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 the Dale family have prided themselves on the quality customer service in New Orleans.
The family’s heritage of engravers and jewelers goes as far back as the late 1800’s in New Orleans. Arthur Dale (Michael’s grandfather) a photo-engraver for the New Orleans Engraving and Photo-etching Company. French master engraver Francois Bildstein (1855-1935) began training Arthur as an apprentice at the young age of sixteen in 1899. Bildstein’s engravings are credited in the “The Mascot” a historical New Orleans publication from 1882. The photo-engraving company work mainly for the States Item and Times-Picayune publications.
About a generation later the Dale’s 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. She relocate later to Hammond the master jeweler at Anton Quilly with many jewelers under her guidance. At this time Michael Dale (Debbie’s younger brother) would come on board and begin learning the jewelry trade.
Jewelers Trade Shop
Michael branched out on his own running a full trade shop. He provided expert jewelry repair, custom design, diamond setting and gold casting to many including Kay Jewelers, Gordon’s, Zales, Wilson’s Brothers and many independent jewelry stores. Engaged to his high school sweetheart Anne Ferrara, she would began studing at the Gemological Institute of America. By the time they were married Anne Dale had become a Graduate Gemologist from GIA.
Anne’s passion to know more about diamonds and gemstones would have her relocate to Silver Spring, Maryland. She would study under renown gem expert Antonio Bannano. The founder of the Accredited Gemologists Association, Mr. Bannano trained Anne Dale 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 field being awared 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.
Family Jewelry Store
In 1990 when owner Alvin Wilson, Wilson Brothers Jewelers – decided to retire he encouraged the Dale’s to open a retail store in the marketplace. Wilson Jewelers had a long history in the River Parishes dating back to World War II. Michael Dale had built a following by working directly with the customers in the River Parish store. So 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. 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. While on a religious retreat at the Saint Joseph Abbey Monastery in Covington, Louisiana Anne reflected on the beauty and peace of the area saying “wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a place like this”.
Saint Tammany Parish
While Dale Jewelers had steady growth in the River Parishes. The family enjoyed the close net community there was another market that was exploding with growth just a short distance away. Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville and Abita Springs in 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 Covington Louisiana. Saint Joseph Abbey the family’s church is where eldest son Stephen was married in Oct 2015 to the lovely Kristina Temple.
Anne Dale’s approach is very personal and intimate. Believing one of our greatest attributes is our size not to big – not to small. A unique experience for dealing directly with the jeweler and a GIA certified gemologist a for an extraordinary experience.
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 Diamonds
- Master Jeweler
- Best Prices
Regardless of the budget Anne Dale has the ability to create extraordinary jewelry for your occasions. We want to be your family jeweler exceeding all expectations on quality and price.
- Family Owned & Operated
- Shop Local
- The Heart of Mandeville
- Your Family Jeweler
- Best Prices
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