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TV host and model Rachael Finch wears Cerrone at Sigma Ball

Posted on: 11/17/2017 11:39 AM

Rachael Finch

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TV star Elyse Knowles wears Cerrone at GQ Men of the Year Awards

Posted on: 11/17/2017 10:10 AM
Elyse Knowles
Glitz and glamour! Stepping out at GQ Australia's Men Of The Year Awards, Elyse Knowles (pictured) dazzled in a metallic minidress and Cerrone jewels.

 

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Nicola Cerrone speaks at AFR Retail Summit

Posted on: 11/3/2017 9:08 AM

Nicola Cerrone  says good brands need people standing behind them.

The jewellery made in Nicola Cerrone's inner-west Sydney workshop has adorned Barbra Streisand, Claudia Schiffer and Celine Dion, and such global distinction could be Australia's if it supports a "renaissance" in artisanship.

Years of funding cuts to vocational education and apprenticeships should be reversed, Mr Cerrone told The Australian Financial Review Retail Summit.

"Australia is the best country in the world, and we can make things that are beautiful and unique," said the 68-year-old, who founded his eponymous jewellery house in a Leichhardt terrace in 1974.

"Artisans are so important to a country, look at the Renaissance. What value do we place on cheap, manufactured products made by people on low wages, where there's no attachment, no romance, no love? To me that is worth zero in the long run."

Cerrone pieces at its new Melbourne boutique. Australian fine jewellery sales are expected to reach about $2.7 billion ...
Cerrone pieces at its new Melbourne boutique. Australian fine jewellery sales are expected to reach about $2.7 billion this financial year, according to research by IBISWorld. Eddie Jim

One of Mr Cerrone's proudest moments was when his workshop began using Australian gems in its pieces, notably pink diamonds from Rio Tinto's Argyle mine in the Pilbara.

"Australia was wasting its resources, sending them off cheap and buying them back expensive. I remember thinking, my parents would not be proud if I keep doing this," he said.

Handmade, high-quality jewellery was one aspect of how Mr Cerrone had built his brand, which supports 60 staff and four boutiques in Sydney and Melbourne, and sells worldwide.

He encouraged retailers to enter industry awards wherever possible, as a means of proving their bona fides to customers. After years of trying, Mr Cerrone won the De Beers Diamonds International Award in 1998 for a piece called Elizabethan Ruff, set with 559 round brilliant-cut diamonds.

"That is like the Oscars of the jewellery industry, so my brand became international from that moment on," Mr Cerrone said.

Good brands also need people "standing behind them, willing to take charge and solve problems", he added.

"In the long run it is really your customers that make you famous."

Mr Cerrone wants to restore funding for apprenticeships but is not seeking a major re-expansion of Australia's recently shrunk skilled visa program.

"The more exclusive you are in terms of immigration, the better you are," said Mr Cerrone, whose farm labourer parents emigrated with him to Australia from the village of Lanciano, Italy, in 1964.

The "master" of Mr Cerrone's subsequent jewellery apprenticeship was also an immigrant – a German jew – but the jeweller was unapologetic about his call for tight border controls.

"Don't be like Europe and just let everybody in, look where it's gotten them," he said.

Kate Waterhouse in conversation with Nicola Cerrone

Posted on: 11/1/2017 4:21 PM

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Cerrone Jewellers featured in Kochie's Business Builders

Posted on: 10/23/2017 2:08 PM

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CERRONE DIAMONDS AT THE BROWNLOWS 2017

Posted on: 9/26/2017 1:53 PM

Brit Davis Brownlow 2017

Brownlow Medal 2017 Red Carpet Fashion: Brit Davis wearing Cerrone

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THE EVEREST – $320,000 DIAMOND ENCRUSTED CERRONE TROPHY

Posted on: 9/21/2017 3:15 PM

The Everest Trophy

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How to choose the best diamond shape

Posted on: 9/7/2017 1:57 PM

There are 10 basic diamond shapes out there namely princess, round, cushion, emerald, Asscher, pear, radiant, heart, oval, and marquise. Whether looking for diamonds in Sydney or diamonds in Melbourne in order to find the shape that fits you, you need to know the difference and qualities of the shapes.

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The Four Cs of Choosing the Perfect Diamond

Posted on: 9/7/2017 1:39 PM

Whether you’re looking at jewellery for an engagement, wedding, or anniversary, diamonds are the perfect choice. Timeless and elegant, they are the most popular centerpiece for any jewellery, and they are lasting and very durable.

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CERRONE HOSTS THE RAREST DIAMONDS TO CELEBRATE 45 YEARS

Posted on: 8/1/2017 2:15 PM

Cerrones 45th Anniversary

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