The Gallery of Diamonds Story

In 1991, Diamond Mike and Carmen Watson turned our passion for fine jewelry into a lifetime career. The small boutique focused on offering loose diamonds and hard-to-find quality jewelry. Today, we have continued to design one-of-a-kind masterpieces while searching for unique treasures. The store has since amassed a large estate collection that contains the most imaginative pieces passed down through generations.

With the help of our staff, Gallery of Diamonds has helped thousands of customers who have proudly worn their jewelry for a lifetime.

At Gallery of Diamonds, you know exactly what you are getting and receive two copies of a professional gemological appraisal which shows the quality and value of your jewelry.

Diamond Mike in 1991.

About Diamond Mike Watson

Diamond Mike was born and adopted in Indianapolis in 1958. He spent his early life in New Albany, Indiana, and entered the jewelry industry as an errand boy for a small jewelry store. He became a diamond merchant for a retail chain that purchased diamonds in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1989 he moved to California.

Watson was always curious about the woman who gave birth to him.  In 1993 he began a writing contest for schoolchildren called, Why Mom Deserves a Diamond. Over the years, the contest has brought thousands of families to Gallery of Diamonds Jewelers each year for an unforgettable mother and child experience.

Watson earned a BA in Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast and is a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA.) He was a former co-president of GIA Orange County Alumni Chapter. He is the author of several books including Moon Over Mountains, The Legend of Why Mom Deserves a Diamond, Tales of Imagination, In Search of Mom, and Adopted Like Me.  The Orange County Register named him the winner of the “Holiday Spirit Award” in 1995, awarded to business owners who display the holiday spirit throughout the year. 

Thousands of people throughout the nation continue to wear and enjoy jewelry designed by Diamond Mike.

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Carmen and Diamond Mike Watson.
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Gallery of Diamonds today.