Mike Nekta: The Prime Don of Diamonds

September 17 20:24 2020

In every industry across the globe, there are notable titans straddling the stratospheres, commanding respect by virtue of their vast experience, sheer will and deep intellect. These are men and women who have cut their teeth in the most arduous ways possible in their industry, emerging as eminent experts in their businesses, gurus to be consulted on the most precarious issues concerning their industry. In the general world of jewelries (and more particularly diamonds), one name reverberates when these listed qualities are thought of – Mike Nekta.

The son, grandson and great-grandson of accomplished jewellers, Mike Nekta is a full-blooded jeweller that understands the need to combine family heritage with more professional education, in order to lead and adapt to industry innovations. That foresight and quick grasp of innovation was what made Mike opt out of his scholarship in Baruch University, going instead for a professional course in the Gemological Institute of America (which is the Harvard of the global diamond industry), specializing in diamonds, a credential that a majority of jewelers cannot boast of. The combination of street smarts developed by active dealing in the New York City diamond district since 1997 and his formal education at the GIA, alongside his experience in importing, exporting, and manufacturing jewelries has given Mike Nekta near-superhero type powers on anything diamond. A jeweler that is not formally educated is many times at the mercy of his suppliers, a costly plight that would surely negatively affect prices for clients. With his experience and formal education, that has never been so for Mike.

At heart, Mike is a romantic, a firm believer in the special nature of engagements and the fact that nothing else screams “special” more than beautifully customized wedding rings that individually express(es) each couples’ unique bond in the best form. That knowledge and desire to create more memorable and personal moments for couples drove Mike to set out to design these kinds of rings that take each individual couple into consideration, on graduation. The beautiful thing about Mike Nekta’s brand is the fact that he strongly believes (and ensures) that everyone experiences this magic, whether they are rich or poor, from America or from Africa. Where some other big brand jewelers charge unfair premiums even for young lovebirds with limited resources, Mike cuts down on all of that in order to ensure that his clients are satisfied and not scammed. Although a great number of his rich clients (that request large diamond designs) are people who prefer their purchase rather not be mentioned publicly, there are some exceptions. Among his publicly known outstanding designs is the rave Shahs of Sunset, a .2 million 15 carat diamond engagement ring designed for Lilly Galichi at the request of her tycoon fiancé, Dahr Mahn. 

By 2004 (which was twenty-nine years after the Nekta family set up shop in the tri-state area), Mike introduced the Nekta Watch Collection, a unique brand that  understands the bond that men have to their watches, solidifying that bond even more with personal touches for individual men. With this, the Nekta family jewelry business completed it’s shift from a small chain of resale jewelry shops to a budding professional jewelry design and sales business to be reckoned with in the tri-state area and beyond, boasting of more than 250,000 collections.

Trying to fit Mike Nekta’s accomplishments in the jewelry industry in a single article would not do true justice to him and his achievements in the business, but that is what we are doing here. As an astute business man, a jewelry designer, and a diamond expert, Mike Nekta has a very tiny pool of rivals, but what puts him ahead of the herd is his dedication to telling each of his individual client’s story in the best fitting way possible with his designs. That is innate and cannot be bought, and it is what makes clients keep coming back with new people, and others in the business look up to and consult Mike on the diciest issues. He is one of the foremost authorities on anything diamond, a man who believes in guiding people and protecting them from scams.

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