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Dealing with the intricacies of opal dealing

You know that 95 per cent of opals come from Australia, right? Wrong! RENATA BERNARD says that’s usually the first mistake when dealing with a customer in search of a quality opal. Read more »

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Tradition, technology and horse manure

Change is never easy, especially for businesses that firmly believe in ‘tried and true’ traditions in the face of disruptions. Floeting Diamond inventor IAN DOUGLAS explains why adaptability is vital to succeed in modern times. Read more »

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Resetting the jewellery industry from top to bottom

At the start of this New Year retailers and suppliers should focus on rebuilding and resetting the Australian jewellery industry back to where it once was, writes GARY FITZ-ROY Read more »

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Is responsible sourcing good for the people it seeks to protect?

Politicians, the media, and various organisations tell us every day to think about acting responsibly, however; HUGH BROWN asks: what does that mean? Read more »

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Anticipating – and exceeding – your customers' expectations.

VIRGINIA MOODY explains the importance of providing first-class customer service, both online and in-store, in an increasingly competitive retail environment. Read more »

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Let’s communicate – if only it was that easy!

Contact is key when it comes to retail, but too many retailers – and suppliers – are overwhelmed by the many different channels of communication, writes JOSHUA ZARB. Read more »

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Regulation is stifling Australia’s artisanal gemstone miners

An avalanche of bureaucracy and rising costs are burying small-scale mining businesses and crushing a vibrant industry’s potential, writes Lilo Stadler. Read more »

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Understanding how young consumers buy jewellery

Ryan Purdie-Smith discusses why jewellery retailers should put their customers first – particularly if they plan to appeal to younger shoppers. Read more »

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The tribulations of light

JOHN CHAPMAN explores how light impacts our perception of a diamond and the common mistakes and misconceptions jewellers may unwittingly harbour. Read more »

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The unexpected challenges of running a business in rural Australia

ROBYN SPARKE turns the focus towards jewellery retail in regional and rural areas, where population demographics impact businesses very differently than in major cities. Read more »

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Dispelling the myths and misconceptions about jewellery valuations

RIKKI MCANDREW explores how jewellery valuations have evolved over time and what jewellers and consumers can expect from a modern valuation. Read more »

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The advice that could save you from your own gemstone nightmare

CHRIS HOLDSWORTH offers a warning to jewellers over the dangers of gemstone treatments, which can have expensive consequences if undetected. Read more »

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Appreciating the blessings in disguise

Being a Melbourne jeweller during the COVID-19 pandemic was a lesson in perspective, resilience, and seizing opportunities – in whatever form they took, writes STEVE PALLAS. Read more »

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Giving Australia’s national gemstone the respect it deserves

For too long, stubborn myths have plagued the Australian opal market – unfashionable, cheap, too fragile – and it’s now time to set the record straight, writes DAMIEN CODY. Read more »

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There are many e-commerce opportunities for retailers – and suppliers are here to help

With the acceleration of e-commerce during COVID-19 lockdowns, the time is right for retailers to integrate and invest in this side of their business, writes JOHN ROSE. Read more »

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