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A Warm and Fuzzy Feeling Day

by pbergman 3. December 2010 18:16
  As another Thanksgiving Day approaches, I sit back and ofcourse think of everything that I have to be thankful for. Good health always comes first, then a wonderful husband and a terific family, a host of good friends, fabulous business aqaintences and an indominitable spirit. This has been quite a year filled with lots of anxiety, lots of travel and wonderful adventures and a host of business problems along with many business decisions that had to be made. As I sit here writing my blog I think about what life ie all about and i come to the conclusion that nothing comes easy. Beautiful outcomes, beautiful families, beautiful friends are the result of hard work. I do not know anyone who is successful who has not worked hard to get there but, if you can make the journey along the way interesting and exciting for yourself then when you sit back and think you will only remember the good things. Somehow the bad things are a thing of the past but the good stays with you forever. I love Thanksgiving because of the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes over me when I sit down at the dinner table and look around. My younger son once announced at Thanksgiving that this was the best holiday of all because all religions come together and celebrate a WARM and FUZZY FEELING DAY!

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The Letter C

by pbergman 29. October 2010 12:17

Since we are nearing the end of Breast Cancer awareness month I have chosen to share my story with you.

Several years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Having never been sick a day in my life, I wondered how could this have happened to me. I felt all those feelings everyone talks about about, especially the feeling of failure and loss of control. I had a wonderful doctor who gave me the most beautiful advise. He said,"when a person has a serious illness, he or she feels that they have lost control over many aspects of their lives. Remember you are always in control! If you do not understand what the doctors are doing, ask questions, if you do not like something about a treatment, tell them and if you are too weak for treatments, tell them. And most importantly whichever treatment you finally decide on,you must have absolute faith that the decision you made was the right one for you, not someone else!!! Remember stay in control!!!"

Ira and I discussed my choices and we both agreed to go along with any decision I made and even though we both handle sickness differently, he would respect and understand anything I wanted to do. For six months we were a team committed to getting through this ordeal. The letter C was not going to interupt my life. Ira had a date with me every time I went for a chemo treatment. He would sit and talk to me about anything he could think of to make the time pass quickly. Then we would go out to dinner. I love margaritas and even though I really did not drink during those six months we did share one margarita at dinner. If anyone asked me how many treatment sessions I had left, I would answer with how many margarita dates I would still be going on.

Was it a difficult period for us- OF COURSE! Was it really life as usual-NO WAY! Did we both have to tip-toe around each other-DEFINITLY! Did we make something special out of something heart wrenching? YOU BET WE DID!!!! Those dates were the most memorable ever!!!

Now I only use the letter C for COMMUNICATION, COMPROMISE, COMPLIMENT, CONCERN, COMPASSION, CHILDREN, CASH, CREDIT CARD and ofcourse CHANEL

 

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Celebrity Split--Courtney and David

by pbergman 12. October 2010 20:49

It's always strange to feel sorry for celebrities....they get paid to look good, the whole world is at their beck and call, they are loved and adored by millions, etc. etc. etc.  Lindsay?  She deserves a good kick in the pants (and her parents need a lesson in parenting)!  Brittney?  She had the world in the palm of her hand and she needed to get over herself!  Paris?  Don't even get me started....but when you hear about one of those rare Hollywood couples that seem to actually be the "real deal" it's sad when you hear things aren't working out for them.  In my mind, Courtney Cox and David Arquette have always seemed as authentic as a Hollywood romance can be, so I was saddned to hear this morning that they've announced that they've split.  It seems the separation is as amicable as one can be, they stated "...The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage..."  which makes sense.  A successful relationship absolutely requires a dedication to one's partner, but you can't ever forget who you are because then who (or what?) are you bringing to the partnership?  I feel blessed that Ira and I have many similar passions--classic movies, terrific restaurants, the list goes on--but he also allows me the freedom to indulge my personal passions, and I love that he's a guy's guy in his love of sports and play and I try always to encourage him to be who he is.  

 My heart goes out to Courtney and David and to all of those couples--famous and otherwise--who struggle to find themselves inside of their relationship!

 

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Whole Lotta Love at the Emmy Awards!

by pbergman 30. August 2010 14:56

Like just about everyone else, I was tuned in to the Emmy Awards last night.  And like everyone else, top of my mind was what everyone was wearing.  Lea Michele looked fabulous—great dress, great jewels!  Kelly Osborn looked stunning—I loved the understated elegance of her gown and her hair was, well, beautifully normal and let us actually see her face.  Claire Danes looked amazing, like an old school Hollywood starlet reminiscent of those in the movies Ira and I still love to watch together.  Jane Lynch looked great and I thought the dress and accessories she chose (or her stylists chose!) were perfectly suited to both her body type and her age.  Not to be mean, but January Jones and Kim Kardashian were among my least favorites (January?  Those shoes?  Really?). 

 

Beyond the fashion, what struck me the most was the diversity of relationships that walked down the red carpet.  I never look to Hollywood as a barometer for relationship success, since it seems most celebrities change partners as often as they change shoes, and I realize it must be nearly impossible to maintain the intimacy necessary for a successful relationship under the glaring lights of the paparazzi, but there were a few glimmers of hope worth mentioning.  There were long-time married couples like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, who still appear to be the epitome of normal in an otherwise messed up relationship world.  Eva Longoria-Parker and Tony Parker look well on their way, after a few years of marriage, to becoming an authentic Hollywood couple, while newly weds like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski seemed very supportive and enamored of one another.  Long time boyfriend/girlfriend couple Jon Hamm (who looked GREAT btw) and “love of his life” Jennifer Westfeldt were sweetly on the same page while evading questions about when they were going to “make things official.”  On the more non-traditional front, we had a glowing Padma Lakshmi, who seems content with her single mom status, and both Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep were having a great time with their daughters.  I also felt such happiness seeing openly gay couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka proudly walk the red carpet like any other happy couple.  All-in-all, it seems like the Emmy red carpet is the new hot spot for a date night and it demonstrated that just one relationship formula doesn't work for everyone.  

 

AGS Names Circle of Distinction Honorees

by pbergman 17. May 2010 16:58

I'm really thrilled about having been named a recipient of the Triple Zero Awards at this prestigious event.  See the official release from AGS below:

Las Vegas--The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced the 2010 Circle of Distinction honorees, naming Terry Burman, the chief executive officer of Signet Jewelers and chairman of Sterling Jewelers, as this year's recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, and revealing a slate of Triple Zero Award winners.

This year's recipients of the Triple Zero Awards are: Phyllis Bergman, president of Mercury Ring Corp; Allen Brill, president and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A.; and the Clark Family of B.C. Clark, Inc.--specifically B.C. Clark, Jr., chairman emeritus; Jim Clark, chairman; Coleman Clark, president; and Mitchell Clark, executive vice president.

The awards will be given at AGS' 10th Circle of Distinction Dinner, scheduled for Sunday, July 25, at The Plaza hotel in New York City.

"The awards presentation is one of the highlights of the Circle of Distinction Dinner, and it's always a great pleasure to honor each year's recipients," Ruth Batson, AGS executive director and CEO, said in a press release issued Friday. "The dinner is a great opportunity for our members to meet, mingle with their peers, and honor some of the industry's best and brightest professionals."

She added that The Plaza, the Circle of Distinction event and the AGS each share a rich and distinguished history and represent the best of the best, Batson said.

"So it is only fitting that the Circle of Distinction would honor these recipients at The Plaza," Batson said.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, which will be followed by a three-course dinner and the awards presentation at 7 p.m.

To order dinner tickets or to learn about advertising opportunities in the Circle of Distinction Tribute Book, contact Peggy Campbell at (866) 805-6500, ext. 1005, or e-mail her at pcampbell@ags.org 

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New York Entrepreneur Week

by pbergman 26. March 2010 20:48

I am thrilled to report that I've been asked to speak at the prestigious New York Entrepreneur Week conference in April!  The week-long conference is being held at the Scholastic Auditoriam in downtown Manhattan and I'll be speaking on a panel on April 15 at 2:45pm.  This is a non-profit organization driven by a single belief--Entrepreneurs change the world.  I'm so honored to be asked to speak, and the panel I'm speaking on, "The Impact on Your Personal and Professional Life," is a subject that's near and dear to my heart.  Running a successful business isn't easy, and doing so while maintaining your personal relationships can sometimes feel impossible.  I've worked very hard to feel fulfilled in all aspects of my life, and I'm happy to share any tricks I have with others!

 Speaking of family, Happy Passover to those of you who observe!!

 

 

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Our Relationship Continues

by pbergman 19. March 2010 16:57

So there you have our personality differences, but in order to better understand the strength of our relationship, you have to appreciate our similarities. Same age,same religion,same socio-economic upbringing, same level of education, and most importantly we both had strong parental role models, who each remained married for over 50 years. Take these similarities and mix them with just enough differences to make it challenging, and you have the ingredients for an exciting and long lasting relationship.

However, the most important ingredient in our lives is that we truly loved and respected each other.We were committed to making our marriage successful, to raising a beautiful family, to support them( not only financially),to enjoy them, and finally to grow old together and ride off into the sunset while enjoying all that life has to offer. Mind you we never verbalized these thoughts constantly-- our day to day actions spoke louder than our words.

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I'm Back

by pbergman 12. August 2009 18:54

I'm back to my blog! For the past several months Ira & I have been developing a new jewelry idea. THE 5 CECRETS-of an everlasting relationship. We wanted to convey to someone what it takes to make a marriage or any kind of relationship really work and we wanted to do this through our product. Hence the 5 CECRET Diamond Band. Each diamond is set into the letter C representing the 5 CERETS for an everlasting relationship----and what are they

COMMITMENT
COMMUNICATION
COMPROMISE
COMPASSION
COMPLIMENT

Seems so easy doesn't it? And yet people so often forget. We hope the ring will be a constant reminder. More about the CECRETS later. It's fun to be back!!!!!!

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The Best Teddy Bear Ever!!!!!

by pbergman 19. March 2009 13:58

Since our company is so involved in creating jewelry that celebrates the most important relationships in life, I have decided to devote my future blogs to answering the question “ what makes relationships really work.” My plan is to eventually write a book on relationships. Please feel free to write and tell me stories about your special relationships . In December, my husband Ira and I celebrated our 50th anniversary. The remarkable thing about attaining this milestone is that we both still feel the same as when we met years ago!!!! I would like to tell you what it takes to maintain that feeling. In this crazy world today, it’s so important to have a teddy bear! I consider a fabulous relationship THE BEST TEDDY BEAR EVER!!!

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Africa Photos

by pbergman 18. November 2008 23:24
Click this link to see some of my photos from my Africa trip!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2011076&l=32fd6&id=1183743133

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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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