Today's Featured Biography
Joe Pacetti is an independent, internationally acclaimed jeweler and certified gemologist, who has over 35 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, Bvlgari, 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 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, now residing in New York.
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, 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. 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 is 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 been featured in the following magazines and newspapers: W, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, People, The New York Times, The Best, Quest, Avenue, Gotham, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Aspen Times, Aspen Magazine, FD Luxe, Ultra, Hello, Hola, Dallas Modern Luxury, La Mode, Brilliant, Philanthropy World, “D”, Park Cities People, 360 West, Turtle Creek News, Park Cities News, Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Star, The Dallas Voice, Turtle Creek News, The Tulsa World, Oklahoma Today, Tulsa People, Aspen Daily News, Krave, Out There, The Telluride Daily Planet, & Paper City. Several times, David Patrick Columbia’s New York Social Diary has featured photos of Joe in various worldwide locales. Noted columnist Liz Smith wrote in the New York Post about the fabulous engagement ring that Joe designed for New York Giants corner-back, Jason Sehorn, to give to Joe’s God-daughter, actress Angie Harmon, on the Jay Leno show.
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, 2x2 for AIDS and Art, The Abzyme Research Foundation, The Salvation Army, Arlington Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, Child Care Group, Bryan’s House, Immunocise, 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 Buckaroo Ball, The Ronald Mc Donald House, The Fort Worth Symphony, AIDS Project LA, The Norton Museum, The Red Cross, Old City Park, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Baptist University, St. Michael’s Independent School, Canine Companions, Save Venice Foundation, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, The New York City Ballet, The Modern in Fort Worth, The Nasher Sculpture Garden, The Suicide and Crisis Center, The Kimball Museum, The Cowgirl Hall of Fame, P.A.W.S., 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 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 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, The Jewish Federation of Tulsa, Rush Philanthropic’s Art for Life, Hope International,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, 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 Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center, the Versailles Foundation, The Woodall Foundation, The Memnosyne Foundation, The John Philip Thompson 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 Afganistan 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, and brought in the largest monetary support for AIDS Life Walk ’99.
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