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INTERVIEW: Hockley Mint MD on championing bridal and a new silver alloy

INTERVIEW: Hockley Mint MD on championing bridal and a new silver alloy

Hockley Mint has been busy at this year’s IJL shining a light on bridal, launching new products, and unveiling for the first time a new diamond detector and exclusive silver alloy. Here, Professional Jeweller grabs a quick minute with the British manufacturer’s managing director, Gary Wroe… Many retailers appear to be returning to bridal jewellery,


INTERVIEW: Sif Jakobs Jewellery reveals ambitious plans for IJL and beyond

Sif Jakobs Jewellery’s director for the UK & Ireland, Mark Riddle, reveals the brand’s ambitious plans for International Jewellery London and the next 12 months… What are Sif Jakobs Jewellery’s plans for growth in the UK and Ireland over the next 12 months? With unprecedented challenges facing the retail sector across Central Western Europe, Sif Jakobs

FEATURE: Jessica Herrin on how Stella & Dot is a business that goes beyond profit and sales

Just over a decade ago a female entrepreneur launched a social selling jewellery business in the United States, with a mission to offer working women flexibility, reward, style, profit, and fun. Here, Jessica Herrin, talks to Stacey Hailes about the impact Stella & Dot has had to date, and how she plans to strengthen the

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