Samuel Schick, a prominent New York City dealer who served as chairman of the board as well as secretary of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York, has died at the age of 86.
“He was a real industry icon,” remembers son-in-law Jerry Katz, who worked with him. “He was also very generous. He helped everyone he could and believed in giving everyone a chance.”
In a 2006 interview commemorating the club’s 75th anniversary, Schick remembered his beginnings in the business.
“When I started, it was easy to get established in this business and prosper in it,” he said. “At that time, rough was very available. We had 10 dealers who got a dealer’s sight in America. I had a wide choice and could find out the best pieces. That’s how you learned the business—by looking at stone after stone.”
For many years, Schick wrote the opening editorial for New York Diamonds magazine, now a JCK sister publication. He was also president of Poale Agudath Israel of America, a Jewish group.