Industry & People: June 2018

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Fleur Bloom Starburst disc pendant necklace; $395; Freida Rothman;;


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Susan Rutenberg

Jewelry brand Freida Rothman has appointed Sudeep Arya director of e-commerce and Susan Rutenberg marketing manager. Arya was previously director of e-commerce development and digital marketing and creative for David Yurman. Rutenberg was the marketing and communications director at Furla USA.

Pandora has hired Karl Walsh as its senior vice president of global e-commerce. He was previously associate director for digital and e-commerce for Boston Consulting Group. Minna Philipson, Pandora’s former senior vice president of global marketing, is leaving the company.

Blue Nile has named Katie Zimmerman, former vice president of merchandising for Zale Corp., as its chief merchandising officer. Kari Gray-Hoff, the e-tailer’s former director of merchandising, has left the company.

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Michael L. Kaplan

Following the retirement of Anthony Capuano, the Jewelers Board of Trade has appointed ­Richard Weisenfeld president. Weisenfeld has served on the JBT board of directors for 17 years. The group has chosen Rocket president Michael L. Kaplan as chairman.

Birks Group has ­appointed Aurélie Pépion vice ­president of omnichannel sales and operations. She was ­recently managing director for Swarovski’s Canadian ­consumer goods business.

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Cortland Shopper

Uneek Jewelry has named Cortland Shopper vice president of sales. He joined Uneek in 2017 and was previously sales director of Gregg Ruth.

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Annie Doresca

Annie Doresca, former director of finance and administration for Jewelers of America, has been promoted to chief financial officer of the group, including affiliates National Jeweler and Diamond Council of America. Laura D’Angelo has been hired as JA’s digital content coordinator.

Online consignment ­company The RealReal has hired Jun-Sheng Li, former senior vice president of e-commerce supply chain at Walmart, as its new chief ­operating officer. Len Eschweiler, a former sales leadership officer at Affirm and Amazon, will serve as chief revenue officer.

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Phil Edelstein

Novell Group has ­appointed Phil Edelstein as sales ­manager for its Novell Design ­Studio division. He ­previously worked for ­Lieberfarb, Richline, Aurafin, and Quality Gold.

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Jared Sadowsky

Jared Sadowsky is joining MDJ Advantage as regional sales consultant, covering the state of Pennsylvania.

Veteran watch journalist Roberta Naas has joined online marketplace TrueFacet as executive editor. She has more than 30 years’ experience writing about the industry.

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Carol Pennelli

David Yurman has appointed Carol Pennelli, formerly the company’s chief commercial officer, to the position of president. She will oversee all the ­company’s functions other than design and creative.

Northeastern Fine Jewelry ­recruited longtime local jeweler Dennis Connelly to join the retail team at its Albany, N.Y., location. He previously owned Connelly’s Diamond Gallery, a store based in Latham, N.Y.


Frank Lashvili, a jeweler from River Vale, N.J., was arrested and charged with two counts of fencing and two counts of receiving stolen property.


Jared the Galleria of Jewelry is debuting a nationwide program that will allow customers to trade in their luxury watches for cash or store credit. The program is being run in conjunction with Crown & Caliber, an online marketplace for pre-owned timepieces.

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Aura princess-cut diamond engagement ring in platinum; price on request; De Beers; 212-906-0001;

De Beers Diamond Jewellers, the miner’s retail chain, has opened three new stores—one in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the company’s first in that country, and two stores in Moscow.

La Vita Vital, a by-appointment workshop that operated in downtown Los Angeles’ jewelry district for decades, has moved its operations to L.A.-adjacent Orange County.

(Pennelli: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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