"Life is a never-ending treasure hunt," asserts Stephen H. Silver, chairman and CEO of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, one of the United States' premiere jewelry houses. For Silver, the chase is 99% of the fun. "Every day, I wake up with the burning desire to find something that intrigues me. I don't know if I'll buy it or sell it - but it's there, emblazoned in my memory with every other piece of treasure I've ever encountered."
He was first attracted to the pursuit of jewelry and fine collectibles by his mother's jeweler, who at the time was serving as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Upon obtaining a graduate degree in gemology from the GIA, Silver worked in Los Angeles grading and sorting diamonds for the first two years of his career, and learning a strict discipline that would serve him well throughout his career in the jewelry trade. But he hungered for a more creative outlet, which he found in his second and final job prior to founding the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, at a jeweler specializing in vintage pieces.
“Jewelry rarely speaks. When you find the piece that does, it tells a really good story.”
— Stephen Silver
In vintage and estate jewelry, Silver discovered his true passion. He came in daily contact with a veritable museum of pieces, spanning Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and modern periods. "Jewelry from the early 19th century to the mid 20th century particularly fascinates me," says Silver. "Gem sources were richer during this time, overhead was lower, creating more emphasis on craftsmanship and detail. Jewelers also took the time to train apprentices in the minutiae of quality control, design and execution of detail. The resulting pieces were exceedingly intricate, and all but impossible to recreate due to the lack of comparable materials and the high cost of resources and craftsmanship today."
Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry was established in 1980 to offer this exacting standard of old-world tradition to the modern marketplace. Silver is dedicated to apprenticing each and every employee in all aspects of the jewelry trade, and his staff, in turn, is dedicated to the transfer of this knowledge to Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry's clients.
Stephen Silver takes pride in his well-educated clientele, and he has fostered an extensive network of contacts to provide the very finest treasures to these discerning consumers. With this goal constantly top-of-mind, Silver has created a vertically integrated business, leveraging his highly developed global network of contacts in the jewelry trade, retail and wholesale divisions. This global network of industry associates enables the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry to acquire almost any item, for any consumer, anywhere in the world.
"We deal only with jewelry of the highest quality," says Silver, "and our clients rely upon us to maintain the highest standards when the best is of utmost importance."