I’ve been in the jewelry business my whole life. From my education at the Gemological Institute of America, to my inclusion in the family jewelry business in 1973, I’ve seen many wonderful people come and go through my door.
Reflecting back on over 45 years in the jewelry industry, one thing has struck my heart strings in a way that is hard to describe.
In recent years I’ve had the rare pleasure of sizing, designing, and fitting engagement rings for the daughters, and even grand daughters of women I’d had the pleasure of dealing with in the past.
Imagine crafting an engagement ring for a mother in the 1980’s, and her daughter in the 2020’s… Better yet, imagine being in New York City in the 1970’s, as a family heirloom engagement ring is renewed and reshaped and is passed down to a daughter, then again twenty or so years later.
I may be dating myself with this trip down memory lane, but that’s okay. Witnessing multiple generations of the same family walk through my door is a treasure I cannot describe.
It is a treasure unlike the shining gems and metals I turn into jewelry, no, it is a treasure of the mind and heart. This is the kind of treasure that makes the hairs on your arms stand on end as a shiver rushes down your spine. I’ve played a small part, sure, but I will never forget it.
Thanks to you all, you know who you are.
Katz Jewelry Company
37 W 47th Street, Unit 25
New York, NY