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Diamond Dealer Michael D. Roman’s achievements in his field

2003: Diamond Dealer Michael D. Roman’s death is a loss for the industry

Jan. 2003

The Diamond Registry and the entire jewelry trade mourns the loss of industry leader Michael D. Roman, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at the age of 84.

Roman was always a gentleman and a friend. He headed Jewelers of America for 20 years, serving as chairman of the Board and executive director. He made the JA show in New York the prime show in the industry, and he was active in the Carat Club and every important industry meeting. He was a frequent advocate of truth and ethics and the industry, and often railed against discounters with "75% off" sales. Even after retiring from JA in September 1995, he was still frequently seen at industry dinners and events.

Roman joined JA in 1976, and under his leadership the association significantly shifted its emphasis toward professional education. JA sold its show to Blenheim in 1991, securing the long-term financial stability of the association. Under his stewardship, JA organized a lobbying campaign that in 1993 was successful in eliminating the federal luxury tax on jewelry.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Aurelia, three children, and four granddaughters. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research. Hospital.


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