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10 Years Ago in Jeweller: September 2009

A snapshot of the industry events that made news headlines in the September 2009 issue of Jeweller.

IJF events set to entertain and inform

The story: Visitors to the 2009 International Jewellery Fair (IJF) will have access to an unprecedented number of special events.

Opening proceedings will be a cake-cutting ceremony in the fair hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Brinks.

Pieces from the Balgara Miniature Carousel Company will be on show in the foyer, while entries in the Diamond Guild Australia – Harpers’ Bazaar Design Awards 2009 will be displayed.

At the Citizen Watches stand, V8 supercar driver Shane van Gisberge will be appearing.

Flagship opening to reveal new Cerrone look

The story: High-end Cerrone Jewellers has announced the opening of its new flagship store at 14 Martin Place, Sydney.

The retail space is positioned in the old Colonial Mutual Life building, which is heritage-listed, and directly opposite the GPO and Macquarie Bank.

“This is a very special occasion and an important chapter of our business and lives,” said managing director Nicola Cerrone. “My wife Carmela and I are proud to reveal the opening of our fourth store. The heritage of the beautiful piazza [Martin Place] reminds me of Milano and its Piazza Duomo.”

The grand opening event is scheduled to take place at the beginning of September and will coincide with the release of the company’s re-branding.

“It is a very exciting time for us – the new store opening will mark a fresh new start and another chapter of the Cerrone story, where our brand (established for over 40 years) comes out refreshed and reinvigorated,” Cerrone said.

Gem and Jewellery Institute starts retail program

The story: The Gem and Jewellery Institute recently launched Australia’s first accredited Certificate IV in Retail Management that is available online.

Graduates and teachers at the GJI graduation ceremony in Brisbane
Graduates and teachers at the GJI graduation ceremony in Brisbane

The nationally-registered course was launched at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane on 8 July.

GJI spokesperson Hylda Bracewell said the course was perfect for prospective managers of small-medium store groups, independent retailers, department and section managers, or those interested in human resources or merchandise management.

In other news from GJI, the Institute recently graduated its first batch of students for the Diploma in Gemmology (a Gem-A course). GJI graduates received the London-based diploma at a ceremony in Brisbane on 8 June.


Danish watch brand founder to visit IJF

The story: Watch distributor Jarass will welcome the Danish founder of the Skagen watch brand as a special guest at the International Jewellery Fair.

Charlotte Jorst
Charlotte Jorst

US-based Charlotte Jorst has never been to Australia, despite her brand having been here for over 10 years.

“I cannot wait,” she said. “I am really looking forward to meeting all the loyal supporters of our brand – the wonderful Australian people, who just understand the value of the brand and love it.”

Jorst will be at the Jarass stand to celebrate the launch of the new- season Skagen collections and S kagen’s 20th anniversary.

Charlotte and her husband Henrik launched the business in 1989. The brand is now sold in over 60 countries, in more than 5,000 stores worldwide.”





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