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Celebrity cannibalism or commercialism?

These past couple of weeks has seen rumours of two non-jewellers launching jewellery lines.

Kate Moss is apparently launching her first collection for Topshop while Peter Doherty has collaborated with Hannah Martin on his Albion Trinketry; a name, which seems to be as much a moniker as a clue to its aesthetic.

While Doherty’s effort is at least in collaboration with a designer jeweller, which will raise her profile among the singer’s legion of devoted fans, Moss’s doesn’t seem to be.

These situations put me in mind of so-called celebrity columnists who take money for words not written by them; money which, in this cash-strappedeconomy could have gone to a hard-working journalist rather than some comedian, footballer or glamour model who makes enough money and gets enough recognition doing their day job and doesn’t need to cannibalise someone else’s industry.

I can hardly imagine Kate Moss bent over a bench working on her pieces but yet she can now add jewellery designer to her list of things she can claim to do.

Is it cannibalism or commercialism? You decide

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