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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEWS: MICHAEL O’CONNOR ON FASHION TRENDS AND TERRY CHANDLER ON SALES TRAINING

New York, NY--The Centurion caught up with renowned fashion expert and celebrity commentator Michael O'Connor during the JA New York Show. We asked him what's hot for fall in jewelry and fashion, and in a word, it's color, and we also caught up with Terry Chandler, executive director of the...

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BRAND AND INDUSTRY NEWS: RIHANNA WEARS HELLMUTH; LUXURY PRIVE SUCCESSFUL

BURBANK, CA—The Abbiamo Group LLC announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with Gert Hellmuth GmbH of Pforzheim, Germany, to handles sales in North America for the fine jewelry brand Hellmuth, effective July 1. Michael Pucci, founder of the Abbiamo Group, and his company will be responsible...

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GOODMAN & SONS’ ROBBERS APPREHENDED; MAY BE PART OF PA/NJ THEFT RING

Williamsburg, VA—One suspect in last week’s robbery of Goodman & Sons Jewelers has been arrested, while a second suspect died in custody two days after the incident.

According to a report in the Virginia Gazette, police took Eric D. Roach of Philadelphia, PA, into custody after an intensive...

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BRIDAL JEWELRY: A SNAPSHOT OF SALES BY METAL

New York, NY—Earlier this year, the Platinum Guild International polled independent and small chain jewelers to gauge how well the metal was performing in relation to other bridal jewelry for the second half of 2010. PGI shared some of their findings exclusively with The Centurion. Here are some...

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CLASSIFIED: BEVERLEY K SEEKS EXPERIENCED REPS FOR EAST COAST, NORTHEAST, SOUTH, MIDWEST

La Mesa, CA--Beverley K is seeking highly motivated, well organized sales representatives who can introduce the brand to their existing client list. Candidates will represent the company to high-end jewelers, and may carry non-conflicting lines.

Beverley K is a very progressive company in...

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS: AGS HONORS KIMMEL, ROCHA, YURMANS

New York, NY—In a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel, industry leaders and luminaries gathered Tuesday to honor designer David Yurman and his wife Sybil, this year’s recipients of the American Gem Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The designer, who began his career as “Putnam Artworks,” was...

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THE “F” FACTOR

Merrick, NY—Once upon a time, F meant “fail,” and anyone who got one in school feared going home to have their parents sign that test or report card. Today, however, “F” more often stands for “friends, fans, and followers,” all of which a successful merchant—both luxury and mass—dearly wants and...

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DIAMOND AND LUXURY PROFITS SOAR IN FIRST HALF OF 2011

London, UK—De Beers more than doubled its net profits in the first half of 2011, from $255 million to $694 million, according to this article in the London Financial Times. This gives its new chief executive, Philippe Mellier, time to plan, he told the paper, a luxury not enjoyed by either his...

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INDUSTRY NEWS: JEWELER SUED FOR CLIENT MISCONDUCT, FOREVERMARK SNEAK PREVIEW, ABELSON TRIBUTE IN NY

Lighthouse Point, FL—If Bible scholars question whether the sins of the fathers should be visited on the sons, Florida courts may soon debate whether a jeweler should be responsible for the sins of its clients. Disbarred Florida attorney Scott W. Rothstein, who pled guilty last year to running a...

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CENTURION SPECIAL DIGITAL MARKETING SERIES: SEO, SEM, AND WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT FOR LUXURY JEWELERS

Las Vegas, NV--If you have ever been in a conversation with a website designer, he or she has probably started rattling off a string of acronyms that made you feel like you’ve landed in a foreign country.  SEO and SEM probably were part of that conversation.  Here I’ll try to demystify these...

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CENTURION PETS: TUCKER AND BAILEY HARD AT WORK

Merrick, NY--The Centurion's offices aren't the only places with loyal and busy four-footed staff members. At left, Bailey--short for Bailey's Irish Dream--is a four year old Lhasa Apso/miniature Schnauzer mix rescued by journalist, gemologist, and appraiser Diana Jarrett. Bailey, in the words of...

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INDUSTRY NEWS: SHOPPERS CAUTIOUS FOR BTS, FOUR C’S GO DIGITAL WITH GIA APPS, GREEN LECTURES AT JA

Carlsbad, CA—GIA (Gemological Institute of America) announces the launch of its new 4C’s diamond app for iPad, to be followed shortly by an app for smart phones and other tablets. The iPad version will be ready for download August 1; iPhone and Android versions will be available September 1. All...

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BRAND NEWS: HAROUT R SEEKS EXPERIENCED REPS, ROBERT LEE MORRIS SOLD, SECTOR AT POLO CLASSIC

Edgewater, NJ—HAROUT R, a growing, fast-paced luxury bridal brand, is looking for independent sales representatives for the Southeast, Northwest, and TOLA territories. Candidates must have a proven track record and an established customer base. May carry another non-competing jewelry line. See...

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IN MEMORIAM: PAUL PERLMUTTER, ZOE BROMBERG

Merrick, NY—The Centurion extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of Paul Perlmutter and Zoe Proferis Bromberg, pictured left.

Perlmutter, who passed away July 16, was a Holocaust survivor born in Romania. He lived in Cuba, Panama, and Canada before settling in the United...

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CONCERNS GROW OVER INCREASE IN UNDISCLOSED TREATED MELEE

Carlsbad, CA—The surge in popularity of colored diamonds has raised concerns that some designer jewelry with small fancy-color yellow, pink, or black melee may contain treated stones that are not disclosed as such at point of sale, according to GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

An article...

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ALL IN GOOD TIME: THE CENTURION’S EXCLUSIVE SURVEY OF LUXURY WATCH SALES

Merrick, NY—Jewelers for years have had a love/hate relationship with watches. They love that status brands draw traffic, hate how much investment is required to buy into those brands. Love that luxury brands enhance their image, hate when they show up discounted online. Love building a base of...

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IN MEMORIAM: ZOE BROMBERG

Merrick, NY--The Centurion extends deepest condolences to Clayton and Christy Bromberg of Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, FL, on the sudden tragic loss of their daughter Zoe. She was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle accident while vacationing in Spain. Click here to leave a tribute on the store's...

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BREAKING NEWS: MUMBAI DIAMOND DISTRICT ROCKED BY TERROR ATTACKS

Mumbai, India--Three explosions rocked the busy Indian city during the evening rush hour July 13, two of which targeted the city's jewelry districts. One took place in the Opera House diamond district in South Mumbai; the other was in Zaveri Bazaar, another popular jewelry district with many gold...

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INDUSTRY NEWS: BARLERIN JOINS ALG, RICHLINE DEAL WITH AYA AZRIELANT, CIBJO ADDRESSES U.N.

New York, NY—Aston Luxury Group (ALG) announces the appointment of Michael Barlerin to the newly created position of executive vice president of marketing. ALG is the new identity for the U.S. division of Gitanjali, the Mumbai based global conglomerate of diamonds, jewelry (pictured left), and...

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BRAND NEWS: FABERGE IS BACK (AGAIN), LEVIAN’S FASHION SHOW, RAHAMINOV’S ROSES, MORE

Las Vegas, NV—Scarlet red, honeysuckle pink, emberglow orange, phlox purple, quarry blue, orchid hush, blue curacao, peapod and cedar greens, and russet and coffee browns are the top color trends for fall’s Le Vian jewelry collections. The Le Vian Red Carpet Revue, held Sunday June 5 in Las...

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CHALLENGED AS A MANAGER? TIPS TO HANDLE FIVE TOUGH ONES

Merrick, NY—How familiar are these scenarios? 1) You as a manager know something about the future of the company that you can’t share, but rumors are swirling. 2) You have to deliver a custom engagement ring tonight but it came back from the bench jeweler wrong. 3) Your superstar salesperson just...

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HOT SEATS! ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT FOR AGS CIRCLE OF DISTINCTION AND WJA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

New York, NY—Tickets for the 11th American Gem Society Circle of Distinction are almost sold out. The dinner is set for Tuesday, July 26, at New York’s legendary Plaza Hotel. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards presentations at 7 p.m.

The 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award...

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT: PLEASE TAKE THE EXCLUSIVE CENTURION LUXURY WATCH SURVEY!

Merrick, NY--The Centurion is conducting an exclusive survey of luxury watch sales among U.S. prestige jewelers. Click here to take the survey, which is approximately 5-10 minutes long and gauges sales and style trends.

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NEW STUDY SHOWS 55% WILL PURCHASE FROM MOBILE EMAIL MARKETING

New York, NY—According to a June 2011 report from ExactTarget, more than half of respondents reported making at least one purchase as a result of reading a marketer’s email on a mobile device.

The smartphone market is exploding, says the report. In February 2011, comScore reported that US...

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