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Notes for David Eric NYGAARD


David Nygaard's career in gemology began years ago as a child when he collected rocks in the Mohave dessert in California. David continued this hobby in Virginia Beach after his father was transferred here by the United States Navy. David graduated from Kempsville High School and went on to study business at the College of William and Mary, before returning to home. David worked in his mother's business, Sandy's Touch of Gold, before opening David Nygaard Fine Jewelers at the current Laskin Road location. David's love for his childhood hobby grew into a brilliant career as a Master Gemologist Appraiserâ„¢ and jeweler.
David's love of the industry and gemology is exhibited by his professional achievements which include being the only jeweler in the Commonwealth of Virginia to hold both the title of Certified Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society and the title of Master Gemologist Appraiserâ„¢ by the American Society of Appraisers. David is a contributing editor of Jewelers Circular Keystone Magazine, serves on the Board of Governors for the Jewelers Education Foundation, and is a frequent jewelry speaker both in and out of the industry. David was named as one of the "Top 40 under 40" community leaders, by Inside Business Magazine, which recognizes both professional achievement and charitable involvement in the Hampton Roads Community.

David believes that his business must continue to be a blessing to the community at large, provide excellent product to his customers regardless of price, and must continue to develop his staff to be the best at providing a truly flawless experience to each client. In 2005, David Nygaard Fine Jewelers was named number seven of the best places to work in Hampton Roads by Inside Business Magazine.

David is a member of C-12, a fellowship of Christian CEO's, who desire to integrate faith and ethics into the work place in order to keep the business organization "mission minded" and to ensure that decisions and behaviors within the company are not driven solely by dollars and profit, but by a higher calling and a greater good for all parties associated with the business.
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