Very many congratulations to our newest addition to the company – Jo Wicker has worked ever so hard to achieve her Professioanl Jewellers Diploma!

She has been our techy now for 2 years and dragged us into the modern age with all the tweets, blogging and facebook-ing!!!! But we are pleased to announce nine months ahead of schedule she has completed and passed the JET 1&2 Jewellery Education Training Course am internationally renowned Professional Jeweller’s Diploma from the National Association of Goldsmiths. Joanne Wicker of Payne & Son Jewellers of Tunbridge Wells, who spent a year studying the distance learning course, is now recognised by the Association as a professional jeweller and may use the letters PJ Dip. after her name.

 “After a career in luxury retail I have settled very comfortably in the jewellery sector which is where my passion lies. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to take this course and have passed with “A” grade all the way through. I have worked hard to achieve this goal in half the allotted time, as well as working full time in this beautiful shop. I am already putting my new knowledge to use and it’s our customers who will get the benefit. I am looking forward to my next challenging course.”

The Diploma, which is split into two parts Jewellery Education Training (JET) 1 & 2 is a nationally recognised professional qualification for jewellers aimed at enhancing customer service, increasing consumer confidence and providing essential product knowledge.

 Michael Hoare, chief executive of the National Association of Goldsmiths said “I applaud Joanne on her achievement and for her commitment to excellent customer service. Customers don’t always know who to trust when buying jewellery, but by asking if the person serving has the Professional Jewellers Diploma, they know that they will get the right advice, information and support.”

 Payne & Son is situated on the old High Street and specialises in contemporary and vintage jewellery as well as porcelain, silverware and giftware. Joanne will officially receive her Diploma at a prestigious ward ceremony to be held at Goldsmith’s Hall in London in March 2013.


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