Where did the Summer holidays go? We’ve really enjoyed the lovely long hot Summer, and even managed a short holiday to the mountains in Czech Republic. I left all my jewellery at home in the safe, apart from one pair of earrings, & felt very bare all week! We recommend our cz & silver range for holidays – especially cruisewear, leave your diamonds at home!
Our new Local Designer Becky Pomfret will not be going back to school in September, as she has graduated from York College & her debut range for us is already selling well, particularly the Acorn earrings & Pendants pictured below. We love to sell Yorkshire Jewellery Designers like Becky and also stock Amanda Cox of Hebden Bridge & Karen Thomas from York.
So Christmas buying is looming, and we look forward to taking part in #SmallBizSatUK on December 7th and have been chosen as one of 100 businesses in the UK to be featured in the run up to this event, the first time it’s been held in the UK, sponsored by Amex (A frequently question asked here, do we take Amex? Yes we do!). It’s a great reminder to support local independent businesses up & down the country, not just at Christmas but all year round. As members of the FSB, we support their campaign to “Keep Trade Local” and in Helmsley that’s not difficult with over 50 independent businesses to choose from, we rarely need to shop outside town.
We have seen new collections this month from 3 of our established British jewellery designers: David Scott-Walker who specialises in handmade British jewellery including Whitby Jet & Derbyshire Blue John, Britain’s only semi-precious stone. Deborah Darling and Colin Greer based in Northern Ireland who make handmade Pewter jewellery in gorgeous Celtic designs, one of our current bestselling ranges. This is really comfortable to wear, very affordable and customers keep coming back to build their collection. Also just ordered and coming soon are some new pieces from Lucy Quartermaine, whose solid sterling silver designs continue to set British Design standards.
Whitby Jet is found just across the North York Moors from Helmsley, and is a popular collectible, as is Blue John from Castleton in Derbyshire – we visited the mines 2 years ago for my birthday & enjoyed a fascinating tour as well as a very lively pub quiz at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn in the village on the Sunday evening. Andy stopped me from purchasing a tiny turned bowl that sat in the palm of my hand for just over £400 on the grounds that it would get broken when dusting – not sure what made him think I will start dusting!
One of the difficulties in starting a small business is cash-flow and we have recently paid up-front for an exciting new collection for a recent graduate of York University who is using the money to add to her graduation collection for us, in an exclusive range featuring inspiration from nature. Very exciting to be able to support a local girl who is undoubtedly very talented. Watch this space!