Platinum Guild International said that its president, Huw Daniel [pictured]; senior vice president, Jenny Luker; manager of retail relations, Kristyn Beausoleil; and chief financial officer, Roger Quigley, will relocate to New York. Jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor will leave PGI but continue to consult on a limited project basis. Technical director Jurgen Maerz will transition to a consultant position, while account executive Gary Depriest and marketing coordinator Thomas Kimura have left the organization.

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies has appointed Nissim Palomo chief marketing officer. Palomo joins IDI with a background as a diplomat, having served 12 years with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various capacities on three continents.

Ideal Diamond Solutions appointed Mary Forte its first outside investor and advisor to its board of directors. Forte previously served as president and chief executive officer of Zale Corp.

The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association announced their 2010 board: Sushil Goyal [pictured], of Liberty Gems, will serve as president. Yogesh Madhvani, of Simplex Diam, will serve as vice president.

Roger Dubuis has been appointed Claudio Terjanian national director of sales. Terjanian was previously a sales representative for Franck Muller USA and worked with the brands Franck Muller, Pierre Kunz and Cvstos.

Paragon Lake hired Dan Marques as the new director of online marketing. He will help launch the company’s consumer Web site.


William H. Lam, owner of William Lam & Co., a colored stone company, died Nov. 19. Lam is survived by his wife, Grace; three children; one grandson; and one brother.


Michael M. Dyber, a New Hampshire designer, was awarded the grand prize in the 2009 German Award for Jewellery and Precious Stones, the gemstone cutting competition based in Idar-Obenstein, Germany. Dyber’s first-prize winner is a 113.24 ct. aquamarine, which reflects optical illusions in three dimensions.