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Meet Isaac Gottesman of Numined Diamonds in Jewelers Row Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isaac Gottesman.

Isaac, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It is not easy to change people’s perception but when I stumbled on the concept of Lab-Grown diamonds, I knew immediately this was going to be a ground-breaking product my clients will love.

I launched Numined Diamonds 5 years ago. It has been an amazing ride thus far. Lab created diamonds are identical to nature’s diamonds in every way. Much like an in-vitro baby, there is absolutely no way to tell them apart. Still, we mark our diamonds with laser inscription attesting to their origin, to make sure there is full disclosure.

As a 30 year veteran of the diamond industry, I am still amazed at how fast our man-made diamonds took off.

Despite the industry’s resistance, there is no doubt lab-grown diamonds will make their way into every Jewelry store in the years to come. I am proud to be an industry pioneer.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I came from very humble beginnings when I first started on my journey to become a diamond dealer and retailer.

Almost 30 years ago, I was working as a security guard at the diamond exchange in Israel. Diamonds and their trade intrigued me but there was no way you could enter this industry unless you were born into it.

I took a course in Gemology and offered to work for free if anyone was going to give me a chance. Sure enough, I was hired and did so well, I was offered a full-time position. A couple years later, I flew across the pond and landed in NYC. I traveled our beautiful country and after the first week, I was in love. I love the people I met, the way of life and the courtesy received from complete strangers, I knew then I was going to make it my home.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Numined Diamonds – what should we know?
My first company, dimend SCAASI is a 20-year-old retailer of Bridal Jewelry. We design engagement rings, wedding rings, and anniversary rings and are experts in the field of diamonds, they analysis for not only colors and clarities, but light performance. All diamonds sparkle in the bright light, but most fail miserable our light performance test.

My passion was reignited 5 years ago when I launched Numined Diamonds. Numined is a retailer of lab-grown diamonds. Numined’s launch set us apart as the industry is still very much struggling to accept lab created diamonds for what they are – diamonds!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Integrity is key. Without full transparency and honesty, a Jeweler cannot succeed.
I am proud to be an industry leader and am proud to own 2 of the highest rated retail stores in Chicago.

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