Featuring our Thomas Sabo interview, IJL and Scottish Jewellery Week.
The October 2014 issue of Professional Jeweller is now available to read in full online, with the latest from Thomas Sabo UK managing director Jon Crossick, reviews of IJL 2014 and Scottish Jewellery Week, and a host of new jewellery designs.
Our new issue takes a closer look at the efforts being made by individuals from across the jewellery industry, covering the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2014, the people behind Scottish Jewellery Week and the individuals entering the industry as a career change.
This issue kicks off with a guest column from Gary Birchley, who discusses his return to the trade following the collapse of Alfred Terry, a business he had been part of for almost 30 years. He discusses rebuilding relationships and trust, and his plans to offer former Alfred Terry products through his own business Gary James Fine Diamond Jewellery.
We catch up with exhibitors and retailers who attended International Jewellery London (IJL) 2014, discovering that with change comes renewed confidence, orders and interest across the board.
Sarah Louise Jordan delves into the world of adult education and meets a number of jewellers who have opted for a career change, making their move into the jewellery industry later in life. Richard Burton of Rich-Jewellery outlines the challenges he faced as a latecomer, while Emily Bedford discusses the support, opportunities and awards that have come from a similar career move.
Thomas Sabo UK managing director Jon Crossick sits in the hot seat this month, as he tells Professional Jeweller about all that’s new at the German brand and his work in the 18 months since he joined the business, including the brand’s first TV campaign set to launch this Christmas.
We also review the inaugural Scottish Jewellery Week, which took place in Dundee last month, revealing the conclusions from the Making Jewellery Work symposium held during the 10-day long event, and what the Week means for the designers and trade working – and seeking to remain – in Scotland.
This month’s Showcase opens with a blooming marvellous titanium poppy design from G London, heading straight into our trends focus, which this month celebrates the vogue for haphazard jewellery designs. We take a closer look at work and techniques used by Polly Wales, Mabel Hasell, De Beers, Fabergé and Fernando Jorge to achieve striking fine jewellery that is intricate and beautifully chaotic.
Finally, don’t forget to check out this month’s Guest List, to see if you were snapped on the scene at jewellery parties last month.
To read the October issue in full online, click here.