Obituaries


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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.

Jeweler Randy Flatau Dies at 70 of COVID-19 Complications

April 7, 2020
His family spoke out to urge the public to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

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March 27, 2020
Store closures, the RapNet row, auction house updates and more.

MK Diamonds’ Julio Ramirez Dies at 43

March 27, 2020
He succumbed to an undiagnosed illness with symptoms similar to the coronavirus.

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March 8, 2020
An update on U.S. trade shows as coronavirus cancellations mount, a collection perfect for Women’s History Month, Pandora reorganizes, and more.

Bob Lynn, the ‘Magician Jeweler,’ Dies at 68

March 5, 2020
The longtime American Gem Society jeweler owned Lynn’s Jewelry Studio in Ventura, California.

Edward Kahn, Patriarch of the House of Kahn, Dies at 103

February 20, 2020
The Holocaust survivor came to the United States more than 60 years ago and built a well-known and well-respected estate jewelry business.

Silver, Jewelry Historian Rosalie Berberian Dies at 92

February 19, 2020
She was an author and a pioneer in recognizing the importance of Arts and Crafts jewelry and metalwork.

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February 14, 2020
A bankruptcy filing, a big acquisition in the mall world, saying goodbye to a beloved antique jewelry dealer, and more.

Beloved Antique Jewelry Dealer Lenore Dailey Dies

February 14, 2020
She passed away Wednesday evening at her home in Palm Springs, California surrounded by family and friends.

Chicago Jeweler Jerrold Rosenwasser Dies at 85

February 11, 2020
Rosenwasser, who ran New York Jewelers alongside his family, is remembered as a larger-than-life figure with a big heart.
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