Incogem was founded by Charles Weinstein in 1978. Charles was born in Belgium in 1915; he was drafted into the Belgium Army into the Medical Corps during World War II. He and his family were separated during the war but managed to survive and were later reunited once the war ended. Charles traveled through Europe before moving to New York and working as a traveling salesman where his travels lead him to Africa. In Africa, Charles learned quickly and started buying and selling diamonds, his efforts were noticed by The DeBeers Company which offered him a job, he worked for the famous diamond maker for 10 years, setting up purchasing centers in several African countries.
After DeBeers, Charles operated a successful jewelry business in Los Angeles for many years. As he grew older he dreamt of a more tranquil lifestyle and gravitated to the Coachella Valley, he lived and worked in the Valley for 35 years until his passing in 2013. After being semi-retired the lure of the diamond drew him back in. Charles set out to create a new unique piece of jewelry that showcased the beauty of the diamond from all angles.
Charles created the Floating Diamond Pendant... diamonds embedded in clear Lucite framed in a gold pendant, and that was the birth of Incogem.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Charles wanted to ensure his artistic creation would live on. He befriended a Coachella Valley jeweler named Rick. Rick and his father George have a successful well-established store in Palm Desert, California. Charles shared the process of creating the Floating Diamond Pendant with Rick, together they formed a kinship through their mutual love for the art of jewelry. With that, the legacy has now been passed to a new generation. Rick’s company, Gold Box Diamonds is proud to be only jeweler creating the Incogem Floating Diamond Pendant. Rick is not only grateful for Charles’ friendship but he is humbled to have been given the distinction of continuing the Incogem tradition.