Paying top dollar

for your diamonds since 1980

Contact Us Today




Legally Counterfeiting Diamonds

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Goldman Buyer

Counterfeiting diamonds for a living? Sounds like something a white collar criminal from a movie would do. But John Hatleberg is no criminal; he is a gem cutting expert commissioned to create replicas of world-famous diamonds in order to protect them.

People want his replicas to protect their diamonds for insurance, display, education reasons and more. Continuing the craft of creating fake diamonds that has been in practice for thousands of years, Hatleberg sets himself apart with the high quality of his creations. Just how good is he? A group of representatives from DeBeers could not distinguish his pieces from the originals when displayed.

His love for diamonds began as a child, where he was enrolled in several gem-cutting classes. He took those skills with him through college, and after graduation, he began working for the Smithsonian. Upon looking at the famed Hope Diamond, he requested to take a mold in order to make a chocolate diamond.

In 1988, he made the silicon mold of the Hope Diamond, and hasn’t stopped since.

Courtesy of PRI
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-03/meet-man-who-counterfeits-worlds-most-famous-diamonds-legally

← Back

Customer Testimonial

Had a Great Experience

"I recently worked with Chicago Gold Gallery to design an engagement ring. From picking out the stone to designing the setting, it was a wonderful experience to say the least. Thank you so much for your help!"


Date: 07/22/2014 • 5 / 5 stars ★★★★★

Can't say enough about this place.

Recently took my family of 4 for a week to Chicago for a family vacation. We were on a limited budget but being lifelong Cub fans I thought it would be a great treat for my kids ages 7 and 10 to go to a game that we hadn't planned for...


Date: 07/17/2015 • 5 / 5 stars ★★★★★

Love this place!

Chrissy & Joe are all super friendly and easy to work with. I trust them and they will do whatever they can to help you including giving you advice on what you have or what you should look for. I won't ever go anywhere else and I've recommended it to several friends.


Date: 08/02/2015 • 5 / 5 stars ★★★★★

I would do business with them again

I had a diamond ring that I wanted to sell and they gave me top dollar for it. They were so nice and I would do business with them again.


Date: 07/17/2015 • 5 / 5 stars ★★★★★

Don't Hesitate to call...

I find that Joe at Chicago Gold Gallery consistently offers and pays more for my coins than coin dealers in Chicagoland. He's very nice and easy to deal with. Don't hesitate to call him and preferably visit him.


Date: 12/04/2015 • 5 / 5 stars ★★★★★

How to Reach Us?

Get Directions

Contact Us

Get the most for your valuables.

1236 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: 773-338-7787 Email: chgogoldgallery@aol.com

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm

Especially Wanted

  • Broken Jewelry
  • Silver, Coins
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Patek Philippe
  • Cartier
  • Rolex
  • Watches
  • Guitars
  • Bullion
  • Scrap Gold
  • Watches
  • Guitars
  • Bullion
  • Diamonds
  • Old Gold
  • Scrap Gold
  • Dental Gold
  • Sterling Silverware
  • Coins & Coin Collections
  • Antique & Modern Jewelry