ABOUT

Vintage Contessa & Times Past is an internationally respected business located in the United States based in Houston, Texas. Our website caters to global collectors of vintage/estate fine watches, designer/signed jewelry, luxury designer handbags, GIA certified diamonds, loose diamonds and rare coins.

Vintage Contessa & Times Past team has built their international reputation utilizing their buying expertise, value, honesty, and integrity. They scour the globe in the quest to purchase the finest curated collection of authentic, timeless, luxury pieces. Each item they sell has been purchased personally and/or vetted by their team, rather than offering products on a consignment model like many other sites. They offer a 100% authenticity promise.

Throughout the year, the team travels the world to source the most beautiful items, all of which are 100% authentic with an authenticity promise, making The Vintage Contessa & Times Past the ideal destination for first time luxury buyers and collectors alike.

WHAT WE BUY AND SELL

We own the inventory in our showroom, unlike the consignment model that is prevalent elsewhere, and pass along this benefit to our clientele. The selection of fine jewelry, diamonds, watches, designer handbags and accessories at our showroom is widely respected for its superior quality and we offer many of the top designers. Whether you simply want to sell your luxury item or find that perfect gift for someone special, we can help. Each luxury item tells a captivating story about its origin and detailed craftsmanship. We’ll give you the experience you’re looking for, the price you deserve and much more.

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About Rob Chramosta

Rob Chramosta, founder and owner of Times Past, is a true collector – at a young age, he began curating his own collections, gaining industry knowledge and expanding his expertise of luxury watches and jewelry. At just five years old, Mr. Chramosta started his first coin collection, at 13 he accepted his first job with a coin dealer and by the age of 15, he began buying and selling watches.

Utilizing his detailed and expansive product knowledge when curating collections of luxury goods, Mr. Chramosta remembers coins’ dates and watches’ model numbers with ease and loves the art of making a deal. A fluent Spanish speaker and extensive world traveler, his ability to negotiate is unsurpassed. Some frequently traveled destinations include France, Italy, Japan, China, Brazil and Argentina to curate collections for himself and his customers.

Mr. Chramosta is a part of the Professional Numismatists Guild, The International Watch and Jewelry Guild, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the American Numismatic Association. Apart from his affinity for luxury timepieces and opulent jewelry, he prides himself on being a philanthropic family man. He and his wife Donae have a passion for giving back to their community and he recently served as co-chair for the 2018 KnowAutism Gala. In his free time, Mr. Chramosta enjoys fishing annually in Alaska, skiing in Vail and traveling with Donae and their daughter, Bella. Mr Chramosta earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder and is accredited as a GIA Gemological Institute Diamond Essentials professional.

About The COntessa

The Contessa is a published writer, award winning business woman, style setter and commencement speaker who was recently named one of Houston Business Journal’s 2018 Women Who Mean Business as an Outstanding Leader in Hospitality & Retail and The Society Diaries’ Texas Top 50 Women to Watch. As an active member of Crime Stoppers of Houston’s Board of Directors, she was named 2018 Crime Stoppers Safe School Award for her steadfast dedication to the safety of children in schools, with special emphasis on stopping sex trafficking.

With a passion for fashion and lover of all things vintage, her family and friends christened her as “The Vintage Contessa.” Fashion aside, The Contessa is a respected influencer and philanthropist in Houston and beyond, using her voice and national charitable commitments to change the world around her for the greater good. She is actively involved with Youth Power 365 of the Vail Valley Foundation and The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering for pediatric cancer.

In her spare time, The Contessa enjoys traveling the world, staying active and snow skiing with her husband and their daughter (when school will allow). She received a Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Texas A&M University, with a minor in Marketing and serves as the president of her father’s nationally acclaimed marble and granite business prior to joining forces with her husband Rob. She is accredited as a United States Green Building Council LEED Professional and GIA Gemological Institute Diamond Essentials professional.

Styling Social Justice Podcast

The Contessa and Rania Mankarious, Executive Director of Crimes Stoppers, officially launched a podcast called Styling Social Justice. Rania & The Contessa host conversations centered around issues and solutions with the goal of making tomorrow a better, safer, happier and healthier place to live.

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Styling Social Justice Podcast
The Vintage Contessa & Princessa Book

The Vintage Contessa & Princessa Book

This is a Vintage Contessa exclusive written by Donae & her daughter Bella. 10 percent of every book sold will go towards pediatric cancer charities throughout the USA. The charities we are currently supporting include Heroes for Children, which provides support to families with children suffering from cancer, and the Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which seeks to support research into pediatric cancer. If you would like to make an independent donation to the Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center you can do so here.

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