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Joe Pacetti, was born in an unwed mother’s home and adopted and raised in Tulsa, OK. His career in fine jewelry started at age 20 working at a Zale’s store. After two years of outselling his coworkers, and making a record $43,000.00 sale, (average sale was $850.00,) he left because he received no bonus or commission for the sale.  Four months later, he started his by appointment only business in Tulsa. Joe  is an independent, internationally acclaimed jeweler and certified gemologist, who has over 41 years of experience traveling worldwide, purchasing the finest gems and jewelry designs for his most discriminating clientele. Whether it be the latest in contemporary styling to the old-world classic designs by such notable houses as Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Oscar Heyman, Paul Flato, Tiffany, Harry Winston, Graff,  Schlumberger, or Verdura, to name a few, his inventory always excites the eye and stimulates one’s interest.  Joe’s business is still by-appointment-only, which affords him the opportunity to give each client the personal attention he or she deserves. Joe’s patrons have always been by referral, a satisfied client sending along a friend to experience his expertise, knowledge and taste. Many families are now in their third generation of being a satisfied J. Pacetti client. Joe is based in Dallas and maintains an office in New York City, as well, where his own atelier’s hand-craft one-of-a-kind treasures to covet for a lifetime. Joe has one daughter, Christina, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas, and also a certified graduate gemologist of the GIA. Joe’s husband, Arnold Vincent Pacetti, a Chilean robotics engineer is currently enrolled in the GIA programs to obtain his degree in gemology, as well.

Joe has always believed in the motto, “It is not important what you have, but it is important what you give away!”  He believes that “giving away” can be of your time, your knowledge, your experience, your connections, or your financial contributions. Feeling very fortunate to be adopted from an orphanage as an infant, Joe has always given back.  Joe has always felt the need to “heal the world” in whatever way(s) he can.  He is passionate about the charitable causes he believes in and often engages his friends and clients to get involved, as well.

Joe is active in many civic causes, having sat  on the boards of The Turtle Creek Chorale, DIFFA Dallas, MCC’s Hope House, The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums since 1994; where he has had several private audiences with the last three Popes, TACA Board of Governor’s and EXCAP’s Celebrity Waiter Committee. In 1987, at a mere age of 31, Joe chaired the Boys Towns of Italy’s 42nd annual ball at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and received the coveted Croce d’ Oro Maltese cross for his work on behalf of orphans. His honorary chairs for the event were Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra. In 1988 Joe chaired the P.A.W.S. ball at the Crescent Hotel. In 2002, the CAP Center named Joe honorary chairman of their Celebrity Waiter event at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Each time that Joe has been chairman or honorary chairman of an event, more money is raised than from any other of those charities previous fund-raisers. Joe was named the Honorary Chairman for DIFFA Dallas’ 2005 Dream Collection in March, 2005, again aiding in an over 30 percent increase in monies raised ever before from this event. Joe received the Legacy of Love’s Legend Award for 2007 for his continued support of those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Joe was the honoree for the 2008 No-Tie Dinner benefiting the AIDS Services of Dallas, over doubling the evening’s revenue and tripling the attendance!  Joe has assisted in the hot meals program of the Resource Center of Dallas which feeds low-income, poverty-level income, or homeless persons infected with HIV or AIDS. Joe is responsible for helping to take this program’s funding primarily private, thus eliminating the need of funding from the center’s annual budget. Russell Simmons requested that Joe be a co-chair for his Diamond Empowerment Fund’s DALLAS ROCKS GALA in November 2009.  The Art of Living Foundation has named Joe with it’s 2009 Hero of Humanity Award.   Joe annually hosts comedian/actor Leslie Jordan for a benefit for the Legacy Counseling Center and Founder’s Cottage, which is a sold-out annual event now.  Spring 2010 found Joe being honored by Legacy Counseling Center and Founder’s Cottage for his continued gifts to both of those very worthwhile organizations.  Joe has personally raised six figures for the HRC Black Tie Dinner and ASD will present Joe with an yet another award in Spring 2015. Joe is thrilled to be considered in the DIFFA Legends for 2015, also. November of 2016 will be a banner year for Legacy Founder Cottage and Counseling center as Joe again presents award-winning comedian Leslie Jordan in his annual benefit for Legacy. In seven short years this event has gone from netting $6,000.00 to over $98,000.00 in one night!  In May 2017, The Dallas Red Foundation awarded Joe with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joe’s soul-mate, Tristan Nieves, donated in Joe’s honor, $5,000.00 that night, which has been tripled by an anonymous friend of Joe’s. This gift took Red Foundation to their most-ever raised in a one night event, and the attendance was up over 30%.!  May 2018, DIFFA Dallas named Joe as one of their “Heroes” and had him walk the runway.

March 21, 2018, CNBC’s The Secret Lifestyles of the Super Rich television show featured Joe in a segment showing a highly important pair of seven-figure diamond ear

clips that Joe was delivering to a Park Avenue billionaire client, along with other select important pieces from his collection, at the uber-elegant Baccarat Hotel in New York City.

A second segment was filmed in May 2018 in Joe’s Dallas office. It showcased a three-tiered Valrhona chocolate cake by famed chef Connie Mullins, adorned with over

$28,000,000.00 worth of emerald and diamond jewelry. The client allowed his wife to come and select a couple of pieces to make up for an indiscretion on his part!

 

In addition, he has been  a supporter of  The Dallas Center for Performing Arts, (a significant gift in honor of his daughter,) the Crystal Charity Ball,  2×2 for AIDS and Art, The Abzyme Research Foundation, The Salvation Army, Arlington Boys and Girls Club, North Texas Food Bank, Sammons Center for the Arts, American Red Cross, Child Care Group, Bryan’s House, Immunocise, Aspen Valley Hospital, ,Human Rights Campaign, The Federal Club, Special Career Services, The Family Place, Resource Center of Dallas, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The SEEDS Foundation, SiNaCa Studios, SLANT 45, The Alonzo Mourning Charities, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, St. Jude’s Hospital, The Cathedral of Hope, Gamma Mu Foundation, The Paley Center For The Media, The Buckaroo Ball, The Ronald Mc Donald House, The Fort Worth Symphony, AIDS Project LA,  Labor Day LA, The Norton Museum, The Red Cross, Old City Park, The Dallas Opera,  The Asia Society, Dallas Baptist University, St. Michael’s Independent School, Canine Companions, Marine Raider Foundation, Save Venice Foundation, Levine’s Children’s Hospital, Young Audiences, The James Beard Foundation, The Trinity River Mission, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, English In Action, Les Dames d’ Aspen, The New York City Ballet, The Modern in Fort Worth, The Nasher Sculpture Garden, The Suicide and Crisis Center,  Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, The Kimball Museum, The Cowgirl Hall of Fame, P.A.W.S., Stuart House,  The North Dallas Food Bank, The Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Youth First Texas-with a room underwritten in honor of his daughter, The Humane Society of the U S, The Red Foundation, The USO, Samford University, Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet School’s Dance Program, PAVE, American Film Institute,  The Leukemia Association, The Fort Worth Opera, The Austin Street Shelter, AIDS Arms, The Mental Health Association in Tulsa, The Texas Ballet Theater,  The Joshua Max Simon Foundation, The Dallas Theater Center, The Buddy Program of Aspen,  The Aspen Chapel,  Best Buddies, The Dallas Dance Ensemble, The Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Phil Johnson Research Library, Aid for Aids, Children’s Medical Center and The Warm Place, Southwestern Medical School, the Franklin Hospital Medical Center, Tulsa Cares, Child & Family Guidance Center of Dallas, TITAS, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The Children’s Advocacy Fund, AIDS Services of Dallas, Aspen Animal Shelter, The Dallas Museum of Art, Legal Hospice of Texas, AMFAR, Harris Methodist H.E.B Bluebonnet Camp, The Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Fort Worth’s Jewel Charity Ball, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Fight Night, Race to Erase MS, The Hockaday School Parent’s Association, Aids Interfaith, San Francisco’s Cathedral School for Boys, Grace Cathedral,  Legacy Counseling Center, Legacy Founders Cottage, The Aspen Art Museum, The Aspen Animal Shelter, Rush Philanthropic’s Art for Life,  Hope International , Operation Smile,  Dallas Can Academy,  AIDS Interfaith Network’s Bloomin Ball, The Heroes Foundation, The Until There’s A Cure Foundation, The John Philip Thompson Foundation, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dallas, The Ludacris Foundation, Autism Tree Project, Elton John AIDS Foundation, GLAAD, AIDS Assistance Program, The Cathedral of Hope, Hope House, The San Francisco Ballet,  Continunim, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Melmark,, The Woodall Foundation, The Genny Rich Foundation, Wednesday’s Child, FINCA, The S.P.C.A., Helpers of the Mentally Retarded, Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Limbs for Life, the Humane Society of San Antonio, the Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center, the Versailles Foundation, The Woodall Foundation, The Memnosyne Foundation, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, The Shriner’s Hospital for Children, National Public Radio, The University of North Texas, The Joffrey Ballet, The Wings Foundation, Inc., the Fashionistas, the Afghanistan World Foundation, The Dallas Arboretum, The Arlington Hall Fund,  the S.P.C.A., the Hollywood Humane Society, The American Film Institute, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, The Trevor Project,  The USO, Helpers, ACH, The Elisa Project, The Girl Scouts of America, LA’s Friendly House,  Stroll for Epilepsy, Food 4 Kids, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, The Notre Dame School for Down Syndrome Children, Bailey House, Art Smart, M1 Ball, The Ready or Not Foundation, The Shoe Museum of New York, Tribute to Valor Foundation, and  Joe brought in the largest monetary support for AIDS Life Walk ’99.

 

In Spring of 2019, Joe married Arnold Vincent, a Chilean man residing in Dallas, who has a masters de-

gree in robotics engineering.  Arnold was project manager for four years in the largest copper mine in  Chile, and in charge of the entire team of robots. Due to his love of minerals, and now of gemstones, as well, Arnold is in the process of gaining his certified graduate gemologist degree, as well from the GIA.

Winter of 2020, Joe and Arnold completely underwrote all the expenses to bring Steve Grand to SMU campus to sing and all the ticket sales and sponsorships monies went directly to the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. It’s inaugural year, Arnold was able to present the charity with a check for $21,450.00! Arnold is passionate about this cause and in fact was named a “Fashion Star for a Cause 2020, at their annual event at Dallas Country Club this spring.

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