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Jacob Jensen watches


Time flies, and we have been to Jewellery and Watch Birmingham to catch up with existing suppliers and search out new ideas and quality items for the shop.  We are very excited about a new watch range to complement our popular Danish Design watches, by Jacob Jensen.  Scandinavian style, at great value, that ticks every box on our buying list and hopefully our customers too.  STORM London watches were equally impressive, with lots of brand new designs which you will see in April.

We also saw some great quality new gold designs from London with Mark Milton ready for later in the year and ordered lots of new designer sterling silver – customers just keep buying it, and we need to keep up!!  A particular growing favourite is John Garland-Taylor, all handmade sterling silver, from Warwick, we love to support British makers, and it seems our customers do too.

It’s not just jewellery and watches that we looked at, our after sales at Libby Butler Jewellers is just as important as products, so we looked carefully at replacement watch straps from Condor, and looked at tools and packaging as well and also caught up with industry news.

A great show – we work closely with our suppliers to bring you the best, and it is great to see lots of them under one roof. IMG_0731

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Jewellery trends


In some ways, we don’t really follow the latest jewellery trends, it isn’t because we are old fashioned or not “trendy”, I remember at primary school requesting “trendy” jeans instead of the standard ones my Mum was choosing, and make no apologies for the 80s terminology here – in fact Andy often uses 70s words, being much much older than me (7 years but a decade apart!).

I think this is because we don’t buy for the fashion pages, we buy for our customers, and that means searching out both traditional and contemporary style, and above all looking for the highest quality at the right price for you.  We support up and coming designers where possible, because all industries rely on new talent to move forward, but we didn’t follow the trend to give half our shop over to branded jewellery like Pandora that can be now found on most high streets, because our customers want to buy something individual and different from us.

That said, we spent time at the Jewellery and Watch show in Birmingham over the weekend, meeting suppliers both old and new, and looking at the latest collections and “trend tables”, you will see the results of our buying trip in the shop well before Easter.  Some sneak peeks here.  I particularly like the large 9ct gold rings we spotted, real statement pieces, and some great new designs from Hagit Gorali in sterling silver and freshwater pearls, one of which I have in mind for a customer who is getting married later this year.

So if you don’t see what you are looking for here online or in the Helmsley shop, just let us know – we can often source both special & standard items quickly even if we don’t stock them, and we are very happy to find you jewellery that is in your personal style and that will outlast any trend.