I was so very sad to read today online that Penny Proddow, a prolific jewelry author and InStyle magazine contributing watch and jewelry editor, has passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 65.
She was so sweet and really had such a genuine appreciation for the artists and artistry of jewelry. I have many memories of seeing her at industry parties, judging events and lectures where I was genuinely impressed by her passion, compassion and sweetness. She really had a soft spot for designers and a fascination for great gems.
During her life, Proddow was an endearing and authoritative voice for the industry. In addition to producing numerous spreads for InStyle over her 13-year tenure with the magazine, Proddow was responsible for penning a number of beautiful and informing jewelry books.
Read more about her at NationalJeweler.com. I know she'll be missed by many, many people. The jewelry world will glitter a bit less brightly.