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H. Stern

Born into a Jewish family in Essen, Germany, Hans Stern (1922–2007) fled with his parents to Rio de Janeiro at the onset of World War II. There he landed a job working for the precious stone and mineral exporter Cristab. Thus began Stern’s rise to become “the king of the colored gems,” as the media would dub him, and founder of the family-owned H.Stern jewelry business that now has over 150 stores worldwide.

While working for Cristab, Stern regularly visited mines on horseback. At the remote mines of Minas Gerais, Brazil, he cultivated relationships with many of the miners, developing professional connections that would endure for decades. He also embraced a fascination with the colorful semiprecious stones harvested in the area. In 1945, he started his own company, H.Stern, with the goal of marketing Brazilian gemstones — then virtually unknown on the global stage — to an international audience.

Though the company began as a trader in gemstones, it soon expanded to jewelry, with Stern assembling and training a team of young jewelers. A frequent motif in the company’s designs was the star, as Stern is “star” in German. In 1949, H.Stern opened its first jewelry shop in Rio de Janeiro, but a storefront was not his customers’ only view into the brand’s jewelry-making process. In the 1950s, Stern became one of the first major jewelers to offer tours of his workshop, showing off the creative process and elevating the role of craftsmanship in jewelry design.

Stern’s approach and his vibrant jewels, which favored organic settings designed to show off colorful gems, earned international recognition and put Brazil’s topaz, amethyst and tourmaline on the map. Tourmaline was reportedly Stern’s favorite, and the company’s Rio de Janeiro vaults are also home to Paraíba tourmalines, which are mined in the mountains of Paraíba, Brazil. He recognized the burgeoning tourism industry in the country as an opportunity to promote the beauty of these stones, opening stores in the lobbies of Brazil’s leading hotels and investing in vehicles to bring visitors to the H.Stern headquarters. By the mid-1990s, the company was opening stores abroad and selling jewelry at international department stores.

In the 1980s, the brand debuted its first celebrity collaboration, with French actress Catherine Deneuve. Since then it has worked with partners such as designer Diane von Fürstenberg and architect Oscar Niemeyer. In 2016, Assouline published a book on the 70-year history of H.Stern, from its humble founding to its worldwide acclaim. Today, the company is run by Stern’s son, Roberto, who has introduced a broad range of new collections and styles.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of H. Stern necklaces, rings, earrings and other accessories.

Average Sold Price
$3,639
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H. Stern Zephyr Diamond and Noble Gold Multi Row Twist Ring Band
By H. Stern
Located in Tampa, FL
An iconic collection by H Stern the Zephyr ring features multiple rows of 18 karat "Noble" gold set with a total weight of approximately 1.54 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds o...
Category

2010s Modern H. Stern

Materials

Diamond, Brown Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Estate H. Stern Green Stone Dangle Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold
By H. Stern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful H. Stern dangle earrings featuring green stones. Handmade in 18k yellow gold.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary H. Stern

Materials

Yellow Gold

H.Stern Estate 12.13 Amethyst Diamond 18K Gold Halo Cocktail Ring
By H. Stern
Located in Miami, FL
This H. Stern Diamond & Amethyst Cocktail Ring Crafted in solid 18K White & Yellow Gold. The center is adorned by an oval shape, cabochon cut, prong-set, Amethyst weighing 12.13 cara...
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1980s Modern Vintage H. Stern

Materials

Amethyst, Diamond, 18k Gold

H. Stern 'Primavera' Earstuds in 18 Karat Yellow Gold with Coloured Gemstones
By H. Stern
Located in Lucerne, CH
Stunning pair of earstuds from reknown Brazilian jeweller H. Stern's 'Primavera' collection. These bold and colourful earstuds in 18 karat yellow gold are prong-set with 18 coloured...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary H. Stern

Materials

Citrine, Garnet, Multi-gemstone, Peridot, Tourmaline, Blue Topaz, Yellow...

Estate H. Stern Citrine and Diamond Detachable Dangle Earrings in 18k
By H. Stern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous 6.00 ct. citrine cabochon squares with 0.02 ct. white diamond rounds. Handmade 18k yellow gold mountings.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary H. Stern

Materials

Citrine, Diamond, 18k Gold

Tourmaline and Diamond Earring by H. Stern
By H. Stern
Located in New Orleans, LA
A luminous oval-shaped moonstone and several moonstone beads are the stars of this Raymond Yard pendant necklace. Moonstone is a type of gemstone-quality variety of feldspar that is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern H. Stern

Materials

Diamond, Tourmaline, 18k Gold, White Gold

H. Stern Feathers Brushed Gold Necklace and Earrings with Diamond
By H. Stern
Located in Bangkok, TH
Individual handcrafted feather motifs create the antique golden layered effect for this exceptional H. Stern necklace and earrings set. Feathers are entirely made by hands and linked...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary H. Stern

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold, Yellow Gold

H. Stern Lapis Lazuli & Diamond 18k White Gold Cuff Links
By H. Stern
Located in MIAMI, FL
AmazIng design of this one of a kind pair of mens cufflinks. Crafted by famed designer H. Stern. Highlighting this pair are carved lapis lazuli gemstones. The blue color is electric...
Category

1990s Modern H. Stern

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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H. Stern jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of H. Stern jewelry and watches. " These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage H. Stern jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that H. Stern diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 52. This collection contains 105 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.. Modern and Contemporary are among the most popular styles of H. Stern watches and jewelry available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Fred Paris, Effy and Bucherer if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for H. Stern watches & jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $750 and tops out at $39,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,675.

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