Put yourself in the shoes of one of your customers, for just a moment. You’ve saved for several weeks or even months to buy yourself or a loved one an expensive watch, locket or ring. You’ve been eyeing up what’s in the windows whenever you pass a jeweller, and probably …
Hopefully you’ve noticed that you’re reading this blog on a vastly improved user interface. It’s true, we’re very proud indeed of the new-look website, with its Web 2.0 styling and quick-to-access news stories. So I thought I would take the liberty of offering some reflections and recommendations to help you …
I’m a big fan of British-made. Over the course of history, in so many fields, British people and companies have earned a reputation for quality, creativity and ingenuity, and nowhere more so than in jewellery design and manufacture.
Two stories broke this week that give plenty of reason to believe that the UK jewellery industry can enjoy an upward trajectory in the year ahead.
It’s very easy to imagine that starting an online version of a jewellers – if you haven’t already – is an insurmountable task. The attendant strategy, costs, development time and ongoing maintenance workload can look like an effort that would outweigh the reward.
This week the Goldsmiths Company announced the creation of a new online platform that puts customers directly in touch with designer makers.
A report from The Times this week said that click-and-collect services were likely to account for £3bn worth of retail sales over the coming festive period, and that it would result in as many as three additional trips by consumers onto the high street, providing more opportunities for retailers to …
The ideas economy sounds like something nebulous and ‘sound-bitey’ that people like to say because they’ve read it or heard it somewhere. But concept of the saleability of ideas, inventions, designs of any kind, is not a new one.
There’s no denying that the pawnbroking industry carries a stigma. For many, it conjures the image of individuals or families facing desperate time – pawning jewellery to make ends meet would be regarded by most as a last resort.
It was rather disturbing to see in the mainstream news this week that Glasgow’s iconic Argyll Arcade – populated with a string of quality jewellers – had been targeted by armed men wielding axes. It was worse to discover that their haul totalled some £250,000 worth of watches.