UK Jewellery Festival content programme revealed

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The UK Jewellery Festival is delighted to reveal the full programme of content ahead of this year’s September event.

UK Jewellery Festival

The festival will present a line-up of industry experts and retail speakers at content sessions taking place throughout the day.

This content will be offered free for all attendees to the festival and is in addition to the trade event, which presents a carefully curated boutique buying experience at a pivotal time of year.

The full programme for the day is outlined below.

10.00-10.30

Small changes can make a big difference: The journey to carbon neutrality

September 2022 will mark 12 months since independent jeweller John Pass Jewellers became an accredited carbon neutral business in accordance with the PAS 2060 global standard. In this session Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner catches up with company director Andrew Pass and Eddie Fitzgerald-Barron director of environmental consultancy C Free, to hear about the jewellers’ journey to carbon neutrality, why other small business might like to consider doing the same and how small changes really can make a big difference.

Andrew Pass, director, John Pass Jewellers

Eddie Fitzgerald-Barron, director, C Free

 

11.00-11.45

Keynote Address: How dare you

In two short years the Twenties have brought us a global pandemic, lockdowns, war in Europe and the promise of recession and climate catastrophe. How dare you worry about the luxury goods market!

Howard Saunders, The Retail Futurist

 

12.30-1.00

Workshop: Why words matter. What PR is and is not and why to embrace communications from the start of your business

PR often falls to the bottom of the list when it comes to launching a business. However, with a few simple processes in place, it can become a positive, almost automated, function to support awareness, refined SEO offsite activity and potential investment. Join communications consultant and founder of Fallow, Field & Mason, Juliet Fallowfield, for a session explaining why words are as important as image, along with the dos and don’ts when embracing your own PR.

Juliet Fallowfield, founder and communications consultant, Fallow, Field & Mason

 

2.00-2.45

The changing face of diamonds – From the question of provenance to the rise of laboratory-grown: What retailers really need to know

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the issue of provenance reared its head for the global diamond industry once again. With major brands and luxury conglomerates leaving the RJC as a result, many have been left wondering whether consumers will start asking difficult questions about the origins of mined diamonds. Why has the industry not yet got to grips with provenance across the entire diamond supply chain and how should retailers respond to customer questions on the subject? Plus, with laboratory-grown diamonds fast becoming the favoured option for some consumers, how can retailers successfully sell both side-by-side and what should they be advising their customers?

Moderated by: Rachael Taylor, jewellery journalist

Maiko Eaton, marketing manager, Green Rocks Diamonds

Christopher Bull, director of operations, Dimexon

Tobias Kormind, co-founder and managing director, 77 Diamonds

 

3.30 – 4.00

Workshop: Don’t Get Lost in SEO – tips to get your jewellery business ranking on Google

You know you should be on page one of Google, but how do you do it? This session will cover the basics of SEO and how to get your business visible in search even when you have zero budget and limited time. Learn where to focus your energy, how to find out what your customers are actually searching for, and how to use SEO to sell more.  

Victoria ap Gwynedd, digital marketing consultant

Held in conjunction with headline partner The Betts Group, other exhibiting companies at this year’s UK Jewellery Festival include Coeur de LionDialogDimexonGeorgia WangGisserGreen Rocks DiamondsHerbert Marx, Hockley Mint, IBB LondonNB DiamondsNtingaPollards & TalbotsRaw PearlsRotaryShaun LeaneSif Jakobs JewelleryStackersStudexSweet Marie JewelleryWedds & Co and WOLF and the event is supported by the Company of Master Jewellers, the National Association of JewellersParify Lighting, and TH March.

The event will also play host to Bright Young Gems®, the mentoring initiative for graduating jewellery designers.

If you are a buyer, registration for the UK Jewellery Festival is free. Simply click here to register.

For more information on exhibiting at the UK Jewellery Festival or sponsoring the UK Jewellery Awards, please contact Ben Crudgington via [email protected] or 020 3953 2052.

For tickets to the UK Jewellery Awards, please contact Laura Glenister via [email protected] or 020 3953 2078.