Our Story



Gallery of Jewels began as a dream shared by two.


That dream has since grown to encompass the shared vision and commitment of 15 dedicated employees. Dona Taylor and Bill Hoover moved to San Francisco in January of 1989 with a newborn baby and a few pennies in their collective cookie jar. The couple had plans for those pennies—Bill, a career in television advertising and Dona, to establish her first line of fashion jewelry. After the Loma Prieta earthquake hit and the economy crashed, it was Dona’s dream the couple decided to pursue. A computer and printer on the bedside table became her office and a piece of 4x8 plywood became her workbench. She tended to design and production, while Bill became head of business and sales development for his wife’s fledgling company. Within a year, Ornaments by Dona was born, followed by the first Gallery of Jewels location.

Bill and Dona conceived Gallery of Jewels as a place to showcase Ornaments by Dona and the jewelry of five of Dona’s designer friends. What began as a small operation in 1990 has since expanded into three unique galleries showcasing the work of over 100 talented artists. Though the scale of the concept along with the number of staff has grown, the Gallery of Jewels mission has remained the same since its inception: build a strong artistic community, support those artists to the fullest, and bring quality jewelry to our clientele.

"Gallery of Jewels mission has remained the same since its inception: build a strong artistic community, support those artists to the fullest, and bring quality jewelry to our clientele."

It is our clientele who drive us, our artists who sustain us, and the efforts of a wonderful team of passionate employees who contribute to our success. Each employee brings to Gallery of Jewels their personal beliefs, ethics and sense of commitment. With the support of the owners, our staff enjoys the freedom to express their creative ideas and to experiment with those ideas. The evolution of the company has been built upon the idea that we are a team, a community, and that sense of community is what allows us to give our best to our artists and to those who shop with us.

The Gallery of Jewels Experience 



"We believe every designer has a story to tell and that story is at the heart of what we do."

What defines Gallery of Jewels is also what sets us apart. We offer a uniquely curated collection of handcrafted, limited edition jewelry created by artists local, regional and international. The relationships we build with our artists are what enable us to create an exceptional experience for those who shop with us. We believe every designer has a story to tell and that story is at the heart of what we do. Through trunk shows and special events, we connect buyers with the artists responsible for handcrafting the special pieces we hope will become lifelong treasures. To us, jewelry isn’t just an accessory—it’s an expression of self.


Neighborhoods, like jewelry, can also be an expression of self. For this reason, each of our galleries takes inspiration from the neighborhood that surrounds it. Influenced by the culture and the people who reside and shop there, every Gallery of Jewels location offers a distinctly unique experience. The selection at each gallery is extraordinarily diverse, displaying more than 50 designer collections per location and, collectively, presenting a wide range of fine and fashion-worthy styles. Diversity in artistry is one of our greatest offerings, as is the diversity of our sales associates. Each of these talented individuals shares a deep appreciation for and professional knowledge of stones, jewelry and jewelry design. Providing excellent customer service and quality merchandise is part of what makes the Gallery of Jewels experience truly exceptional. We want you to enjoy your time spent in one our galleries, and we look forward to helping you find (or create!) the perfect item to suit your needs.

Our Services

We are a full service gallery ready to tackle all of you jewelry needs including:

Gold Trade In | Repairs | Engraving| Stone Setting | Appraisals

Honors

Gallery of Jewels boasts the following local and national accolades:

                     


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Are you an emerging or accomplished artist with a strong collection? Join our ranks!


Are you a fashionable, enthusiastic, and creative individual with a passion for jewelry? Do you have a passion for the artist community and strong retail experience? Introduce yourself!