Professional Jeweller unveils new-look magazine

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February 2014 issue dedicated to bridal jewellery and J&WB show.

Professional Jeweller has unveiled a new look for 2014, with its latest issue showcasing a fresh layout and design theme, with the full magazine available to read online.

The change of design comes as we enter a new buying season and gear up for this weekend’s first major trade event of the year, Jewellery & Watch Birmingham.

The February issue has taken newness as its theme, starting with an in-depth focus on the year ahead, with business forecasts from jewellery retailers, stone dealers, designers and company managing directors and chief executives.

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The new issue is also dedicated to our annual bridal focus, rounding up those engagement and wedding ring styles tipped to adorn brides and grooms in the year ahead, with a snapshot of how online social media sites are aiding the planning of weddings and making it easier for retailers and brands to spot emerging bridal jewellery design trends.

The second part of our bridal focus explores the rise of new technology in the creation of bridal jewellery collections and how additive manufacturing and CNC machines are helping manufacturers to make better settings for diamonds, while improving the precision of fitted and patterned wedding bands.

Coloured diamonds are also on the radar this month, with the news that brides – as well as investors – are seeking fancy coloured stones as an alternative to the classic white diamond.

With investment on the mind, we also hear from Charles Green director Oliver Sutton, who describes this Birmingham Jewellery Quarter company’s journey towards new technology and the investments the business has made to fuel growth here in the UK, with an eye on the international market.

If you are part of a family-run or long-established business and changing times are on the horizon, this month’s focus on succession planning provides some interesting case studies of how jewellery retailers, manufacturers and industry bodies have welcomed new blood to the fold, along with top tips for company leaders that are stepping down or moving up through the business.

Our February Showcase launches with a springtime theme, revealing a striking pair of earrings from Mikimoto inspired by Japanese gardens.

Professional Jeweller then dedicates 10 pages to this weekend’s Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, with a round-up of just some of the new collections due to be launched by leading British and international jewellery houses, along with must-attend seminars and Q&As with exhibitors new and established.

If you’re after some inspiration after the wettest January on record, our Trends feature is dedicated to all things floral and summery, with pages packed with the latest jewellery collections packing plenty of petal power from the likes of Fei Liu, Robinson Pelham, Cartier and Shaun Leane.

And if you need that final dose of newness, don’t forget to check out this month’s new products, from tiny seed pearl bracelets by Brumani to Messika’s flexible diamond bangle and Lee Renee’s love story jewellery that pays homage to Cathy and Heathcliff.

Professional Jeweller will be exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, which opens on February 2, Hall 17 Stand V27, where exhibitors and attendees can collect a copy of the latest issue.

To read the digital edition of Professional Jeweller’s February issue in full online, click here.
 

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