Two bicycles, two sport cars, a massively powerful motorbike, four dogs, a polar bear and a dragon – all forever captured in the threads of the tapestry that makes up the inaugural Professional Jeweller Hot 100.
More importantly, we have created a roll of honour of the most creative, successful and talented people working in the British jewellery industry today.
I would like to personally thank everybody who gave up their valuable time to pose for photographs, answer our questions and generally support our endeavours to bring the Hot 100 to life. I sincerely hope you all feel your commitment has been worthwhile.
The Hot 100 is not, and can never be, a comprehensive list of every star in the UK jewellery universe. Thousands of people design, manufacture and trade in this most glamorous of industries. I know that the individuals listed within these pages will be the first to recognise the enormous efforts of the teams that work with them every day.
There are also some big names missing who we would have dearly loved to include, but the constraints of space, time and the practical challenge of pinning people down for a photo shoot and an interview sometimes defeated us.
I hope you will agree with me that the 100 that are on the 2010 list all richly deserve their place and are representative of the great and good of the industry.
Finally, I would like to thank our partners who have made the Hot 100 possible. Our Principal Partner, The Company of Master Jewellers, had the vision to see into the future to what the Hot 100 would become and joined the project from its outset. Darren McCormick Jewellery, Hot Diamonds and Swarovski, have become Gold Partners to show their appreciation for the industry’s inspirational designers, business leaders and retailers.
The Professional Jeweller Hot 100 will be back in 12 months time, by which time we expect a whole new group of individuals to challenge this year’s leaders for inclusion in the list. I wish everybody luck and success, and look forward to compiling the Hot 100 2011.
Editor, Professional Jeweller