Jewelry Industry & People: April 2015


>>?Alex and Ani will open 12 new stores across the United States this year. The company currently has 45 locations in 20 states. 


Hayley Henning

>>?Hayley Henning, the former director of the Tanzanite Foundation, has joined True North Gems as vice president of marketing and development.

>>?Pat Henneberry is returning to Hearts On Fire as its vice president of global learning and development, seven years after starting her own business, The Jewelry Coach.

>>?Fashion jewelry company Jayden Star has appointed Patrick Retzer its fashion sales director.

>>?The Rapaport Group has named industry veteran Harsh Parekh managing director of Rapaport India.

>>?Ritmo Mundo, the Beverly Hills, Calif.–based watch brand, has appointed Michael Belleveau director of sales. He previously served as the president and CEO of Baccarat and Trollbeads United States. Regina Leadem will be national account manager.

>>?Victoria Tynedale has joined ­jewelry manufacturer ASHI Diamonds as sales and marketing consultant for the West Coast region.

>>?Agostino Magni, former president of Rebecca Jewelry and CEO of swimsuit brand Sundek, has been named CEO of ToyWatch USA.

Andrew Block

>>?Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, the Menlo Park, Calif.–based designer and retailer, has appointed Andrew Block to be its president. Block spent 21 years as executive vice president at Tourneau.

>>?The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, which lobbies on behalf of the fine jewelry industry in Washington, D.C., has elected Jenny Caro to be its new chair.

>>?Frederick Goldman Inc. has named Roxanne Rabasco director of integrated marketing and communications. She was previously the senior director of digital and social media marketing for Parlux Fragrances LLC.


>>?Benton Clyde Clark Jr., chairman emeritus of well-respected Oklahoma City jeweler B.C. Clark, died Feb. 4 at age 101.

>>?Arnold Anthony “Tony” Schiffman Jr., president emeritus of Schiffman’s Jewelers in Greensboro, N.C., died Feb. 9 after a long battle with ­Parkinson’s disease.


>>?Richline has acquired spiritually oriented stackable ­bangle brand Chrysalis. Husband-and-wife founders David and Andy Maine will still be involved, though company headquarters, currently in the United Kingdom, will move to New York City.

>>?Ritani and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. have formed a new partnership that will provide Ritani’s customers with a personalized insurance quote from Jewelers Mutual.