It’s no secret that consumer technology pervades almost everything we do nowadays, but a perhaps under-reported but clearly associated phenomenon is the impact it is having on design and creativity.
Much ink has been spilled by the trade press over the sudden and barely explicated departure of Willie Hamilton, the polarising chief executive of the Company of Master Jewellers.
Rules can seem boring but rarely do they exist for no reason. In recent weeks, a study found some low cost necklace jewellery had excessive levels of lead, cadmium or nickel release.
Can you imagine if your own father had so many critics, and ignited such visceral disdain, that merely bearing his name could become toxic to your own business?
Retail jewellers are arguably the businesses most vulnerable to break-ins and theft anywhere on the high street.
I’ve been at this magazine for three years, and, if I am being honest, after joining I quickly became accustomed to a downbeat atmosphere at the major trade shows in the industry.
The post-Brexit dust appears, at least for the time being to have settled. Although the gold price shot up in the immediate aftermath, the pace of increase does appear to have slowed. Now that the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have calmed down and regained their initial losses, it’s possible …
I watched a documentary the other day about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It revealed a side of the tale that I had not heard before but which resonated with me.
By the time next time I write my letter for this column, the British public will have made the biggest decision they are likely to make for several generations.
So how is the industry holding up so far this year? A salient question, but a hard one to answer without some statistical context.