Author: Alan Hadley

Genisi Pearls

Genisi Pearls

Member Profile: Genisi Pearls A precious strand ties Adriano’s story to that of the pearl. It is his pure passion for this wonderful gem that brought him his deep knowledge of the pearl. Adriano’s desire was to want to look closely at the origins of […]

A Magical Glimpse into the History of Cultured Pearl

A Magical Glimpse into the History of Cultured Pearl

Whether it’s pearl rings, classic strings, or pearl drop earrings every jewellery retailer needs to sell pearls. But have you ever stopped to think about how pearl cultivation began? Freshwater pearl cultivation dates back as far as the thirteenth century in China, where mabe pearls […]

Heidi Kjeldsen

Heidi Kjeldsen

Member Profile: Heidi Kjeldsen

Heidi Kjeldsen Ltd is a fine jewellers in the heart of Oakham, Rutland, established in 1998 and renowned for meticulous craftsmanship and timeless bespoke jewellery.

From exquisitely elegant diamond, pearl and gemstone designs to contemporary Murano glass jewellery, every piece is lovingly handcrafted to perfection. Classical in style but with a modern twist, Heidi’s bespoke designs appeal to every generation.

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Damian Miles

Damian Miles

Member Profile: Damian Miles Damian Miles is a jeweller, goldsmith, silversmith, gemmologist, jewellery valuer and pearl stringer with over 20 years experience. He loves to  create one of a kind and limited run pieces of jewellery, silverware and luxury objects. He also offers a jewellery repair […]

Samuel Jones Pearls

Samuel Jones Pearls

Member Profile: Samuel Jones Pearls Samuel Jones Pearls is the UK’s oldest and leading wholesale cultured pearl supplier. The family-run business, now Midlands based, was established in 1916 and prides itself on the outstanding quality of its pearls and exceptional service delivered to customers across […]

Top Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

Top Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

Cyber Security Advice for Your Business

“A big subject that has been in the news a great deal recently. To help you protect yourself and your business website; here are some aspects to consider along with a few pearls of wisdom regarding your online security …

Have you ever heard of a DDoS Attack?

Hackers can attack online retailers in a number of ways, one of which is a DDoS attack. DDoS, or distributed denial of service. This is a type of cyberattack in which a hacker floods your retail website with traffic and overwhelms your server to the point that your legitimate customers are unable to access your site.

DDoS attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days; meanwhile, your company loses out on business and may incur the cost of bringing in an IT specialist to investigate and stop the attack.

Can You Prevent a DDoS Attack?

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And the Pearl Design Competition WInner is …

And the Pearl Design Competition WInner is …

Our first ever pearl design Competition, in collaboration with The Guild of Jewellery Designers and Ping Ping Jewellery came to a close last week . The competition was designed to highlight the excellence in jewellery designing talent both in the UK and overseas. The competition  […]

Pearls My Continued Passion

Pearls My Continued Passion

Pearls My Continued Passion   Hello & Welcome!  How the time fly’s since my last chat with you!   It has been a busy few months creating pretty seasonal windows and themed celebration windows. It seems this year the blossom has looked even more spectacular […]

Aesthetically Ethical

Aesthetically Ethical

Pearls-Aesthetically Ethical

I am an ethical jeweller as well as jewellery designer and gemmologist all rolled into one.  Often these three sides have ructions, wrestling to see who comes out on top. But last year I found a source that satisfies all three. As ethical initiatives go cultured pearl farming is unique in the gems and jewellery world. Not only does it have a positive local and global impact but their sustainable farming methods create a finer quality end product.

A year ago when working on a bespoke job for a client I was in need of some pearls. Of course I wanted to take the same responsible sourcing principles we hold dear and started searching and asking questions of my suppliers. That was when I saw for the first time pearls from the Sea of Cortez, Mexico and I swooned. Fully traceable and with an ethical background that was enough for me – and my client loved them. Fast forward a year and I’m fortunate enough to meet one of the three founders of Perlas del Mar de Cortez, Douglas McLaurin-Moreno. We met at the Tucson Gem Show and his infectious enthusiasm made me realise that what they are achieving goes so much deeper.

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Pink Pearls – Trend Report

Pink Pearls – Trend Report

Pink is the colour of innocence, romance , roses and femininity. You either love it or hate it. Can you get pink pearls I hear you ask? Well yes of course the variations of shape, size and hue in pearls are almost infinite. Pearls are also […]