Jewellers at the latest Houlden Group meeting discussed the need for more information on the sale and supply of lab-grown diamonds.

Jewellery buying group Houlden recently held its first physical members meeting for 15 months and has now shared the highlights of the discussion.

One point that multiple jewellers raised was the need for greater education around lab-grown diamonds, while valuation and repair services were also deemed key items to include on the agenda in its September meeting.

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Members who attended the meeting at Mottram Hall in Cheshire reported strong growth recently, especially in wedding rings, bespoke and branded jewellery.

Houlden said that the mood of the room was summed up by Andrew Pass of John Pass Jewellers who said: “This last year could  have been a lonely and isolated time during the pandemic, but Houlden showcased the strength of our community by allowing us to share experiences, ideas and successes.”

Meanwhile, Leanne Rogers, director of Sarah Layton, added: “It was wonderful to catch up properly with other Houlden members face-to-face. The one-to-one chats, rather than group Zooms, led to more open conversations and by attending we have absolutely benefitted our business.”

Looking forward to the two-day September event, Houlden’s jewellers expressed their desire to once again meet with suppliers again.

Helen Haddow said: “The power and value of face-to-face networking can never be underestimated as proved at this meeting – and the growing excitement about the planned forthcoming members and suppliers meeting.

“I think everyone has been working on moving their businesses forward and we are set for a fabulous event! This is all part of returning to the normal Houlden events calendar, as and when restrictions allow.”