Industry & People


>>?On Aug. 3, the Diamond Empowerment Fund named Nancy Lyman, former director of consumer confidence for De Beers Group Marketing at JWT Advertising, executive director and vice president. Phyllis Bergman, CEO of Englewood, N.J.–based Mercury Ring, was elected president of the DEF governing board.

Charles Tearle

>>?Antiquorum Auctioneers named Charles Tearle head of its Asian division, overseeing offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo. Tearle will continue to head the New York City watch department.

>>?Michele Sofisti is the new CEO of Sowind Group, the Swiss watchmaker whose brands include Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD. Sofisti will continue to serve as CEO of Gucci Group Watches and Jewellery.

>>?Jewelers of America elected Georgie Gleim, president of Gleim the Jeweler in Palo Alto, Calif., chair of its board. She succeeds Terry Burman, ex–group CEO of Signet Jewelers.

Michael J. Belleveau

>>?Trollbeads U.S. has named Michael J. Belleveau, who served for eight years as the president and CEO of Baccarat, its new CEO.


>>?Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin opened the Roberto Coin for Traditional Jewelers boutique at the Newport Beach Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach, Calif., in September.

>>?Shreve & Co., a longtime San Francisco­–based jeweler, will open its first store in Portland, Ore., this fall.


>>?Barton Sperry Snow, co-owner of Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers in Mountain Brook, Ala., died Aug. 17 at age 63. Snow and partner Eric Clay McClain founded Barton-Clay in 1987.

>>?Ex–I. Hennig & Co. managing director Gerald Rothschild died in Germany at age 86.

>>?Jeffrey Milstein, owner of Wyatt Austin Jewelers in Schaumburg, Ill., died Aug. 3, after an 18-month battle with cancer. Milstein and his wife, Candice, founded the store in 1984.

>>?Lasley Savell, 76, owner of Las Savell Jewelry in Memphis, Tenn., died Aug. 7.

>>?Longtime Morristown, N.J., jeweler William Braunschweiger Sr., 82, died on Aug. 3. He actively worked at Braunschweiger Jewelers until 2005.


>>?Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, headed by industry marketer Cindy Edelstein and StrategyWerx, owned by business consultant Andrea Hill, has launched a new contest for ­jewelry designers: The Future of Design. The winner will receive $250,000 worth of business services and mentoring. The application is available at The deadline is Dec. 1.

(Additional reporting by ­Daniel Ford and Lindsey Wojcik)

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