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GET TO KNOW: Thomas Sabo’s new managing director for UK & Ireland

GET TO KNOW: Thomas Sabo’s new managing director for UK & Ireland

Thomas Sabo may have experienced a few leadership changes in the UK & Ireland recently, but it remains buoyant about its future, especially as the reins for the region have now been handed to someone with a proven track record of success for the brand. Meeting the new managing director at an event for wholesale


THE BIG INTERVIEW: Simon Forrester gives his first interview as chief exec of the NAJ

The National Association of Jewellers welcomed Simon Forrester as its new chief executive officer at the beginning of the year. Since then, the new boss has been getting to grips with the industry, meeting members across different areas of the trade, and putting things in motion to make sure the NAJ has a constructive 2018.

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

EXCLUSIVE: Pandora introduces distinctive new designs for Valentine’s

As Valentine’s Day looms, Professional Jeweller catches up with Pandora’s design team to discover the trends and influences set to influence the market this season… What is the overall story of Pandora’s 2018 Valentine’s Day collection? The Valentine’s Day 2018 collection is all about timeless love stories and acts of love – making promises, being

OPINION: Andrew Morton on WB the Creative Jewellery Group sale

WB the Creative Jewellery Group managing director, Andrew Morton, shares his view on the sale to Heimerle + Meule Group. Morton writes… I am pleased to announce that WB The Creative Jewellery Group, which has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, has been sold to the Heimerle + Meule Group, in a mutually beneficial acquisition, effective from

Q&A: Claire Adler discusses how brands can stand out at trade shows

Claire Adler, luxury communications consultant and IJL Editor’s Choice judge, talks to Professional Jeweller about her trend predictions for 2018, and how a brand can stand out at a jewellery trade show. What were some of the dominant trends at IJL? Pretty and classy feminine styles are back with a soft vengeance. There were peachy

Q&A: Silver Tree marketing director on personalised jewellery

Hannah Riding, marketing director at independent jewellery retailer Silver Tree, talks to Professional Jeweller about the ever-growing personalised jewellery market. Jewellery trends have dominated sales at Silver Tree this year? At Silver Tree we have an in store engraving machine so we are able to engrave jewellery items free of charge for customers. Popular jewellery

Q&A: The Jewellery Room co-founder on the luxury jewellery market

What trends did you notice dominating the luxury jewellery sector this year? Absolutely the playfulness in fine jewellery, mix and match as much as you want, and last but not least coloured gemstones. What trends do you predict will be popular in the next 12 months? We believe that we will see more demi-fine collections

Q&A: Head of jewellery buying at Aurum Holdings discusses bridal trends

Emma Towers, head of jewellery buying at Aurum Holdings, talks to Professional Jeweller about the bridal jewellery market. What bridal trends dominated the market this year? Whilst we continue, and expect, to see that most of our clients are choosing a classic engagement ring, we have been seeing more design led bridal styles available on

INTERVIEW: Gary Carter on his goals for CarterGore

Former ChloBo managing director Gary Carter launched his own tattoo-inspired jewellery brand earlier this year. With an internationally renowned design portfolio, the British designer has developed a cult status for his silver stacking bracelets, and now he is managing his own brand titled CarterGore. Professional Jeweller caught up with Carter to hear about his brand,