Business articles


IIDGR reveals ambitious online education hub plans

IIDGR reveals ambitious online education hub plans

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, has appointed independent digital agency, Ridgeway, to produce a new online education experience to share and disseminate the company’s industry knowledge to interested parties. The partnership will see Ridgeway build an e-learning hub that in time will offer

London Underground Staff Hold A 24 Hour Strike Over Roster Changes

Tube strike plights London jewellery retailers as footfall nosedives

Jewellery retailers in London city centre suffered an estimated 10% tumble in footfall yesterday as a result of London Underground industrial action. Key shopping locations including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and Westfield’s two malls in Stratford and White City suffered as tube staff walked out at 6pm on Sunday in a row over

attends the Mappin & Webb Christmas Party at the Flagship Regent Street Boutique on November 24, 2016 in London, England.

EXCLUSIVE: Aurum CEO accuses jewellers of panic discounting in December

The CEO of Britain’s biggest jewellery and watch company, Aurum Holdings, has criticised jewellers for panicking too early in December and rushing to slash prices. Brian Duffy told Professional Jeweller’s sister publication WatchPro that sales for the whole of Aurum Group rose 20% in December, compared to the same month in 2015, with luxury watch

Professioal jewellers- In retrospect

Read Professional Jeweller’s first issue of 2017 online now

The January 2017 edition of Professional Jeweller is available to read online now, featuring a striking cover image from one of the UK’s leading jewellery brands, Thomas Sabo. We’ve kicked off the year with an exclusive issue with Thomas Sabo, founder of the brand with the same name, where he discusses his plans for the UK market,


Retail Jeweller up for sale as parent company offloads 13 magazine brands

Retail Jeweller has been put up for sale by its parent company Ascential plc. The title, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015, is among 13 magazine brands, along with associated digital products and events, that are classified as Heritage Brands by Ascential, and will be quarantined from the accounts of the surviving business in


Jewellery display manufacturer offers free delivery promotion

West Bromwich-based jewellery display manufacturer Wrights Plastics GPX has announced a free delivery promotion for January 2017. Wrights Plastics GPX is offering the incentive for all online orders of over £100 or more via their e-commerce website. The promotion includes qualifying Next Day Delivery orders – and the company points out that UK customers can


Editor’s View: A new year for the jewellery industry to shine

The last year felt like an absolute marathon. It got off to a positive start, then in the middle people started to flag with the results of the EU Referendum lingering over the country, then at the end many found the extra energy they needed to power through and end the year on a high.

Houlden Jewellers of Excellence 2015

Houlden welcomes two new directors for 2017

Jewellery buying group Houlden has appointed two new directors following its board meeting in November. In the New Year Houlden will be welcoming John Lunn of Lunns Jewellers and a new non-executive director from outside the industry, David Patrick. Lunn, who is the second generation of Lunn’s to sit on Houlden’s board, has been co-opted


Pursuit launches free stock and sales performance analysis service

Software house Pursuit has announced the launch of a free sales and stock performance analysis service for jewellery retailers. The service has been designed to give business owners and managers a clear picture of under-performing stock as well as new products and overall best sellers. The new system will be offered as a rolling commitment,