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I live in Orange County, California. I was adopted at three days old in Indianapolis and grew up in New Albany, Indiana. I loved my adoptive mother, who convinced me I could become anything. Since I was always fascinated with beautiful diamonds and gems, I founded Gallery of Diamonds jewelers in Newport Beach.

In honor of my adoptive mother and the birth mother I have never known, I established the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond® essay contest. Every year, thousands of kids submit words of love and appreciation for the chance to win a grand prize diamond to give to their mothers. Today the contest is in honor of all moms, and is the largest mothers appreciation contest in the US.

The amazing thing about every day is we create it, and I love to write about human experience. Some stories are fiction, some are thought-provoking, and others and simply for amusement. Please comment if any story has effected your life in a positive way. I am also the author of “Adopted Like Me- Chosen to Search for a Birthmother” and “In Search of Mom- Journey of an Adoptee.”

Since my first love was music, I have shared many original songs. Let me know what you think, and if you have a favorite.

My other passion is diamonds and jewelry design. In 1981, I was introduced to the magic of diamonds and became hooked ever since. I am a GIA gemologist and a direct source if you are looking for a diamond or diamond jewelry. If you do not live close, you can see my creations along with amazing antique jewelry on my website, http://www.galleryofdiamonds.com. If you are close, stop by to visit me.

I would love to hear from you. I hope to inspire and entertain you. Call me at 949-476-2000, or email me at info@galleryofdiamonds.com.

Have a brilliant day,
Diamond Mike Watson



219 Responses to About

  1. Pingback: Thanks for the follows « cognitive reflection

  2. Billie says:

    Thanks for following my blog!

  3. kerryl29 says:

    Thanks very much for the recent visit to (and follow of) my blog. It had the happy consequence of bringing me here and I’ve enjoyed perusing your entries and learning about the motivation for and history of your contest.

  4. hcurci says:

    Hi Mike: Thank you for viewing my post..” Intergalactic Nebulae”
    Free Outer Space Greeting Cards at http://www.spacenoodles.com

  5. As a follower of “A Way With Words”, you are invited to a domain warming party as I move to a new blog address. Click on this link –


    You’ll think you are in a parallel universe.

    While you are there, be sure to click the “Follow” button. Within the next week, I plan to publish exclusively from this site. Don’t miss out on any of the fun!

  6. Hi Michael, Thank you for following my blog. I found yours is gorgeous. I would spare my time to see your works. Happy blogging! :-)

  7. Gloria says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Very much appreciated. I look forward to following your stories and musings. You have good stuff here!

  8. Thanks so much for following Mike. Your blog is full of joy. Nice.

  9. RituKT says:

    Hi Michael, I wanted to thank you for following my blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’ and supporting me in my journey for six months.
    I recently moved that blog to its own domain http://toraveabout.com
    so I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to my blog at its new address.
    I hope to see you there. Thanks!

  10. How beautiful that you created a contest to honor your mothers… Though this is my first visit to your blog and I don’t know your story yet, I am sure I am correct in assuming that both of your mothers are/were very proud of their son… I know I would be.
    What a wonderful tribute…

    • Why thank you, Thirties! The wonderful mom I knew was my adoptive mom. My birthmother died before I had the chance to met her. The contest, however, is in honor of all moms. I’ll make sure I learn more about you.

      • You are very welcome. I’m sorry you weren’t able to meet your birth mother, but I am glad you had/have a wonderful Mom. It is wonderful that your run this contest in honor of all moms — what a special gift and tribute.

  11. What a kindness, to honor mothers-all mothers, it is a kindness.

  12. AR Neal says:

    Thanks for the follow, Mike! As I read your “About,” you kinda took me back to my days of romping the streets of Philly and hearing the “Robbins 8th and Walnut” commercials all the time. That was before Robbins jewelers outgrew Philly :) Looking forward to connecting!

  13. infiniteawe says:

    Thank you for stopping by and following! I really appreciate it!

  14. maugryph says:

    Thank you so much for checking out my artwork and following my blog :D

  15. Lily says:

    You are so accomplished! My husband is adopted too, and he used to be a jeweler as well! A lot in common! I love that you created a contest! Awesome.

    Thanks for following my blog! I really like yours too!

  16. Jennwith2ns says:

    Thanks for the follow! I really appreciate that.

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