domino supports local charity
Domino recently supported Midlands based charity 'Molly Olly wishes' Charity Ball in September. Hosted by BBC Coventry's Phil Upton, the theme was 'The Butterfly Circus' and an amazing £37,000 was raised.
The charity was set up by Tim and Rachel Ollerenshaw following the death of their daughter Molly to cancer in 2011 and supports children with terminal and life threatening illnesses.
Rachel said “We are hugely grateful to companies like Domino who have supported the charity since it was founded. Without their generosity we would not be able to raise such fantastic amounts”.
To learn more about the work of the charity you can visit their website at www.mollyolly.co.uk
A sneak Preview of Handbook 4
We are hard at work on our exciting new Handbook 4 - which will be launched at Spring Fair 2014
Originally introduced in 1994, the Handbook is an indispensable aid to working Jewellers, designers and retailers and is used across the UK and Europe. It includes literally thousands of jewellery components, many of which combine with each other, and are available in a broad choice of precious alloys.
The NEW Handbook, which will now be the fourth edition, has taken customer feedback into account and aims to make this version an even better working tool. With five sections – settings; shanks; clusters; pendants: and earrings; and findings, customers will find that old favourites have been retained, with a splash of updated designs and of course some exciting new designs!
Featuring new improved illustrations; layouts and clearer information, the bookcase will showcase a fresh new look whilst ensuring it follows the principles of past handbooks.
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DIAMOND RING MOUNTS
Coming soon to the Domino Jewellery website is the New Diamond Ring Mounts collection - featuring everything from Classic Solitaires to flamboyant lifestyle designs
Created and crafted in-house, the stylish collection features over 145 ring mount designs including diamond details, embellished shanks and open settings.
With mounts to suit diamonds and gemstones of all shapes and sizes, the collection includes designs created to house 10pt stones, jaw dropping 7.00ct stones and everything in between.
Available in Platinum and 18ct alloys, the mounts are available as unset pieces or as a complete set with HSI and GVS diamonds.
Including round, princess, shaped, mulch-stone and lifestyle mounts - plus and elegant collection of earrings and pendants designed to match many of the rings.
Request a copy of our new trade brochure today
TV STARS IN THE MAKING
Domino was proud to be approached by Channel 4 and local media company, Junction media about a series of educational programmes for schools.
Focusing on different national curriculum subjects, the maths-based programme was ideal for Domino.
Looking at angles, polygons and parallel lines we were able to show how maths is used every day within the workplace through our jewellery design and manufacturing processes.
Domino’s cast included NPD designer Kelly Hart, CAD designer Dave Roberts and setter Stuart Shearer – with supporting roles from Siobhan Maher and Bob Wardle.
WB THE CREATIVE JEWELLERY GROUP ACQUIRE GECKO JEWELLERY
WB The Creative Jewellery Group acquire Gecko Jewellery WB The Creative Jewellery Group, the parent company of the Domino, Weston Beamor and Advalorem brands, has announced the acquisition of Gecko Jewellery.
In recent years WB The creative Jewellery Group has established itself as a major European manufacturing and design house in the bespoke, 18ct Gold and Platinum precious jewellery arena. Gecko Jewellery, on the other hand, enjoys a formidable status as a leading force in branded, fashion silver and gold jewellery and has a reputation for service which scooped it the ‘Supplier of the year Award’ in the UK Jewellery Awards in 2010.it is particularly well-known for its ‘Elements’ and ‘Fiorelli’ collections for women, it’s ‘Fred Bennett’ range for men and its ‘D for Diamond’ jewellery for children.
“We see the addition of Gecko to the WB Group as being a significant step towards being able to offer jewellery retailers throughout Europe a complete solution to their jewellery needs. Gecko, like the WB Group, has built its business by providing a great design, innovation and service and we will believe there is tremendous synergy between our companies. Bringing them together will undoubtedly provide tremendous new opportunities for both businesses and for their customers,” says the Groups joint chairman Patrick Fuller.
Barry Bennett and Kate Carling the founders of Gecko, along with their fellow owner Mark Stimson, will remain with the business during the hand-over period and it is WB The Creative Jewellery Group’s intention that the company will continue to trade as a separate entity with its current management and staff. Andrew Morton, who is Managing Director of all the companies within the WB The Creative Jewellery Group, will also become managing Director of Gecko Jewellery.
Bringing Gecko within WB The Creative Jewellery Group’s umbrella will make the Group a major force in the market place. With a total staff of around 160 and a combined turnover in excess of £32 million it is believed that it is now one of the largest and most significant jewellery businesses in the UK.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE WB GROUP
The WB Group was set up 30 years ago.
The WB Group was set up 30 years ago in the same city it resides in today and when it was originally founded its sole purpose was to sell castings. The business has moved on from those days, although many retailers and designers might be surprised to discover by just how much.
The Business is slit into Weston Beamor, which is part of the business that still deals in castings, Domino, which sells finished jewellery, and Advalorem, a new addition to the business that acts as a UK distributor for high-end international brands such as Italian gold jeweller Vendorafa.
Each sector of the business has evolved, even its most traditional arm Weston Beamor: what started out as a castings wholesaler has evolved into a total solutions business for jewellers, be they students or luxury brands.
Casting is the main crux of the Weston Beamor business and it prides itself on being able to cast most major alloys from almost any solid object- be that metal master patterns, carved wax or even, as it has be done in the past, found objects. But it can also work with jewellers to create castings from CAD or even just a pencil sketch.
The one service WB is unable to offer however is design, but this is where the process is passed over to sister company Domino.
The Domino business is the largest of WB. It employ 114 people, who about 1,300 years of experience between them. Domino is probably best known for its classic fine stock of jewellery, but this department too is moving with the times and it now has a creative design team of five led by Naomi Newton-Sherlock. As well as catering for the traditional high volume end of the market. Domino is expanding its offer of fashion-led finished jewellery and ring mounts both through its own brands Sienna and Rosabella, as well as unbranded offers.
Domino still does a lot of work with diamond jewellery and this is available with or without pre set diamonds, allowing the retailers to use their own stones. For retailers who do not wish to use their own sources for diamonds WB has a new diamond sourcing division that can offer them that service called the Jewellery Bureau that offers a diamond setting service, something that some retailers are finding increasingly hard to find outside the Jewellery Quarter?
For customers in Hatton Garden, Domino has recently moved and enlarged its trade counters on the area’s St Cross Street.
And joining Domino and tradeshow at the Baselworld fair to name a few, is, Advalorem, the new distribution arm of the business, which is perhaps the most revolutionary of all the recent changes to WB.
The subsidiary is London based rather that at Birmingham with the companies Ben Williams moving to the capital to take the helm, working from an office attached to the Hatton Garden trade counter. Advalorem currently has a single client – Italian solid gold brand Vendorafa.