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Aurum returns to profit in full-year results

Aurum returns to profit in full-year results

Restructuring delivers recovery and group gives positive Q1 update. Recently restructured Aurum Holdings is back in the black after delivering a much improved set of full-year results for 2009 with earnings and profits up for the year to January 31.  The retail group, which trades as Mappin & Webb, Watches of Switzerland and Goldsmiths, registered

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Alexandra Simpson to give Blossum IJL debut

Designer returns to show for second year to build on 2009 success. Jewellery Designer Alexandra Simpson, who was a Coutts New Jeweller 2009 winner, will unveil new collections of 18ct gold and silver jewellery at International Jewellery London (IJL) in September. Simpson showed at IJL last year on the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) stand and

STORE ENVY: Kabiri, Covent Garden, London

Trendy retailer goes underground for a dark cave of treasures. Kabiri’s store in Covent Garden, designed by Found Associates, is the contemporary jewellery retailer’s second standalone shop, and a world away from its more traditional space on Marylebone High Street. The shop spans two floors in Covent Garden’s Market Hall with fashion jewellery collections displayed

H&T expects strong year as scrap profits rise

Pawnbroker in strong position as debt falls & sales meet expectations. H&T will present a bullish report at its annual general meeting later today, with chairman Peter McNamara claiming that the pawnbroker is in rude health. McNamara said that underlying trading is in line with the board’s expectations and the group remains pleased with its

Tissot takes over Selfridges with 3D window

Passersby try on virtual watches with cutting-edge Holition software. Tissot will take over one of the famous window displays at Selfridges department store on London’s Oxford Street for two weeks to showcase a 3D marketing campaign for its Touch collection. The watch brand has been working with Holition on the display, which will allow pedestrians

National Lottery awards £5000 to Birmingham’s BSW

Exciting Midlands talent will be showcased at BSW selling exhibition. The National Lottery has awarded £5,000 to the Birmingham Assay Office to assist with its launch event for British Silver Week. The event, which is taking place on 7 June at St. Pauls Gallery, near the Birmingham Assay Office, marks the beginning of a 10-day

James Usher raided by fake police forensics team

Lincoln jeweller robbed of £80,000 of diamond jewellery. Two robbers posing as a police forensics team raided James Usher Jewellers in Lincoln, escaping with £80,000 of diamond jewellery. The robbery took place on Saturday morning at about 9.50am. The robbers wore white boiler suits printed with the words “police forensics” and wore dust masks to

NEWS IN QUOTES: May 2010

Who said what in the world of watches and jewellery. “The magic allure of De Beers selected diamonds never ceases to work wonders.” De Beers Diamond Institute president ANDREW COXON on the sale of a De Beers Millennium Blue diamond at Sotheby’s for £4.1 million. “For the world to be scrapping more jewellery than it

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