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Ortman and Sheff is a fourth generation company specializing in significant and rare diamonds, precious stones and fine jewelry. The wholesale company is located in both New York City and South Florida and is managed today by Roger Sheff and Heidi Ortman Sheff.
The History of Ortman and Sheff is a colorful one. If you were fortunate enough to have met Jack Ortman before he passed away in 1990, then you know he was a rare gem. His eccentricity and unique character led him to buy fancy color diamonds in the '5os and '60s before they became popular or valuable.
If only you could see into the future....
Jack Ortman was a true visionary. In the late '60s, he purchased a beautiful 7 carat blue, pear shape diamond for $20,000. His partner at the time, Jerry Blickman, thought he was foolish to buy such an undesirable stone. Jack later sold it to a private client for $165,000. In the late '80s, the client resold it for $2.4 M and was thrilled with their investment. Today that blue diamond would be worth approximately $8-9 M.
Did you know?
Today, Fancy Color Diamonds are the world's most concentrated and portable form of wealth. A stone worth millions of dollars can be worn and enjoyed, or fit comfortably inside your pocket and be transported legally and sold in most major cities in the world. Blues, pinks and even intense and vivid yellow diamonds have appreciated significantly over the past 10 years. They are extremely rare, and like a Monet or Picasso painting, almost impossible to replace. There is no exact formula for putting a price on these types of stones. It is about the beauty, intensity and purity of the color as well as the proportion and brilliance of the cut.