Professional Jeweler Archive: Suppliers

March 2001

Professional Insider/In the Industry


New Escada Collection

Escada, the luxury apparel company, introduced a new collection of diamond jewelry in the last quarter of 2000. In this collection, diamonds nestle in heart-shaped yellow or white gold mountings, some of which also have diamond accents.

Hearts On Fire’s New COO

Richard S. Fields was named COO of Hearts On Fire, Boston, MA. He was formerly executive vice president of Monet International. At Hearts on Fire, Fields will manage the domestic and international growth of the company’s loose diamonds and the mounted line of cut diamonds known as Sabrina. Initially he’ll focus on improving retail distribution.

Rocket Box’s New Facility Lifts Off

Mike Kaplan, president of Rocket Jewelry Box, cuts a ribbon to open the company’s new distribution center and warehouse in San Clemente, CA. With him are Joyce Kaplan, Brian Cimino, April Dupree, Dan Jensen, West Bryson, Evelyn Bryson, Andrew Kaplan, Ola Ahlmen, Gina Papandrea and Francis Pilozo.

Kurt S. Adler Inc., New York City, honored more than a dozen employees for their long service with the company. At a recent dinner, Kurt S. Adler, chairman/founder of the company, honored Josephine Badalamenti, James Stremple, Madeline Salgo, Raj Taneja, Carmen Soto, Peter Saalman, Jerry Kantor, Charlie Wormley, Beverly Blye, Roger Gruen, Maria Garcia, Peter Trovato, Mary Crawford, Louis Benjamin, Benedicto Rivera and Michael Ross. The company also relocated its Atlanta showroom to the America’s Mart I Building in the Holiday & Floral Center, 240 Peachtree St., Room #16A4, 16th floor. The showroom can be reached at (404) 681-3910. For information about the company, call (800) 243-9627, fax (212) 807- 0575,,

Simon Wolf is the new president of Wolf Designs Inc., Malibu, CA. The 12-year-old company recently moved into larger quarters in Malibu to make room for additional sales, marketing and product-development staff. Wolf Designs plans to launch 75 new items this year, including a trendy teen line of jewelry and cosmetics, classic and contemporary deskware in value-priced gift sets, travel alarm clocks and other accessories in new styles and fabrications. Wolf Designs, Malibu, CA; (866) BUY-WOLF,

Colibri, Providence, RI, bought the trademark and certain assets of Foster Metals, a men’s jewelry company in Attleboro, MA. Colibri says the acquisitions will broaden the Colibri men’s jewelry line. The purchase price is undisclosed.

Cynthia Renée Co. moved to 1588 S. Mission Road, Suite 220, Fallbrook, CA 92028; (760) 728-5150, fax (760) 728-2636.

Signity launched a new branding campaign with the theme “Elements of Beauty.” Scheduled to run through this year, the campaign compares the elements of earth, water, fire and air to Signity’s qualities of reliability, precision, service and innovation. Contact the company’s Gerhard Mittermayr in Switzerland at (41-1) 728-38 40,

David Levy, a third-generation diamond dealer and jewelry manufacturer, opened his own company named David Levy Diamonds & Fine Jewels Inc. The product line focuses on better-quality diamonds and jewelry, specializing in perfectly matched fancy-shaped diamonds for use in three-diamond rings, earrings, eternity rings, bracelets and necklaces. For the past 11 years, Levy was with Adasco Design. He is a member of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York City. Levy’s office and factory are located at 36 W. 47th St., Suite 904, New York, NY 10036; (866) 398-8952 or (212) 398-8952, fax (212) 398-8126,

KRS Crown Corp., Los Angeles, CA, appointed Judith D. Collin-Lousier as a regional sales representative. She has years of retail, fine jewelry manufacturing and wholesale experience.

Scottish businessman John Carr bought Staffordshire Enamels Ltd. and will serve as chairman. Michael Turner remains as managing director. Ian Marshall, founder of the family firm that revived Bilston & Battersea Enamels, is a company director. Ernest Johnson continues as a consultant. Staffordshire Enamels, Somersworth, NH; (800) 210-4462.

The Vivid Collection, New York City, recently participated in the first L’Oreal “Super SaturdayLA,” a charity event that united the worlds of fashion, beauty and Hollywood to help raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Liz Tilberis Scholars Program for Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research. The event was hosted by Tracey Ullman, and In Style magazine. Ullman called a live auction with such one-of-a-kind items as platinum and 18k yellow gold earrings featuring two radiant-cut fancy yellow diamond drops totaling 2.49 carats and round, marquise and pear-shaped diamonds totaling 2.18 carats by The Vivid Collection. Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe of New York City was the lucky bidder for the earrings. Other items donated for the auction included a purple Indian motorcycle, a six-star Crystal Harmony cruise to the Panama Canal and a Vespa motorscooter. In total, the event raised over $600,000. Celebrity guests included Calista Flockhart, Claudia Schiffer, Milla Jovovich, Christian Slater, Peter Boyle, Jon Lovitz, Molly Sims and Jane Seymour.

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