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Designer jewelry line Lagos has named Christopher Cullen its new president. Cullen was previously vice president of sales and marketing at the company.

Silverman Jewelry Consultants has added Sean Jones as an inventory control specialist and Channing Botts as administrative assistant. Previously, Jones spent seven years as a supervisor at Wal-Mart.

Rosato named Andrea Missiroli the company’s new worldwide commercial director. Missiroli was previously worldwide managing director at Gucci Group.

Leshem Diamond Services recently appointed Sam Sasson senior sales executive for the New York City office. Sasson worked 16 years at Oved Diamonds.


Harold Weinstein, one of the first independent American Gem Society jewelers in Canada, died Jan. 8. He was also vice president of Peoples Jewellers in 1975, and in 1990, he served as president of the Canadian Jewellers Association. He was a founding member of Jewellers Vigilance Canada, and the first recipient of the Canadian Jeweller Hall of Fame Award.

Donald LeStage, longtime jewelry industry official and community activist in Attleboro, Mass., died recently, according to a local news source. LeStage, president of LeStage Manufacturing Co., was 70.

Former World Federation of Diamond Bourses secretary Gerson Goldschmidt died recently at age 89, the federation announced. Goldschmidt served as secretary-general of WFDB from 1984 to 1986 and from 1990 to 2002.

Louis Nchindo, the former managing director of Debswana and De Beers board member who was on trial for corruption, was found dead, an apparent suicide, according to Botswana media.

Gale I. Grossman, former owner of Gale Grossman Jewelry, in Kansas, died Nov. 4 at age 84. Grossman opened his store after serving in World War II and had a private office in Overland Park, Kan.

The International Colored Gemstone Association, American Gem Trade Association, and Gemological Institute of America remembered industry icon Campbell Bridges during a ceremony at the AGTA Gem Fair in Tucson, Ariz. Bridges was attacked and killed in Kenya last year near his mine in Tsavo.

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