Here members can login to their GoJD/BPA account dashboard to view and download invoices and PPL insurance documents, manage and renew subscriptions and have access to guild articles and tutorials. Also in the dashboard, members can reach the administrators, Alan or Jayne, and post queries […]
Trust symbols on a website are becoming increasingly more important and showing your visitors that you belong to a recognised trade organisation with ethics and standards can only help instil confidence in potential customers and help generate sales. GoJD/BPA members with […]
Due to frequent requests to reinstate it, we are pleased to reveal that the old GoJD Forums area has been dusted off, given a revamp and is now open for business once again. It’s possible that forum regular, Ingrid, will be making appearances and posting […]
We are pleased to announce the long awaited introduction of the GoJD/BPA Design Copyright Registration Service which is now available to use in members’ account dashboards.
BPA Platinum, GoJD Standard Gold and Gold Plus members receive 5 file uploads and GoJD Gold Extra/BPA Pearl members 10 file uploads as part of their membership package.
Silver members can make use of the service by choosing an appropriate subscription for either 25, 50 or 100 file uploads as required. Subscribing members can also increase their file upload limit if required.
The option to list products on the GoJD selling platform has now been extended to all levels of membership. *Silver members have the option to list up to 20 products with a commission on sales of 10% – no monthly charge *Standard Gold and Gold […]
The Guild of Jewellery Designers are giving away a fabulous Smith’s Little torch; 2nd year running. It appears it’s a yearly event now; pencil the month March into your diary! 🙂 To enter, for a change, we don’t want to see your jewellery so much, more […]
A jewellery shop is one of the most prestigious retail fronts to run. It is usually well known in the area it is in, and more often than not highly profitable. However, with the benefits of running jewellers, there are also drawbacks, specifically coming from criminals. Recently, criminals have become more technical and well thought out on their approach when stealing from jewellers. The types of crimes they commit are no longer just robbery, they can also include, but are not limited to:
- Hostage situations
The following tips should provide you with assistance when planning to prevent a theft, or when dealing with one in real time.
There are many ways that criminals will try to gain an advantage within a store, such as using force, deception, stealth and arriving in large numbers. It’s good to have a formula put in place when serving people in a store.
- Greeting everyone that enters the store at the door. You should have a member of staff that has a purpose of greeting. This will engage with genuine customers but could make possible criminals feel like they have already been caught. This could deter them from committing the criminal act.
- Don’t serve more than one customer at once. By taking care of only one customer at a time, it will prevent you from being distracted by other customers. In this time, if you are distracted, you may not notice jewellery being stolen.
- Outsource the safeguarding of your keys. More companies are now opting to manage risk by outsourcing their key holding to a professional security company, rather than having the risk to an employee or owner.
- Invest in a CCTV system. This is one of the best ways to stop criminal activity in your store. CCTV is well known and praised for its ability to deter crime, as it brings a “caught in the act” feeling to criminals.
- Keep everything locked. Don’t leave showcases unlocked or leave jewellery out on the side so it can be grabbed by anyone. Ensure that showcases are kept out of reach or are only kept by one member of staff during working hours. Do not place keys underneath a counter or where it is easy for criminals to obtain without you noticing, and when the store closes.
What to do in a robbery
If a robbery does take place during working hours, it is paramount to follow these steps to reduce risk and stay safe.
- Personal safety is a priority. Collaborate with criminals demands if you feel that your or any member of staff safety is at risk.
- Do not obviously attempt to go for an alarm system or call for help while the robbers are present in the store as they will feel limited in time, and their plan is going wrong. This may force them to use weapons that may harm you or other staff members.
- Do not make any dramatic movements. If you must then tell the criminals what you might be doing and why. Telling them what you will do and why will make them less sceptical and less likely to attack or become more aggressive.
- Try not to have eye contact with the robbers but try to keep in mind what they are wearing and what they look like.
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Calipers are one of the most useful instruments in the jewellery maker’s toolbox and a tool that has added more accuracy and ease for taking measurments both for the seasoned professional and home/hobbyist use, but choosing the right one from the vast selection of models on offer can be like navigating a minefield.
There are lots of brands offering calipers in different price ranges so learning the basic factors about them is essential.
Various options of caliper are available for different applications but the majority of users would find the digital caliper of most use. Commonly, these are often referred to as digital Verniers which isn’t strictly correct as the Vernier caliper isn’t digital but has a main scale and a sliding secondary scale. A vernier is used for making precise measurements as is a digital caliper. Digital calipers are recommended for the utmost accuracy.
When choosing your caliper look closely the weight, body material, dimensions and sturdiness of the caliper you are considering using. Most of the best calipers are made from high quality stainless steel, being durable and water, dirt and oil resistant.
Most digital calipers come with automatic shut off. This is useful to prevent battery wastage. Batteries for them aren’t particularly expensive but they always seem to fully pack up just when you need them, ignored the flashing ‘battery low’ indicator and don’t have any spares 🙂
Ease of Use
They’re all pretty much simple to use in the lower end of the price range, high end tools include features such as data output but this isn’t really too relevant for most users
Check for a caliper that has a sturdy construction, a readable display, smooth jaw movement and a sensitive thumb wheel.
The price of digital calipers varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. These tools are surprisingly affordable but for greater accuracy and performance you have to spend more money (as with most things!).
Mitutoyo are arguably considered to be the industry leaders and you’ll pay for the privilege of owning one but they should give years of accurate measurements and be worth the money. However, in reality, there are cheaper options that will last the distance and around the £30 – £40 mark should be adequate.
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