Steffan Aletti, who headed the Jewelry Information Center and edited American Jewelry Manufacturer, died May 30. No other information was available at press time. Online sources put his age at 74.
Aletti studied music and fine arts at Syracuse University. He later spent nearly two decades as an editor of American Jewelry Manufacturer, the house publication of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA). He also served as MJSA’s director of communications. Following that, he became head of the Jewelry Information Center, the industry publicity group that later merged into Jewelers of America.
In 2003, the International Colored Gemstone Association named him director of communications. He served in that role until 2006. He was also a devoted member of the 24 Karat Club of New York City, which he joined in 1989.
In between jewelry stints, he headed his own company, Aletti Communications, which worked with jewelry clients on brochures, newsletters, and publicity campaigns. He was also a consultant for New York City PR agency gabbegroup, working with clients such as Johnson & Johnson, BD, and McKinsey.
In addition to his involvement in the jewelry industry, Aletti loved and played music and wrote horror fiction.
Centurion newsletter editor Hedda Schupak offers some personal reminiscences here.
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