Entries Sought for Centurion Emerging Design Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Seventh Annual Centurion Emerging Design Competition. Two lucky winners will receive a showcase and exhibit space at the Centurion Scottsdale show in Arizona, slated for February 3-7, 2015.

The competition, sponsored again by Stuller, is open to any jewelry designer who has never before exhibited in a U.S. fine jewelry trade show. The competition is open to all designers, regardless of experience, formal training, or background in jewelry design, but entrants must show lines or one-of-a-kind designs that are suitable for a luxury jewelry store environment and be capable of both exhibiting at a trade show and fulfilling any wholesale orders received at the show.

“The Centurion Emerging Design Competition is an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming and international designers to break into the U.S. luxury fine jewelry market, by getting their line in front of the most premiere audience of carefully selected prestige jewelers,” said Howard Hauben, president of Centurion. “For jewelers, the Centurion Emerging Design winners offer an opportunity to discover new talent to set your store apart,” he added.

“We are pleased to continue our sponsorship of the Emerging Designer Competition,” says Stuller executive director of marketing and public relations, Ashley Brown. "Through their beautiful, innovative designs, past winners have formed valuable partnerships with top retail jewelers and suppliers. Ultimately, these designers' successes become all of our successes."

Deadline for entry is September 30, 2014. Entrants are required to submit up to three images of finished jewelry; no renderings or CAD drawings will be accepted. Entries will be judged by a vote from Centurion’s retail attendees.

Registration and additional information available here.

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Milenyum Mining Donates Csarite Gems to GIA Museum

Milenyum Mining Limited recently donated two rare Csarite gemstones to the Gemological Institute of America museum in Carlsbad, CA.

Given to the Institute were a 37.29 ct. Wobito oval and an especially large 115.57 ct. cabochon gem that also exhibits chatoyancy, otherwise known as the cat’s eye effect, as well as a collection of 30 additional Csarite gemstones in a variety of sizes, shapes and cuts.

“Only about 40 – 50 percent of the rough material is suitable enough to be considered for faceting,” explained Murat Akgun, president of Milenyum Mining Limited. “Of that amount, 98 percent is lost in the cutting process. GIA’s appreciation for fine, rare gemstones makes it an especially appropriate home for these gems.”

“The beautiful, large oval and cabochon gems are truly display quality pieces,” stated Ottaway. “And with more and more of this unusual material available in the marketplace, we very much appreciate having this assortment of gemstones to share with our students, researchers and visitors.”

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Asia’s Fashion and Jewellery Fair Set for September 15

Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair–September will be held from 15 to 18 September 2014 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong.

The Fair will feature quality suppliers showcasing a wide range of novel and chic fashion jewellery and accessories as well as classic bestsellers. Buyers from around the world can preview and acquire fashion jewellery & accessories for Spring/Summer 2015 long before they hit stores.

The fair occupies 11,360 square metres of exhibition space and will house more than 410 exhibitors. Among them are companies from mainland China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong and Taiwan regions. Nearly 80 percent of exhibitors are from outside Hong Kong, fully embodying the fair’s international status.

“9FJ is one of the most popular marketplaces for buyers from around the world to preview trends for the coming Spring/Summer. Each year, the fair builds a high-efficiency business platform for the exhibitors and buyers to conduct business with each other and explore opportunities,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia Ltd.

Furthermore, the Fair features a stellar line-up of attractions, including five group pavilions from mainland China, India, Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan region. An expanded Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion, housing over 40 exhibitors, is also on board.

“The Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion receives a warm welcome from buyers year after year. We expanded the scale of the pavilion this year to meet market demand. It features more than 40 quality exhibitors, giving buyers an even wider variety of high-quality yet competitively priced fashion jewellery and accessories,” said Ms Lau.

9FJ will be held alongside the world’s biggest fine jewellery fair, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Visitors at 9FJ can update their admission for free access to the September Fair, giving them a chance to explore business opportunities in the two fairs.

For more information, see www.asiafja.com.

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Paco Underhill Will Be Keynote Speaker at SMART Show Chicago

When you spend 20 years watching people shop, you learn a thing or two about what makes a retail environment successful. 

Best-selling author Paco Underhill and his team did just that, and the resulting book, “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping,” is a fascinating (and sometimes surprising) look at how companies design in-store experiences to make consumers want to buy more goods, more often. 

If a client list is any indication of Underhill's ability to improve a company's bottom line, Paco clearly knows his stuff. Through his behavioral research firm Envirosell, he helps household names like Microsoft, McDonald's, adidas and Estee Lauder optimize their commercial environments. 

He's also a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times — and he'll be speaking live at The SMART Show in April.

Paco's bringing his energy and passion to our opening keynote session on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m. His talk — as entertaining as it will be informative — will give you concrete ideas for creating a physical environment and store personality that fit the needs of your market. It's part art, part science, but get it right and your business will soar. 

 

"Paco has been a huge source of inspiration for INSTORE fans for years," says Cindy Chandler, associate show director. "We're excited to give our audience the chance to learn some valuable ideas directly from the man himself. For jewelers interested in learning new ways to increase their bottom line, this is one event that can't be missed."

 

Learn more about Paco at envirosell.com, and register for the SMART Show <a href="/http://smartjewelryshow.com/retailers/register-now?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Paco+Underhill+to+Speak+at+The+SMART+Jewelry+Show&utm_content=Paco+Underhill+to+Speak+at+The+SMART+Jewelry+Show+CID_e31928effb4fc78821feec6f48c661a6&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20emails&utm_term=REGISTER%20FOR%20THE%20SMART%20SHOW%20TODAY" target="_blank">here</a>.

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