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ATTIRE

Arctic Circle Diamonds partners with

online platform

Jewelstreet.com

Award-winning ethical jewellery

brand Arctic Circle Diamonds

has launched a boutique on

luxury e-tailer Jewelstreet.

The brand, which is owned and

made by Birmingham-based

manufacturer Hockley Mint,

offers bridal jewellery set with

ethically sourced, traceable

Canadian diamonds in Fairtrade

gold. It’ll sell selected items through the just-launched boutique.

Managing Director of Hockley Mint Gary Wroe says, “Our aim

is to promote ethically sourced jewellery across all channels, so we’re

extremely pleased to have opened a boutique on Jewelstreet – it’s

the perfect platform for us to reach consumers.”

Rob Passmore, CEO and co-founder of Jewelstreet, says, “Arctic

Circle Diamonds is exactly the kind of brand we love: focused on

provenance of materials, the quality of its British craftsmanship and

ethical sourcing.The internet has done a poor job to date, letting

the jewellery buyer down, especially when it comes to wedding

jewellery. It has until now provided a cold, race-to-the-bottom cost

model rather than focusing on authenticity, design and providing

a high-value service proposition. Arctic Circle Diamonds is the

kind of brand that should succeed online and we’re excited that

Jewelstreet is going to be a part of making it happen.”

Record-breaking number of entries

for the Gift of Year 2017

Gift of the

Year 2017 has

attracted a

record number

of entries, with

the suppliers

submitting

products for

judging increasing by 61 per cent compared with 2015.

The number of entries – 1,085 – easily surpassed the total for

the 2016 competition which, at 759, was the largest recorded.

Entries were received from some 90 companies that hadn’t

taken part in the last 10 years.

GA chief executive Sarah Ward commented, “This is

great news and demonstrates that gift and home companies

increasingly recognise that Gift of the Year not only raises their

profile but helps them to increase sales. It’s particularly pleasing

that around half of the companies that entered were not

members of The GA, proving that Gift of the Year’s prestige

and pulling power extends across the whole of our industry.”

Sarah and her team have been the driving force behind the

surge in entries. As well as making the competition even more

relevant to suppliers, they’ve encouraged businesses across the

industry to take part. “We’ve been out and about at a number

of autumn trade events spotting talent and urging those with

strong, new, products to take the plunge and enter.”

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Spring

Fair after the show closes on Sunday 5

th

February.

THE INDUSTRY’S FINEST ATTEND DECEMBER’S

81

ST

BENEVOLENT SOCIETY BALL

December saw the 81

st

British

Jewellery Giftware & Finishing

Federation Benevolent Society

Ball take place at The St John’s

Hotel Solihull, with Jewellery &

Watch as the Headline Sponsor.

Incorporated within this

longstanding annual charity event

were the NAJ Member Awards,

which are designed to flag up all

that’s most excellent about the

UK’s extremely diverse jewellery

industry: its bright new talent,

its design skills and creativity

and its capacity to truly serve its

customers whether they’re retailers, e-tail buyers or consumers.

The ball attracts guests from the jewellery, giftware, surface

engineering and luggage & leathergoods associations, which are

member organisations of the British Allied Trades Federation.

David Simons, the Benevolent Society’s Chairman, was delighted

that more than 400 guests attended the black-tie event with many

companies using it as the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas

with staff and their colleagues. He was equally delighted to thank

Lynn Snead, Jodie Littleford of TH March, and Gill Price for all of

their hard work in organising this highly successful night out.

The Benevolent Society was particularly grateful that Jewellery &

Watch had agreed to become the Headline Sponsor for the Charity

Evening.This is yet another indication of how this progressive events

company continues to engage and work closely with all Sectors of

the Jewellery & Giftware Trades for the benefit of all.

A charity auction was conducted by David Doyle of Jewellery

Brokers, the Society’s Vice Chairman, and early indications show

that over £40,000 was raised for the charity. Lots donated for the

auction included lunch for 10 at The Assay Office Birmingham

with Lord Digby Jones as guest host.This lot proved so popular

that David sold it to both Mark Smith of TH March and Sam

Willoughby of Reed Exhibitions.

Tables at this year’s event were taken by many companies,

including CMJ, Cooksongold, Charles Green & Sons, Gemporia,

Diamonds Please, Hockley Mint, Clogau Gold, C W Sellors, TH

March, Mastermelts and Rivermounts, to name but a few.

Next year’s ball will take place on 30

th

November at The St John’s

Hotel again. Special rate tickets are available from Lynn Snead or

Gill Price on +44 (0)121 745 4613 or

+44 (0)121 237 113.