The gemstone manufacturer Herbert Stephan KG has been reliably supplying the world’s jewelry industry for more than 75 years. Our products are tailored to meet your individual wishes. Each piece of jewelry captivates thanks to its high-quality materials and reveals our passion for traditional craftsmanship. This passion and the dedication of our employees to our customers and their products, coupled with innovative technology, are what make our products so special.
The whole “Stephan family” has close ties to the gem cutter’s craft, which has been a part of Idar-Oberstein for 500 years. Our company has already seen three generations practice this handicraft. In 1932, Herbert Stephan founded our gemstone manufacturing company and began supplying gemstones from our region to such far-flung destinations as the USA.
STEPHAN PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
In 1957 Klaus Stephan founded his own gemstone cutter’s shop for genuine and created gemstones in Frauenberg near Idar-Oberstein, where our production facilities are still located. Our company’s rise and history are closely bound with an age-old tradition in the USA, where students receive a so-called class ring when they graduate from high school. This ring is often decorated with the school crest, or symbols of the sports and arts in which the student took part. If you should see this sort of ring anywhere, you can safely assume that we supplied the stone for it – hand carved by one of our craftspeople upon request.
Then the renaissance of cameos came along and revitalized our traditional gemstone engraver’s craft. Rising demand led us to take the next logical step: we took advantage of new technologies to advance the craft of gemstone engraving, so today we make use of industrial technology to produce traditional motifs. We supply the very highest quality at an attractive price and now lead the world in engraved gems made from precious stones.