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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS APPOINTS MICHAEL O’CONNOR AS CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Christopher Designs is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Michael O’Connor as Chief Marketing Officer. In this role O’Connor will be responsible for the strategic planning, development and execution of the company’s marketing, advertising and public relations functions, as well as the development of new business and sales channels.

“We have worked with Michael many times over the years and are thrilled to have him as a part of our team”, said Christopher Slowinski, President and CEO of Christopher Designs. “His knowledge, relationships and broad understanding of the jewelry industry combined with his experience in strategic brand building, marketing and public relations match perfectly with our growth plans.”

“I have had my eye on Christopher Designs for many years since it is one of the few brands that provide consumers with tangible and visible benefits that meet their desires when purchasing a diamond. The diamond cuts designed by Christopher Slowinski provide a diamond that is brighter, whiter and larger in silhouette than their standard counterparts, adds O’Connor. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to grow and shape the company and share that story.”

O’Connor’s experience spans more than three decades in the jewelry industry. For the past 8 years he has been president of Style & Substance, Inc. working with such brands as Platinum Guild International, The Couture Show, Baume & Mercier and Rio Tinto Diamonds to name a few. Prior, he was Senior Vice President of Platinum Guild International, USA where he headed up strategic development and marketing, advertising and public relations programming.

Prior, as Vice President of Goldstein Communications, he developed and executed initiatives for a variety of clients such as Tache, The Luxury Show and JCK Show and Faberge. Prior to that, O’Connor was hired by Goldstein from Frederick Goldman, Inc. where he was the Director of Corporate Marketing. He helped create and build a number of successful brands in the company’s portfolio, such as, Artcarved, Keepsake and Diana.

O’Connor began his career in jewelry sales and jewelry design, having designed for a number of world-class brands including the DeBeers past, present, future concept, and has also had years of experience as a television spokesperson.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Stuller Releases New Bridal, Diamond & Gemstone Catalogs

The holiday rush is over, but engagements happen all year around. And Stuller is announcing the release of two new catalogs designed to help jewelers capitalize on those opportunities: Bridal 2018-2019 and Diamonds and Gemstones 2018-2019.

“Our logic is simple: every stone needs a setting and every setting needs a stone,” says Ashley Brown, executive director of marketing. “It just makes sense to release these two books together as they can go hand-in-hand at the sales counter.”

The Bridal 2018-2019 catalog is our most comprehensive to date. “This catalog helps jewelers keep up with major bridal trends, including the growing demand for custom design,” said Maren Rosen, vice president of merchandising. “It includes our largest offering of flexible 3C designs, which are styles that are easily customized on”

Additional features for Bridal 2018-2019 include –
· More than 40% new product marked with a NEW badge for easy identification.
· New section for Shanks and Settings.
· New Ring Enhancers section with wraps, guards, and contour bands.
· More styles shown in rose and yellow gold.

“The new Diamonds and Gemstones catalog is truly a glimpse of our vast in-stock inventory,” said Stanley Zale, vice president of diamonds and gemstones. “Jewelers can find an assortment of new product along with design inspiration and additional sales tools. We’re proud to offer our customers one of the largest selections of diamonds and gemstones in the industry.”

Diamonds and Gemstones 2018-2019 features include —
· New shapes, cuts, and sizes indicated with a NEW badge.
· A color index for choosing stones by color.
· Inspirational customer-designed pieces.
· Stuller’s helpful services grouped together on pages 182-184.
· Gemstone facts you can share with customers.

Learn more about Bridal 2018-2019 and Diamonds & Gemstones 2018-2019 at or

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