NAJ News

NAJ Members Celebrate Awards Success

14 Dec 2018

 The National Association of Jewellers announced the winners of its annual awards programme last night (December 13th) in conjunction with the Benevolent Society’s Christmas Ball. The glittering get-together welcomed over 250 guests and the celebrations continued until the early hours.

And the winners are…

 

Bond Jewellery & Diamonds - Retailer of the Year sponsored by Hockley Mint

Bond Jewellery & Diamonds are the definition of a personal jewellers, passionate about creating exquisite, handcrafted pieces and delivering a unique and personalised service. With a luxurious showroom and workshops in the heart of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, they pride themselves on crafting each piece in the UK.

 London DE-  Jewellery & Watch Supplier of the Year sponsored by Inhorgenta Munich

 London DE is the UK’s leading supplier of certified diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other coloured gemstones. They ethically source and supply loose stones and create bespoke items of handmade jewellery in their workshops in London’s Hatton Garden. 

 Clare Tyler, Purely Diamonds- Sales Person of the Year sponsored by Windiam   

With an unrivalled knowledge of jewellery and the industry, Clare continues to ensure all customer’s needs are met. From sourcing diamonds of a particular quality to working with the design team for bespoke requests of jewellery, as time moves forward and the customer evolves, Clare is always one step ahead.  

 Cooksongold - Website of the Year sponsored by International Jewellery London  

Cooksongold is truly dedicated to helping the jewellery making industry and have a range of over 18,000 products available to help you prosper. With products suitable for all stages of your journey, they are your one stop source for all things jewellery making!

 FACETS- Service Provider of Year sponsored by Parify

FACETS is the only specialist jewellery and watch agency in the UK, they offer celebrity dressing, media buying, social media strategies and community management, influencer collaborations, contract publishing and event management.

 Martine Gregory, Lumbers- Workshop Employee of the Year sponsored by Presman Mastermelt

After 37 years of experience, Martine has been the mainstay of the Lumbers workshop and embraces both repairs and bespoke manufacturing with relish. Being the entire workshop resource of a busy retail store is a challenge in itself; however, no matter how big or small the project Martine gets the job done.  

 Claudia Bradbury- Designer of the Year sponsored by Clogau

Designed in the UK for over 15 years, Claudia Bradby is a pearl jewellery specialist using highest quality freshwater pearls and rhodium plated silver. Claudia’s ambition is to make pearls accessible to all women, appropriate for all occasions, through thoughtful, modern and relevant design.

Hockley MintMember of the Year sponsored by T H March

 As well as an award-winning selection of bridal mounts and wedding bands, Wedfit. They have mastered techniques, both old and new, making them a one-stop destination for the jewellery trade.

"Huge thanks to all our sponsors and entrants for this year’s awards, without whom the night wouldn’t have been possible! Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists, and a huge thank you to the Benevolent Society for hosting our Awards once again, it was a fabulous evening for a very important industry cause.

NAJ Chief Executive Simon Forrester

The NAJ would like to thank, trophy makers, Birmingham School of Jewellery and the talented student that designed the trophies, Lorna McNaught. Further thanks go to our category sponsors: Birmingham Assay, Clogau, Hockley Mint, Inhorgenta Munich, International Jewellery London, Parify, Presman Mastermelt, T H March and Windiam.

Special thanks go to Storecheckers, who mystery shopped each of the retailers that were shortlisted for Retailer of the Year. The average score across the Retailer of the Year finalists was over 90%, a great demonstration of our members, honesty, integrity and professionalism.