EDITOR’S BLOG: “The Hot 100 2015 was a spectacular and fitting celebration of talent”

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The Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2015 took place last night and I hope you’ll agree it was a fantastic night.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event a success, including my assistant editor Stacey Hailes, and our sponsors Diamond Partner International Jewellery London, Technology Partner Bransom and our Gold Partners, Clogau, Curteis and FACETS PR.

The Hot 100 is a marathon, not a sprint. From the moment we open the nominations to the moment that video plays in the Freemason’s Hall Grand Temple, there’s a sense of excitement, nervousness, anxiety and intrigue. This year we had over 400 nominations, revealing just how popular the event has become and we expect to receive even more for 2016.

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Organising the Hot 100 book with Kalory Photo & Video is a logistical challenge, but one that allows us to travel across the country seeking out the jewellery industry’s brightest. Without a doubt, the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 book is the only place you’re going to see business owners in fancy dress, retail leaders with their beloved pets and trendsetters snapped in some of the coolest bars in London.

This year, myself and Stacey wrote all of the profiles, chose the final pictures (we hope you’re happy!), and, crucially, decided on the Hot 100 too, meaning that last night’s event (and indeed the book itself) represents the culmination of six months hard work for us. This labour of love is something I’m particularly proud of, especially when viewed alongside our biggest ever September issue and IJL preview and I hope you enjoy reading both in the months to come.

What makes the Hot 100 so successful is that it levels out the playing field. Of the 100 people chosen there are no winners, meaning the skills, passion and talent of the NexGems are just as valued and appreciated as the achievements of the Retail Stars and Business Big Shots – this sense of unity makes the Hot 100 a celebration of the jewellery industry and not your typical awards ceremony.

All that’s left to say is thank you for joining us last night to celebrate the Hot 100, your participation and support of the event is what makes it great. Don’t forget to check the website for behind-the-scenes pictures, photobooth snaps, arrivals, photoboard and ‘big reveal’ images over the next few days.

If you’re in the Hot 100 this year and would like to receive images, logos or any supporting materials to be displayed on your website or in-store, please don’t hesitate to contact me on or

Here’s the 2015 roll of honour in case you missed it…

RETAIL STARS – sponsored by International Jewellery London

Alex Goodman & Nicky Morris, owners, Goodman Morris

Tracey Brown, director, Chisholm Hunter

Mike Rice, James Rice & Danielle Rice-Hewitt, co-directors, Hugh Rice Jewellers

Tom & Edward Ferris, co-directors, Swag Jewellers

Pippa Knowles & Jason French, co-directors Baroque Jewellers

Mark Warren, retail director UK & Ireland, Swarovski

Anthony Coe, director, Coe & Co

John Hirshman, director, Drakes

Michael Cox, director, Michael Spiers Jewellers

Judith Hart, managing director, Judith Hart Jewellers

Keith & Max Newlan, director & store manager, Kings Hill

Johnny Rocket & Niall Paisley, co-directors, Johnny Rocket

Peter Wong, managing director, Wongs

Leanne Rogers, director, Sarah Layton

Kiyan Foroughi, CEO & co-founder, Boticca

Lee & Maureen Hooson, co-founders, Mococo

Jason Allum, managing director, Allum & Sidaway

Jo Stroud, owner, Fabulous

Mandy Sargeant, owner, RL Austen

Dominic Gomersall, managing director, Lumbers

Michael Laing, chairman, Laing Edinburgh


BUSINESS BIG SHOTS – sponsored by Clogau 

Jo Lee, Joanna Mansbridge & Mary Serin, vice president merchandising, director of jewellery & senior jewellery buyer, QVC UK

Chris Garland, managing director, Bransom

Michael Hakimian, chief executive officer, Yoko London

Sarah Filippardos, head of jewellery buying, Goldsmiths

Scot Walker & Andy Twigg, co-directors, Parify

Stephen Lussier, chief executive officer, Forevermark

Alan Frampton, owner, CRED jewellery

Scott Thompson, founder & chief executive officer, Carat*

Moyra Race, UK category manager fashion & luxury, World Duty Free

Jean Ghika, director, Bonhams Jewellery Department UK & Europe

Stuart Laing, chairman & chief executive officer, Houlden Group

Stephanie Wilkes & Clair Albone, jewellery buyers, Argos

Stella Layton, chief executive officers, Assay Office Birmingham

Lucy Streatfeild Smith, jewellery buyer, Fortnum & Mason

Wendy Hallett, founder & managing director, Hallett Retail

Victoria McKay, chief operating officer, London Diamond Bourse

Adelle Thompson & Lorna Burhouse, head of buying & merchandising, buyer & merchandiser, Beaverbrooks

Deborah Jarrett & Natacha Schnieder, jewellery buying controller & buyer, H Samuel

Jonathan Pressley, managing director, Pressleys & Chalfen of London

Ian Harebottle, chief executive officer, Gemfields

Naomi Newton Sherlock, director Weston Beamor & creative director, Domino Jewellery


BRAND CHAMPIONS – sponsored by Bransom Retail Systems

Sonia Menezes, brand manager, Clogau

Mark Faulkner, UK country manager, Endless Jewelry

Richard Cox, sales director, Gecko

Gareth Thomas & John Reid, head of brand development & head of sales, Brown & Newith

John Crossick, Nick Callegari & James Cook, managing director, wholesale director & retail director, Thomas Sabo

Jaimee Hollier, senior sales manager, Fossill Group

Claire Miller, manufacturing manager, Weston Beamor

Mark Owens, brand director, Links of London

Oliver Crouch, sales manager, Continental



Dr Robert Organ, deputy warden, Goldsmiths Company Assay Office

Lucy Rees Raybould, executive director of operations, Company of Master Jewellers

Judith Lockwood & Gary Wroe, co-directors, Arctic Circle

Jason Holt, chief executive officer, Holts London

Gaynor &rews, head of school, Birmingham School of Jewellery

James Courage, former chief executive officer, Platinum Guild International & former chairman, Responsible Jewellery Council




Simon Johnson – Vice Chairman NAG, Marmalade

Gary Williams – Deputy Chairman BJA, Presman Mastermelt

Gary Wroe – Chairman BJA, Hockley Mint

Andrew Hinds – Chairman NAG, F Hinds

Pravin Pattni – Deputy Chairman NAG, Minar Jewellers

Helen O’Neill – Vice Chairman BJA, PMC Studio



Ruth Bewsey, director, Daisy London

Leila Kashanipour, founder & creative director, Leivankash

Kasun Ekanayake, creative director, Kasun London

Tessa Packard, founder & creative director, Tessa Packard

Shona Marsh, creative director, Shona Marsh & designer, Stubbs & Co

Ornella Iannuzzi, founder & designer, Ornella Iannuzzi

Alice Cicolini, creative director, Alice Cicolini/Winterson

Fei Liu, owner, Fei Liu

Sarah Ho, founder & chief executive officer, Sarah Ho London

Sara Prentice, creative director, Garrard

Ivonna Poplanska, creative director, UJT Ltd & Boudici London

Pippa Small, owner, Pippa Small Jewellery

Dinny Hall, creative director, Dinny Hall

Marisa Hordern, founder & creative director, Missoma


NEXGEMS – sponsored by Curteis 

Shikha & Satbir Tamber, founders, Esoteric Luxury

Laura Parra, designer-maker & owner, LaParra

Flora Bhattachary, director & designer, Flora Bhattachary

Jennifer Saker, founder, Jennifer Saker

Vinay Souadakar, chief executive officer & co-founder, Manja Jewellery

Phoebe Sherwood Moore, founder & designer, Pheobe Jewellery

Rosie May Hofman, designer-maker & owner, Rosie May Hofman

Charlotte Valkeniers, designer & director, Charlotte Valkeniers

Tom Blake, director, Keep Me Jewellery

Connie Nam, founder & chief executive officer, Astrid & Miyu


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