The Biggest Little Jewelry Shop in New Orleans
Anne Dale Jewelers is a family owned and operated fine jewelry store location in Mandeville, Louisiana. Since 1983 owners Michael & Anne Dale have prided themselves on the quality and customer service they offer the greater New Orleans community.
The Dale family’s heritage of engravers and jewelers goes as far back as the late 1800’s in New Orleans. Arthur C. Dale (Michael’s grandfather) a photo-engraver was the shop foreman for the New Orleans Engraving and Photo-etching Company. French artist and master engraver Francois Bildstein (1855-1935) (Michael’s great-great-uncle) began training Arthur as an apprentice at the young age of sixteen in 1899. Bildstein is credited for his art work and engravings in “The Mascot” a historical New Orleans publication from 1882 to 1897. Bildstein’s photo-engraving company with (Arthur Dale leading the shop) did most of their work for the States Item and New Orleans Times-Picayune publications.
A generation later in the 1970’s the Dale family operated jewelry trade shops serving many retail jewelry stores in the New Orleans area. Debbie Dale (now retired) began her career as an engraver\bench jeweler at Aucion-Hart in Metairie, later she would relocate to Hammond and was the master jeweler at Anton Quilly Jewelers with five jewelers working under her guidance. It was at this time while attending Southeastern University Michael Dale (Debbie’s younger brother) would come on board and begin learning the jewelry trade.
By the early 1980’s Michael had branched out on his own running a full trade shop, providing expert jewelry repair, custom design, diamond setting and casting of precious metals. His many wholesale accounts included Kay Jewelers, JB Robinson Jewelers, Gordon’s, Zales, Baily Banks and Biddle, Wilson’s Brothers Jewelers as well as many independent jewelry stores. Engaged to his high school sweetheart Anne Ferrara, (a professional real estate salesperson at the time) she began studies with the Gemological Institute of America by the time they were married Anne Dale had become a Graduate Gemologist from GIA. Anne Dale’s passion to know more about diamonds and gemstones would have her relocate to Silver Spring, Maryland to apprentice of the renown gemstone expert Antonio Bannano (founder of the Accredited Gemologists Association). Mr. Bannano would make Anne Dale his prodigy as she worked in his laboratory during the day and studied for the covenant Gemmological Association of Great Britain diploma at night. In 1986 Anne Dale would receive the highest educational diploma in the gemstone and jewelry field being aware a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (years later Anne Dale would become the United States representative for this organization now known as Gem-A).
In 1990 when Wilson Jewelers owner Alvin Wilson (Wilson Brothers Jewelers – the largest catalog jewelry operation in the country at the time) decided to retire he encouraged the Dale’s to open a retail store in marketplace. The Wilson Brothers had a long history in the River Parishes (dating back to World War II) and Michael Dale had built a following by working directly with the customers in the store. In 1990 the Dales had two life changing events the birth of their first child (Stephen) and the grand opening of Dale Jewelers in LaPlace, Louisiana. Opening in a modest 1,200 square foot store front within three years the business would be expanded to nearly 2,000 square feet – in short order this family jewelry business would become the premiere jeweler in the River Parishes.
As the turn of the century approached the Dale family grow adding a son Paul and daughter Grace to complete the family – when a new inspired business opportunity presented itself. While on a religious retreat at the Saint Joseph Abbey Monastery in Covington, Louisiana Anne reflected on the beauty and peace of the night’s sky saying “wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a place like this”.
While Dale Jewelers had steady growth in the River Parishes and the family enjoyed the close-net community there was another market that was exploding with growth just a short distance away, Saint Tammany Parish the north shore of New Orleans.
Anne Dale Jeweler was opened in May 1999 at 12 Saint Ann Drive in Mandeville a short distance from the Saint Joseph Abbey the family’s church and where eldest son Stephen was married in Oct 2015 to the lovely Kristina Temple.
Anne Dale’s approach is very personal and intimate, we believe one of our greats attributes is our size (not to big – not to small) a one-on-one unique experience for our clients. In Mandeville people love dealing directly with the owners, the jeweler, a GIA certified gemologist and a personal assistant for an extraordinary experience.
Needless to say, we can do this very competitively while creating an enjoyable experience you won’t find online or in a BIG jewelry store. We will help you find the perfect diamond, locate your engagement setting or custom design your jewelry. It literally is the small things that make the big difference at Anne Dale Jewelers.
- Outstanding Selection
- Extraordinary Service
- GIA Certified
- Master Jeweler
- Best Prices
Regardless of the occasion or budget Anne Dale has the ability to create extraordinary jewelry for your occasions. We want to be your family jeweler and given the chance we will exceed all expectations on quality and price.
Anne Dale credits her success to hard work, family, good friends, wonderful customers and “help from above.”
Stephen Dale (Saint Paul’s High School graduate) attendant Southeastern University before joined the Anne Dale team in 2014 while doing seasonal work as a law enforcement for the National Park Service.
Paul Dale (Saint Paul High School\University of New Orleans graduate) owner of Paul Dale Films oversee the stores jewelry stores digital media.
Daughter Grace (Saint Scholastica Academy High School graduate) is a full time student of Louisiana State University majoring in Business Administration.
After all of these years, Anne Dale Jewelers hopes to gain each customers’ trust. Looking to the future, the hope is to pass down the Dale jewelers tradition and continue serving the greater New Orleans with all of their jewelry needs.
Anne DaleGIA – Graduate Gemologist
Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britian
Expert craftsman with over thirty years experience
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