Andre Michael introduces GIA-certified half-carat engagement rings for CMJ Trade EventLONDON, February 2020 - Hatton Garden-based diamond jewellery supplier Andre Michael is introducing an extensive range of GIA-certified 0.50-carat solitaire engagement rings in time for the CMJ Trade Event.“This is an affordable range, designed in the UK for the UK market, both classical and cutting-edge designs, and beautifully made, with the quality assurance and prestige of GIA certification,” Andre Michael said.“It’s an opportunity for retailers to offer quality engagement rings at an excellent price, as by focusing on the 0.50-carat segment, we can get our costs down in a highly competitive market. We have paid particular attention to getting the product right.”The rings, created in the UK, are available with rapid delivery times, in brilliant-cut diamonds in 18-carat gold and in platinum in two qualities: G colour with VS clarity, and H colour with SI clarity.The rings, which can be engraved, can be viewed on the Andre Michael website.“Retailers are welcome to visit us at the CMJ Trade Event on February 16-17 to look at the collection,” Andre Michael said.The rings can be offered by retailers to their customers as silver sample “proposal rings”: a customer can propose with the sample ring and then return to the retailer to make the order.“Retailers are also invited to phone our office so that we can arrange an appointment for a viewing of the collection,” Andre Michael said.Andre Michael jewellery is manufactured using state-of-the-art technology, which facilitates low costs and benefits from the support of highly efficient German systems.For press enquiries, Email: email@example.com; Tel. 0207 430 1122.
High visitor turnout as new-look Jewellery & Watch opens doors
By David BroughBIRMINGHAM, England, February 2, 2020 – Visitor turnout was high as a re-edited Jewellery & Watch, the first major UK jewellery trade show of the calendar, opened its doors.Located for the first time in Hall 1 of the NEC, retailers crammed into the aisles to look at the latest ranges of jewellery, precious gems and pearls, tools and machinery, and pre-owned watches.Exhibitors came from as far afield as India, Hong Kong and the Americas, as well as Europe and the Middle East.“I am delighted with the high turnout of buyers and the response to the re-edit to our new home in Hall 1, aligning jewellery with the fashion and gift sectors,” said Kirsty Broere, Event Director, Jewellery & Watch.Jewellery & Watch has relocated from its previous position in two outlying halls into Hall 1, located near one of the main entrances to the NEC complex and more accessible for arriving visitors.The NAJ (National Association of Jewellers) stand reported strong enquiries about the new “Created in the UK” mark, promoting UK manufactured jewellery and silverware.“Created in the UK” is a scheme launched by the NAJ for jewellery, silverware and related products, such as mixed metal items that can be shown to highlight their providence.The “Created in the UK” logo can use relevant artwork on appropriate products, packaging, websites, exhibition stands etc.The seminar programme at Jewellery & Watch, part of Spring Fair, was generic, focused on wider issues affecting retail, rather than dedicated specifically to jewellery and watches.The show runs until February 6, 2020. https://www.jewelleryandwatchbirmingham.com/
The Futurist to power Design Inspirations luxury seminar in MumbaiFebruary 2020 – The Futurist, a creative intelligence agency led by luxury analyst Paola De Luca, will power for the first time the high-profile “Design Inspirations” seminar coinciding with the IIJS Signature jewellery trade fair in Mumbai on February 16.De Luca has collaborated with India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council since 2006, but this is the first time that she will curate the GJEPC-sponsored Design Inspirations event.“We will be bringing together some very inspired and visionary figures from across the luxury arena to give thought-provoking and disruptive insight into the future of design, fashion, jewellery and luxury,” De Luca said. The theme of the seminar will be “CRACKS”, inspired by the Fault Lines as Luxury evolves in new directions across global society.The “CRACKS” theme will be presented in four segments: Socio-cultural Shifts, Sustainable Being, Heritage & Values, and Design Futures.Apart from De Luca, speakers will include Ash Allibhai, director of UK-based ASBO fashion magazine; Thomas Lazzarini, private client personal shopper at digital retailer Farfetch; and Fleur Damman and Noelle Viguurs Van Gelder, co-owners of Netherlands-based Van Gelder Jewellery, as well as a host of well-respected local industry leaders.De Luca and celebrated UK jewellery designer Stephen Webster will be VIP guests at the GJEPC-backed “Artisan Awards”, which will take place in Mumbai on February 12, a showcase for exceptional Indian jewellery design talent.The Futurist has just launched a new website and plans multiple projects in India, working with K-webmaker for creative and strategic services across luxury, and GemAtlas for educational courses online.The Futurist is a research and creative intelligence firm, which delivers strategic projects, reports, research and analysis; editorial and educational projects; and marketing content for the jewellery and luxury sectors.The Futurist’s team of international independent professionals develop bespoke projects for a high-profile clientele.Paola De Luca has over 20 years’ experience as a leading luxury and jewellery industry creative director and strategist, well-known for her public speaking at trade events and for spearheading editorial projects, such as her latest book published by Rizzoli: “Farah Khan: A Bejewelled Life.”
De Beers Group Industry Services partners with RDI Diamonds Inc in the USNew collaboration makes De Beers Group Industry Services the premier diamond grading partner for New York-based wholesale businessJanuary 2020 - De Beers Group Industry Services has announced a new collaboration with leading US wholesaler, RDI Diamonds Inc., to become its premier source of diamond grading reports.The partnership marks De Beers Group Industry Services’ first step into diamond grading activity in the US. As part of the collaboration, De Beers Group Industry Services will be the exclusive grader of Rare and Forever™ diamonds from RDI and assist in various educational activities and sales training.Jonathan Kendall, President of De Beers Group Industry Services, said: “De Beers Group Industry Services prides itself on its high standards, consistency and proprietary technology. We are so pleased to see companies like RDI Diamonds taking measures to ensure their customers can be confident the diamonds they are buying are accurately represented on their grading reports.“This move will give RDI Diamonds something truly compelling to offer to their clients, from a company that is recognized as a leader in the diamond industry. They can substantiate, clearly define, and explain the differences between grades, guaranteeing the customer the highest standards of diamond grading supported by innovative and proprietary technology from De Beers Group Industry Services.”Michael Indelicato, CEO of RDI Diamonds, said: “We were humbled to be approached by De Beers Group Industry Services for such an important opportunity: introducing the United States to this grading report. We have been blown away by the integration of unparalleled technology to ensure consistent and accurate grading. These grading reports are going to be a game-changer here in the States, and we are excited to be a premier partner.”RDI Diamonds and De Beers Group Industry Services share a passion for advancing the diamond industry through cutting-edge technology and education, and the new partnership highlights the commitment from RDI Diamonds to providing its clients with accurately and consistently graded natural diamonds under its Rare and Forever™ brand.
Window of Hope23rd January 2020Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK), one of the largest diamond crafting company in the industry is introducing an innovative design for Diamond Packets. Designed for better security, this newly designed packet is re-defining the traditional norms of the industry.The idea of the packet has been conceptualized by in-house team of SRK. These packets are extremely durable, and the best paper quality used will ensure its longevity. The first of its kind in the diamond industry, the new diamond packets are 100% Reusable with its unique Sticker prints which users can easily peel-off. With this, the user can now have his own details printing or written on the stone, the way he/she wants.The most important feature of this New Diamond Packet is its Window of Hope; the new packets have a Transparent Peep-in window which will give surety to the Diamond owner about the physical presence of the diamond in the Packet without unfolding the full packet. This not only will ensure better enhanced security to the stone, but also will improve the efficiency in the time required to handle them, as they need to unfold it less to view the stones.The introduction of this innovation from SRK comes shortly after the company that polishes one of the largest inventories of 3Cts. and 5Cts. plus, Natural Diamonds launched their Traceability initiative “The Footprints” last year which is certified by British Standard Institute with PAS 7000 certificate.About Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK), with revenue of over US $1.2 Billion, has been the epitome of Sophisticated Simplicity, Transparency and Ethics, with forever setting benchmarks and accomplishing the highest industry standards and customer services. With a strong, loyal customer base built with this impeccable reputation and with the services provided since last 5 decades, SRK has created a global mark in the world of Diamonds. Being the most technologically advanced diamond crafter in the world, SRK has embraced science and technology to further its quest to blend quality and scale.For more information, visit company website srk.one.
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) introduces innovative design for diamond packetsJanuary 2020 - Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK), one of the largest diamond crafting companies in the industry, is introducing an innovative design for diamond packets.Designed for better security, this newly designed packet is re-defining the traditional norms of the industry. The idea of the packet has been conceptualised by an in-house team of SRK staff.These packets are extremely durable, and the best paper quality used will ensure longevity.The first of its kind in the diamond industry, the new diamond packets are 100% reusable with unique sticker prints which users can easily peel off.With this, the user can now have his/her own details printed or written on the stone, in the way he/she wants. The most important feature of this new diamond packet is its Window of Hope: the new packets have a transparent peep-in window which will give assurance to the diamond owner about the physical presence of the diamond in the packet.
Valuer Membership Expands to Engage Wider CommunityThe Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) has expanded its membership categories to encompass a larger valuing community through specific membership categories for Specialist Valuers, Student Valuers and Retired (non-valuing) members.These new categories sit alongside existing categories of membership (Fellow and Member) and have been brought in response to valuer demand.Barry Sullivan Chair of the NAJ’s Professional & Technical Standards and IRV (PTSI) Steering Group said,“We are aware that there are a significant number of professionals who carry out valuations, but do not currently meet our criteria for full MIRV (Member) or FIRV (Fellow) status but do want to achieve this level. These categories sit alongside our existing categories of membership and have been developed in response to valuer demand. There have been extensive discussions at PTSI and before it the IRV Committee, and I’m pleased to say that we have finally overcome some hurdles and can welcome into membership these important groups.”Image: IRV Members and Fellows will be issued with an ID card for 2020, in order to demonstrate their professional credentials. NAJ Chief Executive Simon Forrester said of the new categories,“Professional Institutions need to have a way of bringing in and engaging the practitioners of tomorrow, and keeping those with lots of knowledge close to the sector, hence the introduction of the Student and Retired categories. With one eye on ensuring our sector remains fit for the future, we are committed to creating a structure suitable for Chartered status, and are actively pursuing this with a third party."Valuers’ standards within the IRV are the benchmark for the UK jewellery industry and are comparable with other professions, as MIRV’s (Members) and FIRV’s (Fellows) are subject to ongoing monitoring to assure quality and accuracy of their valuations, alongside Continuing Professional Development, and minimum educational qualification standards.""In a recent survey of 2,500 members of the public regarding the importance of a professional valuation; 63% said it was important to them. We hope the valuer community can see that, as the professional body for jewellery valuers, the IRV has a bright future ahead of us - with standards and professionalism at the very heart of it.”Students and Retired Members will in effect be Associates so will not appear on the Find a Valuer directory due being subject to lesser criteria, while Specialists will be expected to reach the same standard as Fellows or Members but will appear on the Find a Valuer directory. Specialist Valuers is a practicing category, and recruitment to this group will involve an interview process to assess suitability.This development comes alongside the introduction of ID cards and new certification for valuers registered with the Institute, a move Forrester says is “designed to demonstrate IRV professionalism and standards and assure credentials to those both within the trade and outside of it".For more details on joining any of these categories, interested parties can contact Sandra Page, IRV Coordinator by emailing Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.About the IRVThe Institute of Registered Valuers is the only professionally recognised valuation body in the UK, acknowledged by insurers and wider trade as the pinnacle of professional valuation services. A part of the National Association of Jewellers, its members benefit from free access to the entire 2,000+ NAJ membership, daily referrals, business benefits and services, and recognition from insurers and retail customers alike. IRV Members will be able to interact with retailers at the forthcoming NAJ Summit, designed to bring together the whole of the UK jewellery sector.
Vicenzaoro reports 35,000 visitors, highest number in last decadeVICENZA, January 26, 2020 – Vicenzaoro, the Vicenza gold jewellery fair, reported more than 35,000 visitors to its latest edition in January, the highest number in the last 10 years.Running alongside Vicenzaoro January 2020 and T.GOLD, the international show for jewellery machinery, was VO Vintage, the new exclusive marketplace for vintage watches and jewellery.VO Vintage experienced positive feedback from collectors, organisers said.The increase in the number of visitors to Vicenzaoro in January confirmed the positive trend of arrivals from over 126 countries worldwide, covering 60% of the total. Italian visitors rose 12%.The United States headed the chart of the most represented foreign countries, up 30% compared to 2019.Japan (+22%) confirmed the growing interest of strategic markets for Made in Italy manufacture, as did the Middle East (up 6%).Asia and the Far East were both up 4%. Africa was up 7%. Visitors from Russia rose 6%.The number of visitors from Europe, which accounts for about 50% of the foreign attendance at Vicenzaoro, was up 9%, more than the double the rise of 2019, with notable increases from German-speaking countries.
HKTDC postpones Hong Kong shows due to coronavirus concerns
HONG KONG, February 2020 - In line with the measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government against the spread of the novel coronavirus, and after consultation with representatives of the jewellery industry, the HKTDC will reschedule its HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 2-6 March) and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2020 (originally scheduled for 4-8 March) to 18-21 May 2020. The twin shows will be concurrently held at the AsiaWorld-Expo.
The safety of exhibitors and buyers has always been a priority for the HKTDC.
The HKTDC will monitor the situation closely and will provide details of the rescheduling arrangements to exhibitors and buyers.
For enquiries, please call the HKTDC customer service hotline at (852) 1830 668.
March 25, 2020 - Award-winning London-based jewellery designer Alexander Davis, who has a showroom on Duke Street near Selfridges, has like other UK jewellers shut his retail premises and is now working from home. A well-planned digital strategy will be essential for businesses to thrive through the coronavirus pandemic, he tells Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough.Alexander, what are your plans for your workshop?During this lockdown I have transferred my workshop and stock to my home in Hampshire so that I can carry on making commissions and fulfilling online purchases and I am using technology such as WhatsApp and video conferencing to stay in contact with customers and colleagues.It will also be a good opportunity to work on new concepts and designs. I have a lot of interesting ideas in the pipeline and will be spending the time wisely!!As your customers self-isolate, will you be boosting your digital and social marketing activities and online retail presence?I think it’s important to stay in touch with your customers and use this opportunity to develop your digital strategy.I want to get customers thinking about the possibilities for their next commissions so I’ll be sending out newsletters with lots of cool ideas for pieces of jewellery. How do you see the UK jewellery sector transforming as a result of this crisis? What messages should the sector be sending out to consumers?There will certainly be an increase in online marketing and jewellers with a strong online presence already stand in good stead to maximise this opportunity.I think in these difficult times people should treasure what makes them happy and can brighten their lives, and having jewels that are crafted with love and care can have a very positive effect.www.alexanderdavisjewellery.com
WEBINAR - Customer service key as jewellers regroup in response to coronavirus
By David BroughMarch 24, 2020 - Delivering exemplary customer service will be at the heart of rebuilding and rebranding jewellery businesses around the world in response to coronavirus, consultant Helen Dimmick said in a Jewellery Outlook webinar.Link to Webinar replay: Outlook with Helen DimmickAddressing ways for the jewellery industry to tackle the lockdown and move forward as businesses, Helen, a former retailer and former interim business leader of the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), a buying group, said delivering an authentic, demonstratively different, customer-focused identity was crucial.Helen’s message was part of a media-driven digital effort to support the global jewellery industry, with Jeweller Outlook in the vanguard.In the first of a series of webinars on Jewellery Outlook, this taster session celebrated the need to make bold business decisions in the face of adversity triggered by the pandemic.As jewellery stores are shuttered, how to positively utilise what feels like a new surplus of time, will be at the forefront of jewellers’ minds.“Isolation should not spell the end of innovation,” Helen said.“Virtual and digital technologies can facilitate collective communications and opportunities to ‘think out of the box’ in addressing the fundamental changes ahead, in preparation for a return of footfall to the high street amidst a potential burst of pent-up demand.”Helen addressed an audience of almost 200 people from the global jewellery trade in the Jewellery Outlook webinar, presenting a UK branding case study to encourage dialogue and innovation, ideas and hope, as many retailers switch immediately from an in-store to an online drive.“Crucially this is just the beginning. The platform has sought and received feedback to direct future content strategically,” Helen said.Jewellery Outlook will be staging more webinars on specific themes relating to the industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks from Helen and other industry leaders.Here is a link to the recorded webinar:https://jewelleryoutlook.com/?wswebinars=outlook-with-helen-dimmick