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EDS LETTER: Jewellery retailers can’t let fear hold them back

EDS LETTER: Jewellery retailers can’t let fear hold them back

As I wrote this month’s editor’s letter, I’d just come off a plane travelling to Belfast for next month’s cityscape feature (sorry for the small spoiler!). This was the first of many planes I would be travelling on during the next five weeks, and if I’m honest with you, I hate flying. Something about it fills me with


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

Michael Rawlinson, chief executive officer, National Association of Jewellers

GUEST COLUMN: Michael Rawlinson, chief executive officer, NAJ

Guest column by the chief executive officer of the National Association of Jewellers, Michael Rawlinson. In a world where the pace of life appears to be getting faster and faster, the only thing that remains constant is the concept of change. If we like things the way they have always been, and want them to


Editor’s View: “Consumers come back to where they have had a great experience”

A theme that will keep coming up throughout the February issue of Professional Jeweller is storytelling. Both the art of telling a story and the responsibility. The best stories stay with us for a long time. I’m sure all of us know two or three like the back of our hands. It’s usually the ones


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.


Editor’s View: Celebrating the best in the jewellery business

Flick through any edition of Professional Jeweller this year or browse the pages of our website and it quickly becomes apparent that the jewellery industry is blessed with individuals and companies at the forefront of British business. Innovation, creativity and originality lie at the very heart of this industry, and the ways in which brands

Claire Adler photographed by Dan Stevens. Dec 2015 at Star Diamond Dover Street London.  Hair and Make up Ginni Bogado, Rings Star Diamond, Catherine Prevost.

GUEST COLUMN: Claire Adler on the power of language

Guest column by luxury communications consultant, Claire Adler. Over the last decade, as a contributor on jewellery and diamonds to the Financial Times and other publications, I’ve received my fair share of press releases. Recently, I was on stage in conversation with Vanity Fair contributing editor and Hollywood stylist Elizabeth Saltzman. I mentioned that some


Editor’s view: The countdown to Christmas begins with Black Friday

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Once upon a time this would be the first thing that popped into people’s minds when you mentioned November in the UK. It’s a tradition other countries struggle to grasp, but one that we’ve embraced and turned into a magical night of bonfires, fireworks, fairground rides, sparklers and celebrations.


GUEST COLUMN: Alex Monroe on how Brexit might impact business

British jewellery designer Alex Monroe asks key questions about the future as he writes about the impact Britain’s decision to leave the European Union might have on business… We were all rather shocked on the morning of Friday June 24 when the result of the EU referendum was announced. I am a passionate supporter of the European Union,


Editor’s view: “Switching off could be the most productive thing you do”

When was the last time you truly switched off from work? I mean properly switched off. This includes turning off your work emails, stepping outside your business and mentally, if not physically, taking a holiday. If you are anything like me I expect it was further back than you think. It is no secret that