Annoushka Ducas takes the reins for our special January 2014 edition.
Professional Jeweller can reveal its latest Guest Editor issue, overseen by leading British luxury jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas.
We launch the new year with this special edition of the magazine, dedicated to those outsiders making their mark in the UK jewellery industry, from the former Wall Street trader and Microsoft luminary leading Boticca.com, to Pandora’s current chief executive Allan Leighton, who boasts a background working with Royal Mail, Dyson, Mars and Asda Walmart.
Ducas began her own career outside of the jewellery industry, initially designing a pair of silver fish cufflinks for her mother, which set the ball in motion for the creation of Links of London, a business that Ducas and her husband and business partner John Ayton sold to Folli Follie Group in 2006 in a multi-million pound deal.
Wishing to champion other "outsiders" making their mark in the UK jewellery industry, Ducas has ensured the latest issue of Professional Jeweller celebrates the work and growth of those companies being led by business men and women from other business backgrounds.
Within this month’s issue you will find an exclusive interview with Pandora chief executive Allan Leighton, led by Ducas, who asks those all-important questions about Leighton and his work with Pandora, from pricing and brand provenance, to franchise store expansion.
This month’s issue also features an exclusive interview with Kiyan Foroughi, co-founder and director of online jewellery marketplace Boticca, who discusses winning investment, inspiration and the company’s growing international influence.
The magazine includes a special Q&A with Ducas herself, formed of the questions submitted by Professional Jeweller readers via Twitter and email, covering Links of London, changing consumer tastes and the challenges of launching her own luxury brand from scratch.
We also meet Andrea Buccellati, head designer at family-run Italian jewellery company Buccellati, a brand that Ducas says inspired her with its intricate gold jewellery and specialist hand-techniques.
The Guest Editor issue also takes a closer look at how universities and jewellery schools are preparing students for the jewellery industry, by giving them a taste of industry expectations through live projects and a changing, industry-focused syllabus.
New techniques and design styles are also celebrated in this month’s issue, with a beginners’ guide to 3D printing penned by Weston Beamor’s head of CAD design Ed Hole, and a trends feature dedicated to pearls, from the most traditional and rare of designs through to today’s pearl jewellery pioneers, and how their creations are re-writing the rule book for how pearls can be worn.
Ducas also offers up her picks of new products for the January issue, introducing new fine jewellery Adelphe and former Cartier designer Raphaele Canot, as well as silver rings and earrings from Smith/Grey and former Annoushka intern Rachel Galley.
Annoushka Ducas said of this month’s issue: "What a privilege it is to be guest editing this month’s Professional Jeweller. Only a few years back I was an outsider and yet I know that the success of Links of London, the brand that my husband and I created, largely came from the help and encouragement we received from within the industry.
"This month’s issue includes fascinating insights from other industry outsiders; luminaries such as Allan Leighton, the chairman and chief executive of Pandora, and Boticca.com co-founder Kiyan Foroughi. Both are formidable additions to our industry, so I wanted to discover their take on this world of ours and how they have found the transition into jewellery. I really hope you enjoy this issue as much as I have loved putting it together."
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