By  on October 18, 2007

Janice Winter has stepped down as president of fine jewelry firm Judith Ripka.

Winter said she resigned from the 34-year-old, New York-based company to pursue other opportunities.

Judith Ripka chief executive officer Ronald J. Berk said the firm was surprised by the move and is taking time to evaluate options.

"She was an integral part in our growth and success and we wish her the very best," he said of Winter. "This was not anticipated. We need to step back. We need to decide [what to do]."

Before joining Ripka in 1993, Winter worked for 12 years at Estée Lauder, where she held several positions, including working in sales, finance and for the Aramis and Lauder brands.

Judith Ripka has 13 stores, including a New York flagship, a location in Aspen, Colo., and a Las Vegas boutique that opened this year. The company offers fine jewelry with 18-karat gold, diamonds and gemstones, a silver line and a line with QVC.

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