Nelson Holdo Credentials


Nelson Holdo is President of Black, Starr & Frost. Currently, Mr. Holdo is one of fewer than 500 Certified Gemologist Appraisers in the nation. He is a Fellow of the Jewelers Education Foundation, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Japan Times, National Jeweler, In Store Magazine, Professional Jeweler, and Jewelers Circular Keystone.  Nelson Holdo is a past director of the American Gem Society. His expertise is called upon regularly by the Gerson Lehrman Group Consumer Goods and Services Council. He has lectured extensively to such groups as the Kiwanis, Rotary, Junior League, the University Club, the Town Club, and San Marino League.

C.G.A.  Certified Gemologist Appraiser from American Gem Society
R.J.   Registered Jeweler from American Gem Society
CFH Institute, Lausanne, Switzerland  - Jewellery and Watch Industry Management
Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, CA   - Gemology
Caltech, Pasadena, CA  - Organic Chemistry
Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA

2011 – Present    President of Black, Starr & Frost                  
1991-2010    Founder and President of Asanti Fine Jewellers, Ltd.
1985-1991          Vice President, Troy & Company Jewelers                            
1981-1985           B. D. Howes and Son Jewelers                     

Professional Organizations

  • American Gem Society, Past Director
  • Southern California Guild of American Gem Society, Past President
  • Fellow of the Jewelers Education Foundation
  • Entrepreneurs Organization, Member
  • San Marino Chamber of Commerce , Director
  • Hillsides Home for Children, Director
  • California Philharmonic Foundation, Past Director
  • Pasadena Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Past Director
  • South Lake Avenue Business Association, Past President
  • Valley Club of Pasadena, Past President
  • Escalon School Board, Past President
  • Rotary Club of Pasadena, Paul Harris Fellow