November issue packed with business news and new edition of BenchPro.
The new issue of Professional Jeweller is available to read online page-by-page, packed with the latest business news, designer interviews and the second edition of our dedicated jewellery manufacturing magazine, BenchPro.
The November issue kicks off with a report into the growth of pawnbroking among more affluent customers, and the efforts by the National Pawnbroking Association to launch awareness with a new consumer-facing advertising campaign for pawnbrokers.
We also hear from Laura Vann of V Jewellery, who discusses balancing interests between her fashion-forward socially-driven business mind, and that of her father and business partner Timothy Vann, who works to more traditional business methods.
The November issue also presents the topics and statistics raised at the UK Jewellery Conference last month, with exclusive feedback from Willie Hamilton, chief executive of The Company of Master Jewellers, which hosted the event in Birmingham.
Jessica Flinn takes the hot seat as this month’s interviewee, discussing her leap into jewellery retail running her own store in Sheffield, while also maintaining a balance of interest with her eponymous jewellery brand. She sheds light on what it takes to win financial backing, why trade shows aren’t what they used to be and her five-year plan for the Jessica Flinn business.
Taking the designer-turned-multibrand retailer theme, Professional Jeweller also gets the 411 from a number of jewellery designers running retail stores in the UK, with Goodman Morris, Baroque, Brazen and Thor & Wistle discussing what has driven the move to selling other designers’ jewellery as well as making their own.
Shopfitting expert Michael Sheridan offers up his latest tips for making the most of your retail space in this month’s Ask the Expert, outlining the little merchandising efforts that can go a long way.
In the Showcase section of the November issue, we get ready to embrace winter with a sliced diamond wonder from Jewellery Theatre, which opens up to an extract from Carol Woolton’s new book, Floral Jewels, touching on the crispness and chill of winter and its influence on jewellery design.
This month’s Trends feature nods to all things folkloric, with a closer look at the design influences driving the trend, from Russian fairytales to Romany gypsy traditions, textiles and tarot cards.
Finally, our new products pages offer up a delectable selection of new designs, from statement crystal bug earrings by Mawi to tropical hued gemstone rings by Manja jewellery and bright orange chakra pendants from Vanessa Kandiyoti.
Following Professional Jeweller, readers can delve into the online edition of BenchPro, featuring a fresh round-up of news and interviews from the realm of jewellery manufacturing.
We hear from jeweller Keir O’Brine about his experiences as a bench apprentice through to teaming with the Prince’s Trust to launch his own business in Brighton.
Luxury jewellery David Marshall takes BenchPro behind-the-scenes at his London atelier, where he outlines how the business has split into three distinct branches, and presents his new business Design Build Cast (DBC) to the trade. Marshall also recalls his route into jewellery design and hand-making, from the work benches of Hatton Garden, to his early commissions for David Morris.
BenchPro also takes us on a tour of training and mentoring hub Centrepunch, where founder and director of education Beaulagh Brooks outlines her plans for the business, such as a franchise model to develop the Centrepunch training offer in other towns and cities.
The issue also unwraps the latest trends shaping jewellery packaging in the UK, from the need for postbox-friendly parcels to a touch of personalisation and glitz.
Finally, Luka Pasikowski of jewellery brand Cardinal of London, shows us around his workshop space within Holts Academy, presenting the kit he can’t live without for our On My Bench feature, with one very special mouth blow torch catching our eye.