London, UK, 13th September, 2010: The British jewellery industry gathered in London in September to celebrate the launch of the very first Professional Jeweller Hot 100. The list represents the great and good of the jewellery community, including new and established designers, retailers from across the UK, and business leaders who collectively drive over £2 billion in annual sales.
“The Professional Jeweller Hot 100 was created as to honour the people and personalities of this most glamorous of industries,” explains Rachael Taylor, editor of Professional Jeweller magazine and Professionaljeweller.com.
Very few people can say their greatest memory is to work with and meet Nelson Mandela, but for determined Sabine Roemer it is one of many huge achievements. After making history as the youngest ever female master goldsmith, following graduation from the Pforzheim Goldsmith and Watch School, the German native went on to exhibit in no less than eight countries. This year has seen her sculpt a piece for the Nelson Mandela week in New York, work with bushmen on a jewellery project in Botswana, create an elephant for the London Elephant Parade, design the jewellery worn by Oscar nominee Morgan Freeman on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, and launch in Harrods with her first one-of-a-kind collection. For someone who credits finding their vocation during a week of work experience at the age of 15, however, it’s all in a day’s work. Since my first day I knew that this is exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, she confidently states. After getting stuck in the Indian floods in Leh this year, Sabine hopes to concentrate on the charities she supports as well as setting up her own From India With Love. On top of her charity work she would like to continue to make one-of-a-kind pieces and sculptures. Sabine is pictured in her lucky Gecko ring. It is my 18 carat white gold Gecko ring, set with diamonds and an amethyst. This gecko was living with me in my room when I lived in Greece and I sculptured him into a ring when I left.