PROMOTION AT SAKS: Marta Nowakowski, senior buyer for fashion jewelry at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been promoted to vice president, divisional merchandise manager, jewelry, effective immediately. She reports to Cody Kondo, group senior vice president, general merchandise manager, women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry. Nowakowski will manage the business for all fashion and fine jewelry lines, ranging from Alexis Bittar to Graff. She joined the retailer in 2006 as a fashion jewelry buyer. Before Saks, Nowakowski held several buying positions at Bergdorf Goodman and Mitchells/Richards, a family-owned retailer in Connecticut. Nowakowski’s post previously was held by Scott Erdman, who left the company last fall to take on a dmm position at Swirl by DailyCandy, a fashion Web site under Comcast Interactive Media.

PADMA BLOSSOMS: Padma Lakshmi is taking her design to a personal level. The model, “Top Chef” host and fine jewelry designer has created Special Edition Jasmine Flower Earrings for her line, Padma. Twenty percent of the sales of the $350 gold and garnet earrings will benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi is a co-founder and board member of the foundation.

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