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ROUND UP CROWN JEWEL Domino’s English Rose


Domino’s ‘Crown Jewel’ has to be its ‘Rose Bud’ ring from the Diamond Ring Mounts collection. This extraordinarily popular piece – which was originally created for Platinum Guild International - is the epitome of the classic, solitaire- diamond engagement ring but with a stylish modern twist. With romantic fl oral allusions,


it was designed in house by Domino’s prize-winning New Product Development team and is entirely British-made. The piece also has a matching wedding band, earrings and a pendant to complement its design.


Andrew Sollitt, sales and


marketing manager, explains: “Rosebud is a prime example of what Domino does best. The ring is elegant, unique and has a tremendous back story and because it is available in so many diff erent diamond sizes and alloys it covers a range of prize points and off ers our retailers, and their customers, a brilliant choice.” The ring, which has great


presence and draws the eye in any window display, is available in platinum and all 18 carat alloys and is in a range of stone sizes from 0.25 to 1.00 carat. It is available set, with a choice of HSi


Talking Point


Robert Bicknell Flawless Jewellery Kent


“I strongly feel that apprenticeships are the way forward for our industry. I employ two apprentices and am able to teach them in a way that is suited to my business as well as responding to their individual strengths. I have employed numerous university students before who are allowed to pick up bad habits, aren’t taught a broad enough range of skills to enable them to cope in a busy working environment.”


November 2013 | jewelleryfocus.co.uk


Steve May Maygems London


“For sure, I think they have a place. Apprenticeships are designed to meet the needs of today’s employers and as a small business the government funding enables us to offer places within our company, they help us to develop a highly skilled and motivated workforce. They also work in favour of the employee as apprentices can earn while they learn. They gain real workplace experience, as well as professional skills.”


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or GVS diamonds, or unfi nished for customers to set with their own stone. Sollitt adds: “Brides love


it and I am pleased to say that it is the engagement ring of choice for very many English roses.”


Martha Mawson Ailleas Designs North West Highlands


“This must be answered in reference to both the artistic and economic implications. We have to recognise that those who are already running their own jewellery businesses have to constantly up their offerings because of market saturation. To encourage more people into the sector may make it impossible for anyone to survive. It is important that anyone coming into the sector is passionate about their vocation.”


David White White Designs Jewellery Colchester


“I was fortunate enough to be taken in by a jeweller at the age of 14 where I learnt the basics of repair and manufacture. I went on to university at the age of 18 because there were no apprenticeship schemes available in my area. I noticed a marked difference there in those who had had trade experience to those who had not. There needs to be support from the Government to help people pass their knowledge on to future generations.”


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