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Thefts worth £40,000 hit Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair just hours after opening

Thefts worth £40,000 hit Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair just hours after opening

The Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair was hit with two robberies just hours after opening according to local news sources, with a necklace and two bags of pearls worth around £40,000 being targeted. The thefts happened about four hours after the show opened in Lantau on September 16, with staff spotting a female visitor

Petra Diamonds net profit plummets 33% in “challenging” FY2015

Petra Diamonds Limited has announced its preliminary results for the year ended June 30 2015, citing a 10% drop in revenue to US$425.0 million (£392.7m) after a “challenging” 12 months. As a result, the company’s adjusted EBITDA was down 26% to US$139.3 million (£121.5m) and net profit after tax was also down by 33% to

RJC announces certification of Messika Diamonds

The Responsible Jewellery Council has announced the certification of five companies, including Messika Diamonds, the Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Christian Dior Couture, Cookson Metaux Precieux and Ashwin Diamonds. The RJC now has 670 members, 422 of which are certified, alongside 33 code of conduct certified members. “It is a pleasure to announce Messika Diamonds

Closing date for Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List 2016 just two weeks away

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are being encouraged to submit their entries for the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For List 2016, which closes its registration process in just two weeks time.   New figures have shown that job candidates in the UK are less money-driven and are increasingly swayed by the reputation

Sif Jakobs opens 16 new accounts at IJL as brand aims for 130 high

Sif Jakobs, a client of FACETS PR, enjoyed a hugely successful International Jewellery London earlier this month, securing 16 new accounts across the UK and Ireland.  Founder and designer Sif Jakobs says: “We had a fantastic show at IJL where we opened 16 new accounts including five in Ireland, so we now have more than

Hoonik Chang wins EC One Unsigned competition

EC One announced the winner of its annual Unsigned competition at a ‘platinum’ party held in Clerkenwell, London, last night (September 17). The collections of four emerging designer-makers were presented to a panel of judges last week, with Hoonik Chang taking the top spot. EC One co-founder Jos Skeates said: “Hoonik’s work is outstanding and we

BullionByPost founder pays record £600,000 to secure domain

British online bullion dealer BullionByPost, founded by Rob Halliday-Stein, has paid a record £600,000 to buy, smashing the previous most expensive UK domain name by £40,000. Like BullionByPost, offers investors a range of physical gold and silver bars and coins, but is also aimed at targeting larger investors by offering both insured delivery and secure storage facilities

Sales at Richemont Group jewellery brands rise 6% in positive five month update

Sales of jewellery across the Richemont Group’s roster of brands increased by 6% in the last five months, receiving an additional positive boost from favourable exchange rate fluctuations. Jewellery sales on a constant exchange rate increased by 6% across the group, jumping 20% when considered with currency fluctuations. Richemont Group brands currently include Cartier, Van

Met Police smash and grab training event to help retailers tackle crime

The Met Police have partnered with some of the UK’s most influential retail security services to offer a smash and grab training session for concerned retailers on October 20.  Speakers include Commander Letchford who leads on business crime for the Metropolitan Police and Simon Cham, prevention coordinator at the Flying Squad. Discussions will focus on

Sales via mobile phones jump 33% as tablet action dips in August 2015

Sales made via a mobile device increased by 33% in August, but the balance of sales from a tablet or mobile phone has shifted dramatically in smartphones’ favour, according to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 20% of m-retail sales, compared to 80% made via a tablet device. In 2015, the