The self-trained jeweller creates designs from watch milling machines.
As we look forward to the reveal of the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013 on September 3 we hear from 2012’s NexGems about being part of the Hot 100, what it means for business and what’s next for the jewellery brands. Clarice Price Thomas talks about her whirlwind year as a competition winner, Kickstarter and NexGem and upcoming projects with other contemporary jewellers.
Professional Jeweller: You were named as a Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem in 2012- what did this mean for your business?
Clarice Price Thomas: Being named as a NexGem in last year’s Hot 100 has had such a great impact; it was fantastic to gain recognition for all that I’d achieved in my first year of business by those in the industry. I’d had an exciting whirlwind with setting up, winning the EC One Unsigned competition, exhibiting at Treasure and then being accepted at one of IJL’s Kickstarters so to be chosen as part of the 100 was really amazing.
PJ: Tell us about the year since the Hot 100, how has the business evolved?
CPT: The past year has been really incredible and much more than I could’ve hoped for. It all started whilst exhibiting at IJL last September as a Kickstarter and being named as a Hot 100 NexGem. It was the first trade show I’d done and at that stage I was still within my first year of business. My debut collection received fantastic reception and I gained some amazing stockists. I then had a successful Christmas season selling through stockists nationwide. In February I went to exhibit in Munich [at Inhorgenta] for my first international trade show. Since then I have continued to gain more stockists and sell my Time collection. I have also invested in PR to work on direct sales through my website, helping to build a strong customer base.
PJ: What can we expect next from the brand?
CPT: Right now I’m adding the final touches to my second collection which I will be launching at IJL in September. I’m really excited to reveal the new pieces which have moved away from my watch and clock inspiration but retains the same method of making; using my father’s milling machines and lathes which is my signature and unique way of creating jewellery. I also have some really exciting events coming up with fellow jewellers Myia Bonner and Ros Millar, but we’re keeping things secret until the big announcement.
To read more about last year’s Hot 100 NexGems, click here.