Author: Abidemi Fadekemi

With her finger firmly on the pulse of the jewellery trade both within the UK and further afield, Abidemi ensures JM’s readers are first to hear what’s happening in our industry

Anglo American Platinum has unveiled the finalists for the 24th edition of PlatAfrica, South Africa’s leading platinum jewellery design and manufacturing contest. The competition underscores Anglo American Platinum’s ongoing endeavour to foster the growth of the platinum jewellery sector. The company has partnered with Platinum Guild International (PGI) India and Metal Concentrators to orchestrate this year’s contest, themed #Emergence. Theme and Collaboration Encouraging creativity from unexplored domains, the #Emergence theme tasked contestants with crafting designs that not only captivate customers but also herald a hopeful outlook. A noteworthy addition to this year’s competition is the introduction of capsule collections, embodying…

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Consumer sentiment in South Africa remains weak amid constrained household finances according to the latest economic outlook report from PwC South Africa. With private consumption expenditure accounting for 64% of the country’s GDP in 2022, the strength of the consumer wallet is critical to supporting overall economic growth. However, the report indicates that there are still opportunities for jewellery retailers to boost sales through smart promotions and showcasing their sustainability credentials. On the positive side, total employment has been on the rise. Formal and informal jobs increased by 5% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2023 to 15.8 million: This…

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