|In June of 1976, while the nation
was celebrating its bicentennial, my son graduated from the United States Naval
Academy. He reported to his first ship in December of that year and went to
sea. In 1977, I was privileged to sail with him on a cruise to the
central Pacific as a guest aboard his destroyer for a month. This was
quite a thrill for me as I had not been at sea aboard a warship since my own
experiences as a radioman and gunner in torpedo planes during World War
II. His ship, the U.S.S. John Paul Jones (DDG-32), was the flag ship for
DESRON 23 (Destroyer Squadron 23). This same squadron had become quite famous
during World War II under the daring command of a man named Captain Arleigh
Burke. In the years after the war, Admiral Burke eventually became the
first Chief of Naval Operations. As the flag ship, the present squadron
Commodore, Captain Stu Landersman, was embarked aboard the Jones. During
my cruise with the ship, I came to know the Commodore very well. After
much additional training, my son qualified as a Surface Warfare officer in April
of 1978, just prior to the start of a 10 month deployment to the western
Pacific. The Commodore invited me to the ceremony to see my son receive
his Surface Warfare insignia. Since I had been a goldsmith for longer than
I cared to remember, I told him that, rather than pinning on one of the standard
brass insignia, I would like to make the insignia for my son out of gold.
The Commodore was pleased and kept both my invitation and the gold insignia a
secret.. He also had one other surprise waiting for all of us. On
the day of the ceremony, it was not Commodore Landersman who presented my son
with his insignia, but his surprise guest of honor, now long retired but still
very feisty, Admiral Arleigh Burke. The Admiral pinned my son's insignia
on his uniform and he wore it proudly until he retired 20 years later.
However, all through his career in the Navy, people would stop and ask what was
different about his Surface Warfare pin. He would tell his story and I would get
a call to make a special insignia for someone else. And so it began, and we have been making
insignia and insignia jewelry ever since.
From the deepest depths of the world's oceans
to the orbiting Space Shuttle, our solid gold and silver insignia have been worn
by members of our armed forces. Rank and warfare specialty insignia are symbols
that represent a tremendous amount of hard work and a dedication to excellence.
They also represent achievement, responsibility, and pride of the position. And
since that pride is shared by family and loved ones, we make a line of jewelry
incorporating rank and warfare specialty insignia into creative and wearable
Each insignia is precision cast in solid 14k
gold (or sterling silver) and hand finished. Painstaking attention is given to every detail and the
highest quality is absolutely maintained. The heft and weight of our insignia
are additional marks of their quality and value. For example, a set of full size
naval aviator wings contains over one third of an ounce of 14k gold.
Our master goldsmiths can create any officer or
enlisted standard uniform insignia for Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or
Coast Guard. Please keep in mind that the insignia shown on this website are
only a few examples of those which we produce. Our specialty is creating any
custom design you may desire, including embellishment with precious stones.
Simply e-mail, write, FAX, or call us collect for price quotes and information.
Ideal for gifts, graduations, promotions,
commissionings, or retirements, there is no finer gift for those in the military
service. In recognition of what it takes to earn these symbols of rank and
specialty, we are dedicated to producing the finest military insignia available
in the world!