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Appointments: Fabergé creative director steps down

June 17, 2014

New York--July will mark Katharina Flohr’s final month as the managing and creative director of Fabergé.

The brand’s design team, which was established by Flohr, will continue to work on all Fabergé collections under President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Benvenuto.

Flohr joined Fabergé as creative director in 2008 and in 2010 was named managing director, after leading the brand’s re-launch in 2009. During her time with Fabergé, the company produced 11 fine jewelry and watch collections and also produced collaborations with artists including Ian Davenport for Vistajet.

Flohr is leaving the company to pursue her own projects, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

U.S. Antique Shows has named Debbie Puccio as its sales manager. She will be responsible for leading efforts in securing dealers to exhibit at the organization’s Armory Antique Show, Miami National Antique Show and the two Pier Antique Shows.

Puccio previously worked in group sales in the hospitality industry and, prior to that, was involved in commercial real estate and new home construction.

U.S. Antique Shows is owned by Emerald Expositions, the same company that owns National Jeweler and the JA New York and Couture shows.

Igor Vander is now the New York-based senior publicist for D’Orazio & Associates, a full- service fashion and fine jewelry public relations firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

Vander, formerly of Atelier Creative Services, will support media relations for jewelry brands including Le Vian, Carla Amorim, Carrera y Carrera, Sethi Couture and M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza.

Diamond producer Lucara Diamond Corp. has appointed Marie Inkster to the company’s board of directors.

Inkster is an experienced mining executive, currently as the chief financial officer of Lundin Mining Co. and previously as vice president and controller of publicly traded company LionOre Mining International Ltd.

She also spent five years in accounting with Deloitte Canada.