Our Story


mike and johnFather and son team (John & Michael) compliment each other perfectly. John is a master jeweler with 40 years of bench experience. Beginning as a diamond setter in New York City’s famed Diamond District, John worked for noted houses such as Henry Dunay, Scott Kay, Cartier, and Tiffany, among others. His reputation steadily spread throughout the jewelry industry for his fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. Over the years, John’s interests branched out into other areas of jewelry repair and design. He has the ability to bring a client’s vision to fruition, whether it is creating a new and unique piece, or re-purposing an outdated piece of jewelry. His experience working with all types of metals and precious stones helps in the creative process.

Michael is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), earning his Graduate Gemologist certification which encompasses the study of diamonds, grading, as well as learning about the genus and characteristics of over 1,700 different colored stones. Michael brings his winning personality when interacting with clients. This, accompanied by a wealth of knowledge fueled by his passion for jewelry and exposure to all aspects of the jewelry industry makes him the quintessential salesperson.

Royal Jewels of Rye maintains a presence in Manhattan through Royal Jewel Setting Company which is managed by Hachik Givelekian (brother of John). As New York’s Best Jewelers (New York Magazine, 2004) the brothers believe that quality and customer service is essential.

We realize how important your jewelry is to you: not only does it enhance your appearance, but it can be a treasured heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority.