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Student of the Year | Chris Cobb

2016 Student of the Year | Chris Cobb

At BC Clark Jewelers, we strive to have the most educated and committed staff anywhere.

At the annual BC Clark Awards Banquet, multiple awards were presented to members of each of the three BC Clark stores, including the Student of the Year award.

Chris Cobb of our Downtown store was recognized with this prestigious honor for her dedication and completion of several gemological courses which ultimately resulted in her achievement of a Certified Gemologist title from the American Gem Society.

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.


Paul Minton Goes Mining with Forevermark!


BC Clark is honored to announce that Paul Minton, Director of Operations, was recently named to the inaugural Forevermark Carat Club, an honor given to only the Top 17 Forevermark salespeople in the nation. As a result, Paul was awarded a very exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Ontario’s first diamond mine.

On August 17th, the members of the 2016 Forevermark Carat Club embarked on an expedition to the De Beers Victor mine in Northern Ontario, Canada. While at the mine, they experienced the journey of a Forevermark diamond first-hand.

Victor Mine- Forevermark Carat Club at De Beers Victor Mine Site
Paul and other Carat Club members posing at the entrance to the Victor mine in Ontario.

Club members toured the open-pit mine site and process plant, where more than 5.6 million carats have been recovered since the mine opened in 2008. The tour ended with a viewing of some of Victor’s rough diamonds, which are among the best quality diamonds in the world.

BC Clark is proud to employ the most highly educated diamond experts in the state, and Paul exemplifies our commitment to quality!

Following the trip to Victor mine, Paul was given the opportunity to fly to Sudbury, where he visited Forevermark Diamantaire Crossworks Manufacturing’s state-of-the-art cutting and polishing factory. Here, Paul and other Carat Club members experienced the next steps following the mine in the life of a Forevermark diamond.

Carat Club members also got to try their hands at the polishing wheel and feel what it takes to achieve the perfect combination of touch, angle, and rhythm to polish a facet on a diamond.


From Antwerp to OKC: A History with Lazare


Attention to detail, and a love for family: these are the shared values of the B.C. Clark and Lazare Kaplan families. Our relationship spans nearly eight decades. But very few of our customers know just how special this relationship truly is. Yes, the Lazare Collection is quite stunning, but the family behind these amazing diamonds is equally impressive.

The Kaplan and Clark Stories Share Many Parallels

1903Lazare Kaplan descended from three generations of jewelers. Born in 1883, it was at his uncle’s diamond cutting factory in Belgium that he began his apprenticeship at the age of 13.  In 1903, at the age of 20, Lazare Kaplan started his own diamond business that grew and prospered. He quickly became known as one of Antwerp’s leading diamond cleavers.

It was during Lazare’s rise to prominence in the diamond community that another visionary, Benton Clyde Clark, was making a name for himself halfway around the world, in Purcell, Indian Territory.


By the early 1900s, both of these jewelry pioneers were beginning to broaden their expertise and grow their businesses. They were both embarking on a journey that would eventually result in their meeting.

In 1919, Marcel Tolkowsky, a cousin of Lazare Kaplan, developed a mathematical formula for cutting diamonds to precise angles and proportions to gain the optimum reflection and refraction of light.  Lazare adopted that ideal cut theory in 1919 and the Company is still today devoted to the art of cutting the most beautiful diamonds.

This method, based on a complex formula that measures with exacting precision a diamond’s many angles and proportions, produces a diamond that maximizes the characteristics that discerning consumers prize above all else: brilliance, sparkle, and fire.


Hard Work and Integrity Shine in Tough Economic Times

During the 1920s, as the population of Purcell began to level off, B.C. Clark made the bold decision to move his family, and his business, to Oklahoma City. He purchased an existing jewelry store in the downtown business district, and the rest is history.

After the stock market crash in October of 1929, several Oklahoma businesses were forced to close their doors, but throughout the duration of the Great Depression, BC Clark Jewelers remained solvent. The business continued to grow, and the BC Clark name became synonymous for quality and integrity.

Kaplan examining the Jonker Diamond

By 1936 Lazare Kaplan gained fame in his own right, when he successfully cut the 726-carat Jonker diamond, after a year of planning; the largest and finest uncut diamond known at the time. This was an extremely complex diamond, which could have been destroyed if the plans of other cutters who had examined it had been followed. And it was there, in New York, as Kaplan tapped the cleaver on this historic occasion, that a young, B.C. Clark, Jr. watched in amazement. Kaplan’s attention to detail and fine craftsmanship struck a chord with B.C.

And so it was only a matter of time before these two families would collide. Fueled by a common desire to carry on the proud traditions of their ancestors and a mutual respect for one another, an exclusive partnership was formed. And over the past eight decades, BC Clark Jewelers has proudly carried the Lazare line in all three of our OKC locations.

Lazare Kaplan posing in his New York office with his sons and grandsons. In the background: A framed photo of Kaplan and B.C. Clark, Sr. meeting.

The quality, precision, and master craftsmanship of these amazing diamonds can only be truly appreciated in person. We encourage you to come by any of our OKC locations to experience the Lazare collection for yourself.


The Diamond Difference: Forevermark Diamonds


We hope you have enjoyed the last 5 weeks of The Diamond Difference Series as we’ve explained in great detail our diamond buying process. We are proud of the effort that we put into bringing Oklahoma only the best diamonds.

In our 6th and final installment, Coleman discusses our premier diamond collection, Forevermark® by DeBeers.  Each Forevermark diamond comes with a promise that it is beautiful, rare, and responsibly sourced.

These diamonds are truly unique, and when combined with our Gravity Collection, provide our customers a truly exclusive diamond jewelry experience.

Forevermark Diamonds: Week 6

We are proud of the fact that less than 1% of the world’s diamonds of worthy of carrying the Forevermark distinction. Experts at the Forevermark Diamond Institute carefully inspect every diamond, going beyond the technical qualities of the 4Cs to hand-pick only those diamonds that are truly beautiful. And as we’ve always promised here at BC Clark, we inspect these diamonds even further to ensure that we bring nothing but the best to our showrooms.

Every Forevermark diamond receives an inscription that represents our promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Invisible to the naked eye, this inscription includes theForevermark icon and a unique number, making each Forevermark diamond as special as the promise made when it is given or received.



The Diamond Difference: Gravity Collection


We are now in Week 5 of our The Diamond Difference video series. For the last 4 weeks we have been taking our blog readers through the process of diamond purchasing, from hand-selecting the best diamonds, to certifying them through the industry’s most respected labs, to constructing beautiful jewelry right here in our own jewelry department.

This week Coleman discusses a truly unique collection found nowhere else in the world, The BC Clark Gravity Collection.

Gravity Collection: Week 5

Carrying only the best diamonds is a claim that we are proud to make, but at BC Clark we like to take it a step further. We are also honored to be able to share with you a collection of engagement rings and wedding bands found nowhere else in the world.

Sure, we carry many of the top designer names in engagement rings, but our Gravity Collection has quickly become our top selling line. Why? We like to think that it is because these rings are not only beautifully crafted, they are also truly exclusive to BC Clark.

Our Gravity Collection combines craftsmanship, beautiful hand-picked diamonds, and a classic look to bring our customers extremely affordable quality. Each ring is made in the USA and includes the BC Clark inscription which serves as our seal of quality to you.


The Diamond Difference: Diamond Ear Studs


Selecting top quality diamonds is a time-consuming and detailed process. Our weekly video series, The Diamond Difference, has attempted to pull back the curtain and reveal the great lengths that BC Clark goes to in order to ensure that our customers have access to some of the best diamonds in the world.

Diamond Ear Studs: Week 4

For the last few weeks we’ve been discussing our buying process, the scrutiny with which we select our diamonds, and the certification process that each one of our diamonds undergoes. This week we take a look at how this commitment to quality applies to a specific type of jewelry, our diamond ear studs.

So what makes a pair of BC Clark diamond ear studs different from a pair of earrings from our competitors? It’s simple. We’ve gone out of our way to select top quality, loose diamonds. We match them by diameter, color, and clarity to ensure that they are the perfect compliment to each other.

Our in-house shop uses these beautiful, hand-selected diamonds to create truly unique pieces. Each pair is mounted to a high-quality backing, because we know the frustrations of losing an earring. These industry leading backs will help insure that your earrings will stay together while you are out on the town!

In short, by constructing these beautiful pieces in-house, we are providing quality control that you simply will not get at other jewelers. It’s all part of the BC Clark Diamond Difference.

The Diamond Difference: Certificates and Grading Reports


The first two installments of our Diamond Difference Series have taken viewers through the diamond selection process and explained the importance that we place on a diamond’s cut. We hope that these videos have solidified our commitment to bring Oklahoma only the best hand-picked diamonds.

Certificates and Grading Reports: Week 3

In Part 3 of the series, we dive into the certification and documentation of the diamonds that we deem worthy of the BC Clark promise. In this video, Certificates and Grading Reports, Coleman explains the necessity of a diamond certificate as well as the importance of what lab provides that certification.

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The Diamond Difference: Cut, The Most Important C


Our first installment of the Diamond Difference Series, How We Buy, provided an overview of how the Clarks carefully select each diamond that we sell. In short, we search the major markets of the world, eliminating the middle man and going directly to the major cutting sources. Our process ensures that when you give the gift of a BC Clark diamond, you’re giving the gift of quality.

Cut, The Most Important C: Week 2

In Part 2 of our Diamond Difference Series, Coleman explains the one major trait of a diamond that is most often overlooked, cut. In this video, Cut: The Most Important C, we discuss the importance of not only the color and clarity of the diamond, but the skill of the cutter.

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The Diamond Difference: How We Buy


We’ve put together a series of videos we’re calling “The Diamond Difference” to help you truly understand the great lengths that we go to in order to bring you only the best diamonds.

Our hope is that through this series you will come to understand why a diamond from BC Clark is different, and most often a better value than you will find anywhere else. We make the bold promise to only bring you “…the best hand-picked diamonds.” And a bold promise requires bold action.

So why are we so confident in the diamonds that we sell?

It’s because we have been intricately involved in the discovery and selection of every loose diamond and center stone that makes its way to our display cases. Buying a diamond at BC Clark ensures that you will be giving a gift of unmatched quality. It’s our promise to you. The secret lies in how we buy:

How We Buy Diamonds: Week 1

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