The Jersey jewellery industry celebrated the 2nd annual Brilliance festival this month with a B2B networking event at Jersey’s newest bar, the Porters Store.
Guests were treated to cocktails and canapes as well as a Q&A with industry experts Scott Williams from the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and Rachel Doerr, Doerr Dallas Valuations compared by Julia Williams, Jersey Pearl.
Speaking during the panel discussion, Rachel Doerr, discussed the importance of maintaining sufficient insurance cover for jewellery and valuables.
“Anyone who has not had their jewellery revalued in the last 3 years will probably find that it has increased significantly in value and consequently is potentially underinsured. Working with Rossborough Private Clients during the festival and providing up to date valuations, has enabled clients to take appropriate action to protect their treasured items in case the worst happens.”
Scott Williams, NAJ, discussed the importance of continuing professional development in the sector and was impressed by the commitment to education from the jewellers on the island.
Guests at the event included representatives from the National Association of Jewellers, Government of Jersey, Highlands College, Visit Jersey, Rossborough Private Clients and local jewellers and NAJ members and local charity, Beresford Street Kitchen.
What is Brilliance?
A gem of an idea for an opportunity to work together as the jewellery industry for the benefit of the whole. Created in response as the island came out of the pandemic restrictions. One of the festival’s aims was to remind islanders, and UK clients that Jersey has a rich and diverse jewellery and watch industry. Including award winning designers and genuine Jersey designer-makers; horologists, goldsmiths and gemmologists; multi-generational jewellers and a myriad of internationally recognised brands. In 2021 and again in 2022 there were over 30 events, workshops, demonstrations and launches held in shops and studios to re-engage with the public and highlight the expertise Jersey enjoys.
In 2022, Brilliance won Customer Event of the Year category at the UK Jewellery Awards.