About

Our History

Craftsmanship and quality since 1989

Gabrielle Ferrar opened in 1989 and is operated by the mother-daughter team, Madeleine and Lisa Nolta. They share a love for jewelry that is reflected in the craftsmanship and quality of every piece in their store. This extraordinary team prides themselves on providing customers with the highest-quality diamonds, gemstones, exceptional jewelry, and customer service. They are proud to have the highest rating from Sacramento to the Oregon boarder through the Jewelers Board of Trade. Gabrielle Ferrar holds membership to the J.B.T, A.G.TA., G.I.A, Jewelers of America, Better Business Bureau, and the International Society of Appraisers. You can order from Gabrielle Ferrar using our online catalog (coming soon), order over the phone, or visit our Downtown Chico location.

Lisa Nolta

At 6 years old Lisa was given a piece of wax by her mother from a friend who was a jewelry designer. Her mother asked Lisa to make something she wanted to see at the fair that evening. Lisa fashioned the wax into a clown. Her mother Madeleine had the wax cast in bronze and is convinced that, that was the beginning of Lisa’s love of designing jewelry. Lisa first started casting jewelry in her father’s workshop. Lisa craving waxes and she used a centrifuge to produce her pieces. Then setting the gemstones and finishing her designs. Lisa had many customers and had been working out of her home studio Her father told her, “Lisa YOU NEED A STORE” He bought the building at 214 Main Street in downtown Chico and redesigned and that became Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds. For over thirty years Lisa and Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds has been known for its one of a kind custom jewelry. Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds specializes in men’s and woman’s jewelry of all kinds. Our clientele seems to be self-purchasing men and women who appreciate the uniqueness of our one of a kind designs.

Lisa Nolta one of the owners of, Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds and designer of her own Lisa Nolta Designs took 1st place in American Gem Trade Association, Spectrum Award in 2004.

Lisa designed custom, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. You can feel and see the quality of each piece. Lisa created a multimillion dollar business If you hold one of her custom rings or jewelry you can feel the value and see the beauty.

Our Staff

Madeleine Nolta

Since our founding in 1989, Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds has established itself as one of California’s premier independent jeweler. However, it has been truly in the tradition of excelling in the diamond and jewelry industry.

The store was originated with a mother Madeleine and daughter Lisa.

Madeleine has carried on a commitment of quality and the highest standards in the industry receiving an A21 rating which is one of the highest awards in the industry. Madeleine’s persistence and commitment to quality, value and customer service persevered through the years. The store enjoys a rich history of returning clients thanks to Madeleine and her staff. In addition to offering customers a unique educational opportunity. Her vision was to make sure that all of our customers had enough knowledge about their jewelry options to make truly informed purchasing decisions and pieces they will cherish forever.

Mona Hymel

Mona has been in the jewelry business her entire career (30 years) Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds is proud to have Mona. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the business is extensive. She has been a wonderful asset to our team. Her love for gems inspired her to pursue a career in the world of jewelry and design. Mona specialists in client consultations, appraisals and provides a truly one of a kind service. Customers satisfaction and detail is always her main priority.

Jean Claude

Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds is fortunate to have Jean Claude as our master jeweler. Jean has designed jeweler for Harry Winsten and the Robert Mouawad family. Over the last 40 years Robert Mouawad has transformed his family business into a global empire. Jean has also made jewelry for several movies and designed jewelry for many celebrities and sports teams in the NFL and NBA. Jean has worked all over the world in places like Europe, Sadia Arabia and Dubai, to name a few. It’s a delight to watch Jean and see his passion and sense of ownership in this magnificent process. Clients enjoy coming in and watching the process of a diamond being set into their engagement ring, or, Jean working on a piece he designed. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jean, please come in and say hi. Gabrielle Ferrar Diamonds always reaches above and beyond the range of good service to give our clients the very best in the industry. It gives us a great sense of pride and satisfaction to be recognized as one of the best fine jewelry stores in California.