NEW YORK — Beverly Miller Potter Navarro, cofounder of the fashion jewelry firm Navarro Alternatives, died July 18 at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco due to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was 72.
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A native of Brooklyn, Navarro and her husband, David, moved to San Francisco in 1973, the same year the couple founded the firm.
At its peak in the late Seventies and Eighties, Navarro Alternatives was sold in a number of key retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and I. Magnin. The line was known for the artisan quality of its jewelry and its use of semiprecious stones, said Raymond Davi, a longtime friend. The business closed in the late mid-Nineties.
In addition to her husband, Navarro is survived by two daughters, Francine Fiesel and Jennifer Miller Ehret; a sister, Silvia Marks; a brother, Paul Lawrence, and two grandchildren.