NEWS

Brisk order flow and enquiries seen at August CMJ Trade Event

By David Brough

Order flow and enquiries were buoyant at the August CMJ Trade Event, auguring for a solid festive season.

“We had record sales,” said Himanshu Shah, director of Hatton Garden-based diamond jewellery supplier Andre Michael.

“We are very happy. We had a strong show. We had brisk enquiries for our new Orange Blossom collection.”

Shah added: “We were very impressed by the way the CMJ organised the event.”

London Pearl received orders from a few retailers with whom they had not done business for several years, said managing director Daniel Vecht.

A tactile and playful silver ring featuring an attractive combination of Chinese freshwater pearls, was the best-selling item in volume terms for London Pearl at the CMJ event.

Ungar and Ungar saw buoyant enquiries for rings featuring coloured stones in unusual combinations, such as amethyst surrounded by rubies.

Bernard Ungar spoke of strong demand for blue topaz because of its attractive price point, as part of continuing tastes for coloured gemstones in jewellery.

Andrew Martyniuk of guest supplier VISIONARY Creative Displays spoke of enquiries from well-known brands and designers seeking to rent display showcases for future events.

“I’ve had 15 strong enquiries which is great — better than expected,” Andrew said.

Jewellery brand and high profile designer Shaun Leane, and rising star designers Lucy Quartermaine, Andrew Geoghegan and Isabella Liu, all reported taking orders and multiple enquiries from potential future stockists.