Founded over 35 years ago in New York City’s Diamond District, Windsor Jewelers, Inc. has evolved over the years to become a bastion within the estate jewelry world. When Paul Lubetsky opened Windsor Jewelers in 1986, his primary focus was on estate jewelry buying and organizing estate buying events at retail stores. In 1990, the company hosted a fortuitous buying event in Korea, which established an international footprint for the company and broadened their expertise beyond American and European designers. They soon outgrew their original, 500 square foot, 2-room space on 47th Street and moved into a larger office on Fifth Avenue that would allow them to grow both their business and their team.
In the late ‘90’s, their well-honed eye for magnificent jewelry led to the acquisition of a natural pearl necklace that was formerly owned by the Queen of Sweden. They have since served as custodians of a number of significant historical pieces, including the Arcot II from the crown of King George. Always forward thinking, in that same time period, the company began to develop its large scale acquisitions of “Brand New Old Stock” from top manufacturers and brands such as Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Henry Dunay, while also investing in red carpet favorite, Marina B.
With a proven track record of adjusting to the nuanced needs of the market and generating enthusiasm for estate jewelry among a diverse range of new collectors, in the early aughts, Windsor also began investing in rough natural colored diamonds and gemstones, as well as notable acquisitions, including the second largest Fancy red diamond weighing in at over 3 carats, and a 30+ carat Vivid Red Mahenge Spinel named “The Flame of Mahenge.” Already closely aligned with some of history’s biggest names, including having their jewelry featured in the Marie Antoinette movie and acquiring the Harry Winston, ruby red slippers created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, in 2015, Windsor purchased the Shirley Temple Diamond.
The Shirley Temple, 9.54 carat, VVS2 blue diamond was originally purchased by the movie star’s father to celebrate the then 12 year old’s latest movie, The Blue Bird. The actress wore the blue diamond ring until she died, and when Windsor took possession of the piece, they made the risky decision to cut the stone to enhance its natural beauty. Weeks of deliberation and careful consideration by the stone cutter and a team of gemologists led to months of painstaking polishing and several consultations with the Gemological Institute of America, ultimately resulting in a richer, blue color in the now 9.3carat stone.
Throughout the years, while receiving accolades and wide-spread recognition, Windsor Jewelers, Inc. has stayed true to its core values, and prides itself on its reputation, credibility and long-standing relationships in the fine jewelry industry. Their diverse offerings coupled with their expert eye has uniquely positioned the company as a primary resource for retailers from across the globe. Their expert insight garnered over their decades in the industry and their exhaustive research and travels empowers their partners to leverage their estate business to attract new customers, satisfy their long-time clients and help set their stores apart.