Entering the gem trade is no easy undertaking, try entering it as a teenager. One exceptionally talented man did just that. Following his passion for the most coveted gemstones on earth, Robert Procop began his career in the business in his teenage years, achieving such early success that he was able to completely support himself through university. During his last year of school, Mr. Procop opened his first store, Diamonds on Rodeo, on the storied shopping strip Rodeo Drive located in the heart of Beverly Hills.
With his well-positioned shop, Hollywood’s A-list stars couldn’t resist indulging in Robert Procop’s spectacular jewels and turning to him for Red Carpet worthy adornments. Not only does his jewelry adorn Hollywood’s elite, Robert Procop has been commissioned by every serving President of the United States since Ronald Reagan. Recently, Angelina Jolie sought Robert Procop’s assistance when she decided to design her own collection of fine jewelry, The Style of Jolie.
His expertise in the gem trade and his creative skills in jewelry design helped to further his success in the jewelry business, opening stores in Geneva and Hong Kong as well as a wholesale business in his home base of Beverly Hills. Aided by his well-respected reputation in the industry, Robert Procop was offered the prestigious position of CEO at Asprey & Garrard, the crown jeweler of the United Kingdom. Believing that the firm would be more successful as two entities, Mr. Procop succeeded in separating the historic jeweler into Asprey and Garrard & Co., and he subsequently managed to turn around the fortunes of both to ones of profitability.
While there is no doubt that Robert Procop is passionate about large, rare gems and exclusive fine jewels, it is difficult to fully appreciate just how stunning his jewelry are until you see them in person. Luckily, the beloved neighborhood jeweler in Greenwich, Betteridge, carries a handful of his dazzling creations, and I was able to catch a glimpse of Mr. Procop’s alluring Hollywood magic. Here are some of my favorites from the designer’s Exceptional Jewels.
Robert Procop 38 Carat Fine Cushion Sapphire Ring
Inspired by the royal engagement ring as well as the legendary Cleopatra sapphire, Robert has recreated the exquisite beauty of such epic treasures in a ring that showcases a stunning natural blue sapphire surrounded by white diamonds in a classic platinum setting.
The Historical ‘Elise’ Choker
Set in platinum with a resplendent array of circular-cut diamonds, this exquisite choker evokes the glamour and sophistication of Paris at the turn of the century. Circa 1900, the intertwining circle and laurel leaf design draws inspiration from the beauty of nature, and serves as a superlative example of the garland style which was greatly prized during this era.
Robert Procop Colombian Emerald & Diamond Drop Earrings
Colombian emerald and pavé diamond drop earrings in 18k white gold, composed of two natural, Colombian cylindrical emeralds, suspended within a pavé diamond frame with cabochon-cut emerald terminals at the base. Two cylindrical-shaped emeralds weighing 5.08 and 5.09 carats, respectively (both emeralds are AGL-certified: natural, Colombian, no enhancement). Diamonds weighing 4.11 total carats and two cabochon-cut emeralds weighing 0.27 total carats. Designed by Robert Procop.
A 28 Carat Alexandrite Ring
An extraordinary color-changing gem, this Alexandrite undergoes an ever-evolving metamorphosis, shifting from shades of rich green to warm brownish reds as light plays upon its surface. its beauty is perfectly complimented by a halo of sparkling diamonds.
Black Rose Earrings
These intricate, finally crafted earrings are handmade in white gold with sculptured black spinel. Beautifully faceted black diamonds and faceted brilliant white diamonds create a dramatic flow of shapes and harmonies.
White Gold Blue Topaz and White Diamond Bracelet
Celebration is defined in this elegant yet dazzling, Deco-inspired aquamarine and white diamond cuff.
Large emerald cut aquamarines are surrounded by brilliantly cut white diamonds and interlaid with pear cut aquamarines bringing an opulence of design and innovation to this piece.
Each cut stone has been luxuriously framed with precision cut white diamonds for a magnificent and glittering effect.
Robert Procop Sapphire, Tsavorite & Diamond Drop Earrings
Blue sapphire, green tsavorite garnet and white diamond drop earrings in 18k white gold, designed as a pavé-set diamond hoop earring, suspending scalloped pavé-set sapphire, tsavorite garnet and diamond drops. 312 round-cut sapphires weighing 10.40 total carats, 364 round-cut tsavorite garnets weighing 8.40 total carats and 118 round-cut diamonds weighing 1.60 total carats. Designed by Robert Procop.
The Largest Catseye Gemstone
A magnificent 282 carat natural beryl catseye.
Robert Procop 18k Rose Gold & Diamond Couture Cuff
Couture, wide cuff bracelet in 18k rose gold, accented by fitted rows of round-cut champagne diamonds. 11.06 total carats of diamonds. The cuff bracelet is fitted with stainless steel internal springs that make it flexible and extremely comfortable. Designed by Robert Procop. 119.57 grams total weight.
The Emerald Lotus Earrings of Rang Maha
Gently carved emeralds, surrounded by delicate white diamonds, are infused with the spirit of the exquisite marble lotus fountain of the Red Fort Palace in Delhi, India.
Robert Procop Emerald & Diamond Flexible Spray Hoop Earrings
Large emerald and diamond flexible spray hoop earrings in 18k white gold, designed as two-row navette-shaped drop earrings, set with 7.12 total carats of pear-shaped, Colombian emeralds, as well as 11.53 total carats of pear-shaped and round-cut diamonds. Designed by Robert Procop.
Robert Procop Oval-Shaped Rubellite Cocktail Ring
Oval-shaped rubellite cocktail ring in 18k white gold, accented by pavé-set rubies, pink sapphires and diamonds. Rubellite weighing 31.74 carats with 120 rubies weighing 6.97 total carats, 122 pink sapphires weighing 6.29 total carats, and 22 diamonds weighing 0.47 total carats. Designed by Robert Procop. Re-sizable.
Exceptional Pink Diamond Waterfall Earrings
These very rare oval fancy pink diamonds cascade downward in a rounded bezel of warm rose gold.
Blue Constellation Bracelet
This stunning blanket of beautiful faceted natural ocean-blue sapphire and rare sea-foam green tsavorite is accented with a shimmering spray of white diamonds, resulting in a most unique and exquisite work of art. The bracelet features fine faceted blue sapphires, faceted green tsavorite, and fine white diamonds.
Pacific Starburst Earrings
Inspired by the Pacific Ocean with its sunrises and sunsets of soft blues and pinks, these earrings are created with fine natural pink and blue sapphires and soft blue calcendonite amidst a soft spray of white diamonds.
63 Carat Cornflower Blue Sapphire Ring
Described by Dr. Peretti this 63.27ct sapphire is cornflower blue, mined in Sri Lanka.
The Floating Diamond Earrings
These brilliant white diamond earrings embrace the geometric symbol of creation with an expedition of unique faceted stones in angular diamond shapes which soar to extraordinary heights of breathtaking beauty.
The Couture Cuff
Influenced by the dual cuffs worn by HM Queen Elizabeth for her coronation, this contemporary pair of jeweled cuffs is designed with an interior expandable spring structure that conforms elegantly to the wrist while boldly displaying thousands of precision-set diamonds.
Biscayne Blue Topaz Earrings
Inspired by the soft blue and pink hues of twilight, blue topaz tops are accented with white diamonds and pink sapphires which swirl together in lovely pastel shades, while the smooth cabochon cut transparent blue topaz stones glow with delicate tones of pure confectionery bliss.
The largest of its kind. A gem quality no heat Burma ruby of 43 carats.
The Teardrop Briolette Earrings
Exquisite rubellite briolettes of rich magenta are suspended by an elegant pave diamond setting in a perfect display of feminine grace. Part of a suite, these delicate earrings are accompanied by a matching teardrop briolette necklace.
A Gem Colombian 34 Carat Muzo Emerald
A Maginificent Royal 220 Carat Royal Blue Sapphire
One of the largest fine quality sapphires in the world.