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An Estonian master craftsman and his children appeal to tech clients with handmade wares at Vardy's

 

Estonian goldsmith Vardy Shtein left the old country in the 1980s and landed in futuristic Silicon Valley, where he’s plied his trade with handmade rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry at Vardy’s Jewelers. It’s a family affair: His wife, Alice; his son, Misha Shtein; and his daughter, Fanya Hull, lend their talents in an unassuming storefront not far from Apple headquarters. Vardy, reared in the birthplace of Gustav Fabergé, cuts all manner of gemstones, from diamonds and rubies to watermelon tourmaline, amethysts and emeralds, and his workshop is one of only 25 certified repair centers in the world for Hearts on Fire diamonds. Young tech clients say they prefer Vardy’s personalized engagement and wedding rings over mass-produced goods elsewhere, along with his soft touch. The unassuming Vardy is just as likely to offer to repair a bracelet as he is to show off his one-of-kind creations, like this 14K rose gold bangle set with round brilliant-cut cognac and white diamonds ($15,000). 10227 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino

 

Originally published in the April/May issue of Silicon Valley

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