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Accessing spare parts is the worst part of the watch industry

The big brands want us watchmakers to repair their watches, but they make getting the necessary spare parts maddeningly difficult, prohibitively expensive, or completely impossible. Read more »

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Time to embrace and participate in our industry

The decision by two of the major buying groups to cancel their respective buying days and encourage their members to attend the three days of the International Jewellery & Watch Fair (IJWF) is a very positive move for the greater industry. Read more »

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The luxury watch market can't support competing trade shows

With new CEO Michel Loris-Melikoff set to the task of rebuilding Baselworld, now is the time for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) to set aside petty historical differences and return under the umbrella of the Baselworld show. Read more »

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Time for the industry to grow again

The jewellery industry is now in its third consecutive year of difficult trading conditions, and most people may not be aware that the current downturn has resulted in a greater drop in jewellery sales than in the recessions of 1974/75, 1983/84 and 1991/92. Read more »

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We can't afford to get complacent about security

Over the past few years, I’ve visited and spoken to many jewellery retailers who have been the victims of crime – ranging from theft to break-ins and armed robberies. I’ve seen too many simple security steps overlooked, ignored or neglected. Jewellery businesses need to take security seriously and continually budget for upgrades and improvements. Read more »

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Diamonds marketers, retailers are dragging our industry down

Behavioural analysts, researchers and social commentators have written profusely about the different generations of consumers and their buying habits. The buying habits in the jewellery industry are changing, especially in relation to diamond purchases. Read more »

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Preparing for change means sharing knowledge

Back in 2012, I wrote about how Australia tends to be up to 10 years behind other global jewellery industries in terms of technological innovation in the mass production industries. Read more »

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Master social media to get consumers offline

Online shopping has absolutely affected my business, as it has the entire industry and retail landscape. Customers approach me for products differently now and the variety of products on the online market has further confused customers who are trying to navigate the oversaturated market. Read more »

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Technology is a double-edged sword

As a teen growing up in the 80s, if someone told me I’d be working in a career that involved lasers, computer-aided design and 3D printing, I probably wouldn’t have believed them. But while the rapid acceleration of technology should make our lives as jewellers easier, it often adds pressure and heeds hefty expectations from today’s consumers. Read more »

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Let’s not lose the mystique of custom made jewellery

The industry sure has changed a lot over the years. Like many others my age, I started out in the business with my father, cutting gemstones and making jewellery by hand. Read more »

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Time to rediscover the 'magic' of art and design

After I had a book written about me, it gave me an opportunity to reflect on all the changes that have taken place over the course of my career. Read more »

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Remodel and recycle to survive and thrive

You know things have changed in the jewellery industry when your profit on a diamond is only 10 per cent, or you keep losing customers to ‘better deals’ on the internet. So, how can small, independent jewellers stay in business? Read more »

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We've forgotten the customer

I’ve been through five recessions since I started my jewellery apprenticeship in 1963. There was a lot of pressure on jewellers during recessions; the one in the 1980s was very damning – we were paying 25 per cent for business finance among other things. But we survived it, because we took care of our customers. Read more »

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Why are coloured gemstones so underrated?

In Australia, coloured gemstones often play second fiddle to diamonds, and outside the big three – ruby, sapphire and emerald – the knowledge of the general population is lacking. This is a problem because not only are customers missing out on an array of wonderful gemstones, retailers are missing many opportunities to make sales. Read more »

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A fair go for gold

During my early days as a jeweller, troubling images of filthy mines with poor working conditions prompted me to research alternative gold sources. This led me to become Australia’s first licensed supplier of Fairtrade Certified Gold, a qualification which guarantees the gold I work with has been mined and sold according to Fairtrade standards. Read more »

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