Scott Gordon's roots run deep in Oklahoma City. He grew up in the family jewelry business founded here by his grandfather Samuel in 1904 and continued by his father Norman until the latter's death in 1980. After attending receiving his bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University, Scott spent two years in Oklahoma City and Tulsa as a newspaper reporter. In 1977, he returned to the family business. Through the next fourteen years, he became Oklahoma's first Fellow of the Gemmological Institute of Great Britain and the state's first professionally educated jewelry appraiser.
In 1991, Scott founded his own business at 50 Penn Place, where he polished a local reputation as an estate jeweler through retail sales of new and estate jewelry and immediate liquidations to trade buyers, and quickly becoming the area's leading jewelry appraiser for insurance, estate and other needs. Meanwhile, he was also gaining a national voice in the world of gems and jewelry appraising.
He has been quoted in Business Week magazine on the subject of colored gemstones and in the most prominent diamond trade magazine, Rapaport News, on the condition of the estate jewelry market. He has appraised for Oklahoma City businesses and government agencies, and in 2007 was one of a team of four appraisers on extended assignment in New York City for U.S. Customs. In 2009, he published a long article on the state of the estate jewelry market in Gem Market News, the leading trade publication for gemstone pricing research.
In 2015, Scott completed a two-year term as Chairman of ASA's Gems and Jewelry discipline, one of six areas of appraisal practice that include Business Valuation, Machinery and Technical Specialties and Real Property among others. As Chairman, he revived the Jewelry Appraisal Handbook after its founder, ASA member Kirk Root, passed away in 2013, and, as its Editor, has brought it to a wide jewelry industry audience for the first time.
From boyhood in the 1950's, Scott remembers Saturdays and summer days in the showroom on the fifth floor of the old Cravens Building downtown. It was filled with all sorts of products - golf clubs, cameras and blenders - remnants of his grandfather's beginnings as a traveling general dry goods salesman in early-day Oklahoma. There, in the back of the store, where sunlight poured through tall windows overlooking the corner of Park and Robinson Avenues, he could be found with loupe, tweezers and diamonds.When he was ten, his father took him to his first trade show in New York City, and the romance of the jewelry business took hold.
Scott's support for our community extends to the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, among others. He is dedicated to his congregation of Temple B'nai Israel, where he is a lifelong member. He enjoys yoga, biking, and writing. Deep down, he believes that every dog he meets belongs to him.
In 2011 Scott moved his office to 6307 Waterford Boulevard, Suite 133, where he offers a warm, intimate space in which to serve you. Once again, to his delight, there is a bank of windows, with the daylight pouring in. His business is a calling, a lifelong commitment to the jewelry business, to use his knowledge to serve his clients and customers.