Interview with Beaverbrooks CEO, and new routes to jewellery retail.
Professional Jeweller’s November 2013 issue is now available to read online, boasting fresh jewellery products, an in-depth focus on jewellery retail and an interview with Beaverbrooks’ new chief executive Anna Blackburn.
This month’s issue is dedicated to UK jewellery retail, focusing in-depth on those multiple and independent retailers making the move to shopping malls, as well as the rebirth of the department stores as innovative spaces for jewellery concessions.
Rachael Taylor discusses the business and its plans for 2014 with Beaverbrooks’ new chief executive Anna Blackburn, who tells the story behind her route to the top job, and reveals her expectations for Christmas 2013 trading.
Kathryn Bishop goes in-depth with the team behind Swarovski’s latest retail concept Cadenzza, discussing trends, merchandising and why the UK and its discerning, self-purchasing customers have been the ideal launch pad for this new chain of jewellery stores set for global expansion.
We also investigate Comparejewellery.com, an independent site that pits high street jewellers head-to-head, testing their jewellery in terms of its value for money, offering advice – and some rather interesting product tests – to consumers looking to buy jewellery.
In our products section this month, Professional Jeweller researches the vogue for magnetic bracelets, from the mesh bracelets with plenty added bling, to colourful offerings with a youthful edge.
We also serve up a fresh batch of new products, from a rich chocolate diamond ring by Andrew Geoghegan and a Whitby jet wonder by Jacqueline Cullen, to a blue mermaid necklace by Balagan and some dreamy unicorn hoop earrings by Me & Zena.
This month’s Book Club takes an excerpt from new publication Jewelry’s Shining Stars, with two of the designers profiled in this new American book presented to British audience.
Finally, don’t forget to check out this month’s Social Lite, to see whether you were snapped out and about at jewellery events last month.
To read the November issue of Professional Jeweller in full online, click here.