“Robert Procop –– the jeweler’s name was catapulted in the spotlight.”
– British Vogue
“Robert Procop’s professional life is a delicate balance between ritzy glamour and the ultimate in discretion.”
– Country and Townhouse UK
“His true skill is being one of the best and most knowledgeable diamond and gemstone dealers in the world.”
– Forbes Magazine
“Robert Procop is a remarkable jewelry designer, a renowned gemstone dealer, and an astute businessman.”
– Diamond World
“Something majestic and truly one of a kind.”
– The New York Times
Exclusive Life Magazine
November 7, 2019
by GÓMEZ & MOLINA PUERTO BANÚS
From age ten to fifteen, Robert spent his summers working at his father’s engineering plant, becoming a gifted engineer in fine micro precision tooling.
At age sixteen Robert worked in a pawn shop, learning about diamonds and their values, as well as how to trade them in the industry.
After university, Robert opened Diamonds on Rodeo on Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, where he continued to learn the art of fine jewels. It was during this time that he secured the first of his Presidential Commissions with President Ronald Reagan, and his clients since then have included both royalty and heads of state. Robert became the first American to be CEO of the Crown Jeweler, serving Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and caring for the crown jewels at the Tower of London. His other royal commissions included the evaluation of the Royal Crown of India, the making of the Malaysian Crown Jewels, and the recreation of the Marie Antoinette Necklace. Along the way, Robert developed a trusted reputation for quality and discretion, and has been honored to handle some of the finest gemstones in existence, including the Cleopatra Sapphire, the Heart of the Kingdom Ruby, and the 665 Carat Imperial Emerald.
Robert further refined his expertise by traveling the world and learning from the great masters of different disciplines. Robert befriended Master Diamond Cutter Gabi Tolkowsky, from whom he learned the artistry of different cutting styles. He also learned how Gabi cut the largest blue diamond in the world. In Bogota, Colombia, Robert studied under Master Emerald Cutter Adolfo Argotty. From Thailand to America, he learned the art of cutting sapphires and rubies.
Robert’s wide-ranging experiences in the industry have given him a keen eye for finding the fi nest cutters, artisans and master craftsmen. He has spent his life assembling a team whose combined experience, talent, and passion to achieve beyond the limits of today’s bounds has served to produce flawless color gem treasures. Recently, Robert was honored by having a necklace specially selected for permanent placement in the National Gem Collection at The Smithsonian Institute.
Robert was appointed by Lord Balfour, prior to his death, to continue his incredible legacy by producing future editions of the highly esteemed, industry standard, publication of Famous Diamonds. His mission is to discover new rarities and hunt for missing diamond treasures. In doing so he has had the privilege of handling diamonds never before beheld by the public, including some of the largest colored diamonds in the world.
Continuously pursuing the discovery of natural, brilliant colored gemstones furthers Robert’s efforts to create stunning designs that exemplify beauty and serve to fund his philanthropic efforts. Among other tireless efforts, the proceeds of sales from his collaborations with Angelina Jolie and Brooke Shields benefit the Los Angeles based non-profit organization, House of Ruth, which serves women and their children who have suffered abuse by providing temporary and transitional housing through 16 shelters. Angelina Jolie and Robert’s efforts through The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict build schools and dormitories that help to educate children in areas of conflict.