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From Washington for the holidays to business in Mumbai to trade shows in Chicago and Miami in 20 days: Tips to Finding the Balance

by pbergman 25. May 2012 16:04
 

From my recent trip to Mumbai to AGS Conclave in Miami, the past few months have been filled with a lot of travel! So how do I do it all my friends ask? How do you keep up the pace they say? Where do you get the energy they cry? Well to tell you the truth it really isn't difficult! What you need is a good mind set and a great piece of carryon luggage!

The first thing you have to tell yourself is that nothing will throw me of course, take things as they come, keep it simple and you will sleep when you can. When it comes to a flawless look, always remember to mix and match (black and white) and a colorful scarf and shawl. A pair of flats, a pair of mid range preferably wedgies and a great pair of snakeskin high heel sandals that match everything. If it doesn't fit in the carryon it doesn't go, no matter how many days you are going for. A bag for going out and a bag for during the day. Travel size cosmetics, a few great books on your kindle , some nutritional snack bars, and you are good to go. Some workout pieces and sneakers if you are so inclined however, I find that when I m on such a hectic schedule any extra rest does me more good than exercising. Eat lightly but well.

And above all just enjoy the fact that you are leading a very exciting life...see you all in Vegas!

 - Phyllis 

P.S. Check out the pictures from my India trip on the Ask Phyllis Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/askphyllis)! 

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Happy Mother's Day!

by pbergman 13. May 2012 14:46

As I went shopping for mothers day cards for my mother, daughter and two daughter-in- laws I came upon a gem that I think says it all: In the  beginning God created the world and populated it with children. After a time he looked around and said "Heavens! This place looks like a zoo! "So he created pets and after some time he looked down and said "What an ungodly mess! You kids need a shepherd!" So he created dads. And after a time he looked down agin and was ASTONISHED!! To see that everything he created was in chaos!  So he created MOMS to look after everything and everyone and after a time he looked down and said, "Now it is perfect!!!!"

Happy Mothers  Day to all these perfect women------ know that Mothers are really special ,loved,appreciated and respected all year round'!!!!!!

To My Mother who is 97 and taught me how to make the most of each day!

- Phyllis Bergman

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Reflections From My Desk: Women’s History Month

by pbergman 28. March 2012 13:32

It seems very appropriate as we near the end of March, Women’s History Month, that I will become the first woman ever, in 125 years to become chairman of the Jewelers Board Trade!

As I sit here at my desk, I take a moment to reflect on some of the wonderful women mentors I have had over the years in the jewelry industry. Helene Fortunoff who built a family and a business at the same time and convinced me to become president of the Women’s Jewelry Association (a post she held while she was doing all the above), Peggy Kirby, the first woman vice-president of Findlay Fine Jewelry, who at 95 is still attending WJA meetings and travelling all over the world, Anna Martin, vice-president of Standard Charter Bank, who succeeded me as president of WJA and who taught me the fine art of networking and introduced me to the global world of jewelry, Marjorie Fortgang who showed me how to build & keep relationships in our industry and of course my mother who taught me to make the most out of everyday! Also collectively, the women of WJA whose varied interests and accomplishments, were an essential component of my growth as a leader. Of course, I have had many special male mentors but as they say in WJA, “Women Rock”.

- Phyllis

Rush HeArts Luncheon 2012

by pbergman 25. February 2012 09:11

With all the love floating around on Valentine's Day, helping young children fulfil their dreams only seemed fitting! We decided to give back to a lovely organization, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation as they held the 2nd Annual Rush HeArts Luncheon. The evening featured the Amazing Rush Kids and was hosted by none other than the lovely Soledad O'Brien and guests included Golden Globe Winner Idris Elba, Miss Universe Leila Lopes, Super Model Jessica White, and many others. 

Our exquisite Platinum Diamond Heart Pendant was featured in their live auction to help raise funds for the organization, which was founded by Russell Simmons founded back in 1995 (also the DEF Advisory Board Chairman) alongside his brothers, Danny and Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons.

I was more than happy to support of a wonderful event filled with wonderful people!  Check out the picture recap & always remember that love makes life grand! 

-PB  

Russell Simmons at Rush HeArts Luncheon 2012 
 
The "Giving Tree" at the Luncheon with hand-made hearts by the Amazing Rush Kids!
 
Auction Time! 
  
The lovely pieces :). 
 
Russell and the Amazing Rush Kids ... great event! 

Valentines Day. Bah Humbug!!! A Message to My Children

by pbergman 16. February 2012 18:54

So my older married children think Valentines Day is a sham! They say "why do you need a special day to say I love you"?, "it just a money making, commercial advertising scheme"! And you know what--both those statements are true! However, Ira and I have been celebrating Valentines Day for over 50 years (never missing one, each year as exciting as the first) True, we don't need a special day to say how we feel about each other,we do that everyday, but it is a day that we celebrate along with every other holiday in the calendar year.  In this electronic age ,where we seem to be busy 24 /7 and we have very little time to spend on any one thing, holidays just give us a wake up call to take some time to make ordinary things in our life more special! To take the everyday and make it special. There's something wonderful about walking around New York ,which I do every day of my life and seeing all the florists busy, seeing store windows beautifully decorated, walking into offices and being greeted by a bowl of chocolate red kisses, restaurants having special menus and giving out roses, and men and women walking in the streets with bouquets!!! Tell me one person who wouldn't feel some sense of excitement in being handed a gift , card 

or experiencing an evening or day that is just a little bit different than every other one. 


And that, my children is what it's all about! That is what life is all about. Going the extra step and making the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY!!  So this Valentines Day I gave Ira a gift on Saturday( just to shake things up a bit) and I have planned a surprise night where we will do everything he loves( and not expensive either). And so you see what makes our relationship still fabulous after all these years!!    PS Sometimes Ira does the planning!


Have a wonderful Valentines Day! 


Ira & Me at this past 24Karat Club, fabulous Love!   

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Good Awards

by pbergman 5. February 2012 18:48

I hope everyone had a wonderful January! Mine was filled with lots of events and trips. While I have some down time, I wanted to share a few highlights from January. It was such a pleasure to host the inaugural Good Awards for fellow industry influencers. The Diamond Empowerment Fund (www.diamondempowerment.org) brought together an exceptional group of people to demonstrate the importance of doing good in the communities they work in. We honored leaders such as Varda Shine, Edward Hrabak, Rebecca Foerster, and Ivanka Trump, and enjoyed the musical talents of Grammy- Nominated Singtress Melanie Fiona. A fabulous night with fabulous people.

More to come, stay tuned!

-PB

 

The Good Awards!
 
Ira & I
  
Honoree Ivanka Trump & I
 
 
Grammy Nominated Singer Melanie Fiona & DEF Angel Nicola Breytenbach - Steiner 
  
Fabulous Time with Fabulous People!

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Jewelry Weekend Shines with Good Friends and Good Times!

by pbergman 22. January 2011 20:48
The second weekend in January is by far one of my most favorite weekends of the entire year.  While the brisk weather is always a big shock after spending time with the entire family in Florida over the holidays, the slush and ice are barely a factor compared to the pleasure of time spent with old friends and meeting wonderful new people!

The best and the brightest in the industry travel from all over the world to be in New York City for the weekend.  Starting on Friday morning, meetings are held throughout the Waldorf Astoria hotel--”home base” for the weekend--where people have an opportunity to meet face-to-face and talk shop.  In the evening on Friday, everyone looked forward to dressing up to attend the Jewelry Information Center’s annual Gem Awards at Cipriani on 42nd Street, where Jennifer Hudson presented Neil Lane with the design award. This year, Ira and I broke from tradition.  I attended the cocktail reception for the Gem Awards, which was fabulous, but then I left to join Ira to attend a private house party at Roger Gesswein’s house.  His chef cooked the most amazing food while a wonderful pianist played romantic songs.  The fireplace burned bright while past and current leaders of the 24 Karat club were welcomed.  Then we headed back to the Waldorf and up to Todd Wolleman, Michael Toback and Dick Greenwood’s suite for a fabulous pasta buffet cooked by the Waldorf’s chefs.  Great wine and jewelers from all over the country were in attendance.  Loved talking to Woody Justice of Justice Jewelers in Springfield, Missouri.

On Saturday, we attended the annual Jewelers Security Alliance luncheon at the Pierre.  It’s always a very elegant event and yet another great opportunity to see old friends. I love the JSA organization and everything they do to protect jewelers all over the country. Then back to the Waldorf (after a little bit of shopping!), to get ready for the evening.  The hosted suite parties for the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York’s annual banquet begin at 5:30pm.  Ira and I hit as many of them as possible before heading to the VIP cocktail hour, where I got to see my good friend Russell Simmons and his gorgeous girlfriend Heidi, met the new CEO of Kays Jewelers, Mike Barnes (very nice guy) chatted with Sally Morrison of De Beers and then off to the official cocktail party of the event, where Ira and I had a chance to talk to African American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis.  During dinner, since I am currently the chairperson of 24 Karat Club, I sat on the dais before joining my table which included my dear friends Huw Daniels and James Courage from Platinum Guild International, along with Varda Shine of DeBeers Trading Co.and Rebecca Forrester of Rio Tinto Mines, talk about a VIP table!  Before the evening’s performance, I headed back to the green room to meet with Gladys Knight and present her with a beautiful champagne diamond pendant! Gladys and I had met earlier in the day and I was delighted when she shouted “You again!” and gave me a big hug when she saw me come into the room.  How fabulous!  After that, Gladys gave a stunning performance for over an hour--the entire crowd LOVED it!  We especially loved the one PIP she brought along, her brother BUBBA! Everyone in the ballroom was so taken with the performance that they stayed in the ballroom just talking (Or were they listening to the last few minutes of the Jets game when they won!). The evening wrapped up with Ira and I spending time with friends and dancing at the 24 Karat-hosted midnight dance party into the wee hours of the morning! Up at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning for another industry meeting with Russell Simmons and members of the Diamond Empowerment Fund to plan an exciting dinner in Hong Kong. In bed at 8:30 PM dreaming of my spectacular weekend!

Reading over this, I realize it sounds rather exhausting!  I can assure you however, that the energy of the industry was more than enough to make up for the short supply of sleep! 

 

 
 

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As the president of Mercury Ring Corporation, Phyllis Bergman oversees all aspects of the company, including sales, design, operations, marketing, and client relations.

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