For me, it’s more than a career.
It’s a calling.
My roots run deep in Oklahoma. I grew up in the family jewelry business that my grandfather Samuel founded in Oklahoma City in 1904. Some of my earliest memories are of summer days playing in our old downtown location. When I was ten, my father took me to my first trade show in New York City, and the romance of it all took firm hold of me. I returned to the family business as an adult in 1977, and became the first jeweler in Oklahoma to hold diplomas from both the Gemological Institute of America and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and the state’s first fully-educated professional jewelry appraiser.
In 1991, I started my own company at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City, combining jewelry appraising, retail sales to local customers, and immediate liquidations to trade buyers. Over the years, I have developed local and online estate sales to give jewelry owners more options for selling. I have also added a consultation practice to my valuation services, which provides a practical lower-cost alternative to written appraisals in many situations.
I quickly became Oklahoma’s leading appraiser for insurance, estate and other needs. Through my forty-year career, I have appraised and consulted for hundreds of individuals, as well as bankers, lawyers, trusts, charities, estates, and heirs. I've also handled assignments for federal law enforcement agencies and as expert witness in state and federal courts.
At the same time, I steadily gained a national voice in the world of gems and jewelry appraising in various trade and consumer publications such as Business Week and Instyle. In 2013-2015, I served as Chairman of the American Society of Appraisers’ Gems and Jewelry discipline. ASA is the oldest and largest appraisal society in the United States and covers all forms of property: real, personal, and intangible.
In 2011 I moved my office to the Waterford. People tell me it is a peaceful place. I feel it as simply another room in my house, where I welcome you and shed light on gems and jewelry for everyone I meet.