The History of Harry Winston
gem and diamond skills at his father’s small jewelry store, he was selling on the New York Diamond Exchange. His company was founded in New York City on 5th Avenue where it remains today offering his services to select clientele. He built his business by buying estate jewelry and turning them into more modern pieces. In 1925, he had his first successful estate sale and he was recognized for his masterful reinvention of pre-owned jewelry. In 1932, Winston founded Harry Winston Inc. and was considered to be one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, even then.
In 1935, he bought the 726.0 carat Jonker Diamond for $700,000 owned by DeBeers. He risked everything he owned by successfully cutting this diamond into 12 smaller diamonds. The largest of the 12 diamonds was an enormous 126.65 carats. He sold the other 11 diamonds for $2 million dollars. Harry Winston is known for having owned the Hope Diamond as well and for donating it to the Smithsonian . He has supplied the diamond and gemstone jewelry to Hollywood celebrities for the Oscars, Tonys and the Golden Globe in the past and as Harry Winston Inc. does today. Currently, Harry Winston salons are found in New York, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Dallas, Honolulu, Bal Harbor, Chicago and Costa Mesa as well as twelve salons in other countries.