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David Conger, Graduate Gemologist

Conger’s is managed by David Conger. The business specializes in jewellery design, jewellery appraisal and repairs. It is more of a jewellery design studio and gemological appraisal lab than a jewellery store. Jewellery is not premade and is not on display. Gems are ordered from the best suppliers in Canada and around the world. David searches for the best value from ethical sources when shopping for stones. He makes most jewellery by hand. You will find examples of previous work in the Gallery and on the Custom Engagement Rings pages. Pricing is easily estimated before work is started.

The business is open on weekdays by appointment.

David is a Gemologist and is able to source nearly any gemstone you need. He is an expert at 3D computer.

History

David Conger started working in the jewellery business while a student in 1976. Eager to become a goldsmith, he picked up the skills to repair jewellery. He started doing jewellery repairs for the store he worked at – Mappins Jewellers, Bayshore Mall. His love for jewellery continued to grow, and by 1980, he had graduated as a Gemologist from the best-known school in the world: GIA.

After graduating, he moved to Toronto where he strated working for a local chain of jewellery stores as the head diamond and gemstone buyer, as well as the jewellery appraiser. By the end of that year, he was asked to manage the jewellery repair and appraisal services for Simpson’s and The Bay across Canada. This was the first time in Canada that jewellery appraisals were offered While-You-Wait. On opening day, customer enthusiam was so high that the lineup went outside the store, down Queen Street (in Toronto) and around the block.

It was clear that people were very receptive to the service. Customers were reluctant to let their jewellery out of their sight. David began to set his sights on starting his own business, so he returned to Ottawa to establish Conger’s Gemmological Services Ltd, a local independent jewellery appraisal service. He provided jewellery appraisals in the privacy and security of customer’s homes and offices.

This was at a time when there were just one or two Gemologists in Ottawa. Many stores were shipping jewellery out of town for appraisal, and no one offered to do the work in front of customers. With some advertising, David attracted the interest of local jewellery stores. By 1988, his business provided the jewellery appraisal service for 30 fine retail jewellery stores in Ottawa, several trust companies and the Canada Revenue Agency – Customs & Excise.

Education & Experience

David Conger is a Graduate Gemologist with the distinction of Earned in Residence at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This distinction is above and beyond the norm of many gemologists who study correspondence courses.

It’s important because residence students are exposed to far more testing in gem identification and diamond grading. His education was at the Santa Monica campus of GIA. With more than 40 years in the jewellery business, he is recognized as an expert in his field and has appraised several thousand items of jewellery.

Image GIA Graduate Gemologist Diploma

Jewellery Design

In 1992, David Conger opened a retail jewellery store in Ottawa, along with his father Gerald who had recently retired from a senior position in the public service of the Canadian federal government. This was a move into the world of jewellery sales and design. 

In 1995, Conger’s Gemmological Services Ltd. invested in one of Ottawa’s first Gemvision Design Workstations. This was a heavy investment into new technology. The design software was new to the industry. David Conger has always been committed to maintaining state-of-the-art technologies in jewellery design, including Panther 3D Design, RhinoGold, MatrixGold and now 3D printing. His love for designing jewellery is obvious to people who meet him.

What Now?

For 29 years, Conger’s Gemological Services Ltd. was a retail jewellery store at Hampton Park Plaza. When the pandemic circled the world, the store closed. Today you will find David Conger working from his home-based gem lab and jewellery design studio. He provides jewellery appraisals, repairs and design services. His business is registered as David Conger, Gemologist. Customers are welcome to meet by appointment. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 virus, meetings are curbside.

Quality service and personalized attention distinguish David Conger’s work from many jewellers in Ottawa. Please consider a visit with a local Ottawa jewellery professional.

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