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The Vicenza Jewelry Museum: A New Permanent Collection Inside Basilica Palladiana

The new approach interpretations of jewelry make it one of a kind in the world.

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(PRESS RELEASE) VICENZA – Vicenza’s Museo del Gioiello jewelry museum – a project promoted by Italian Exhibition Group Spa in partnership with Vicenza Municipality – is changing its entire collection.

310 exhibits and masterpieces belong to private collections that are not usually accessible to the public or to sector insiders. An original and unprecedented account of the history of jewelry through a “mixture of contemporaneity, suggestions from the past and projections into the future” and 9 international curators to interpret the extraordinary exhibition area located inside Basilica Palladiana.

The Museo del Gioiello is directed by Alba Cappellieri, professor of jewelry Design at Milan Polytechnic, not to mention Italy’s jewelry expert, and develops over an exhibition layout that offers a permanent collection, renewed every two years, together with a rotation of temporary exhibitions that provide a constant attraction due to the originality of their cultural content.

The third edition opens on 14th December 2018 and will be accessible to the public until the end of 2020.

On entering the exhibition, the visitor will be greeted by the ‘Flora High jewelry’ necklace by Bulgari. This item was selected by professor Cappellieri as the emblem of the third edition. “I have chosen this extraordinary item as a tribute to Italian manufacture and beauty. Bulgari was inspired by the paintings of Sandro Botticelli, whose eternal grace reverberates in this precious and delicate floral bouquet, and the splendid manufacture enhances Italian artisan workmanship.”

The new approach that the Museo del Gioiello offers interprets jewelry according to profoundly different values, aesthetics and content, making it one of a kind in the world. The exhibition itinerary winds through 9 rooms, each containing a different meaning of jewelry, in a gathering of content, eras, geographies and origins. jewelry defined as Symbol, Magic, Function, Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design, Icon and Future, each, in the new edition, entrusted to an international curator who has interpreted the meaning through beautiful and priceless items of jewelry.

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Pascale Lepeu, director of the Cartier collection for over 30 years – selected the items for the Symbol Room where jewelry illustrates the symbolic power of ornaments. Symbols of power, wealth, religion, royalty, manufacture: the room offers a varied vision of jewelry and its many roles through time.

The Magic Room is entrusted to Cristina Boschetti – archaeologist and expert in artistic productions in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean: protective amulets and talismans, jewelry with propitiatory powers to ward off evil influences. A variety of objects made of very different poor or precious materials, that allude to superior powers and timeless values. Going through the room is an intense and suggestive experience.

For the Function Room, Massimo Vidale – professor of Archaeology at Padua University – decided to focus on the communicative function of jewelry. From seals, the jewelry of warriors from different cultures, to the rings and pendants used by rappers, elements that help to build and transmit the identity of the person wearing them.

The Beauty Room contains an interpretation by Patrizia di Carrobio – a diamond expert in New York. In her opinion, jewelry transfers beauty to those who admire it. The theme is play with a fascinating blend of values where high and fashion jewelry intermingle.

Marie-José van den Hout – the Dutch gallery manager, founder of the Marzee, the world’s largest independent gallery – is in charge of the Art Room. The theme is gold and the story unravels through the experimentation processes of international artists who were not afraid to take creativity and experimentation to the limit, achieving surprising results.

In the Fashion Room, curated by Chichi Meroni, creative soul of the Arabesque Cult Store in Milan – an important wunderkammer of costume jewelry, fashion and mid-century design – the visitor is taken on a journey in which, letting himself be carried by the jewelry created for fashion between the 20’s and 80’s, will touch nine “islands” in the history of “bijoux de couture” and its link with the seven major arts that in this room are finally welcoming also fashion and design.

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Alba Cappellieri herself is the curator of the Design Room. Her selection is dedicated to “designers without design”, in other words, to those designers that have never explored any other product than jewelry.  It is an interpretation that takes jewelry designers, who are also artisans and authors, back into the design hive that has ignored them for too long and shows us the permeability and transverse nature of jewelry design.

The Icon Room is under the curatorship of Gabriele and Emanuele Pennisi, jewelers and antique dealers from Milan, who specialize in antique jewelry. This selection dedicated to Europe contains masterpieces from the past dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, icons of their times: from the extraordinary mountings of the 1800s to the exquisite workmanship of jewels in enamel and from seals to portraits of famous people.

The last room, devoted to the Future, is the responsibility of international fashion designer, Olga Noronha. Her opinions of jewelry in the future include various and multi-disciplinary perspectives. It is a preview of the future: from digital jewelry that modifies the body to invisible jewelry grafted under the skin, to therapeutic items and home-made jewelry that can be self-produced.

“The Museo del Gioiello is the first in Italy and one of only a few museums around the world exclusively dedicated to jewelry,” said Marco Carniello, director of Italian Exhibition Group’s  jewelry and Fashion Division. “It is unique and we are proud because it contributes to making Vicenza the global “heart” of jewelry. Italian jewelry art draws value from its origins and we see it as our duty to preserve it, safeguard it and make it available in order to spread culture everywhere.”

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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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Take the Risk Out of Buying Diamonds and Finished Jewelry for Stock with GN Diamond’s 100% Guarantee

Stores that buy for stock sell 60% more than stores who do not.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Welcome to GN Diamond’s new 100% guarantee when buying diamonds and finished jewelry for stock. GN Diamond recognizes that retailers may sometimes be reluctant to buy loose diamonds for stock. Why buy when I can get diamonds on memo? While this may be true, it is also true that 80% of end consumers want to buy diamonds and diamond jewelry the same day they shop. It is also said that sometimes the diamonds that are left on long term memo may not always be fast sellers nor the cream of the crop. It is, therefore, critical that retailers make sure all of their “bread and butter” holes are filled in especially during the holiday season. With GN Diamond’s new 100% trade in policy customers may now feel comfortable buying diamonds for stock – if any do not sell they be switched out for other diamonds that may have a higher turnover percentage. The same holds true for finished jewelry.

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PT NEXT Acquires Software Company CodeNameWhat

Acquisition advances PT Next’s development of industry-specific technology solutions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PT NEXT, the technology arm of Pac Team Group, has announced the acquisition of software development company, CodeNameWhat. Founded by RFID software veteran Peter Shoemaker, CodeNameWhat worked with PT NEXT on the development of ARGOS, their RFID-based platform for the jewelry and timepiece industry. Shoemaker will continue advancing this platform in his new role as PT NEXT’s director of software engineering.

“We started CodeNameWhat to follow a shared passion for how inventory visibility will transform the retail experience,” said Shoemaker. “Now joining PT NEXT, we add our passion to a team that is transforming an industry.”

As the leading authority in technology innovation and IoT technology for the watch and jewelry industry, PT NEXT has developed proven turnkey solutions designed to elevate the in-store customer experience, increase operating efficiency and overall profitability.

“With the acquisition of CodeNameWhat, PT NEXT can continue to lead the design, development and implementation of cutting-edge technology solutions that are specifically designed to address our customer’s retail challenges in the jewelry and timepiece industry,” said Eric Zuckerman, president of Pac Team Group.

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