About David Odishaw G.G. (GIA)
I have over 31 years of experience in the Jewellery Industry as long time owner of Jewellery Connection which I chose to close in December of 2017 so I could concentrate on Custom Orders and Custom Design. I earned my Jewellery Design Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and went on to study Gemology, earning my Graduate Gemologist Diploma in June of 1998. Many changes have come and gone in the industry since those days which is why I decided that I could best serve my loyal clientelle and friends by operating on my own without the "brick and mortar" of a free-standing store.
As popular as Steel, Cobalt, Tungsten and other new contemporary metals are, they cannot be sized or fixed by a goldsmith - gold or platinum are truly your best long term choices.
Most 10K, 14K, 18K white gold comes from the manufacturer with a Rhodium plating on it. The Rhodium plating offers the customer that crisp bright silver finish. The only drawback is that over time, since it is only a plating, it will wear off and show the true color of the "white" gold underneath. Most Canadian manufacturers have refined this process so that it is barely noticeable from the Rhodium factory finish. However, I do see instances when people have made purchases abroad and the "white" gold has a distinctly yellow tinge to it.
I strongly encourage our customers to be very careful when contemplating a large jewellery purchase either from overseas or the internet. Very few people have enough gemstone, diamonds, metals, or manufacturing knowledge to ensure that they are actually getting what they are paying for and it will last for years without workmanship issues. I have many people come in to size or (already) fix, their new purchases only to have to inform them that my goldsmith can't do the work because the item was not properly built in the first place and will completely come apart if he takes his torch to it. Sometimes people have spent thousands of dollars on their new treasures only to hear this awful news. It breaks my heart for people to end up with such a bad experience when it could be avoided.
Bottom line - most of my business comes from referrals from repeat happy customers. Those customers come to me because they can TRUST that they are getting good value for an item that will not cause them problems down the road. Most custom orders can be complete within 2 weeks and custom designs 3-5 weeks.
As a Graduate Gemologist (from the infamous Gemological Institute of America GIA), I am uniquely qualified to do appraisals for insurance purposes. This written appraisal is what you will use to insure your precious jewellery from loss or theft. All appraisals include a complete discription of the metal content and stones, along with a Replacement Value and picture for insurance purposes and are included with your new purchases.
I will buy your old GOLD and DIAMONDS.
We can choose a mutually convenient place to meet where I will weigh an quickly appraise the items you have for sale and make you an offer on the spot.