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Jeweler Joseph Samuel Dies at 92

Joseph Samuel Jr. ran the 180-year-old family business.
May 1, 2018 7:11 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Joseph Samuel Jr., the former president of jewelry retailer J. & S.S. DeYoung, died last week at 92.

“Joseph Samuel was an exceptional man who contributed to the development of the diamond and jewelry industry,” said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group. “A key aspect of his personality was the ability to integrate honesty and integrity into his business dealings. His commitment to sharing his values with like-minded others helped create a community that formed the foundation of the US jewelry trade. Joseph came from an era when the jewelry business was about much more than money. It was about people and their shared values. We note his passing as a milestone marking the end of an era. Where are the Joseph Samuels of today?”

Samuel entered the Boston-based family business to work with his uncle, Sydney DeYoung, after serving in the US Navy. He helped grow the company, which buys and sells fine estate jewels, rare gems and historical pieces, into an internationally recognized firm, according to his daughter, Janet Levy.

During his time in the jewelry industry, Samuel served on the board of governors of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), was president of the Boston Jewelers Club, and was a member of the 24 Karat Club.

A memorial service will take place on July 8 at Lynch Park in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Tags: 24 karat club, Gemological Institute of America, GIA, J. & S.S. DeYoung, jeweler, Joseph Samuel Jr., Martin Rapaport, Rapaport News, Sydney DeYoung
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