MEET OUR STAFF
Peter Stavrianidis, Ph.D.
Peter Stavrianidis, Ph.D. is the principal owner and “visionary” of the Venus Establishment. He is a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) from the prestigious American Gem Society (AGS). He is also an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).
His academic accomplishments include a BBA (Marketing), an MBA (International Marketing) and a Ph.D (Sociology). As an educator, Dr. Peter teaches periodically as an Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). As an accomplished public speaker and presenter, Dr. Peter takes a lot of pride in educating the public about Gems, Jewelry and the Historical Events that contributed to the period trends of jewelry. He is a well sought after speaker in community clubs, professional organizations and industry forums. He is also the creator of our very own original collection of jewelry under the AKA “Peter Samson”.
When he is not jet-setting around the country and the world attending seminars and trade shows, or hard at work sorting through hundreds of diamonds and colored stones for our in-house custom work, Dr. Peter spends time with his wife and his three sons. He is known to be a music aficionado (occasionally jamming with a local rock-jazz band) and a serious martial artist.
“Above Par” is a great way to describe Dorothy Fount, or “Dora” as she is fondly known. She is Peter’s sister and partner in this fourth generation family business. Her zest for life and love for jewelry makes Dora the heart of the Venus Establishment and the pole of attraction to the myriad of clients and friends that surround this fine establishment. Dora’s magnetic personality and genuine affection for people contribute immensely to the successful path of Venus Jewelers for all these years. Dorothy spends part of her time in sunny Florida, practicing her tennis skills. She also spends time attending jewelry shows and selecting some of the exclusive pieces that Venus Jewelers is known for.
Igor Sirochinsky is the General Manager and the “Venus Oracle” of Venus Jewelers. He has been with this fine establishment “longer than he can remember”…….30 plus years, and he has an answer for everything – for clients and staff alike. Igor is an accomplished bench jeweler and our very own watchmaker, although these days he spends more time attending to Venus’ fine clientele and making sure that every special order and repair is delivered to perfection. Whether serving a client or supporting another staff member, Igor’s disposition is always pleasant and his sense of humor is “legendary” among his peers. His expertise and gusto will put a smile on your face for all your jewelry needs. Igor is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and a Certified Sales Associate (CSA) from the American Gem Society (AGS). When Igor isn’t busy with his creative work at Venus Jewelers, he spends his time doting on his wife and young grandson.
Donna is Venus Jewelers’ Sales & Marketing Manager and joined the team right out of college. Donna’s high energy, straightforward approach is integral to overseeing Venus’s special events, marketing, and merchandising. She is an expert in the bridal market, diamonds, and production. She spends her spare time outdoors and in NYC with her husband. She has her B.A. in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Thomas Edison State and is an accredited diamond grader ( G.D.) with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and a C.S.A. with the American Gem Society.
Yvonne Eng, Senior Sales Consultant, is our energetic member of the Venus team and she is definitely a runner – not only in her athletic life – but also on the floor providing unsurpassed service and products to our clients and working methodically behind the scenes as our inventory specialist. Her previous management experience in the textile industry comes in very useful in her multi-level post with the Venus Jewelers championship team. Yvonne is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with a Bachelor of Science Degree, an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and a Certified Sales Associate (CSA) with the American Gem Society (AGS).
Vik Jarkezian is the creative director of Venus’ state of the art jewelry repair shop. He brings with him extensive experience as a collaborative designer and jeweler for well known 5th Avenue design houses such Seidengang and Tiffany. As a master jeweler Vik works with precision and skill restoring our client’s valuables to new. He is also a skilled CAD designer and artisan crafting all stages of design in store. His wry sense of humor keeps the team and clients alike on their toes and laughing. When not in the repair shop, he spends time his time on his beloved boat and with his young son. Vik is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP).