Jewelry Industry and People: October 2020



COMINGS AND GOINGS

Regine Basha
Regine Basha

Regine Basha has been named CEO of New York City–based charm manufacturer Aaron Basha. She previously served as chief creative officer. She takes over from her father, Aaron, the company’s founder and namesake.

Top: Beirut stack with Allah charm on beaded bracelet, gold bangle with good luck charms, gold bangle with rose quartz hamsa, small open-link charm bracelet, and floating evil eye charm; $1,250–$8,600 each; Aaron Basha; 212-644-1970; aaronbasha.com

Althea Inns
Althea Inns

Gemological Science International has named Alethea Inns, former director of gemology and education for the American Gem Society, as its new chief learning officer. 

De Beers Group has appointed Céline Assimon, former CEO of de Grisogono, CEO of De Beers Jewellers, its retail chain. She succeeds François Delage, who has headed the brand since 2009.

Shelby Sterrett
Shelby Sterrett

Bridal jewelry brand Fana added three industry veterans to its team: Shelby Sterrett now heads its Western sales region, Steve Rumanoff has been ­appointed Northeast sales director, and Eric Sigg will become national sales trainer and inside sales manager.

Fabienne Lupo has ended her tenure as president and CEO of Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie after 15 years with the watch industry group.

Jean Dousset, a great-great-grandson of Louis Cartier, has launched Oui by Jean Dousset, a digital platform that sells engagement rings and diamond jewelry.

Susan Eisen
Susan Eisen

Susan Eisen, president and chief designer at Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches in El Paso, Texas, has been elected president of the Texas Jewelers Association.

Jocalio has hired Albee ­Schimanski as its vice president of business development. Schimanski spent 12 years in senior roles at Chow Tai Fook North America and subsidiary brand Hearts On Fire, where he most recently served as vice president, trade strategy.  

Stacie Orloff
Stacie Orloff

Stacie Orloff has joined ­Facet Barcelona as chief ­commercial officer of its commercial team for the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Orloff previously served as vice president of sales for the ­Americas at Fendi Timepieces and as president of Bell & Ross.

Russian diamond miner ­Alrosa has appointed Igor Simonov its deputy chief operating officer for health and safety. He previously served as head of occupational health, safety, and environment at JSC Severstal Management.

Judah Zeigler
Judah Zeigler

Frederick Goldman has appointed Judah Zeigler vice president of business-to-­business e-commerce. He previously worked at Samsung.

Reinstein Ross has brought on veteran jewelry ­designer Ileana Makri as its new ­creative director.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has promoted CaSandra Diggs to president of the organization. She was most recently its chief administrative and financial officer.

Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown

Designer John Atencio has hired Ashley Brown to head his wholesale and new ­business development divisions. She had previously worked for Atencio as a sales associate and was also executive director of marketing and public relations for Stuller. 

John Atencio bermuda turquoise diamond pendant
Bermuda turquoise and pavé diamond pendant in
14k gold; $2,295; John Atencio; 800-219-0276; johnatencio.com

 

REMEMBERED

Roger H. Gesswein Jr., chairman and CEO of Paul H. Gesswein & Co., the tool and equipment supplier, died of lymphoma July 31. He was 77.

Nancy Brewer
Nancy Brewer

Nancy Brewer, founder of Nancy B. & Co. and a pioneering woman in the ­jewelry industry, died Aug. 5 in Los Angeles after an ­extended illness. She was 78.

Robert “Bob” McIntire, a three-decade industry veteran who worked at both Finlay Fine Jewelry and Asurion, died from cardiac arrest July 25. He was 52.

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Nine De Beers sightholders, all clients of the Gemdax brokerage, have committed to working toward making their manufacturing operations carbon-neutral.

Tiffany & Co., which last year added information about where its 0.18 ct. and larger diamonds were mined, is now also including details about where they were cut and set.

The Diamond Development Initiative, the Ottawa, ­Ontario–based group that works on issues affecting artisanal diamond miners, will now become part of Resolve, a Washington, D.C.–based nongovernmental organization.

 

CLOSING

Neiman Marcus, which opened its first New York City outpost—a 188,000-square-foot store in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards shopping complex—in March 2019, plans to close that store permanently as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection process.

 

HONORED

William Jones, vice ­president of operations at Little Rock, Ark.–based chain ­Sissy’s Log Cabin, was ­recently ­honored by Arkansas Business as one of 20 young ­influentials shaping business in the state.