Arctic Circle Diamonds partners with
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
of entries, with
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
THE INDUSTRY’S FINEST ATTEND DECEMBER’S
BENEVOLENT SOCIETY BALL
December saw the 81
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
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.