Scottsdale, AZ—Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have a professional blogger who really knows jewelry work for you? You would provide the blogger with information on key trends that are very important to your market and she or he would scour the show for you looking for cool ideas that really hit the nail on the head.
You don’t have to just imagine it anymore, because as we all like to say, "It's ON!"
Three of the best-known bloggers in our industry, Barbara Palumbo of Adornmentality (above left); Monica Stephenson of i dazzle; and Benjamin Guttery of Third Coast Gems (below) all will be on hand at Centurion 2017 to cover the show's 140 designers and manufacturers, with your current needs in mind as better fine jewelers. They will report to you as they uncover great finds!
But to make this all possible, we need a little help from you now as an attending retail jeweler: we need to know what trends are important to you in shopping for merchandise. The bloggers know what trends are happening out there, but not which ones are most relevant to you.
Please follow the link above or below to answer a quick survey to tell us the three most important trends you have your eye on for 2017. Your responses will not be revealed to anyone, but the top five or six trends that come from the overall survey will be given as anonymous input to the bloggers to uncover and report on "live" at Centurion 2017.
Next, while you’re onsite at the show, you can follow the bloggers as they identify their top picks in trendsetting merchandise. These are the hashtags to search on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to get the scoop at Centurion:
About Centurion 2017 Bloggers:
Benjamin Guttery is known as “Third Coast Gems” across multiple social media platforms. He spotlights emerging and established designers alike, and the boutiques that partner with them, through his contagious passion for jewelry. With his knowledge from being a Gemological Institute of America Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional, he also helps consumers understand more about the trade. JCK, INSTORE, and INDESIGN magazines have recognized and featured him on several occasions throughout his career. He has also served on INSTORE magazine's Style Council and as a Judge for their "America's Coolest Stores" issue. He has written for About.com, INDESIGN magazine, and Accent magazine as well. Follow him on Instagram at @ThirdCoastGems to see his travels nationwide and beyond to seek out the best in fine designer jewelry. His new website, www.thirdcoastgems.com just launched. His online publication can be accessed at the same URL.
Barbara Palumbo writes the popular and humorous editorial trade blog, Adornmentality.com, and has recently launched a female-friendly watch blog titled WhatsOnHerWrist.com. With a jewelry background in wholesale and retail sales, manufacturing, design, PR, and marketing, she has written for a variety of publications over her nearly twenty-one years in the jewelry industry and is the current watch editor for quarterly print publication, The Jewelry Book. A 2016 Women’s Jewelry Association nominee in the category of Excellence in Editorial Media, she credits her devout following and success as a writer to her ability to reach readers in the jewelry industry through her chronicles, humor, and realism. Her unwavering devotion to the empowerment and equality of her female colleagues in various genres throughout the industry has made her a favorite amongst many women and her dedication to her family, her friends, and her children is apparent in her work.
Monica Stephenson, aka idazzle, is a writer, jewelry expert, and entrepreneur. With over 20 years’ experience in the jewelry industry, and certificates from the Gemological Institute of America, she has poured her passion for the stories of artisan jewelry, designers and trends into the jewelry blog, idazzle.com since 2008. Her writing has been published in magazines such as INSTORE/INDESIGN and JCK, and Monica was the 2015 recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association Award for Excellence in Editorial Media. She is active in the industry as a board member of the Women’s Jewelry Association and Ethical Metalsmiths. A particular fascination for gemstones leads her all over the globe, and she is thrilled to share her insights as a frequent speaker about social media and responsible sourcing. When she is not traveling, you can find Monica in her studio in Seattle, or always on social media at @idazzle. Online publication: www.idazzle.com.
We hope you enjoy this new program from Centurion, conceived by the bloggers and the exhibitor-elected board members of Centurion on your behalf! See you in Scottsdale!
The Centurion Team