Jewellery Focus May 2019 - Page 30

1 2 3 4 5 MONTH IN REVIEW MONTH IN REVIEW APRIL APRIL 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 AWARDS 27 28 29 30 DIAMONDS Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Awards 2019 winners revealed Goldsmiths’ has revealed the winners of its Craft & Design Awards 2019, which took place at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. The Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (GCDC) presented to silversmith Grant Macdonald with its ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, and said his “contribution and continuing legacy to the industry is significant and unquestionable”. Macdonald was presented with the LAA silver medal by prime warden Michael Prideaux and Tom Fattorini, sponsor of the award. Worldwide jewellery sales rise by 4% Global sales of diamond jewellery grew by 4% in 2018 compared with last year and amounted to $85.9bn (£65.2bn). According to Alrosa, the growth rate of the global jewellery market was lower than in 2017 (+5%), mainly as a result of a slowdown in key consumption markets in the second half of 2018. In the first half of the year, there was persistently high demand from the local population and tourists in the key consumption markets, which ensured the growth of the global jewelry market by 6%. WATCHES EVENTS First standalone TAG Heuer boutique to open in NI Hatton Garden BID announces ‘first ever’ job fair Luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced the opening of its first stand alone boutique in Ireland in summer 2019, located at Queen’s Arcade in Belfast in partnership with Lunn’s Jewellers. The boutique will feature an extensive range of TAG Heuer novelties including the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01, the iconic Monaco and other special editions. Hatton Garden BID has announced its first ever job fair, aimed at those look- ing to kickstart a jewellery career or want to find out more about opportuni- ties in the creative industries. From 10am to 3pm on Friday 5 April, local businesses will gather in The Hatton to share information and advice on careers in leisure and hospitality, marketing, PR, branding, design, architecture, transport, sports nutrition and of course, jewel- lery – both retail and design. EVENTS RETAILERS Apprentice jeweller to represent UK at ‘Olympics of skills’ Domino signet ring sales ‘surpass expectations’ Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice Sam McMahon employed at Mappin and Webb, has been selected to represent the UK at The WorldSkills Finals in, Kazan, Russia. Winning a spot in fine jewellery making, McMahon joins more than 30 young professionals from engineering, hospitality, professional services, construction and digital and IT to form the UK team at the upcoming ‘Olympics of Skills’. Domino Jewellery has seen an increase in demand for its extended signet ring range, released as part of the Wedding Ring collection in January. The Birmingham manufacturer said it made a “conscious decision” to increase the number of signet rings available, driven by “acknowledged increased consumer demand” from both men and women. Sales director Andrew Sollitt said they have been “pleasantly surprised with the appetite from retailers for the new signet ring range”. EVENTS 6 26 AUCTIONS Bea Jareno Jewellery to launch new collection at Chelsea fair Watch containing world’s oldest whisky up for auction Bea Jareno Jewellery has announced that it will be exhibiting its new collection, ‘Plethora’, at the Chelsea exhibition, Desire Fair. The London-based jewellery brand said it is “incredibly proud” of its new collection, which is inspired by the “underwater world and the richness of the sea”. The collection features fairtrade blue rose cut tourmaline alongside luxury baroque pearls, and the pieces are hand built initially from wax using a design that suits the gemstone and then cast into sterling silver. Fellows’ upcoming Watch Sale on 2 April is to feature an “extremely rare and innovative” timepiece containing what is reputed to be the world’s oldest whisky. The Louis Moinet stainless steel watch is one of 40 ever made and has been entered to auction with an estimated worth of £12,000 - £18,000 – a price which could see the watch sell for over £20,000 including buyer’s premium. MAY 2019 | WWW.JEWELLERYFOCUS.CO.UK MAY 2019 | WWW.JEWELLERYFOCUS.CO.UK 7