store was to Winchester’s High Street.

BASEL Q&A: Edward Ferris, managing director, Burrells Jewellers

Burrells Jewellers managing director, Edward Ferris, discusses his plans for Basel and what wowed him last year. Why is Baselworld an important date for your calendar? We get to see what our key watch brand partners are launching for the year ahead. How did you find last year’s show? Fantastic, there seemed to be a

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GUEST COLUMN: A positive outlook for the luxury jewellery sector?

Diana Verde Nieto, chief executive officer, Positive Luxury What makes a luxury product like jewellery desirable in 2017 is very different to what made an item a must-have even five years ago. As the world around us changes at what feels like a dizzying pace, the luxury industry does too. Last month, Positive Luxury released