Gordon Jewelers is proud to carry Orbis Jewelry! Orbis is an American made, interchangeable jewelry line. Below is the history of Orbis Jewelry. If you are wanting to purchase a piece of Orbis Jewelry you can shop: http://www.gordonjewelers.com/orbis-rings/
Ron Hartgrove is the founder of Orbis. He was born in Big Spring, Texas. He began his career in the jewelry business when he was just eight years old. His father, Winston Hartgrove, was a watchmaker and he put Ron to work in his store doing simple ring sizings, soldering of charms, and the disassembly of manual wind watches for cleaning and repair. The leisure time during Ron's teenage years was spent learning and developing advanced design and bench skills. After graduation from high school, Ron decided to travel throughout Europe to study in the world of artisans, designers and craftsmen. His studies were cut short when he was called back to the United States by the draft. He learned to cut acetate masters while working for a class ring company, did repair work for Corrigan's Jewelers, and then worked for Raymond Taylor doing jewelry repair and custom design work. In 1972, Ron graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the fields of studio painting and art history. During the same time period, Ron worked at Corrigan's Jewelers on post oak in house where he did custom and original design, and jewelry repair. His professional focus was soon shirted from his painting to his jewelry.
Ron decided to combine his artistic skills with this technical jewelry skills, and in 1979 formed R. Hartgrove, Inc., a jewelry design and manufacturing business which offers the service of creating once-of-a-kind designs for specific individuals. His expertise in the use of metals lead him into doing much of his work with combination of platinum and 18 Kt yellow gold. his platinum Guild Award winning earrings (1986- 2nd place) and his AGTA Spectrum Award winning ring 91988 - 1st Place, Division 1) both display this use of mixed metals. Ron's heart is truly in design, and his new ideas are never-ceasing! in 1988, Ron decided to pursue his idea of creating simple and elegant rings and earrings with interchangeable stone spheres without any mechanisms or hinges; the concept of which grew from his fascination when we was a child with ink staying in ball point pens! The research and development phase was put in motion, and prototypes and models soon followed. In 1990, he incorporated Heart & Co., copyrighted his designs, and trademarked the new line as "orbis" from the Latin root word, orb. the nationwide marketing began in June of 1992 at the JCK show in Las Vegas. The line has grown tremendously since then. The ORBIS Wildlife collection was introduced in early 1993, the ORBIS Petite collection for teenage market in the summer of 1993, and the ORBIS and Friends Designer Sphere collection was introduced in the Jeweler's Quarterly November/December 1993 issue. Rom initiated the ORBIS & Friends project after Maggie Hess excitedly realized that their diamond pave "Bolita" fit into the ORBIS rings. Ron then invited some of this fellow members of the American Jewelry Design Council and other designers to participate in "a sort of Woodstock for jewelers". it was fun for everyone...the designers, retailers and their customers!
Ron's philosophy is that change is good, and we should never stop growing.