Spearheading simulated gemstones made Carat* chief a Trailblazer.
Who has made it into the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers and supported by gold partners Ti Sento, IJL and Tresor Paris won’t be unveiled until September 4, so until then we are looking back to the leading lights of the jewellery industry who made it into the Hot 100 2011. Today is the turn of Carat* founder and chief executive Scott Thompson whose spearheading of the simulated gemstone jewellery boom made him an Aagaard Trailblazer.
He started out in aviation and is a trained pilot, but today Scott Thompson is the figurehead behind trailblazing jewellery brand Carat*.
Scott founded the brand, which sells jewellery set with lab-grown diamonds and gemstones, in 2003 and has since pushed the it forward, and this year it has achieved considerable success in the UK market. It now has stores in London’s Westfield, Leeds and Birmingham, plus several concessions including Selfridges and Harrods and a growing network of independent retail stockists.
The brand has worked on a number of special projects this year, including a very glitzy red carpet event. “We were the official jewellery partner to the BAFTA Television Awards,” Scott explains. The partnership allowed the brand to dress TV stars who went on to strut their stuff on the red carpet decked out in the brand’s cascading synthetic diamond, ruby and sapphire suites, which could easily have passed for the real thing.
Scott says that Carat* jewellery is designed for fun – pieces to be mixed with both fine and costume jewels, making fantasy a reality.
“We’re a bit tongue in cheek, not taking ourselves too seriously,” he says. “We have fun themes for our jewellery. Last year it was Power Pearls, this year it has been our Rock Tails.”
The brand, which is leading the market for synthetic stones, may have only moved into wholesale last year, but Scott is aiming for £3m turnover this year, and has store openings in mind for Lahore, Paris, New York and Canada.
This interview was taken from the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2011. This year’s list and photographs will be unveiled at an exclusive invite-only party at The Freemason’s Hall in London on September 4. To find out how you can get tickets email event director firstname.lastname@example.org.