Smales is thrilled to announce that global diamond jewellery brand Hearts On Fire®, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, has named Smales the 2012 Global Retailer of the Year.

Selected from over 600 retailers around the world, this designation is Hearts On Fire’s most prestigious honour.

Hearts On Fire is renowned for its perfectly cut diamonds and unparalleled quality of diamond jewellery, and is sold in 14 jewellers throughout Australia.

The Hearts On Fire Global Retailer of the Year represents a jeweller who truly illustrates the highest level of sales performance, as well as commitment and implementation of elements that support Hearts On Fire’s innovative brand goals and differentiation.

Smales Director and Co-Owner Ron Smales said: "We're thrilled to have won the Hearts On Fire Global Retailer of the Year.

"The brand is sold by over 600 retailers around the world so it's just incredible to think what we've achieved through our sales performance at our Subiaco and regional stores.It has been a team effort and I’m very proud of the staff."

Smales is the exclusive retailer of the HOF range in Westrn Australia. Gilly Strauss, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Hearts On Fire said: “This year’s nominees were all incredible representatives of Hearts On Fire, but Smales truly stood out from the group with their significant business growth and eagerness to embrace new and exciting programs.

“Smales continues to remain a passionate and committed partner, despite their distance from our company headquarters in Boston, Masachusetts, and are constant faces in our training programs and other events. We congratulate them on this outstanding achievement and dedication to the Hearts On Fire brand.”

Smales’ recognition headlines a list of 24 final nominees who were named to The Best All Around Retail Partners for 2012.

The selection process is a meticulous one that begins with the individual Account Managers nominating candidates based on their results over the past 15 months (Oct 2011 - Dec 2012), and ends with a core group of Hearts On Fire management selecting the nominees and winners in each region, and, then, ultimately the “Retailer of the Year.”

The Hearts On Fire Company (HOF), is successfully building the pre-eminent consumer brand in the fine diamond jewelry business. Founded in 1996, Hearts On Fire has established a new industry standard for diamond cutting perfection, enabling the Company to become the world’s fastest growing diamond brand.

The Company continues to redefine the industry through its extraordinary diamonds, sophisticated marketing and training programs and unique retail relationships. Hearts On Fire, The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond®, is sold in 650 retailers spanning 34 countries, 12 HOF stores globally and authorised HOF retailer websites.