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Entrepreneur Greg Berdan and jeweler Mark Webb combine their skills and creativity to create stunning new diamond designs. Their patented cuts have earned the partnership, Stardiamond, accolades from leading diamond manufacturers around the world.


MARK WEBB JEWELERS/STARDIAMOND Brilliant Ideas, Brilliant Diamonds A


n idea is like a diamond, which has to be precisely shaped and polished to bring out its brilliance. In the case of Mark Webb and Greg Berdan, the idea literally is a diamond.


It all began when Berdan purchased a gemstone on a


business trip for his wife’s birthday. The gift was incomplete without the setting, so upon returning to home, he went to his friend, Mark Webb, owner of Mark Webb Jewelers, for that purchase. Once in the store, something caught his eye – it was a special diamond with a perfect star in the middle of the stone shining through. The Liberty Star Diamond has seventy six facets surrounding a five-pointed star and stripes. This creates an incomparably reflective brilliance. It is Webb’s own design, and is hand-crafted by world-class diamond cutters in Belgium.


Berdan knew immediately that Webb was onto something big; he just needed a motivated business partner to get things moving. With a background of over 15 years as an entrepreneur, including five start-up companies, 13 years of international business experience, and a number of patents and trademarks under his belt, he was the perfect person for the job.


“Greg knows how to work the trade markets and get the products in front of the right people who are making the decisions,” Webb says.


“Mark knows the terminology and brings an invaluable back-


ground from operating his own jewelry store,” Berdan remarks. “To- gether, we bring a lot of creativity.” Since the start of the partnership, Stardiamond has five new reg-


istered design patents, and four more in the works. In developing their unique designs, they’ve had to reinvent the wheel – or chisel as the case may be, utilizing state-of-the-art computer technology and inventing new tooling to do the precise cuts. Their world-renowned master cutter is one of the select few capable of such high stan- dards.


“The Liberty Star was well received in the U.S., but these new


cuts have international appeal,” Webb says. “Several of the biggest diamond manufacturers in the world are taking a swing at the new designs.”


“The diamonds that are designed here are destined for the most exclusive luxury retailers in the world,” he adds. “Eventually, they will also be available at local jewelry stores.” Webb has been a fixture in the Spokane jewelry scene for more


than three decades, owning Mark Webb Jewelers for the last 20 years. He recently closed the store to focus his attention and creativ- ity on the new venture – but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his loyal customers. The push of a button opens the door to a by- appointment private showroom designed after those of the diamond merchants that Webb frequents in his world travels. At an ordinary jeweler, your choices are limited to what the store happens to have on hand in its display case. At Mark Webb Jew- elers, you are limited only by your imagination. Because of close relationships with the largest diamond manufacturers in the world, Webb is able to offer clients an unprecedented selection of rare and fancy diamonds at the lowest prices possible. With all the attention being given to Stardiamond, Webb and Ber- dan could easily relocate their business headquarters to one of the diamond capitals of the world. They are currently working on a major deal with two of the most respected and largest diamond manufac- turers in the world, and regularly take meetings in New York, Europe, Asia and Hong Kong. Still, Spokane is where they prefer to call home. “We like to do big business,” Berdan says, “but like to live the simple life with the support of our wives and families.” “It’s amazing how little progress there’s been in the last 500 years of diamond cutting,” Webb adds. “We’ve made leaps and bounds. . . but we’re still dedicated to taking care of people locally who’ve also taken care of us all along.”


Mark Webb Diamond Jewelers/Stardiamond, 604 N. Freya, Suite 201, Spokane, WA 99202, (509) 467-0082, www.markwebbjewelers.com


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Diamonds are cut by master craftsmen using state-of-the-art techniques.


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