Le Vian Remembered as Gem Leader

February 10, 2000

Le Vian Remembered as Gem Leader

A. Le Vian, formerly chairman of luxury jewelry company Le Vian Corp., died Feb. 7 in Manhasset, NY, following a long illness.

Le Vian moved to the U.S. from Iran in the 1950s to carry on a 500-year-old family tradition of jewelry design. He was responsible for expanding the company in two directions, creating high-priced glamour with Le Vian Couture designs and more affordable fashions with Petite Le Vian. For his generous use of gemstones, he earned the nicknames "King of Turquoise" and "World Leader in Tanzanite."

Le Vian is survived by his wife Pary and five children, all company officers: Larry Le Vian, chairman; Eddie Le Vian, CEO; Moossa Le Vian, president; Liz Etessami, vice president of merchandising; and Suzanna Liviem, member of the board.

The family asks that gifts in memoriam be made to The Chemotherapy Foundation, 183 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.