Building a Jewelry Company

Some of the finest jewelry and investment grade gems have passed through Stephen Silver’s store. “My love of gems and minerals is really the way this started.” he says. Find out how he started out and how he developed his business into what it is today.

About Stephen Silver:

Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry is considered one of the United States’ premiere jewelry houses. Founder, Stephen Silver, is a gemologist, artist, and philanthropist.

Toronto born, Stephen moved to the San Francisco Bay Area as a teenager. Intrigued by science and minerals from a young age, Silver studied geology at San Diego State University and earned a graduate degree from the GIA. Stephen began his career in Los Angeles at one of the largest jewelry manufacturers in the world grading, cutting, and sorting diamonds and colored stones.

After college and the brief stint in Los Angeles, he was ready to be near his family in the Bay Area again, and took a job with a retail estate jeweler that specialized in antiques and precious stones. This is where Silver discovered his true passion, pieces from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century, a time when there was more emphasis on artistry and craftsmanship.

Established in 1980, S.H. Silver Company aims for perfection, delivering exceptional pieces that bring old-world craftsmanship forward to the modern luxury marketplace. The company began as an appraisal business working with law firms, financial planners, courts, and estates.

Over the course of the last 35 years, Silver has created a vertically integrated business, leveraging his highly developed global network of contacts in the jewelry trade, operating both retail and wholesale divisions. What began as an estate jewelry business is now a global wholesale/dealer and manufacturer, with diamond and colored stone cutting and a retail presence that includes an upstairs retail salon and two boutique stores.

Resident horologist in Silicon Valley’s venture capital community, the company’s watch boutique opened in 2014. Silver curates an ultra-high end collection of rare and exclusive timepieces including Greubel Forsey, Audemars Piguet, and Richard Mille.