Whalley jeweller gains prestigious national diploma

Leanne Holmes, of Sarah Layton Jewellers
Leanne Holmes, of Sarah Layton Jewellers
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A WHALLEY woman is celebrating after gaining the internationally renowned Professional Jeweller’s Diploma from the National Association of Goldsmiths.

Leanne Holmes, of Sarah Layton Jewellers, in King street, Whalley, spent two years studying the distance learning course and is now recognised by the Association as a professional jeweller and allowed to use the letters “PJ Dip.” after her name.

“I am thrilled to have passed the course,” said Leanne. “I have worked so hard, as well as working full-time, but I am already putting my new knowledge to use and it’s the customers who get the benefit.

“I can now really help them get the perfect piece of jewellery for them,” said Leanne, who is co-founder of Sarah Layton Jewellery, which has been trading since early 2010

The diploma 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 Leanne 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 Jeweller’s Diploma, they know that they will get the right advice, information and support.”

Leanne will officially receive her Diploma at a prestigious award ceremony to be held at Goldsmith’s Hall in London next March.