Cowan’s hires 30-year veteran to head fine jewelry department

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s Auctions Inc. announces the hiring of 30-year veteran of the jewelry industry, Brad Wanstrath. Wanstrath brings extensive expertise to the Cowan’s team, and will manage the consigning, cataloging and selling of fine jewelry and timepieces for Cowan’s two annual fine jewelry and timepieces auctions.

This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Warman's Jewelry Field GuideWanstrath is a registered graduate of the Diamond Council of America and has taken a number of Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) learning courses. He began working in the jewelry industry at the retail level in October 1979. Wanstrath then went on to become a representative for WaSko Corporation out of New York City, covering the Midwest territory selling castings, diamonds and colored gemstones.

Brad Wanstrath

Brad Wanstrath, head of Cowan’s fine jewelry department. Photo courtesy Cowan’s Auctions.

“Brad brings years of experience in the trade to Cowan’s,” notes Wes Cowan, president. “He’s well known and respected in the jewelry community, and can speak confidently to potential sellers and buyers. We’re excited about having him on board!”

In 1983, Wanstrath joined his father’s business, manufacturing fine jewelry and selling at the wholesale level until 2005. In August 2005, he went to work for LID Ltd. out of New York City managing their Midwest territory. LID Ltd. closed in 2007, at which point he became an independent sales representative carrying lines from Germany, Spain, Belgium, New York and California.

Wanstrath’s most recent position was with Fred Meyer Jewelers managing one of their top-grossing Marketplace jewelry stores. He currently resides in Union, Ky., with his fiancé. He has three children, ages 23, 21 and 15.

Brad Wanstrath can be reached by email at or 513-871-1670.

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