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”).