Professional Jeweler Archive: Associations

August 2000

Professional Insider


Cindy Ramsey, G.G., is the new human resources manager of American Gem Society. She’s responsible for recruiting, staffing and managing productivity at AGS and AGS Laboratory headquarters. American Gem Society, Las Vegas, NV; (702) 255-6500,

Franck Tehaamatai is the new board chairman of G.I.E. Perles de Tahiti, a trade organization that promotes Tahitian cultured pearls. Tehaamatai is a pearl producer, chairman of an association of medium-size pearl farms and organizer since 1998 of yearly international pearl auctions in Tahiti for those farms. Tehaamatai’s objective over the next two years will be to emphasize the association’s promotional efforts among consumers.

Durland E. Evans is the new president of the Silver Users Association Inc. Evans, who previously served as vice president of the association, is vice president of Engelhard’s Engineered Materials Group. Michael J. Merolla, vice president of Handy and Harman’s Precious Metals Products, is the association’s new vice president and chairman of the executive committee. Kenneth Simone of Gorham is the association’s new treasurer. Other members of the executive committee are Ron Davies of Ames Goldsmith, John L. Gannon of Gannon & Scott Inc., Fredric J. Hammerle of Stern Metals, Gordon L. Harris of J.W. Harris Co., James H. Lunt of Lunt Silversmiths, Doug Metzger of Eastman Kodak, Art Mills of Konica Graphic Imaging International, Ron Nobile of Degussa Corp., Alex Patel of DuPont and Dennis J. Smith of Metech International Inc. Executive vice president/secretary is Walter Frankland.

The Massachusetts Affiliate of the Foundation Fighting Blindness recently hosted “All That Glitters,” a ball that celebrated the recent surpassing of the $1 million dollar mark in fundraising. J.&S.S. DeYoung Inc. donated a 1-ct. radiant-cut diamond for a drawing. A silent auction and other activities at the event raised more then $100,000. Foundation Fighting Blindness, Hunt Valley, MD; (888) 394-3937.

Fall Trends

Hosting a luncheon for magazine editors on fall/holiday fine jewelry trends (from left) are Lynn Ramsey and Elizabeth Florence of the Jewelry Information Center, Douglas Hucker of the American Gem Trade Association, Nicole Pickens of the Cultured Pearl Information Center and Frank Proctor of the Platinum Guild International USA. The trends: “World Mix,” ethnic-influenced jewelry; “Ladies Who Lunch,” ultrafeminine pieces; “Warming Trend,” warm, vibrant metals and gemstones; “More Is More,” bold, dramatic scale; and “Artful Expression,” unique pieces that reflect individuality and hand-wrought craftsmanship in their design.

Edward A. Dayoob, president and CEO of Fred Meyer Jewelers, will receive an Excellence in Service Award from the Jewelers 24-Karat Club of Southern California Nov. 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. He was chosen for the honor for his many years of service to the industry. The dinner-dance is open to all members of the jewelry industry. For ticket information, contact the organization at (213) 623-5722, fax (213) 623-5742.

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