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10 Years Ago in Jeweller: October 2009

A snapshot of the industry events that made news headlines in the October 2009 issue of Jeweller.
Big success for IJF

The story: Last month’s JAA International Jewellery Fair has received resoundingly positive reviews. Improved booths, an extensive seminar program, and better economic sentiment all contributed to the event’s success. “There was a bit of uncertainty as to how the market would react this year but the feedback we’ve had has been exceptionally positive,” said Gary Fitz-Roy, managing director Expertise Events.

Approximately 6,500 buyers – an 11 per cent increase from 2008 – walked through the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 30 to September 1. 

Buying groups celebrate

The story: Two major buying groups – Nationwide Jewellers and Showcase Jewellers – held their annual members’ events and awards during the International Jewellery Fair last month.

The Nationwide event saw 320 members and suppliers attend The Ivy function venue.

The Australian members of the year were Georgina Staley and David O’Brien from Georgies Fine Jewellers in Narooma, NSW. The 2009 Supplier of the Year was The Jewellery Centre, a previous multi-award winner.

Meanwhile the Showcase awards dinner was held at the Star City Casino and attracted just under 300 guests, including members, suppliers and staff.

The Showcase Jewellers Member of the Year award was won by Stephen McCosker of Mystique Jewellers who operates seven stores in Queensland, while Supplier of the Year was won by Pandora. The Member Recognition Award was received by Robert and Helen Ely of York Jewellers. 

Skagen celebrates 20 years with cocktail party

The story: A celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of Skagen watches in Australia took place on 31 August at the Consulate General of Denmark in Sydney.

It was attended by more than 70 guests, including Skagen retailers and staff, along with representatives of the media and Skagen founder Charlotte Jorst, who had flown in from the US.

The limited-edition Skagen Swiss Movement collection was unveiled on the evening, with each guest receiving one as a gift.

Jorst delivered an entertaining speech, praising Australians’“zest for life”: “I have never met so many positive lovely people in one place, ever,” she said.

Guests sipped champagne with elderflower cordial – a traditional Danish summer drink – and nibble Danish canapés including dill cured salmon, pink roast beef with caramelised onions and chocolate dipped almond and marzipan short bread.

Jewellery magazine in conflict controversy

The story: Questions have been raised about the relationship between a leading industry supplier and the fledgling industry magazine Jewellers Trade, including rumours one of its co-owners, Jeremy Keight, is associated with an advertiser, Euro Mounts Australia.

The August issue of Jewellers Trade featured an article on Euro Mounts Australia titled, “The Best of British Hallmark Available in Australia”, which appeared under the banner “Manufacturing”. The glowing endorsement of the company was written in the first person but, curiously, the article does not identify an author.

Jeweller contacted the magazine’s editor Noel Lowry and Euro Mounts managing director Andrew Pitcairn for clarification over whether the piece was a story or an advertisement, and if it would be considered in breach of the Australian Press Council’s advertorial guidelines.

Keight was also contacted directly for comment on his involvement with both magazine and supplier. No responses were received.

 

 

 

 











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