Meet The Team

At Samuelson’s Diamonds, our team, our customers, and our community are family. We’re a group of hardworking diamond and jewelry experts who love what we do even more than we love the Ravens! Our passion for beautiful diamond jewelry and top-notch customer service has helped us earn the trust of thousands of Charm City locals over the years.

Keep reading to learn more about the Samuelson’s Diamonds team.

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Ron Samuelson, CEO

As a third generation owner, Ron stepped right into a leadership position at Samuelson’s Diamonds in 1994. He immediately recognized the power of the newly emerging internet and seized on the opportunity to grow the Samuelson’s business online.

Ron has been featured in The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine’s 40 under 40, and the Wall Street Journal. Having been trained by GIA in diamonds and diamond grading, Ron has also spoken at various jewelry events and trade shows and has often been asked to offer his insights on the diamond market.

Outside of the office, you can find Ron playing classic blues and rock like Grateful Dead on his Fender Stratocaster or Paul Reed Smith (handmade here in Maryland) guitars in a local jam band. When he’s not playing live music, he’s watching it at one of the many venues across Baltimore.

A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Dr. Michael Feinglass Cancer Foundation and lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

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Steve Samuelson, President

Steve began his career in the jewelry business in 1962, when he sat alongside his father Milton Samuelson, the founder of Samuelson’s Diamonds. Steve expanded Samuelson’s Diamonds from a small family jewelry store to one of the most well-regarded and successful businesses in Baltimore. Although Steve is experienced in every category of jewelry, he has a special interest in timepieces and estate jewelry.

Steve has served as President of The Maryland Food Bank, was Past President of the Board of Trustees of the Beth Tfiloh Community School, and he is currently the President of the Market Center Merchants Association. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his six grandchildren.

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Nadav Spiegler, Sales Manager

Nadav comes to Samuelson’s Diamonds from the Diamond District in New York City, where he learned the trade working for one of Manhattan’s top diamond dealers. He brings his hard-earned skills back home to Baltimore and we are glad to have him!

His knowledge of diamonds and exceptional customer service skills have made him Samuelson’s Diamonds top salesperson. His favorite diamond shape is a round, of course, but he loves them all.

When designing an engagement ring, shape, quality and craftsmanship are Nadav’s top priorities. Straight lines and a clean design are what he looks for in bridal jewelry.

When he’s not knee deep in diamonds, Nadav is an avid sports fan and athlete. He plays in soccer and basketball leagues, and his knowledge of pro sports is second only to his expertise in fine jewelry. Whether you’re talkin’ Ravens or rocks, Nadav is the guy to see! Nadav was elected to the executive board of the Pikesville/Owings Mills Chamber of Commerce and lives in Baltimore County with his wife and three young children.

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Allie Azrael Lopato, G.G.
Director of Estate Jewelry

A native of Baltimore, Allie comes back home from New York City, where she worked at one of the world’s largest estate jewelry buyers. While working in New York, she quickly became the company’s top producer and excels in all aspects of estate purchasing. She holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, and is well versed in diamond and colored stone grading. Allie is an expert in pre-owned luxury branded jewelry and watches, and has a passion for art deco jewelry pieces.

Allie is a graduate of The Park School of Baltimore and earned her B.S. from Indiana University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling abroad, and is always up for a new adventure with her husband, son, and Labradoodle, Dexter.

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Paul Bogat, Buyer

Paul Bogat joined Samuelson’s Diamonds in 1983, but his career in the jewelry business extends back to the early 1970s when he worked with several of Maryland’s top gold dealers. Paul’s area of expertise is in gold and silver bullion, numismatic coins, silver flatware, and all aspects of metals purchasing.

In his spare time, you can find Paul enjoying the coastal views from his Ocean City home or on the boardwalk taking his new grandson for another spin on the merry-go-round.

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Liz Durbin, Office Manager/Gatekeeper

Liz comes to Samuelson’s Diamonds after earning her degree in business administration from Towson University. From answering phones and selling jewelry to customer service, Liz does it all! Her eye for unique jewelry helps her manage the Samuelson’s Diamonds Etsy page.

Liz’s favorite diamond shape is a mine cut or rose cut diamond. While the round diamond shape is so classic, a vintage cut makes each diamond very unique. Her favorite jewelry style is a simple art deco design with angular shapes and baguette accent diamonds.

When not at work, Liz loves hiking and camping with her dogs at local spots like Loch Raven Reservoir. She also enjoys a good sci-fi movie!

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Eric Sanchez, Master Jeweler

A second generation jeweler with over a decade of bench jewelry experience, we are lucky to have Eric managing the Repair Center at Samuelson’s! Specializing in stone setting, restoration, torch & laser repair and fine watch case and bracelet refinishing, no task is too big or too small for him to take on. With a passion for custom projects and creating unique pieces, Eric is no stranger to handling real masterpieces. He even apprenticed under a 30 year Master Jeweler from England who had worked on the Hope Diamond and Marie Antoinette’s personal Tiara! In his free time you can find Eric checking out Baltimore’s local food and music scenes and spending time with friends and family.