Harold Weinstein, one of the first independent American Gem Society jewelers in Canada, died on January 8th, 2010.
Weinstein started in the business by sweeping the floors of his father’s Sudbury jewelry store on the weekends and after school. He went on to build his own four-store guild chain called Gordon Jewellers.
He was vice-president of Peoples Jewellers in 1975. After a heart-attack in 1976, he went to Bangkok to buy rubies and sapphires and then opened a small colored gemstone and appraisal business.
In 1990, he served as president of the Canadian Jewellers Association. He was a founding member of Jewellers Vigilance Canada, and the first recipient of the Canadian Jeweller Hall of Fame Award and a proud member of the 24 Karat Club. He retired for good in 1997.