Taking a Leap of Faith and Pursuing the American Dream
If you asked our founder and CEO, Pravina Mody, about her life ambitions when she was in her early 20’s, we don’t think that living in the US and leading a successful, trusted diamond dealership was what she had in mind. After earning a degree in Gujarati in India, Pravina married Shankar Mody, a bright civil and structural engineer, and started a career as a Gujarati language teacher in India’s rural schools. Not too long afterwards, in the mid 1970’s, Shankar moved to the US to start a Master’s in Civil Engineering at the University of Houston in the hopes of pursuing the American Dream. After receiving a job offer in Houston’s Oil and Gas Industry, Pravina and their three children joined Shankar in immigrating to the United States.
After leaving everything she knew and her seven brothers and sisters, Pravina was faced with the struggles of immigrating to a country so far away. In spite of this, Pravina decided to overcome this barrier by immersing herself in American culture, learning the English language, and getting a job to help support her family. With a son, Premal, who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, Pravina realized that she had to plan for a future where she could better support Premal’s life. It did not take long for her to realize that she had a fruitful opportunity at hand: she had the opportunity to bring over 4 generations of jewelry and diamond experience to Houston’s then small diamond market.
Against All Odds, A Company is Born
Starting a company is not an easy endeavor – a well known fact today and in the mid-1970s. Against the odds, Pravina, a female and immigrant, connected Houston’s retail jewelers to India’s diamond market by starting Mody International, Inc. (then known as Mody & Associates). With the help of her daughter, Trupti (Tina) Shah, Pravina started Mody International from her home; she took care of kids in the morning, had a day job, and hustled to grow her client base at night. In the early 1990’s, her daughter and son-in law, Rajiv Shah, joined her in establishing Mody International as a reputed American diamond importer and wholesaler in Houston’s growing diamond market.
Today and Beyond
Today, Mody International, Inc. is a multi-generational family-owned American diamond and jewelry wholesaler and importer. As times have evolved, so has our business. We are proud to offer competitively priced loose diamonds and supply both the South and the world with conflict-free, certified and non-certified goods. We actively list our fast-moving inventory on online diamond trading networks, Rapnet and Polygon, and we are excited to be the first dealer in Houston to offer a real-time, cloud-based catalog of our diamond and jewelry inventory via MDConnect, a free mobile application available on iOS and Android devices.
As end-consumers have become more aware of this complex and ever-changing industry, we are also proud to direct retail customers to our online retail jewelry website, Zazzy Box, LLC. Poised to target millenials looking to purchase fine jewelry, Mody International is excited to partner with Zazzy Box to offer competitively priced products. Additionally, Mody International has partnered with Zazzy Box to offer Zazzy Concierge, a service tailored to offer one-on-one guidance from our trusted, experienced, down-to-earth diamond dealers in helping you buy and source fine jewelry.
If you are a dealer or retailer looking for a reliable, trusted diamond dealer, please register with us, download our app, and give us a call at (713) 784-4411. We are happy to help you help your customers find what they need a competitive price!