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Gem Legacy Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

It launched in September 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is celebrating the successes of its 1 year anniversary after launching in September 2018 by founder Roger Dery. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African colored gemstone mining communities.

The first year has boasted many successes, thanks to industry partners and donors. Roger Dery, founder and executive director of Gem Legacy looks back on the first year: “Lives are deeply affected because we’re ensuring that a group of widowed miners will find Tsavorite Garnet, 28 orphans will get a full education, kids are getting full nights of sleep on new mattresses, and young adults are entering the gem industry with knowledge in gemology and gem faceting. They have hope because we, the jewelry industry, are saying ‘we see you and we believe in you.’”

Other highlights from Gem Legacy’s first year include the formation of its advisory board (Christina Clover-Field, Ben Smithee, and Monica Stephenson) and its Leadership Council (Omi Gems and Parle Jewelry Designs). The leadership council is growing to be a consortium of the industry’s top leaders dedicated to sharing Gem Legacy’s mission and activating a united industry-wide effort to support the mining communities in Africa.

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Phillip Gavriel Kicks Off the Holiday Season By Giving Back to the Community

It donated $25,000 worth of jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Phillip Gavriel participated in the New York City based Housing Works’ annual benefit – Fashion for Action. The company donated $25,000 worth of jewelry.

Jewelers have a long tradition of supporting charitable organizations, and both Royal Chain and Phillip Gavriel have a history of giving back, both directly and through partnerships with retailers over the years. This year, Phillip Gavriel contributed to his own local community in New York City with a $25,000 donation of jewelry. Housing Works is a pillar of New York City’s philanthropy efforts, and since it was founded in 1990 it fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.

Every fall, Housing Works hosts the Fashion for Action event and invites various designers to give back in a charitable shopping experience. Event guests have the opportunity to shop donated apparel and jewelry from hundreds of brands while sipping champagne and mingling with New York’s most stylish individuals. Last night was no exception, Phillip Gavriel Jewelry was in the company of fashion’s most important brands such as Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and COACH to name a few. The roster of New York’s celebrity guest appearances included actress Patricia Clarkson, 2019 Emmy winner Billy Porter and Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field.

This year’s Fashion for Action is currently taking place November 14th-16th, 2019. The Opening Reception took place last night and Phillip Gabriel Maroof himself attended to not only display some his pieces but to shop other brands for a good cause. The public sale will be held, November 15th and 16th from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the original Chelsea Thrift Shop. The designer pieces will continue to be sold through the season while they last.

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New Governors Add Expertise to GIA Board

They will help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) welcomed two new members to the Institute’s Board of Governors at its regularly scheduled meeting in Carlsbad, CA. The new Governors, Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, research geologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and Tammy Storino, a finance and operations executive with experience in global consumer brands, will – with 15 other GIA Governors – help steer the Institute’s mission and strategic initiatives. The board bid farewell to Governor Thomas T. Yang, managing director and partner at PrimeGenesis, who completed his term with nine years of service.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have these two dynamic leaders join the GIA Board of Governors. Their expertise will be an invaluable asset to GIA’s consumer protection mission, helping to ensure that the Institute remains a leader in research and innovation while delivering excellence in education and laboratory services,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO.

Post is the curator-in-charge for the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In addition, during his more than 35 years at the Smithsonian, he served as chairman of the department of mineral sciences and lead curator for the renovation of the geology, gems and minerals exhibit. Before joining the Smithsonian, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of geological sciences at Harvard University. Post’s many accolades include the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, Jewelers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and Mineralogical Society of America Public Service Medal.

Storino has extensive experience as a global operations and finance leader focused on growth and business results in global consumer brands. Her career spans more than 25 years with companies such as Walt Disney in California and Hong Kong, St. John Knits International Inc. and Too Faced Cosmetics. Storino is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

The week before the Board meeting, nearly 60 experts – including GIA staff (more than 20 with doctoral degrees); GIA Governors Barbara Dutrow, Jeffrey Post and John Valley, who are all recognized for their academic research; and specialized outside experts – gathered at the Institute’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California, for the 13th annual research meeting. During the three-day meeting, researchers reviewed the latest discoveries in diamonds, colored stones, pearls, laboratory-grown diamonds and instruments. Topics included advances in diamond, colored stone and pearl identification; the scientific matching that supports GIA’s new Diamond Origin Report service; detection of advanced treatments and other aspects of GIA’s extensive research program.

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Jewelry Store Closing After 45 Years in Business

He said he’ll miss his customers who have become members of his extended family.

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(PRESS RELEASE) JOHNSTOWN, PA – Dennis Petimezas recalls a chance visit to a Gordons Jewelry Store in 1974 for a pen refill. He was told about a job opening and agreed to an interview.

“After a “flukishly” successful interview in Houston, I was hired,” said Petimezas, who quickly rose up the ranks into management where he opened and supervised stores in the northeast.

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He decided to branch off on his own, buying Watchmakers Shop in 1975 and renaming it Watchmaker’s Diamonds and Jewelry. Despite no signs the business is slowing down, Petimezas said he’s taking a cue from legends including Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld in deciding to retire this year.

“You go out while you’re on top,” said Petimezas, whose store has received a dozen business recognition awards over the years. “It’s 45 a wonderful years – I’m blessed with a booming economy and a positive business trajectory.”

Large Sale in the Works

Shoppers looking for bargains on high-quality jewelry should mark November 7th on their calendars. That’s when Watchmaker’s Diamonds and Jewelry will start a huge store-wide retirement sale. Expect to find special deals on jewelry- including engagement rings, anniversary bands, gemstones and estate jewelry.

Interested in Jewelry at an Early Age

Petimezas recalls going to an F.W. Woolworth department store at age 5 in 1955 and buying a 25-cent pair of plastic rose earrings for his mother’s birthday.

“She still has them today and continues to wear them for special occasions,” he said of his mother May, who is 100 years old.

As a child, he always had an interest in plastic rings and jewelry and also collected rocks when he was young. He would later embark on a career where certain kinds of rocks¬–the ones that have diamonds–are prized, and his journeys for them took him to 4 continents.

Building a Career That Values Customers

As an adult just starting out in the business, a meeting in 1974 with the late Harry B. Gordon, son of the founder of Gordon’s Jewelers, would leave a lasting impression.

“He said ‘jewelry is the only thing you can give that conveys an emotion, you can wear it and it has continuing value.’ Think about the last gift you received that hit all those key values.”

Petimezas was also struck by Gordon’s affable, unassuming demeanor. At one point Gordon told him he could sit in his chair and put his feet up on his desk during some light-hearted banter in his office.

“I was so impressed by him,” Petimezas said. Petimezas himself would devote his career to providing excellent customer service with a smile, and treating everyone with respect no matter their station in life.

“A boy who’s 16 or 17 years old and wants to get his prom date something, well that’s the most important piece of jewelry in the world to him,” he said. “To somebody who is celebrating his 60th anniversary and has an unlimited budget, that’s an important piece of jewelry for him as well. At my store, my staff and I are going to give them the same level of friendly, quality customer service.”

Fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere has helped Petimezas and his devoted staff develop a growing pool of loyal customers.

“The staff–my business partners as I call them–have been with me for 25 and 30 years with some even longer,” he said. “It’s the same faces, the same people, and customers love that. And I think what people who have never bought here will find is a wealth of experience and people who enjoy what they’re doing because that’s all they’ve done for their entire career.”

Thanks to a steadily growing number of customers, Watchmaker’s Diamonds and Jewelry was running out of space. In 2002, Petimezas relocated from The Galleria Mall to its current location on Scalp Avenue: A free-standing commercial building that’s triple in size.

Giving Back

Petimezas has given to a variety of causes over the years, including contributing toward Reverend Sam Childers’ work with orphans in the Sudan. He’s struck up friendship with the former gang biker, otherwise known as the “machine gun preacher.” A movie about his life was made in 2011.

“He does a lot of good work in the Sudan resisting the insurgents, building orphanages, and rescuing children conscripted into the rebel army” he said. “I try to help when I can, and plan to visit him there after this last Christmas season”.

Setting a New Chapter in His Life

Petimezas is exploring his options in retirement while his wife Dee Dee, who he met in 1996 plans to continue operating her beauty salon and enjoying their two children, a safety engineer and an RN emergency room nurse.

“This has been a great year,” “I turned 69 this year, and it was time to execute a plan we had in the works for several years. Go out while you’re on top and pursue whatever endeavors are there”.

He said he’ll miss his customers who have become members of his extended family.

“I’m grateful to the entire community of Johnstown whose support has made our success possible,” he said. “And a great thanks to my loyal and dedicated staff for their long tenures and hard work which made everything happen. They became part of my family.”

Want to go?

  • What: Watchmaker’s Diamonds & Jewelry Retirement Sale
  • When: Begins November 7th, 2019
  • Where: 1252 Scalp Ave., Suite 2, Johnstown, Pa. 15904
  • Store hours: 10am. to 6:00pm. Monday through Saturday. After Thanksgiving open Sundays too, 12 to 5pm.
  • More info.: Visit mywatchmakers.com, call 814-266-9653 or email mywatchmakers@gmail.com Follow on Facebook
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