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ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: How can the industry work together to combat challenges?

ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: How can the industry work together to combat challenges?

Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes caught up with some of the country’s leading independent jewellers at the Company of Master Jewellers’ latest bi-annual trade event to find out what hurdles they expect to have to jump this year, and how retailers and suppliers can work together to bolster business for the UK jewellery industry. On


Forevermark trials new retail concept geared towards millennials

De Beers diamond jewellery brand, Forevermark, has launched a new retail concept for its flagship store in China designed to target millennial consumers. Libert’aime by Forevermark, a new flagship store at HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, marks the 1,000th Forevermark store in China and celebrate the the spirit of a new generation of fashion-forward self-purchasing

Pandora takes over distribution in Ireland as it endures to increase control of the brand

As part of the jewellery giant’s strategy to increase control of the brand, Pandora has made an agreement with BJ FitzPatrick Holdings Ltd. to acquire its store network in Ireland on June 1 2018. On the same date, the BJ FitzPatrick Group’s distribution right to Pandora jewellery in Ireland and the territory of Northern Ireland

Bucherer continues UK expansion with largest boutique to date

Bucherer has created its largest boutique in the UK at Westfield shopping centre in West London. The showroom was previously a smaller outlet for The Watch Gallery before the business was acquired by Bucherer in March last year. It was already due for refurbishment and expansion before the Bucherer deal. Following  an official rebrand, the

Online jeweller opens store as high value customers prefer to see diamonds sparkle

Independent jewellery retailer Shining Diamonds has opened the doors to its first physical store. Shining Diamonds started out as an online only retailer selling quality, yet low priced diamonds. However, the company decided to open a store as higher value customers prefer to view the diamonds and the jewellery they are buying. Whilst the online

Four weeks left to nominate for PJ Awards

We are on the final countdown and there are just four weeks left for the industry to choose its champions and vote for the second annual Professional Jeweller Awards. Taking place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom on Monday, September 3 (the second night of International Jewellery London), the 2018 Professional Jeweller Awards will celebrate the achievements of the UK

Royal couple continues to champion bespoke jewellery

On the royal wedding day the Duchess of Sussex gifted six of her closest friends, including Kate Middleton, a bespoke gold bracelet. It has been revealed that Meghan Markle commissioned Lisette Polney, the founder of  California-based jewellery brand Zofia Day, to create bracelets for her close circle of friends. The solid gold disc bracelets crafted

London Stock Exchange recognises jewellery retailers in inspiring companies report

Companies from the jewellery industry have been named in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain Report. The annual celebration highlights some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Split into sections, six jewellers are highlighted in the report’s retail segment: Allum & Sidaway, Pragnell

GET TO KNOW: The British jeweller behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding rings

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex commissioned Cleave and Company to create Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, and the royal couple’s wedding bands. Predominantly specialists in the design, manufacture and supply of insignia, Cleave and Company have a clientele which includes heads of state, palace offices and military institutions throughout the world. Ten years ago, the

Responsible Jewellery Council strengths senior management team

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) hopes to reinforce its position as the jewelry industry’s foremost standards setting and certification body by strengthening its senior management team. The appointments, which were announced at the RJC’s Annual General Meeting in Moscow, see David Bouffard, Peter Karakchiev and Jason Rubin join the organisation. Incoming RJC chair Mr Bouffard