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. From boyhood in the 1950's, Scott remembers Saturdays and summer days spent downtown, in the showroom on the fifth floor of the old Cravens Building, which was filled with all sorts of products - golf clubs, cameras and blenders - the legacy of his grandfather's beginnings as a traveling general dry goods salesman. There, in the back of the store where sunlight poured through huge windows overlooking Robinson Avenue, 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 business took complete hold.
After attending receiving his bachelor's degree 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 its first professionally educated jewelry appraiser. In 1991, he founded his own business at 50 Penn Place. For the next eighteen years, he polished a local reputation as an estate jeweler, through retail sales of consignment jewelry and immediate liquidations to trade buyers, as well as the area's leading gems and jewelry appraiser for insurance, estate and other needs. Meanwhile, he was 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 prominent trade magazine, Rapaport News, on the condition of the estate jewelry market. He has appraised for a number of local and federal government agencies, including an extended assignment in 2007 for U.S. Customs. In 2009, he published a long article on the state of the estate jewelry market in Gem Market News, a leading trade publication reporting on colored gemstones and jewelry valuation topics in general.
After a short stay at what was then called Possum Creek office building on Western Avenue, he moved his office in 2011 to 6307 Waterford Boulevard, Suite 133, where he offers a space of calmness and beauty in which to serve you. Once again, there is a bank of windows, with the daylight pouring in.
Scott has safely exceeded the five-year requirement for at least 100 re-accreditation hours to keep the American Society of Appraisers' designations as Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) and Master Gemologist Appraiser®. He will complete the remaining requirements for color vision testing and a seminar in the current version of the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice before his formal re-certification is due in March 2016. He is one of fewer than 50 ASA/MGA appraisers in the U.S. In July 2015, he completed two years as Chairman of the national steering committee for ASA's Gems and Jewelry discipline.
The heart of Scott's business is the concept of value as applied to estate jewelry. It is much more than a business. It is a calling, a lifelong commitment to the study of the many jewelry markets and using this knowledge to serve the needs of his clients and customers. Dealing with Scott is a return to a time when the jeweler was among the most trusted professionals in a person's life.