New suppliers invigorate CMJ meet

Wider range of wares on offer at buyers’ meeting in Birmingham.

New suppliers including Babette Wasserman, Fei Liu and Rachel Galley showcased their latest products at the Spring Buying Meeting of the UK’s biggest buying group, The Company of Master Jewellers’ (CMJ).

The Buying Meeting, taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in the Birmingham NEC on March 13 to 14, attracted more than 100 CMJ retailer members with a showcase of jewellery, watches and accessories.

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Babette Wasserman, known for its elegant, affordable silver jewellery, attracted strong interest from retailers at the CMJ Buying Event. The brand, which was showing with the CMJ for the first time, used the event to showcase its scarf-style Ficelle necklace and best-selling Maman Bebe collection that celebrates the bond between mother and child.

Owner and designer Babette Wasserman said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to meet lots and lots of new stores all in one place. It’s great to be able to showcase our jewellery here and introduce it to people who perhaps know about us but haven’t had the opportunity to see it in a quiet, private show.”

Babette said high-end retailers that sold branded and gold jewellery would be a perfect fit for her brand’s pieces.

Fei Liu, known for his high-end cutting-edge jewellery that represents a fusion of the best in East and West design, and Rachel Galley, known for her jewellery using contrasting colours and textures, were also exhibiting at the CMJ Buying Meeting for the first time.

Fei Liu spoke of his plans to expand his presence in both the UK and Chinese markets, and said that he views the Buying Meeting as a great opportunity for leading independent retailers to stock his pieces.

Meanwhile, Rachel Galley said: “I am very glad to be here because this is a perfect opportunity to meet lots of independent retailers, some of them having a few shops.”

The CMJ now has a membership representing more than 200 shops and has well above 100 approved suppliers that include some of the world’s biggest jewellery and watch brands.

Among the watches, leading brands Fossil and Seiko presented their latest ranges. Fossil reported strong sales of its high-end ceramic watches and Seiko said it has recently witnessed a recovery in demand for its middle-range segments in the UK market.

Clogau Gold made a welcome comeback to the CMJ following a brief departure from the group. CMJ chief executive Willie Hamilton said: “The Clogau shop-in-shop offering is exceptional value.”


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