Michael Matthews Jewellery and Replica Watches 2015

Michael Matthews’ strong commitment to its own diamond jewellery range, as well as luxury pre-owned replica watches, drove strong sales at its Bournemouth flagship store in January. David Brough reports. Michael Matthews Jewellery, situated on Bournemouth’s premier shopping street, reported a 7% year-on-year sales rise in January. This uplift was attributed to the success of its own diamond jewellery range, as well as strong demand for luxury uk replica watches.

Close to the Bournemouth Pavilion and the pier, the jeweller has an enviable location for its flagship store: Westover Road, which is sometimes described as “Bournemouth’s Bond Street”. The town attracts a well-off mix of jewellery aficionados and bridal customers, ranging from professionals who work at local businesses such as finance giant JP Morgan, to tourists staying in upscale hotels and retirees drawn to the seaside setting.

Matt Corica, who runs the business with his father Ian and brother Michael, says the strong sales performance was due to having the right mix of high-end stock, as well as the dedication of sales staff. Michael Matthews is strongly committed to its own diamond jewellery range, designed in-house – including diamond solitaires, eternity rings and studs – and its large selection of pre-owned luxury replica watches, predominantly Rolex, which are conspicuously displayed in the window.

“In this shop, we’re moving away from the branded environment,” says Corica. “People come to buy a diamond from Michael Matthews. Solitaires have flown out of the window – every girl wants one and every fellow has to go out and buy it.” Corica adds that appetite is growing for rose gold and yellow-gold bridal jewellery. “We have seen an increase in colour,” he notes.

Speaking to Retail Jeweller on Valentine’s Day, Corica had high hopes of a spike in sales following a surge in business during the run-up. Window displays featured roses and walls were painted red for the occasion, although after Valentine’s Day, they were due to turn blue to mark the arrival of spring. As well as diamonds, Michael Matthews has a deep understanding of the swiss replica watches market and is passionate about providing a wide selection of high quality, original timepieces, including Fake Breitling, Cartier, Omega, Panerai and Rolex Replica Watch – the latter of which is in short supply.

“We are specialists in the fake watch trade, with over 20 years’ experience. There are very few retailers who actually understand this market,” explains Corica. “There is limited availability of Rolexes. It is a brand with global recognition.” Recent sales growth has been supported by Shaun Leane’s romantic jewellery and Baccarat’s crystal jewellery, as well as state-of-the-art SevenFriday replica watches.

Further up Westover Road, a second store – Charmed by Michael Matthews – specialises in fashion jewellery, including Pandora and Thomas Sabo. In 2015, two more Michael Matthews shops are expected to open in the southwest of England, along with additional investment in staff training. Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s affluent customer base means business is forecast to remain brisk. “We often describe Bournemouth as being its own little bubble,” Corica says. With that in mind, it looks like 2015 could be a bumper year for Michael Matthews Jewellers.

Not even Tiger Woods can inspire locals in Augusta

The economic ripples of the golf tournament were trickling down across the railroad tracks to the other side of Augusta’s great class and race divide on Saturday afternoon, though not in a way to make anyone feel proud. While the white people were being thrilled by the Swiss Replica Watches tightening tension of a golden afternoon, Cynthia Hayward was just glad to be back under the shade of her mother’s veranda after another long shift at the Walton Quality Inn and 10 hours of the $7.25 (£4.80) per-hour minimum wage. “Yeah, there’s more work just now because of the tournament an’ all,” she says, still in starched green hotel uniform and “Cynthia” name badge, but she wears a weariness as well as a smile. She has come back home to live here, with her 80-year-old mother, in one of the dead-end stretches off Old Savannah street, perhaps two miles from the Augusta National, and though the bright silver adornment on the front of the clapboard house tells you there’s pride, it’s a most desperate and unlovely place.

The roof of the rented property is disintegrating and the paint peeling but it’s something that the building even still stands. All but three houses on this street have given up the ghost. They’re collapsed or fire gutted and empty: abandoned to their fate. “People are dying round here. She died, and he died, and he died,” Hayward says, nodding at the gutted remnants of three of the neighbouring structures which are succumbing to the collapse. “I had to come back here because things happened but I can’t earn enough money to move on.” They say around here that the municipal authorities are waiting for the decay to become so endemic that the owners will give the places away and a rebuild can start. A few pockets of new development nearby bear out that notion, though this Augusta – the city out of camera shot – is Detroit by any other name.

A derelict house in Augusta

So don’t expect much talk of golf, when the Washington Road has taken you down beyond the giant images of Phil Mickelson promoting Rolex replica watches. “It’s not our game,” says Esau Butler Jnr, as he leaves Hayward’s place and heads off to nowhere in particular. “It’s not the black man’s game. We’re baseball, boxing, football. It don’t seem our natural thing.” Tiger Woods, the only Afro-American playing the Masters, is flourishing on the back nine as we speak but they’re not following him here. “Guys hitting a ball with sticks. Not our thing,” says Butler. It’s the same over on Broad Street, where the young men sitting in the cool bar with the shutters down are fixated on football and music videos. There’s suddenly a flash of footage of Jack Nicklaus at Augusta – it looks like early 1980s – but no-one’s looking. “Not our game,” says Al Bland. “There are places to play out here but they’re high prices. You got to buy all the equipment. Black guys like me stick to the contact sports. We like what we like.”

These streets are not entirely a golf desert. There’s 23-year-old Arnold Taylor, waiting in the shade for his next transport job, driving people in and out of the National. He’s a student at Georgia Regents University and plays there, professes an interest, though he’s disinclined to fake watch the Masters on free TV. There are no visual references to the Masters on Broad Street, beyond the ‘golf traffic’ road signs pointing up the hill. The elite, mono-racial nature of the tournament does not seem to worry the National. When the club’s chairman, Billy Payne, gave his annual address last Wednesday, in a room flanked by 50 all-white National committee members and faced by maybe 100 all-white journalists, he talked of the “growing emphasis on our efforts to help others grow the game”.

The examples he cited were the sixth Asia Pacific Amateur Championship – “that important region of the world” – and the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship in Buenos Aires. No notion that this immensely wealthy club might actually buy up a tract of land – as it periodically does when extending the free car parking – and spend some of its lavish TV income on the creation of a subsidised course, engendering a love rolex replica uk of golf across the lines. It’s people like Carl Jackson and his brother, Jimmy Wright, who are taking up that mission. Jackson is the caddie whose 53 years at the Masters ended last week with his partner Ben Crenshaw’s retirement from the competition. The charity taking his name – Carl’s Kids – has been trying since 2009 to draw those from Old Savannah and other places on the wrong side of the tracks into golf and give them a sense of value and purpose. “The kids say, ‘Oh no, I can’t afford that’,” says Wright. “‘I’ll never have the tools and the means to play golf.’ But there’s a gap in their lives and we think golf can fill it.”

Jackson and Wright are hoping that the National will see the charity as a vehicle for “taking away the negative stigma” and do something about the fact that the Masters “is more about itself than others”. Making an individual donation to the charity is easy, through the website carlskids.com, but less so is getting the sport’s big sponsors – and the National – to do the same. “We are still hoping that the National will embrace what we’re doing,” Wright says. Hayward won’t be looking out for an announcement. “Golf’s not part of the way of life,” she says. “I was at school at Barrett Elementary near the National but they never talked about it at school and we never played it. We need some place for the kids to play and make them want to call this place home.”