NEWS IN QUOTES: December 2010

Who said what in the world of jewellery in December.

“We’re trying not to be too aggressive with it.”
Folli Follie UK brand manager PENNY GRIVEA explains the thinking behind slowing its UK store expansion from 10 shops in 2010 to four shops in 2011.

“Any man wanting to wow their lady this Christmas, this is a sure-fire way to do it.”
Lime Blue founder GRANT MCINTYRE thinks he’s onto a winner with the 32ct diamond bra he created with lingerie brand Ultimo that is currently selling for a mere £800,000.

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“Naturally, upon receiving these very disturbing allegations, I immediately contacted Mr Blom, and asked him to react. Mr Blom completely denied the accusations, saying it was ‘unsubstantiated hearsay’.”
World Federation of Diamond Bourses president AVI PAZ reacts to allegations unearthed by WikiLeaks that the organisation’s vice-president Ernest Blom was involved in dirty diamonds in Zimbabwe.

“It has been an immense pleasure to bring once again to sale these jewels worn by a woman who was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond.”
DAVID BENNETT, chairman of Sotheby’s jewellery in Europe and the Middle East, voices his admiration for Wallis Simpson, whose jewellery collection sold for £8 million at the auction house.

“It gives us a whole set of new opportunities, a whole chance to discover new aesthetics which are going to be part of the precious metal production over the next 10, 15, 100 years.”
Central Saint Martins course director SIMON FRASER on working with palladium for a student jewellery design competition that the college is running.



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