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This week Professional Jeweller will be marking International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a number of themed stories.

We kicked off on Friday, running our interview with Connie Nam, founder of brand Astrid & Miyu.

She talked founding the brand from her kitchen table and the challenge of walking into male-dominated boardrooms as a young pregnant woman, also revealing some exciting plans for the business.

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Today, International Women’s Day, PJ has a complete IWD takeover of our daily newsletter.

This will include two features from the April issue of Professional Jeweller, the first of which sees the culmination of our Women to Watch nominations process this month.

The industry picked its ‘women to watch’ over the last 12 months, with four candidates coming out on top:

Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks founder

Kate Walsh, Pandora UK managing director

Kassandra Lauren Gordon, owner of Kassandra Lauren Gordon Jewellery

Judith Lockwood, Mesmeric Distribution founder and managing director

Then, check out our interview with Mitch Lloyd, owner of retailer Petra Jewellery, who spoke about the advantages a close mother-daughter working relationship has given the business.

Finally, PJ has asked nine women from around the industry for their Three Rules for Success in business. Look out for these stories appearing throughout the week, starting today.

Happy International Women’s Day!