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Cindy Edelstein Passes Away At Age 51

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Cindy Edelstein was a beloved industry figure and a tireless advocate for jewelry design. FAB PHOTO / DAN MERLO

NEW YORK — Cindy Edelstein, entrepreneur, author, editor and long-time consultant to the jewelry industry, died suddenly on Sunday, January 24. She was 51. The cause was heart failure.

Cindy began her career in the jewelry industry as an editor at JCK magazine where she was the fashion editor. This brought her in contact with jewelry designers and their work, and she soon came to realize that working with them would be her life’s work. In 1991, wanting to support the growth of jewelry design, she founded the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau with her husband, Frank Stankus, with the idea of highlighting the designers and their work in multiple ways.

Over the years she worked in many roles to that end, including that of trade show consultant for the JCK show, the Couture show and the AGTA show as well creating her own designer-centric show, globalDESIGN. She also was a prolific writer about jewelry design and her byline could be found in every jewelry trade publication as well as in industry online columns. With her husband, she co-wrote a book titled Brilliance: Masterpieces from the American Jewelry Design Council. It sold out of its first printing.


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Her efforts to help designers of every level of achievement brought her some well-deserved recognition. She was awarded the prestigious Benne Award by the American Jewelry Design Council in 1995, and was the 1996 winner of the Contemporary Design Group’s award as Best Designer Advocate. She was a long-serving member of the board of the Women’s Jewelry Association, an international group to which she devoted many years of volunteer work. In 1990, she received that organization’s Award for Editorial Excellence, and in 2001 she was recognized again by the same group for her Excellence in Marketing.

Cindy Edelstein was born in Brooklyn and attended schools on Staten Island. She attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hofstra University, from which she graduated with a bachelors degree.

She is survived by her husband Frank, a daughter, Remy Sasha Stankus, a stepson, Byron David Stankus, a brother, Philip Edelstein, as well numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members whom she loved so dearly.

Services are being arranged and will be announced as soon as possible.

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Diamond Producers Association Announces New Diamond E-Learning Program

It gives retailers the tools and language to become true storytellers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Diamond Producers Association announces the launch of a new e-learning program for diamonds, “Behind the Brilliance of Diamonds.” Developed to help all U.S. retailers, the hour-long program – split into three informative modules – offers educational material and quizzes, going beyond the 4Cs to highlight the intangible value of natural diamonds, billion-year-old treasures of the earth.

“The Diamond Producers Association’s e-learning program, ‘Behind the Brilliance of Diamonds,’ offers a clear and concise, open platform for the industry,” said Grant Mobley, DPA’s trade relations lead. “Whether you have been working with diamonds for one day or 20 years, the program relates compelling stories about the history of natural diamonds, easy-to-digest and well-researched facts, and memorable details about the important benefits that the natural diamond industry makes to the world.”

The initial beta launch has yielded positive feedback.

“Getting back to basics, often we get so caught up in the technical aspects of our career that we forget the emotional aspect. Thank you for bringing the reality of relationship-selling back to the forefront,” said Cheryl Worcester of Days Jewelers.

Pierre Soucy of Robert Richer added, “I think this is both a timely and much needed program made easy and readily available for the industry by the DPA. In the past decade the jewelry industry (as a whole) has much neglected relationships between products, partners, and how they relate to the public. This program is a big gesture in bridging that void.”

“The DPA’s e-learning program should be required for everyone that sells diamonds,” said Phillip Bosen of Bosen Associates.

In addition to the training program being free, there are rewards for retail sales people who complete the program. Points are awarded for each module completed and can be redeemed for up to a $25 gift card to one of several popular retailers.

Retail sales associates who complete the program will also be entered to win a grand prize for an all- expenses paid trip for two to New York City. Valued at $4,000, the trip will offer exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the New York diamond industry, including a personal tour of a diamond cutting facility. The drawing will take place in the fall.

Visit www.diamondproducers.com/tradeportal to access the e-learning platform.

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AJDC Names New Executive Board Members

Linda MacNeil will serve as president.

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Linda MacNeil and Barbara Heinrich

(PRESS RELEASE) At its semi-annual members meeting in Tucson, AZ, the American Jewelry Design Council announced new executive board members.

Linda MacNeil was elected president of AJDC, succeeding Barbara Heinrich.

Pascal LaCroix will continue to serve as vice president and Adam Neeley was selected as treasurer, succeeding Mark Schneider.

MacNeil is a jewelry artist who uses metal and glass to make one-of-a-kind neckpieces and brooches. Her work can be seen in museums and on sophisticated collectors.

The meeting took place in February.

AJDC (ajdc.org) is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to promoting the artistic appreciation of original fine jewelry. The group is dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential.

For more information, contact Marylouise Sirignano Lugosch, executive director, at marylouise@ajdc.org.

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American Society of Appraisers Names CEO

He starts the role on April 15.

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Johnnie White

(PRESS RELEASE) RESTON, VIRGINIA — The American Society of Appraisers announces the appointment of Johnnie White as CEO, starting April 15.

White is an association professional with more than 27 years serving in a variety of management and leadership roles. Most recently he served as senior director of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where he managed global affairs and strategic planning for the organization, including overseeing a staff of 17 and an annual event with more than 9,000 attendees. In addition, White is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where he instructs graduate students in operations and event management.

As CEO, White will lead ASA’s continued international visibility and worldwide capacity for innovation in professional development, credentialing and professional standards/ethics for the global valuation profession. He will play a key role in implementing the society’s strategic direction, solidifying opportunities for partnerships and collaboration among a wide range of national/international entities and applying his leadership to multiple diverse stakeholders in support of ASA’s mission.

According to Robert B. Morrison, 2018-19 International president of ASA, “During the search process, Johnnie set himself apart by demonstrating his intellect and his outstanding leadership qualities, especially in the area of inspiring others to achieve their best with his team-building management style.

He is an accomplished international speaker, university adjunct instructor, collaborator, manager and leader and we look forward to his ideas and energy that will continuing moving ASA forward as the preeminent appraisal designation.”

White holds his MBA from the University of Maryland University College and his B.S. in information systems management from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his association work, including being named one of the top 40 Trending Association Innovators by DCA Live in 2017.

Immediately preceding White was career appraiser Lee P. Hackett, who has served as interim CEO since October 2017. Hackett was instrumental in working with executive placement professional Pamela Kaul, president and founder of Association Strategies, and with the ASA Board of Governors and the CEO Search Committee in an intensive search process that resulted in finding and hiring White. Hackett will assist with the transition of leadership.

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