Obituaries


William Hanneman, a Gemologist Who Made His Field Affordable, Dies at 93

January 5, 2021
A pillar of the community, he used his chemistry degree and analytical mind to teach himself gemology and then create a line of affordable instruments.

These Were Our 10 Most Popular Stories of the Year

December 31, 2020
Stories about diamonds, particularly diamond engagement rings, dominated.

In Memoriam: The People We Said Goodbye to in 2020

December 29, 2020
National Jeweler remembers those the trade lost during a difficult year.

Longtime InStore Salesman Fran Zimniuch Dies at 66

December 22, 2020
The beloved member of the magazine’s team died last week of complications related to COVID-19.

James Breski, Colored Stone Jewelry Wholesaler, Dies at 75

December 18, 2020
Known for his knowledge, expertise, wit and humor, the industry veteran died from complications related to COVID-19.

Retailer Frank Kumor, ‘Heart and Soul of Bellevue,’ Dies at 71

December 16, 2020
The jeweler, known for his generosity and commitment to the town he called home, died after contracting the coronavirus.

Buddy Nelson Jr., Longtime Jewelry and Watch Salesman, Dies at 84

December 11, 2020
The Texas native, known for his larger-than-life personality, worked for Omega and SB&T Imports.

Jewelry Industry Loses Holly Dyment, One of Its Most Original Voices

December 2, 2020
The Canadian designer’s jewels made whimsy an art.

Beloved Designer Lecil Henderson Dies Suddenly at 62

November 25, 2020
He was known for his gregarious nature and always treating everyone like family.

Jay Siskin, a Respected Industry Figure Known for His Smile, Dies at 70

November 19, 2020
Husband of designer Penny Preville and president of the company that bears her name, Siskin passed away Nov. 15 after a brief battle with liver cancer.

Richard Kern, Former Owner of Churchill Jewelers, Dies at 97

November 18, 2020
The World War II veteran and longtime active member of the jewelry industry is remembered for his kindness and generosity.

Frank Maier Jr., of Maier & Berkele Jewelers, Dies at 81

November 11, 2020
The Atlanta native was a lifelong Georgia Tech football fan and an active member of GIA, AGS, Jewelers of America and other industry organizations.

Vincent Polisano, of Diana Vincent Jewelry Designs, Dies at 63

October 21, 2020
The jeweler, half of the husband-and-wife team behind the business, was known for being full of life and always having a smile on his face.

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

August 28, 2020
Saying goodbye to a beloved designer, a big deal gets delayed, handling Hurricane Laura, and more.

Jewelry Designer Marilyn F. Cooperman Dies

August 27, 2020
The dynamic creative known for her brilliant red lipstick, enthusiasm and gift for friendship left her mark on fashion and jewelry.

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

August 23, 2020
Three new virtual events for the industry, a major appeals court decision, a colorful new summer collection and more.

Nancy B. & Co. Founder Nancy Brewer Dies at 78

August 18, 2020
She was known as a pioneer for women in the jewelry and gem industries.

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

August 9, 2020
Lord & Taylor’s bankruptcy filing, Oscar Heyman’s holiday catalog, a record-setting Rolex auction, and more.

Roger Gesswein Jr., a True Gentleman, Dies at 77

August 5, 2020
He was the third generation to lead tools and equipment supplier Paul H. Gesswein Co.

10 Jewelry News Stories You Might Have Missed

July 31, 2020
Saying goodbye to a beloved executive, a surprise store closing, the beautiful gemstones that sold at auction, and more.
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