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No time for stick-in-the-muds

I made a big decision in late August while attending the Sydney jewellery fair. You see, our store sells more men’s watches than women’s watches but the issue is that we definitely have more women entering the store than men. Why does this part of the business fall behind and what are we doing about it? Read more »

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Aussie through and through

I began making silver jewellery about 43 years ago. Silver won me over from day one on a buffing machine. I still remember thinking, “Wow, I love this stuff!” Read more »

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Fight back this Christmas 

The festive season is approaching and while jewellers may be tempted to lower prices to combat against those evil online competitors, I say, “Stop right there!” Read more »
Do tensions amongst Kimberley Process members compromise the scheme's viability?

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The Kimberley Process: On the Rocks?

As Australia prepares to become Kimberley Process (KP) chair in 2017, NATHAN MUNN asks whether a boycott of the current KP chair has raised concerns about the long-term viability of the certification scheme. Read more »

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Sapphire grading rules

There is so much misunderstanding amongst the industry about coloured gemstone grading. The frustrations and misunderstandings are especially high for sapphire, the second most commonly-used centrepiece in jewellery after colourless diamond, of course. Read more »
SIHH exhibitor and visitor attendance numbers increased in 2017

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Swiss watch industry on way to recovery

Following troubled market conditions, new Swiss watch export figures coupled with sentiment at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) indicate a return of some industry confidence. MARTIN FOSTER reports. Read more »

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It’s a world of metal madness

At 47, I don’t class myself as old. Certainly I’m old to my 12 and 13-year old boys because I’m not up-to-date with current YouTube celebrity videos or memes. Theirs is a different world but I am happy in the world of jewellery manufacture and still feeling pretty current. Read more »

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A tale of cabbages, bread and jewellery

Would you like to know what cabbage, fruit, bread and flowers have in common with jewellery? Nothing! Read more »

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Accept change or flounder

My career in this industry started 17 years ago as the co-owner of independent jewellery store Galleri Jewellers in Westfield Hornsby and Westfield Parramatta, Sydney. Read more »

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Future-proofing the diamond sector

The other day I was thinking about why the wine industry is kicking the diamond industry’s butt in terms of a value proposition, and I came up with my answer pretty quickly. Read more »

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Getting a grip on gemstone care

I offer lapidary services and, over the past several years, I have noticed a rise in gemstones coming in from jewellers to be repaired and repolished. Read more »

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We’re heading back to the bench

We have just returned from our buying group conference where bespoke manufacturing was one of the main subjects of discussion. Given general retail is slipping, most agree that bespoke is a major area of growth. Read more »

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