Industry & People: November 2012


>>? David Yurman has appointed Adrianne Shapira as chief financial officer. Shapira joins the company ­following a 13-year tenure at ­Goldman Sachs, where she served as managing director of global investment research.

>> ?Bon-Ton Stores has eliminated the position of chief operating officer, the company announced in an Aug. 29 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, the department store chain’s COO, Barbara J. Schrantz, was terminated effective Sept. 14.

>> ?The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers has appointed Martin D. Fuller as its national ­secretary. Fuller, founder and president of Martin Fuller Appraisals and Fuller & Associates in McLean, Va., replaces Howard Rubin, who passed away earlier this year.  

>>? Frank O. La Roux has been named president of DORA International. He replaces the now-retired Donald D’Addario.

>> ?Hamilton Jewelers appointed Craig Dickmann as the new manager of its Worth Avenue location in Palm Beach, Fla. Dickmann has worked at Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, and Cartier.

Michael O’Connor

>>? Fashion/jewelry expert Michael O’Connor is hosting MovieStyle on ReelzChannel TV. The show, which examines influential style in movies, premiered Sept. 15.

Barbara Palumbo

>>? Jewelry designer Jeff Cooper has hired Barbara Palumbo, formerly of Union Diamond, as vice president of sales for the Southeast region.


>> ?Raymond J. Holser, owner of Stones ’N’ ­Sterling in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., died Sept. 8 at age 63.

>> ?Jeweler Munnu Kasliwal, 54,  died of brain cancer Aug. 23. He was co-owner of the Gem Palace in Jaipur.


>>? James Avery opened its first store in Missouri. The Des Peres, Mo., location is the jeweler’s second Midwestern outpost.

>>? Nordstrom will expand to Canada beginning in 2014. The company plans to lease space at premier shopping centers in Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.


>> ?English jeweler Theo Fennell confirmed in a statement that his company is in preliminary talks with EME Capital, which could lead to a takeover. It cautioned that there was no certainty that “a formal offer will be made…or the terms on which such an offer may be made.”


>> ?On Sept. 27, Amazon closed the jewelry, clothing, and accessory site Its items will be now be sold on

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