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Oscar Stone illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Oscar Stone LTD

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

Oscar Stone LTD is a family-owned jewelry firm based in the Bronx, New York. Oscar Stone sells timeless jewelry, including customizable earrings, watches, bracelets, pendants, chains, and mouth grillz, which are all created from the beginning to the end internally. Oscar’s most popular article, baguette diamond earrings, dazzle his clients with their blinding beauty. Oscar Stone recognizes the value of using durable diamonds and jewelry from the Bronx community.

While lockdown created a lull for other companies, Oscar used the downtime to bolster his burgeoning business. His reach on social media via Instagram featured Oscar to many celebrity customers, including Jojo Simmons, Young Dirty Bastard, and Kid Capri, among others. Oscar Stone‘s jewelry exudes a true dedication to his craft, which is why his extensive list of clients keeps expanding.

The last authentic district of New York, the Bronx, houses the next largest jeweler in New York. Oscar Stone LTD stands apart from other jewelers such as Jacob the Jeweler, Greenwich Street Jewelers, and Martin Busch Jewelers because of its innovative approach to bespoke jewelry and sustainable practices and inspirational dedication to their craft. Oscar’s relentless pursuit of fine diamonds and customer satisfaction during the pandemic has allowed his business to flourish more than ever. Looking to the future, Oscar aims to continue creating custom designs for his customers and grow his business to become a familiar name.

We talked with Oscar about his background in gemology, his favorite custom orders, and his business expansion plans in the Bronx.

How did you get started in making jewelry and performing gemology for Oscar Stone?

I’m a G.I.A. accredited gemologist. Basically, growing up my whole life, [my] family– aunts, uncles, cousins– we all just did jewelry. So getting the jewelry was the easy part. It’s a family trade, really; it’s one of our best-kept secrets.

How did you build your clientele when you began in the jewelry business?

I knew about jewelry; gold wasn’t something crazy new to me. It’s like all your aunts and uncles own auto repair shops–you fix a couple of the tires, do a couple of oil changes, and you just kind of figure it out by yourself. When I had my own spot, building my clientele did really start from scratch. I didn’t have any celebrities or influencers, so I just had to open up shop and see what I could do. Before I did that, I actually did go to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) diamond school. I knew that GIA offered courses for this type of stuff. I spent a couple of months educating myself–[even] just [concerning] diamonds; there’s so many things about diamonds.

Once I finished the education, I decided to really bring in some clients. I was in business for about three years, and then I just started going heavy on social media. Once I started publishing my work on social media, the followers started coming. You know, not[hing] crazy yet, but I started getting a couple thousand [followers]. That’s when the business started taking off. I started hiring friends of mine and a lot of people, [and] my staff grew from four or five people to like twenty-five people. Business exploded when I started getting people who were verified on Instagram and had 300–400,000 followers. Once I started getting those clientele, the ball really started rolling. And that’s where we are now, about a year later.

What celebrities/notable clients have you done jewelry work for?

I would say the biggest guy that I’ve done work for would be, Jojo Simmons from RUN–D.M.C. I’ve done work for Young Dirty Bastard, who is the son of Old Dirty Bastard from the Wu Tang Clan. [Regarding] household names, I’ve done guys as big as Tonio Skits and Darius D.K. [Also,] I’ve done work for [Kid] Capri.

How do you source the best diamonds/gems for jeweling?

I don’t always get the same diamonds from the same supplier. The reason is, once you start working with somebody for diamonds and you guys get comfortable, then they start sending you lesser quality parcels. A parcel is basically like a bag of diamonds, [which come in] a lot of different sizes. They should all be the same clarity, and you sort through them to see that the quality is consistent.

I can buy 50 carats of diamonds this month [or] this week, and then I’ll run out by making all the jewelry. And so, I need to reorder. If the quality starts to become inconsistent with the price that I’m paying, I’ll switch over to another diamond supplier. Most of my diamond suppliers are in India, so I’ve had to fly out there a few times and look at some parcels, look at some factories, and see how they’re all doing it.

[Or, for example,] if I have to build a watch and do it three weeks, and [clients] don’t give me enough time, I have to get [diamonds] local[ly].

What is your favorite jewelry design you sell?

My favorite designs [are] always the custom pieces I make. I always love doing custom work, I just love like how intricate they are. I just did a piece for a client of mine–it’s this huge custom piece that spins when you spin it. I’ve had the most fun working on it, that’s my favorite piece right now. I’m working on another one that might top it, but we’re gonna keep it under wraps for now.

What is your jewelry specialty?

My signature I would say is the baguette earrings, that’s what most people know me for. Out of all my followers, I would say 20,000 of them might have been from the baguette earrings.

I do really, really good with the baguette diamond earrings that are on my website. I could sell as many as 20 pairs a day. A lot of people [who] are from out of state buy that. A lot of people [come] in store as well. The baguette diamonds are just such a popular thing for me right now. I have to make hundreds and hundreds of pairs just to keep up with demand.

What is the most popular order you receive from clients?

The baguette diamonds are just like something you really don’t see out of New York. And so, people love them. It’s also my bread and butter…It’s gonna go, it’s gonna sell, and sell classic.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to be moving to another location on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx–I’m true to the Bronx, I don’t wanna leave the Bronx. So, I’m moving to a store that is down the block from me. It has three times the retail space, and a basement attached to it. I’ll be able to really put a factory down there. As long as the people keep loving my jewelry and what I do, I’m going to keep delivering the best I can. To do that, and to give the best prices, you need to do things in-house. I’m going to have a 1500 sq ft basement where I’ll be able to put ten diamond setters down there and set diamonds all day. The second floor will be an office to do all the online [work]. On the floor-level will be retail and the showroom, so people who want to see things in-person, I can show them right there. That is my short-term goal in the next one or two years. Long term, I want to be a household name, but one thing at a time.

Photo Credit:  Anthony Duque

Oscar Stone LTD Baguette Diamond Earrings

WATCHES & WONDERS MIAMI

WATCHES & WONDERS MIAMI FURTHER EXPANDS FOR 2019 WITH MORE WATCH EXHIBITORS, CONFERENCES AND PRODUCT DEBUTS

The second edition of Watches & Wonders Miami, created by the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) in partnership with the Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), is expected to be bigger and better, as new maisons continue to confirm their participation for the 2019 event. There are 13 newcomers this year including Chopard, De Bethune, Dior, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie., HYT, OMEGA, Roger Dubuis, Speake-Marin, Tiffany & Co., Ulysse Nardin, Zenith, and Turkish jeweler, Sevan Biçakçi, who recently launched a new luxury timepiece collection. In addition, brands including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kari Voutilainen, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Piaget, Romain Gauthier, RJ, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels will be returning exhibitors, bringing the total number of exhibiting maisons to 30. The event will take place over Presidents’ Day weekend from February 15th through February 17th.

With its direct access to watch enthusiasts, connoisseurs and collectors, exhibiting maisons are using Watches & Wonders Miami as an ideal platform to showcase their newest collections, as well as launch new products and concepts. Piaget will be displaying its record-breaking Altiplano Concept timepiece, the thinnest in the world. Dior will unveil a new personalization service for its Dior Grand Bal watch, allowing customers to design their own made-to-measure timepiece. Hublot will have artwork on display throughout the weekend from renowned artist, Michael Moebius. Jaeger-LeCoultre will showcase the maison’s know- how by featuring various craft stations in their boutique for guests to experience. Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin and Girard-Perregaux, is expected to attend Watches & Wonders Miami and host the global launch of a new watch from Ulysse Nardin, the X Collection, designed to appeal to a younger clientele.

In addition to new exhibitors and new product debuts, the FHH is also expanding conference and workshop offerings for 2019. A total of five panel discussions will be held over the course of the weekend and include topics such as ‘Can Women Save the Watch World,’ ‘What’s the Point of Watch Creation,’ and ‘Getting Your Super Collector All-Access Pass.’ Expert panelists will include collectors, executives from premier luxury brands and auction houses, major retailers and top journalists. There will be three workshops offered a day where attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to assemble and disassemble watch movements.

“We are continuously looking at ways to expand and evolve our signature events around the world, always with a focus on building understanding, awareness and interest in fine watchmaking,” says Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the Fondation Haute Horlogerie. “Watches and Wonders Miami has

quickly become a must attend, and the premier event for maisons to connect directly with the end consumer.”

“Watches & Wonders Miami unites the top luxury timepiece and jewelry brands for a spectacular weekend program and we are thrilled to host once again in the heart of the Miami Design District. Watch aficionados will be able to view magnificent timepieces, many of which are being debuted in the US for the first time. Likewise, car enthusiasts attending from all parts of the world will not be disappointed with the unparalleled selection of exceptional cars at the Miami Concours,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District. “As this event really creates and brings one of a kind experiences to the neighborhood, we highly anticipate all the immersive experiences that will unfold from the robust lineup of activities in store.”

Watches & Wonders Miami is also partnering with the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show that will relocate to a new, more expansive location at One Herald Plaza. The 2019 show will feature a 60-acre display, including a massive 67,000 sqf. Exhibition space and nearly 500 yachts from the world’s foremost manufacturers and brokers. For automobile enthusiasts, the Miami Concours will take place the Saturday and Sunday of Presidents’ Day weekend in the Miami Design District and feature an exclusive presentation of incredibly rare vintage, sports and exotic cars from some of America’s most respected collectors. Watches & Wonders Miami will be the ultimate weekend of luxury with watches, jewelry, exotic cars, and super yachts.

Visit the Watches & Wonders Miami website for further details and to register for event news and updates:

www.watchesandwonders.com

@watchesandwondersmiami #watchesandwondersmiami @miamidesigndistrict #atMDD

The 29 maisons participating in Watches and Wonders Miami are:

Boutiques

A. Lange & Söhne Bvlgari

Cartier

*Dior

Hublot

IWC Jaeger-LeCoultre Louis Vuitton

Grand Pop-Up Boutiques

Audemars Piguet *Girard-Perregaux RJ

Pop-Up Boutiques

*De Bethune

*OMEGA

Panerai

Piaget

*Sevan Biçakçi

Tag Heuer

*Tiffany & Co. Vacheron Constantin Van Cleef & Arpels

*Roger Dubuis *Ulysse Nardin *Zenith

F.P. Journe

*H. Moser & Cie. Romain Gauthier *HYT *Speake-Marin Kari Voutilainen

* Indicates a new participating brand

Fondation Haute Horlogerie

The Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) was established in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard- Perregaux and the Richemont Group. Headquartered, in Geneva, Switzerland, the FHH strives to promote awareness, understanding and interest in Fine Watchmaking around the world through education, training and specialized events. The FHH works in conjunction with 44 partner brands that provide financial support and assistance with project implementation.

Miami Design District Associates

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated

by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. In 2019, the Miami Design District is expanding dramatically, with new restaurants and luxury boutiques opening in the distinctive, walkable neighborhood that welcomes and encourages innovation. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its own rich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city is deserving of its place on the global stage.

The Best Products To Sell From Your Home

Looking to earn some extra cash? One of the best ways to do this in today’s day and age is to sell items online from your home by setting up your own e-commerce company. This can be relatively straightforward to do as the entire operation can be run from your own home and in many cases you do not even need to store the goods at your house. The key to success will be picking the right items to sell – in addition to being in demand, these should also be ones that are cheap to source, easy to store and simple to deliver. Here are a few good options.

Jewelry

Jewelry is always in demand, and people often prefer to buy from independent and small suppliers so that they can find unique, eye-catching designs at affordable prices. Whether you are making the jewelry yourself or sourcing it from elsewhere, this can be very easy to sell online, and it is always in demand. Just make sure that you include high-quality photographs and product descriptions with each piece so that the consumer has a clear idea of what to expect.

Cosmetics

Similarly, cosmetics and beauty products are always in demand with people constantly on the lookout for hidden gems from smaller suppliers. Cosmetics can also be simple to store, package and ship and there are also many companies that allow you to sell on their behalf which can be an effective way to sell in-demand products.

Socks

The sock industry is experiencing a huge boom right now, and it is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2023. In particular, colorful designs and unique patterns are proving to be highly popular so look to source wholesale socks, and you could start running a lucrative business. Additionally, they are perfect for home businesses because are lightweight and you can order in bulk to allow for an increased average order value with product bundling.

Baked Goods

Thanks to shows like The Great British Bakeoff there has been a surge in demand for baked goods in recent times. You can capitalize this by baking your own goods and selling them both directly from your home and online. This can be an excellent business to run from home, but you will need to make sure that you have thought about how to ensure freshness when shipping baked goods.

Smartphone Accessories

Seeing as they play such a key part in modern day life for people of all ages, it is no surprise that smartphone accessories are exploding in popularity in 2018. What’s more, they are also very cheap to source and easy to store, so they are ideal for businesses that are run from home.

Selling products online from your home can be a terrific source of income whether it is your sole source of income or a way to earn on the side. The above are all good options for products to sell from your home as they are in demand, easy to keep around the home and simply to ship.