Meet the Team
From stunning custom diamond engagement rings, to beautiful bracelets, earrings, sparkling diamonds and colored gemstones, Uptown Diamond has quickly become Houston’s premier diamond and colored stone cutting house and manufacturer.
Rick Antona, the Owner and Gemologist of Uptown Diamond, was raised in Houston, Texas and attended Texas Tech University. After a chance encounter with Harry Gordon, Jr., Mr. Gordon offered Rick a job in 1992, managing Harry Gordon Jewelers on Post Oak Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Even though Rick did not have any diamond jewelry experience at the time, he passionately dove head first into the business in order to learn as much as he could from Mr. Gordon, the innovative jeweler whose family was credited for changing the way Americans buy fine jewelry. After gaining a world of experience at Harry Gordon Jewelers, Rick joined a local major Houston diamond cutting house and was one of the top diamond experts there for over twenty years. Over the years, Rick has built and maintained relationships with a number of colleges and universities. It is because of these relationships that Uptown Diamond now designs and produces championship rings for University of Texas, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Christian University, and many others. In addition to the collegiate level, Uptown Diamond has designed and produced rings for a number of professional organizations such as the Houston Astros as well as Anschutz Entertainment Group (“AEG”).
Crystal serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Uptown Diamond. A dedicated marketing professional with skills in communications, public affairs, and project management. While being well-versed in the creative and organizational aspects of implementing a compelling marketing strategy, Crystal continues to help us develop our operation to help us run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
When she isn’t working with the many talented individuals in the bridal community to collaborate our jewelry into new projects, she is creating content all over town with her favorite pieces. Although you may think the diamonds are her favorite part of the job, she holds our Non-Profit Leave No One Behind close to her heart and enjoys coordinating events for those athletes. Feel free to reach out to Crystal with any collaborations or questions you may have.
Meredith serves as an executive assistant and most valuable asset to Uptown Diamond’s Owner, Rick Antona. She is instrumental in Rick’s correspondence, reading and analyzing incoming memos, submissions and distributes them accordingly. Meredith has gathered a broad understanding of gemology and continues to learn as she has recently taken over the Uptown Diamond Girl account. Meredith has a passion for fine jewelry and intends to share her latest obsessions through Uptown Diamond Girl's Instagram page.
Sydney has a passion for designing and crafting beautiful engagement rings and custom jewelry. Her interest is not only in gorgeous jewelry but also carries a great understanding for the custom jewelry process. Sydney recently graduated from The University of Alabama with a Fashion Merchandising and Design degree. She is eager to apply her eye for fashion and design which makes her a perfect fit when assisting you with your custom jewelry design. Let Sydney know if there is something she can get started on for you!
Karen is the first person you see as you walk into the reception area of Uptown Diamond. Her smiling face and welcoming demeanor are absolutely necessary to our team along with her in-depth knowledge of our process and clientele we do not know what we would do without her. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Houston with the goal of becoming an attorney. Until then, we will hold on to her as long as we can!
Get In Touch
Questions? Call us at 713-360-7922 or email to get in touch.
Alberto Chavez is the Master Jeweler and Design Artist for Uptown Diamond. He grew up watching his father’s jewelry manufacturing business flourish in Mexico City. Eventually, Alberto moved to the United States to pursue his passion for custom jewelry design. Designing custom jewelry since 2005, Alberto has crafted a number of unique and exquisite pieces for clients all over the region. In addition to a strong family heritage of jewelry design, he is also certified in Matrix Gemvision, a computer-aided design (CAD) software for custom 3-D jewelry design.
Jaime Garcia (Pops)
Pops grew up with a family of jewelers including his father, uncles, and brothers. He started to learn how to design and make jewelry at a very young age, and has acquired over 55 years of experience in the industry. He started his own jewelry business in Mexico in 1979. He eventually moved to Houston and worked with the top 3 best jewelry companies. He conducts the diamond setting, wax casting, and hand-crafts custom jewelry pieces with his master craftsmanship. He works with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism while creating unique pieces.
Ivan was born and raised in Richmond, Texas, and grew up learning the diamond and jewelry trade from his father, a Master Jeweler. Ivan is proficient in all aspects of crafting fine diamond jewelry. Ivan initially started out polishing jewelry and then moved onto becoming a finishing expert. After more than 10 years in the business, Ivan has become skilled in many areas; including, but not limited to laser welding and stone setting. Ivan has been instrumental in crafting a number of Championship Rings for professional, collegiate and high school teams throughout the country. Since Ivan is bilingual in English and Spanish, he is able to assist many of our Hispanic clientele during their visit with us at Uptown Diamond.