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Piaget expands online sales with Net-A-Porter jewellery deal

Piaget expands online sales with Net-A-Porter jewellery deal

Luxury jewellery and watch brand Piaget is to launch at Net-A-Porter, marking the first time the creations by the Swiss firm will be sold through a luxury global online retailer, aside from its standalone stores and own brand e-commerce site. From April Net-A-Porter will launch both fine jewellery and watch creations from ‘Possession’, a signature

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De Beers Group takes full control of retail arm in LVMH buy-out

The De Beers Group has assumed total control of its eponymous retail brand, De Beers Diamond Jewellers, after purchasing LVMH’s 50% shareholding. De Beers Diamond Jewellers’ retail network comprises 32 stores in 17 key consumer markets around the world. This includes a growing business in greater China and with Chinese clients worldwide, an established presence


INTERVIEW: Baselworld MD talks 2017 edition

Ahead of this year’s event, Baselworld managing director Sylvie Ritter discusses why the Switzerland-based trade show continues to attract visitors and exhibitors from across the globe. Why do you think exhibitors and visitors continue to return to Baselworld year after year? Baselworld features the who’s who of the watch and jewellery industry on a worldwide

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Shoppers walk along New Bond Street in Mayfair which is the most expensive avenue in Europe for retail rents on September 22, 2010 in London, England. Findings from retail estate agents claim that over the past year rents on New Bond Street have risen to 536 GBP per square foot, exceeding that of the Champs-?lys?es in Paris. In comparison, New York's Fifth Avenue, which is the world's most expensive shopping street, has rents of approximately 1180 GBP per square foot.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Industry experts discuss how the luxury jewellery market will evolve this year

Jewellery industry experts reveal how they believe the luxury jewellery market will evolve this year. Significant factors will include Brexit, and consequently the Pound, and the way consumers shop online. Frost of London founder, Dino D’Auria, predicts a very good year for luxury jewellery. He explains: “I envisage a very good year ahead largely due to

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PJ AWARDS: Guide to each category

With seven weeks left to nominate retailer and suppliers for the inaugural Professional Jeweller Awards, we have provided further insight into the categories of the event. Taking place the second night of International Jewellery London – Monday, September 4 – the Professional Jeweller Awards will honour the business achievements of the brands and retailers that are lighting

Michael Rawlinson, chief executive officer, National Association of Jewellers

NAJ launches regional drop-in sessions for industry professionals

The National Association of Jewellers has launched local regional events, kickstarting with sessions in London and Birmingham. Hosted by chief executive Michael Rawlinson, the regional drop-in sessions will give jewellery companies a personal insight into how the NAJ can help. The event is open to everyone, whether members of the Association or not. Whether you

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Professional Jeweller combines Awards with sizzling summer barbecue

Professional Jeweller will hold its first Awards on September 4 at Kensington Roof Gardens, the most exclusive indoor/outdoor event space in Central London. The choice of the Roof Gardens allows Professional Jeweller to maintain the informal freshness of its Hot 100 parties with the importance of a highly respectable awards ceremony. “This is a thoroughly


Centre for Fashion Enterprise launches fully subsidised jewellery production course

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), based at London College of Fashion, UAL, has launched a fully subsidised Jewellery Production programme. The programme has been created to help small jewellery designer-maker businesses ready themselves to work with larger scale suppliers and respond to the changes in the jewellery market today. The two day intensive course will cover a range

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Theo Fennell reduces wholesale distribution to focus on London stores

British jewellery business Theo Fennell is consolidating its business to concentrate on its core strengths by reducing its wholesale distribution to focus on its London stores. Sales across the Theo Fennell business last year saw an increase of 55% year-on-year, with the Theo Fennell Fulham Road flagship store seeing sales rise by 60% compared to


GUEST COLUMN: Why every jeweller needs to have an apprentice

Professional Jeweller has asked Ben Drew, head of business development at the British Academy of Jewellery, why he believes everyone in the jewellery industry should be taking on an apprentice. Get a modern perspective and embrace digital Apprentices bring new ideas, creativity and enthusiasm into any organisation.  Having high-energy and new blood within the business