OUR STAFF - Our Expertise
Our expertise is found in our consistent training and learning in the diamond and jewelry industry. This is matched by our gemological equipment and our ability to identify any gemstone and metal, and analyze diamonds and colored gemstones for their qualities and values, based on our extensive training with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the AGS (American Gem Society).
We are proud members of the American Gem Society—AGS.
Guided by the ideals of education and consumer protection, the American Gem Society was founded in 1934. We are dedicated to: Ethical business practices; Development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge; and Protecting the consumer.
Steven L. Ginsberg
is vice president of Ginsberg Jewelers. He attended Cedar Rapids public schools, the University of Iowa, and graduated from Fordham University (New York City, College at Lincoln Center) in 1987, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. While in New York Steve received the Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York, and worked as a Diamond Grader in GIA’s Gem Trade Laboratory, Inc. Steve became Supervisor of Client Services at GIA Gem Trade Laboratory immediately prior to joining Ginsberg Jewelers in Cedar Rapids in 1993. AS the 4th generation in the family business, Steve earned his Certified Gemologist (CG) certificate from the American Gem Society (AGS) in 2004, and his Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) distinction from the AGS in 2009.
Professional associations include Jewelers of America, American Gem Society, GIA Alumni Association. Steve currently serves on board of directors of Iowa Jewelers Association since 2010. He is an active supporter and practitioner of the arts in Cedar Rapids.
is president of Ginsberg Jewelers. He attended Cedar Rapids public schools and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Iowa in 1948. As the 3rd generation, he and his brothers Lou & Stanley transformed the business from a pawn shop to the fine jewelry store we are today. Professional associations include Jewelers of America, American Gem Society and Iowa Jewelers Association. Herman is also member of Mt Herman Masonic Blue lodge, Cedar Rapids West Rotary Club, and Cedar Rapids Literary Club.
Our Most Valued Asset
Together, our staff has over 200 years of experience, knowledge and passion in the diamond and jewelry industry.
Pictured below are: Gary Follmann; Kendy Goos; Sol Maikon; Rosa Cohanim; and Melinda Bickford. Not pictured is Bob Brown.