Platinum Demand For Jewelry Falls In 2004

Purchases of platinum for jewelry manufacturing are forecast to fall by 10 percent in 2004 to 2.20 million ounces, the lowest level of demand for seven years, according to a report from Johnson Matthey.

The London-based company says demand for jewelry manufacturing in the United States will weaken because of greater competition from white gold. In North America, demand is forecast to fall by 5 percent to 295,000 ounces.

Ogden Named Gem-A’s Chief Executive

Gemologist and jewelry historian Jack Ogden has been named chief executive of Gem-A, the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain. He replaces Terry Davidson, who retired. Ogden is responsible for all Gem-A operations and oversees the ongoing development of the Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain.

JA Names New Vice President

Jewelers of America has named David N. Lafleur its new vice president. Lafleur, whose appointment became effective Nov. 29, succeeds David L. Rocha, who resigned his position in October to become executive director of Jewelers For Children.

Lafleur runs JA’s day-to-day operations and manages the continued development and implementation of JA’s educational projects, certification programs, marketing initiatives, and member benefits.

Van der Kallen Named President of Ebel

Movado Group Inc. has appointed Thomas van der Kallen president of Ebel, responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of the global luxury watch brand, effective in January. He reports to president and CEO Efraim Grinberg.

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