Gemological Institute of America
Anthony Gerard DiMaggio a 2nd generation master goldsmith, platinumsmith and Graduate Gemologist, active in the acquisition of important and rare jewels, gemstones and diamonds. He manufactures rare and exotic jewels for both wholesale and private clientele.
Anthony earned a Graduate Gemologist degree from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America, graduating in 1979, top in his class in scoring a 99% on the diamond grading practical and a 95% G.G. final exam. Anthony apprenticed as a model maker and diamond setter in his father Joseph's manufacturing workshop and managed the retail showroom of their family- owned jewellery store in Southeastern Michigan, USA. His duties included loose diamond and colored gemstone buying in New York, prototype design, fabrication and wax carving.
In 1982, he appraised the multi-million dollar jewellery estate of auto magnate Horace Dodge, coordinated the selling of many key pieces of provenance and historical value with collectors worldwide and then acquired many key important pieces for his family’s personal collection. In 1984 he founded Christopher Gerard Jewellers and Gemologists and a 2nd location, opened in 1988.
In 1992, was chosen by the Jewelers and Silversmiths of America to exhibit at Basel, Switzerland in the American Pavilion. Later that year, his line of limited edition and one of a kind jewellery, The Anthony Gerard Collection was judged by his peers, the Jewelers of America, at New York where he was selected New American Jewelry Designer of the Year, r.u.. In subsequent years, he was a place winner at two International Spectrum Award competitions, the ‘Oscars’ of colored gemstone designer competitions. Throughout his career, he has employed European goldsmiths from Holland and Germany in his manufacturing facility and has apprenticed high school age young men and women in fine jewellery making.
In 1994, Christopher Gerard was named ‘Best Jeweler in Detroit’. From 1989 until 2005, The Anthony Gerard Collection was sold in free- standing Anthony Gerard boutiques at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and Park City, Utah and at fine retailers from 14 States, Canada and Europe. As a veteran of 25 years on the international trade show circuit, his jewelry designs have sold to the finest stores whose clients include CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies, Hall of Fame sportsmen and a vast array of discriminating buyers from all walks of life. Anthony is a published author of many trade related articles in Modern Jeweler, Jeweler’s Circular Keystone, Jeweler’s Quarterly, and National Jeweler magazines.
From 2005- Present:
In December 2010, Christie's New York sold
one of his personal artifacts, a rare Cartier Mystery clock for a record $710,000.
As the chief designer for Ido Pagh International, a cutting- edge jewelry display manufacturer, Anthony owns U.S. Patent 5,855,345 and has two pending for innovative display.Ido Pagh exhibited at the 2014 JCK Las Vegas International Jewelry Show, receiving rave
reviews for innovative design of custom display systems
Anthony believes his most important accomplishments are his relationships with God, Jesus Christ and his three children Dade, Carella and Sierra. His athletic passion is freestyle and collegiate style wrestling. A two- time All -State wrestler at Detroit Catholic Central High School, he received a wrestling scholarship to UCLA.
Anthony also enjoys water skiing, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Anthony hosted the live talk show What’s it Worth? heard on Christian radio WMUZ 103.5 FM fron 2009-2014. He currently resides in Michigan