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COMPANY Q&A: Gemmics

Gemmics specialises in the professional design and production of ceramic jewels, drawing on the inspiration from China’s 5,000 years of ceramic culture. The company uses a unique technique of microcrystalline zirconium nano-technology to increase the strength of the ceramics to a level equal to diamonds, making this traditional fragile much …

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COMPANY Q&A: Polished diamonds with Monnickendam

With more than 100 years in the industry, Monnickendam is one of the oldest and largest sellers of polished diamonds in the UK. Neil Holness, director of the company, talks to us about the company’s offering hen was the company founded? We were set up in 1890 by Gary Monnickendam’s …

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Company Q&A: High-value transportation

We sit down with Security Drivers International to find out more about its secure high-value transportation service Tell us about the company and how it was set up Security Drivers International, founded in 1995, is a British owned and managed family business. The original founder, John English, is still active …

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Q&A SESSION: Simon Johnson, National Association of Jewellers

  The National Association of Jewellers recently announced that Simon Johnson, owner of Marmalade Fine Jewellery, has been named chairman. TOM DAVIS sat down with him to find out about the new role and what his plans are for the future of the UK’s newly merged trade body.

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Brand Q&A: Going for growth, with Buckley London

Buckley London has established itself as a mainstay of fashion and costume jewellery in the UK market since it was founded in the 1980s. As the firm prepares to launch seven new collections for the autumn-winter season, MICHAEL NORTHCOTT decided to find out more Please give us a bit of …

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Company Q&A: Betts Metals

Following the company’s acquisition of Sutton Tools, we stopped by the company’s base in Birmingham and spoke to Rosannah Fellows, operations and marketing manager, to find out more. Give us a quick summary of Betts Metals’ history. Betts Metal Sales is a member of the Stephen Betts Group. The original family …

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Honoured by Royalty: Greg Valerio

After recently being honoured with an MBE, the work Greg Valerio has done with artisanal and small-scale miners in the jewellery industry is second-to-none. TOM DAVIS sat down with the jeweller and activist to hear more about his experiences and where he sees the future of Fairtrade gold Tell us …

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BRAND Q&A: Anakao Jewellery

A new jewellery brand, Anakao, is named after a small fishing village in the south of Madagascar, which remains virtually untouched by modernity. For Vinay Soudakar and his wife, the website says, it holds a special place in their heart. MICHAEL NORTHCOTT spoke to Vinay to find out more about …

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Brand Q&A: Swatch

Calvin Klein Watches and Jewellery, part of the Swatch group of brands, enjoyed double-digit growth in the UK market last year. TOM DAVIS sat down with brand president, Laura Burdese, to learn about the brand’s UK footprint and its future expectations Give us a bit of background about the brand …

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