The Gallery of Diamonds Story

Founding store in 1991.

In 1991, my wife Carmen, and I turned our passion for fine jewelry into a lifetime career. Our small boutique focused on offering wholesale prices on loose diamonds and hard-to-find quality jewelry. Today, we have continued to design one-of-a-kind masterpieces while searching the world for unique treasures. We also have amassed a large estate collection that contains the most imaginative pieces passed down through generations.

At Gallery of Diamonds, you know exactly what you are getting and always receive a gemological appraisal.  We are so convinced that you will not find a better bargain on any jewelry piece on our site that we will refund all your money within 15 days if you find something else for less money.


Michael (Diamond Mike) Watson was born and adopted in Indianapolis in 1958. He spent his early life in New Albany, where his adopted parents raised him. Watson entered the jewelry industry as an errand boy for a store in New Albany. He joined a retail chain and worked in jewelry stores in Indiana, Kentucky and Kansas City, then moved to California in 1989.

His first job ended when the store was sold and the next one when the store went out of business. In 1991, Watson opened Gallery of Diamonds Jewelers in Costa Mesa, California.

Watson was adopted as a child to loving parents but he 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 ethnically diverse families to Gallery of Diamonds Jewelers each year for an unforgettable mother and child experience.

Watson earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast and is a gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. He is the author of Moon Over Mountains- The Search for Mom, The Legend of Why Mom Deserves a Diamond, Tales of Imagination- Everything is Real, In Search of Mom- Journey of an Adoptee, and Adopted Like Me- Chosen to Search for a Birthmother. The Orange County Register newspaper named him the winner of the “Holiday Spirit Award” in 1995, awarded to business owners who display the holiday spirit throughout the year.

Diamond Mike Watson, Founder

Gallery of Diamonds today.