Professional Jeweller unveils categories for 2018 Awards

Anticipation and expectation is already building for this year’s Professional Jeweller Awards, which take place on September 3 – the second night of Internationaly Jeweller London.

The Professional Jeweller Awards were launched in 2017 to celebrate the business achievements of the brands and retailers light up the UK jewellery industry. The inaugural event was attended by over 200 leading executives who celebrated with the winners in 15 categories.

The Professional Jeweller Awards will honour the accomplishments of jewellery retailers from all over the UK, with separate categories dedicated to fashion and luxury. We will also applaud online-only retailers as well as those making a success of multiple channels.

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Innovative jewellery brands will be praised, as will the people behind them driving marketing and sales. There will also be awards available for British jewellery designers to scoop.

New for this year we will also celebrate the ‘Best New Store or Refurbishment of the Year’, ‘Most Innovative Customer Event of the Year’, and ‘Emerging Brand of the Year’. During challenging times for the UK jewellery trade, retailers holding customer events to engage with clients and bolster business should be recognised, alongside those opening new stores or refurbishing current ones to meet new consumer demands. Likewise, brands entering the UK market and succeeding should be honoured for their hard work, determination and willingness to help strengthen the trade.

We are looking forward to honouring the movers and shakers who have been working tirelessly to make the UK jewellery trade a success over the last 12 months.

Splitting the categories into awards for retailers and awards for suppliers, the categories for the 2018 Professional Jeweller Awards are as follows:

Retailer Categories

Independent Fashion Jewellery Retailer of the Year (fewer than 10 stores)

Retailers in this category have to be independently owned, operate ten or fewer stores, and trade mainly in fashion and lifestyle jewellery brands priced at under £1,000.

Independent Fine Jewellery Retailer of the Year (fewer than 5 stores)

Retailers in this category must be destination jewellery boutique businesses with fewer than five stores, that excel in sales of fine jewellery priced at over £1,000.

Multiple Fashion Jewellery Retailer of the Year (more than 10 stores)

Retailers in this category have more than 10 stores, and trade mainly in fashion and lifestyle jewellery brands priced at under £1,000.

Multiple Luxury Jewellery Retailer of the Year (more than 5 stores)

Retailers in this category must be destination jewellery boutique businesses with more than five stores that excel in sales of fine jewellery priced at over £1,000.

Branded Jewellery Boutique of the Year

Finalists in this category present the essence of their brand in their own physical stores.

Designer-maker jewellery boutique of the Year

Finalists in this category are designer-makers showcasing their pieces within their own boutique.

Omnichannel Jewellery Retailer of the Year

Retailers in this category must operate physical and online stores.

NEW: Most Innovative Customer Event of the Year

Retailers in this category have put on an event in store over the last 12 months which has driven footfall through the doors and offered an unrivaled customer experience to bolster business and build consumer loyalty.

NEW: Best New Store or Refurbishment of the Year

This category celebrates retailer’s adapting store environments to meet new consumer demands.

 

Supplier categories:

Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year

The finalists are fine jewellery brands (producing items crafted from gold and platinum, and adorned with gemstones and diamonds) operating in the UK that have demonstrated they have the best products, sales, support, service, and marketing this year.

Fashion Jewellery Brand of the Year

The finalists are fashion jewellery brands operating in the UK that have demonstrated they have the best products, sales, support, service, and marketing this year.

NEW: Emerging Jewellery Brand of the Year

Finalists in this category have entered the UK market in the last two years and successfully opened doors, built brand awareness and secured sales.

Jewellery Industry Supplier of the Year

This category is for jewellery industry suppliers operating in the UK that have demonstrated they have the best products, sales, support and service this year.

Sales & Marketing Team of the Year

The finalists are teams that have demonstrated outstanding salesmanship and support to sell-through with their retail partners in the past year.

Jewellery Designer of the Year

Finalists in this category are jewellery designers  operating in the UK that have caught the industry’s attention with innovative designs.

Young Jewellery Designer of the Year (under 30)

The finalist in this category are young designers/ emerging designers under 30 years old, operating in the UK and producing innovative products.

The Awards have been designed for the industry and will be voted by the industry. Click here for information on the nomination process.

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