UK’s leading B2B magazine – Professional Jeweller, dedicated to Jewelry industry’s news, trends, design and retail, every year lists most inspiring, innovative and influential personalities of UK’s jewelry industry. This year’s event was no less than a most awaited one for the industry. HOT 100 of this year, the 7th edition of Professional Jeweller, were revealed in the presence of 450 guests, at the beautiful Kensington roof garden, London. HOT 100 list is composed by Professional Jeweller’s editorial team and covers new and established jewelry designers, finest retailers and business leaders who shape the industry from six different categories.
The Retail Stars category features 19 names including Andrew Pass, Director – John Pass Jewellers, whose key to success lies on teamwork; Jeremy France Jewellers, which is winning recognition at the national stage, has won business excellence awards and made it to the list of Retail Stars. Another Retail Star Libby Johnson says, ‘Fairtrade’ is the keyword for Johnson Jeweller.
Tobias Kormind and David Allen of 77 Diamonds, which focuses on ‘Optimization’, Emily Barber who says the most important development of Bronhams in past year is sale of Hope Spinel, a 50-carat unheated gem from Tajikistan, Peter Anderson of Pandora are the Business Big Shots of this year with 22 others.
Trailblaizers category, a mix of entrepreneurs, inventors and educators consists of Michael Rawlinson of National Association of Jewellers whose task of the year was integration of the association with British Jeweller’s Association, Sarah Carpin – a face behind successful rebranding of CMJ Media to Facets PR and such 7 more personalities who played a pivotal role in their companies.
Lisa Levinson, Country Manager, Forevermark and Andrew Lewis, International Head Sales of Hot Diamonds Group are among the 14 Brand Champions.
11 Trendsetter of the industry have made it to the HOT 100 list. Young and talented jewelry designer Rebecca Sellors of C W Sellors and Siobhan Maher of Domino Jewellery who stresses on passing on the inspiration behind making of jewelry to customers, are undoubtedly crafting the future of the industry.
Professional Jeweller recognizes the 8 Nexgems as the ‘ones to watch’ in the jewelry industry. Chelsy Davy’s inspiration of African wildlife behind her jewelry designs has added a unique dimension to the UK marketplace with the launch of AYA, making her an obvious choice for the category.
Editor of Professional Jewellery says it was easy as well hard to compose the list of HOT 100 this year. Easy, because there is a big pool of talented, creative and passionate people but distilling down their successes to just 100 is hard. Hence, according to her, these 100 are the flag bearers of the UK’s jewelry industry this year.