Author: Ruchi Singla

Ruchi is our trusted breaking news reporter, keeping you informed about the latest trends, launches, and significant events as they unfold. With a commitment to accuracy and a passion for adding a layer of insight, Ruchi creates informative and engaging content that shines a light across the world of jewellery.

Michael Hill has launched a new concept global flagship store at Chadstone Shopping Centre, the first in a planned rollout of new concept stores across Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, reflecting the updated brand design introduced earlier in April. The opening was led by CEO Daniel Bracken, along with brand founders Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill and also included the unveiling of ‘Infinity, 2024’, a commissioned artwork by Australian artist Dina Broadhurst. The artwork represents a blend of Michael Hill’s heritage and its vision for the future. Design Philosophy and Layout During the event, CEO Daniel Bracken discussed the…

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In a significant consumer rights case that has captured widespread attention, Rogelio Villarreal, a 27-year-old doctor from Tamaulipas, Mexico, successfully purchased a pair of rose-gold, diamond-studded earrings valued at over $21,000 for just $21 due to a pricing error on Cartier’s website.  This unusual transaction has spotlighted the enforcement of consumer protection laws in Mexico and their implications for international luxury retailers. Incident Details The earrings, typically priced at 237,000 Mexican pesos, were mistakenly listed for 237 pesos. Villarreal, intrigued by the drastic price difference while browsing through a social media advertisement, proceeded with the purchase. Upon realisation of the…

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Detectives from the Robbery & Serious Crime Squad are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a jewellery store on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The event took place at approximately 3:30 PM on Thursday, 28 March 2024, involving two individuals who threatened employees with a firearm before leaving with stolen items. They were last seen escaping in a silver Holden Commodore, registered in Victoria. Incident Details The robbery unfolded at a store located on Birdwood Lane in Lane Cove. Reports indicate that two individuals clad in dark attire and masks, one armed, entered the store and threatened the staff. They…

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Bevilles has announced that it is set to relocate its corporate head office and distribution centre from Melbourne to Brisbane. This move, slated for completion in July 2024, follows less than a year after the retailer was acquired by Michael Hill for $45 million. Leveraging Synergies with Michael Hill The relocation aims to capitalise on the existing infrastructure of Michael Hill Australia’s distribution and support centre in Brisbane. According to the Michael Hill group, this strategic move is expected to yield considerable cost and operational efficiencies. It reflects a broader trend of businesses seeking to streamline operations through geographic and…

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Showcase Jewellers has formally announced its involvement in the forthcoming Jewellery Industry Fair (JIF), scheduled to occur at Sydney’s Carriageworks on the 17th and 18th of August. This announcement is a significant commitment from the group to the Australian jewellery sector, underlining its support for industry growth and independent retailers. Event Overview and Showcase’s Involvement The JIF in Sydney is acknowledged as a pivotal event for innovation, networking, and business opportunities within the jewellery industry. Showcase Jewellers’ participation will notably focus on providing educational resources and growth opportunities. The fair will host workshops, educational talks, and product launches, aimed at…

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Michel Elias Germani, owner Germani Jewellery, remains at the centre of legal scrutiny as owner Michel Germani faces charges over an alleged staged robbery of his store, situated inside the Hilton Hotel. Germani, accused of orchestrating the incident to claim insurance on goods valued at $2.8 million, continues to be denied bail, reflecting the serious nature of the allegations. The Heist Unravelled According to authorities, Germani, who has previously crafted pieces for international celebrities and royals, allegedly staged a robbery at his store located in Sydney’s George Street. The incident, which supposedly occurred in January 2022, involved two individuals who,…

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Swatch has significantly expanded its retail footprint in Australia with the opening of its largest flagship store yet, situated in Melbourne’s CBD.  This move not only underscores the Swiss watchmaker’s commitment to the Australian market but also signals a new chapter in its retail innovation and customer engagement strategy. A New Retail Benchmark The Melbourne flagship store, offering 315 square meters of retail space, aims to set a new benchmark for the brand’s presence in Australia. It stands out for its unique architectural design, featuring open walk-through spaces, seven glass brick totem walls, and dedicated product collection islands, culminating in…

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Archer & Holland, one of the oldest family-owned jewellers in Adelaide, is closing its doors, marking the end of a significant chapter in the city’s retail history. This decision was made by Bill Whiting, great-grandson of co-founder Herbert Holland, and Meredith Whiting, who have steered the business for over four decades and have now opted for retirement. Historical Legacy and Impact Established in 1918, Archer & Holland set its foundation at the prime location of King William Road and Hindley Street, quickly cementing its status for crafting distinctive and exquisite jewellery. Beyond its commercial success, the company played a pivotal…

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A Sydney airport employee has been implicated in the theft of over $50,000 worth of luxury items from a Cartier store located within the airport’s international terminal. The incident, unfolding over the festive period between December 21 and January 4, has raised alarms within the jewellery retail sector about internal security measures and the implications of such incidents on brand reputation and consumer trust. Chantelle Elizabeth Carrington, 39, of Kingsgrove, is at the centre of the allegations, charged with larceny by a clerk or servant. Following a complaint lodged by Cartier, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which oversees law enforcement…

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