Kathryn Bishop on why the time is now for women to be taking the lead.

Girl’s rock; girls rock; girls’ rocks. There’s an Eats, Shoots and Leaves book in there somewhere about engagement rings, female empowerment or the window display of Boodles.

As you will have noticed in Professional Jeweller’s July issue and in our online newsletters we have been taking a closer look at women in the jewellery industry, trying to work out why it is only in recent years that they have become managing directors, infiltrating board rooms typically dominated by men.


In many ways the jewellery business is no different to any other major British industry in that, until the 1960s, women stayed home, and men went out to work. But that was half a century ago, and it would seem only natural that a market with design and creativity at one end and retail expertise at the other would have evolved into a fortress for female executives by now. But it isn’t there yet.

Even in the past few years, almost 60% of people in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 have been men. The percentage is even higher in the Business Big Shots category. It appears that women have found it as hard to break through the glass ceiling in the jewellery business as they have in other major industries.

Which makes the successes of women we have highlighted recently all the more notable. In total, we celebrated the work of more than 50 women in our July issue, from leading retailers and creative directors through to award-winning graduates, jewellery course leaders and trendsetting designers. But of course we could have added scores more. We girls have grabbed the opportunity to pour our passion for jewellery into our work, and the results are better businesses, happier customers and more fulfilling careers.

This editor’s letter was taken from the Jewellery Girls Rule issue of Professional Jeweller. To read the issue in full online, click here.