NEW YORK – Jewelry designer David Jerome has spent much of his life, traveling the world, amassing a breathtaking collection of the rarest and purest rubies, aquamarine, tanzanites, emeralds and sapphires. The David Jerome Collection is formed of hundreds of prized gems. Ethically sourced directly from precious gemstone mines all around the world, only the finest stones have been selected for the collection, which have been transformed into stunningly beautiful rings. Thirty-nine of these rings will be offered in a Jasper52 online auction Nov. 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
As a boy growing up in London, Jerome was fascinated by color and would spend hours staring at the pieces of jewelry his father would bring back from a local street market, mesmerized by their deep and vibrant hues.
In the 1970s Jerome started to build his first career, as a hairdresser. This profession fed his love of color and creativity. Working alongside the likes of famous stylist Vidal Sassoon, Jerome became known for his colorful and creative hairstyles and would experiment with different hair salon products to discover new and vibrant colors. This eventually led to Jerome starting his own company, alongside his brother, in the United States, called Jerome Russell.
Based in Los Angeles, Jerome and his company Jerome Russell would eventually become known for producing vibrant hair coloring. It wasn’t long before Jerome Russell and their extensive product range was purchased by American International Industries, who still owns the brand.
From that moment on Jerome could pursue his dreams full time, which led to him finding his way back to his love for precious colorful gemstones that he had established as a boy. Jerome would go on to be educated in the realms of gemology, ensuring he could realize the quality of the gemstones he would go on to purchase.
All precious gemstones within the David Jerome Collection were originally sourced as loose gems. In recent years the gems have been set and mounted among diamonds, in pieces of fine jewelry, to highlight and showcase their beauty as well as make them a more suitable offering for the international jewelry market. The owner of this private collection has traveled to the world’s precious stone mines, not limited to but including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Tanzania where Jerome has sorted only the highest quality stones. Over the years Jerome has become established and recognized by gemstone miners across the globe as one of Europe’s most prominent buyers.
All of Jerome’s pieces are either set into platinum or 18K gold and arae English hallmarked. Many of these pieces of jewelry would be added to his collection and never used or worn, meaning the vast majority of this private collection is in brand new condition.
Over 90 percent of the David Jerome Collection is untreated or unheated. Although certain gemstones, such as tanzanite for example, must be heated to around 600 degrees. There has been no colored oil, lead or any fracture filling of any kind – ensuring the gemstones will always look as pristine and as beautiful as the day they were cut.
The online auction will be conducted on through Jasper52 on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.