HOUSTON – Discounted diamonds! A Houston jeweler is slashing prices by 70-percent just in time for wedding season.

It's not only discounted diamonds. Very rare pieces are also on sale.

After 44 years, Gems by Chao in the Galleria is closing its doors. The owner, Jesus Chao died last month.

His backstory is a rich as the jewels inside the store.

Jesus Chao fled Cuba in 1967. The Havana jeweler brought his family to Houston where he worked as a janitor at a church until he had enough money to open a store of his own.
Jesus Chao fled Cuba in 1967. The Havana jeweler brought his family to Houston where he worked as a janitor at a church until he had enough money to open a store of his own.

Jesus Chao fled Cuba in 1967. The Havana jeweler brought his family to Houston where he worked as a janitor at a church until he had enough money to open a store of his own.

He opened it in the brand new Galleria mall. The deal was sealed with a handshake.

“It's the personification of the American dream. You know, we had to leave everything behind in our country. Because of socialism, we lost everything. And we came to this country and this county, a lot of it, because of the Houstonians here, we owe a lot of gratitude to them, because they helped us when we first got here.”

The family chose not to re-new their lease inside the Galleria. They are the longest independently-owned business inside the mall.

Everything must go. They're hoping to sell all their inventory by the end of the month. So if you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, an engagement ring or just want a little sparkle, take advantage of this deal.

It's the Chaos’ way of passing along a bit of their own American dream.

The family chose not to re-new their lease inside the Galleria. They are the longest independently-owned business inside the mall.
The family chose not to re-new their lease inside the Galleria. They are the longest independently-owned business inside the mall.