October 21, 2003
Diamond Leader Goldberg Dies
Diamantaire William Goldberg died Oct. 20, 2003, in New York City. His company, William Goldberg Diamond Corp., New York City, was founded more than 50 years ago. Some of the world's most notable diamonds passed through his hands, including the Premier Rose, a 137-ct., D Flawless, the Guinea Star, a 89-ct., D Flawless, and the 5.11-ct. Red Shield, thought to be the largest Gemological Institute of America-certified diamond with a "red" designation.
The company became known for selling high-end large diamonds and fancy color diamonds, as well as diamond jewelry. Goldberg took pride in his company's finely fashioned gems. Today the company is recognized throughout the world diamond community by its slogan: "The Magic is in the Make."
Goldberg himself cut an impressive figure; he was tall, with dramatic shocks of white hair and huge dark eyebrows, and often wore a homburg hat and smoked a cigar. Written about in numerous books and magazines, Goldberg was also a favorite interview subject on television.
In New York City's diamond district, diamantaires remember Goldberg as a leader who was charming, flamboyant and irrepressible, with a legendary instinct for the finest diamonds.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York City.
The corporation that bears his name continues to be comanaged by a younger generation, children Saul Goldberg, Eve Goldberg and Deborah Berg as well as son-in-law Barry Berg.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.