Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff shares memories of the designer, who died of cancer late last month at 47.
Peretti started off modeling and designing for Halston before joining Tiffany in 1974, where she created modern, timeless jewelry.
He grew the company from a chain of 32 stores to a national retailer with more than 1,000 doors.
Franco started in the jewelry industry in 1982 at OroAmerica and also spent 14 years at Charles Garnier.
In addition to running Edward-Johns Jewelers for 42 years, Johnson was an active member of the community in Cobb County, Georgia.
He and his brother grew the largest privately-owned jewelry retail chain in the U.S. before Fred Meyer purchased it in 1998.
A fixture in the jewelry industry, Varjabedian started his business more than two decades ago in New York City’s Diamond District.
The longtime member of the industry, seen as an icon on 47th Street, died from complications related to COVID-19.
He led many industry organizations during his career and was a champion of American designer jewelry.
He built his high-end store in Anchorage by offering top-line customer service and product.
A pillar of the community, he used his chemistry degree and analytical mind to teach himself gemology and then create a line of affordable instruments.
Stories about diamonds, particularly diamond engagement rings, dominated.
National Jeweler remembers those the trade lost during a difficult year.
The beloved member of the magazine’s team died last week of complications related to COVID-19.
Known for his knowledge, expertise, wit and humor, the industry veteran died from complications related to COVID-19.
The jeweler, known for his generosity and commitment to the town he called home, died after contracting the coronavirus.
The Texas native, known for his larger-than-life personality, worked for Omega and SB&T Imports.
The Canadian designer’s jewels made whimsy an art.
He was known for his gregarious nature and always treating everyone like family.
Husband of designer Penny Preville and president of the company that bears her name, Siskin passed away Nov. 15 after a brief battle with liver cancer.
The World War II veteran and longtime active member of the jewelry industry is remembered for his kindness and generosity.