Osnat Gad – “The Osnat”
This blog was created to give you the jewelry lovers some insight from us insiders, jewelers and designers types, and to reassure you that it is more about telling than selling.
So many jewelers shy away from the idea of telling their stories and knowledge. But actually our stories are funny, exciting, and informative and should be shared. I am sure you want to know who we are, what we stand for and when our stories began.
I grew up New York City. I love jewelry and have a passion for all that is glitter and shiny. I’m intrigued with the history of jewels and I probably have more than 500 jewelry books. Whenever I visit a museum my feet lead me to their jewelry section. I was so intrigued with the history of wedding rings that I wrote the book entitled “Wedding Rings”. It is a classic book and many read it for the emotional connection to this valuable and romantic ring.
My friends call me Osi. I design bridal jewelry. My last name is Gad and I share it with dozens of other jewelers throughout the world. Someone always knows one of my cousins, brother, sisters or uncles.
When I started my own business after working for my dad for a few years, my colleagues didn’t understand why I wanted to have my own business and not be part of the extended family business. It was such an intriguing subject that New York Times wrote an article about me and my family.
I was just a typical stone dealer completely unaware what it would take to become successful. I had no notion that my days and nights would be filled with ideas and thoughts about jewels. I traveled to every corner of the world to find the best gems. I was a single mother and had to leave my son with my parents or his father so I could venture into the world markets and find the best possible stones for my clients. I would sometimes travel for 24 hours and when I reached my destination immediately went into the market looking at hundreds of stones. I probably made tons of mistakes but it was the most memorable period of my life.
When natural stones were harder to find, I changed direction and started designing and manufacturing fine quality jewelry. I realized that I am good as a designer and creating beautiful jewels for women was the ultimate accomplishment.
My experience and knowledge allows me to be personal and talk about things that have helped me achieve success in my industry. I absolutely love what I do. I go to work every morning and play with jewelry. I talk jewelry shop and slangs and when I see a stone or a fine jewel I know its origin, the metal and quality of diamonds and precious stones. I know what presents are greatly appreciated and what jewels celebrities wear on the red carpet.
Michelle Svoboda – ‘The Michelle”
The other part of our blog is “The Michelle,” born in New York City and raised in different parts of the world. She keeps up with the site maintenance and design as well as the development. Also posting on our site, her posts express her interest in jewelry and fashion that are not your typical style.
Pam Wiriyagale – “Pam”
Pam, the last member of our contributors has truly the eye for art. With over 25 years of experience in the jewelry business since she was a college student in Thailand — she truly can find magnificent pieces and this adds to the beauty of the posts on our blog.