About

IMG_2059 copyKyle grew up in Fox Chapel, met Rob in high school and has a BA from Syracuse University.  She did post graduate work in journalism there, which lead to a position as a magazine editor.  She also did graduate work in photography and most of the photographs you see here are hers.  She has done extensive study of Gemology with the GIA.  Kyle is the traditional “jeweler” who makes our business work.

 

A-1Rob started making jewelry as a hobby here in Pittsburgh in 1966.  He thought ahead, found a good partner and took Kyle to the prom.  His first college major was physics and he is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing.  He is past president of the local guild of the American Gem Society or AGS.

Unlike other startups, our first studio wasn’t in a garage-it was under our garage.  Two of the display cases in our current showroom were built by my father to fit in our 1970 VW beetle.  We took our jewelry to shows run by the American Crafts Council and our work was sold in more than 20 stores and galleries around the country.

We opened our shop in Oakmont in 1980 and our daughter, Devin, was born 5 days later.

We moved up the street to our current location in 1983.

DSC_2517 C+B-The wedding band in this picture won a national design award from DeBeers in 1975.

In the 90’s we won four more design awards from the American Gem Trade Association and Platinum Guild International.

Our daughter, Devin, now has her law office, Hallett Snyder Law, in our old workshop.  Zach and Ethan, our grandsons, both seem to like fire and have their own hammers.  Our business may have a long future.

We have done over 30,000 projects -from simple repairs to custom jewelry.  We make people happy.  They give us hugs, become friends and send us letters.

 

The ring is nothing less than magnificent.
Thank you, Lynn A.

Just wanted to thank you for all your work designing my ring.  I have received so many compliments-even from strangers.  The feel of the ring, the fit, the look is perfect.  Your artistry is amazing to me.  Christine M.

We thoroughly enjoyed the entire process from selection through anticipation to elation.
Thank you, Sally

It’s funny, but we will think of you forever.  Every time we look at our hands.  How do you thank someone for making a dream a reality?  I think it falls somewhere between art and miracles.
Sandy and Chas

Thank you for helping us design the most perfect rings for us.  We love them.
Krista and Matt

Thank you so much for the wonderful rings.  Now we know why your shop’s marriages have such high success rates.  Who would want to take these off?
Brandon and Lena