— Our History —
Gustaf N. Emerson, grandfather and childhood idol to Paul G. Emerson II, is born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known as a masterful artist, Gustaf produces thousands of paintings over his lifetime.
Van Craeynest is founded by Roger Van Craeynest in San Francisco, a house dedicated to the tradition of craftsmanship and apprenticeship.
Clifford Farrar Jr. opens his first jewelry boutique on North 5th Street in Redlands, California.
After studying art in college, Larry Van Craeynest joins Van Craeynest in San Francisco as a Master Jeweler.
Clifford Farrar Jr. opens a new jewelry boutique, Clifford Farrar, Inc., at 27 East State Street in downtown Redlands.
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.
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.
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.
The Emerson family acquires Van Craeynest San Francisco with the mission of upholding the tradition and legacy of this historical jewelry manufacturer.
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.
Fall of 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.