Artistry on dis­play

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By SHAN­NAN OSRIN

NED­LANDS jew­ellers John and Su­san Blen­ner­has­sett of Blen­ner­hasett Fine Jew­ellers have won the Best Re­tail Win­dow-Mer­chan­dis­ing Dis­play at the Jew­ellery In­dus­try Awards.

The cou­ple, mar­ried for 21 years, has won de­sign and crafts­man­ship awards in the past but this is their first award for mer­chan­dis­ing.

Mrs Blen­ner­has­sett – the ar­ti­san of the jew­ellery – said they were both very happy to be ac­knowl­edged, twice be­cause they were a fi­nal­ist in the Best Large Re­tail Jeweller too.

“The Jew­ellery In­dus­try Awards are new in that this is its sec­ond year and they award peo­ple in other ar­eas of the trade in­stead of only in crafts­man­ship and de­sign,” she said.

“The other awards that we have won have been more crafts­man­ship and de­sign ori­en­tated so this was some­thing dif­fer­ent and there are only two cat­e­gories that are open to a re­tail man­u­fac­turer like us; the oth­ers are more whole- sale sup­pli­ers sales rep type thing.

“This is the first time we have en­tered in this cat­e­gory and been nom­i­nated.”

The awards night took place on the Gold Coast on Fe­bru­ary 28 and the tro­phy only ar­rived last week.

Mrs Blen­ner­has­sett said she “wants to keep cel­e­brat­ing” and was proud to show­case her dis­plays as well as the jew­ellery.

“We train our staff and pride our­selves on our jew­ellery be­cause our jew­ellery is so unique and so dif­fer­ent and be­cause we have hand­crafted it our­selves and then it trans­lates into the way we present our shop,” she said.

Mr Blen­ner­has­sett said the dis­play rep­re­sented the unique­ness of the jew­ellery that was pre­sented when cus­tomers saw the pieces.

“The dis­play rep­re­sents the type of jew­ellery we cre­ate and the ef­fort that we put into our jew­ellery wins awards,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d434713

Jew­ellers Sue and John Blen­ner­has­sett.

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