Obituaries


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.

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

Bob McIntire, a Respected and Kind Executive, Dies at 52

July 30, 2020
Known for his professionalism and his sense of humor, McIntire spent 20 years running fine jewelry departments for Finlay before moving on to Asurion.

Watch Industry Veteran Joseph Sindt Dies at 71

July 21, 2020
Sindt is remembered by friends in the industry as a dedicated, genuine person with a knack for storytelling.

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July 2, 2020
The RapNet row, a touching remembrance of a beloved designer, lessons about fordite, tips on keeping jewelry clean, and more.

Arun Mehta, Co-Founder of Rosy Blue, Dies at 80

June 16, 2020
Diamond businesses in Surat and Mumbai closed today in honor of Mehta, the “doyen of the Indian diamond industry.”

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June 12, 2020
First-quarter results, another acquisition on the rocks, Signet’s reopening steps, and more.

Jewelry Designer Yupadee Kobkul Boonsiri Dies at 51

June 11, 2020
The award-winning artist, known for her kindness, compassion and playful nature, died of the novel coronavirus.

A Designer’s Death Marks the End of a Decades-Long Partnership

June 8, 2020
Roberto Faraone Mennella was the creative force behind the eponymous label based between New York and Italy.

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May 22, 2020
Retail news from J.C. Penney and James Avery, saying goodbye to a beloved mentor, pre-layered looks, and more.

Bob Sears Siragusa, Beloved Mentor to Many, Dies at 72

May 20, 2020
He brought Maurice Lacroix to the United States and spent more than a decade as president of the U.S. market for the Swiss watch brand.

French Association of Gemmology Pres. Didier Giard Dies at 68

May 11, 2020
The fourth-generation jeweler was also a specialist in geopolitics and international trade, lecturer, writer, sportsman and avid traveler.

Bill Thompson, Former CEO of AA Friedman, Dies at 88

May 6, 2020
His career in the jewelry industry spanned 52 years.

Lucia Greene, Former Owner of Wick & Greene Jewelers, Dies at 90

April 22, 2020
She was a compassionate and generous person whose “sweet and feisty spirit will forever be a part of everyone who knew her.”

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April 17, 2020
Baselworld loses major brands, thoughts on the future of retail, an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, and more.

Irving Korwin, WWII Vet and Founder of Wideband, Dies at 99

April 17, 2020
He was known for his integrity, passion and knowledge, and was the oldest living member of the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York.

Diamond Dealer Manny Gordon Dies of COVID-19

April 13, 2020
The Brooklyn native and founder of Manny Gordon Trading was 79.

Jewelry Designer Leila Tai Dies at 77

April 13, 2020
She passed away earlier this month after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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April 10, 2020
Baselworld on the brink, the queen wears a beautiful brooch, and we share recommendations for keeping one’s sanity while working from home.
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