Our History

1899

Gustaf N. Emerson

1923

Clifford Farrar Jr.

1926

Van Craeynest is founded

1956

1956 - Paul G. Emerson is born

1959

Clifford Farrar Jr. opens his first jewelry boutique on North 5th Street in Redlands, California.

1960

After studying art in college, Larry Van Craeynest joins Van Craeynest in San Francisco as a Master Jeweler.

1970

Clifford Farrar Jr. opens a new jewelry boutique, Clifford Farrar, Inc., at 27 East State Street in downtown Redlands.

2000

2000 - Paul G. Emerson II, working as a Perfusionist, enrolls in gemology and diamond buying classes as a side career and travels to Africa and South America as a rough diamond buyer.

2000

2000 - Paul II purchases what was originally Clifford Farrar, Inc. on State Street, and it becomes Emerson & Farrar, maintaining the reputation for quality that Farrar was known for.

2010

2010 - By the year 2010, all four of Paul’s children have joined Emerson & Farrar to lend their unique talents to the executive leadership of the family business.

2011

2011 - Paul’s eldest son, Paul III, begins training to be Master Jeweler. His training includes a one-year apprenticeship with Larry Van Craeynest and other Master Jewelers, training at the The New Approach School For Jewelers in Franklin, Tennessee, followed by an additional two-year apprenticeship.

2011

2012 - Van Craeynest's original home on 657 Mission Street in San Francisco is relocated to the downtown Redlands location with the help of a rickety 100-year-old elevator, specialty equipment, lifts and cranes, and several trucks.

2012

2016 - Emerson & Farrar opens a second location in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.

2016

2016 - Emerson & Farrar opens a second location in the heart of downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.
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NOW

Now - Timelessness, dedication to craftsmanship, and an old world shop ethos are at the heart of Emerson & Farrar Fine Jewelry today. Our desire to house and handcraft a unique and extraordinary collection gives us a distinct aesthetic that sets us apart from any other boutique jewelry experience.