Best Jewelry Stores On The Peninsula

August 6, 2013 5:00 AM
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend (and fellas like ’em too), but they are not the only jewelry to be had. There’s also jade and pearls, amethyst and coral, turquoise and amber, not to mention beads and bangles. Whether you are seeking a top-of-the-line engagement ring, an original design by a famous artist, a precious stone at a bargain price or something funky and exciting in the costume jewelry line, here are some places on the San Francisco Peninsula that will excite and entice you.

Gleim The Jeweler
111 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 325-3533

This traditional jewelry store has been family owned and operated since its establishment in the 1930s. For many years in a row, it has been awarded “best of” listings in the local press. For luxury, high-end traditional jewelry (including estate jewelry), Gleim is an excellent and reputable choice. Members of the Gleim family are almost always present, making certain that customers are treated with courtesy and respect. If you are looking for a really major purchase, such as an engagement ring, a wedding ring or an heirloom gift, Gleim will serve you well.

Brick Monkey
2400 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 260-1155

Redwood City’s Brick Monkey is a full-service design store, offering everything from furniture to household and personal accessories to gifts including an exceptional jewelry selection. It offers a range of jewelry from inexpensive baubles to original work created by local designers. Brick Monkey opened only a few years ago (in 2010) and has already established a reputation as one of the most charming design spots on the San Francisco peninsula. The popular website and magazine California Home and Design has identified it as as a “Most Wanted Shopping Spot” and it is easy to see why.

Shreve & Company
329 Stanford Shopping Center
(El Camino & Quarry Road)
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 327-2211

Established first in San Francisco in 1852 to take advantage of the new money found by the “49ers” of the California Gold Rush, Shreve & Company is one of the oldest jewelry firms in the State of California. For over a century, it has been the premier jewelry provider for the creme de la creme of Bay Area society. This store is so high end that you must contact it to schedule a “viewing” rather than simply walk in off the street. But when you want the very best, most traditional, most fashionable product with the highest pedigree, this is the place to visit.

De Novo
250 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 327-1256

De Novo specializes in jewelry as art, presenting original, contemporary pieces by world class designers. It might be considered as much a fine art gallery as a jewelry store, as it presents four to six shows a year featuring original work by jewelry artists it represents. Although it is high end, this is the opposite of a traditional (perhaps stodgy) jewelry store. Many of the pieces found here are one-of-a-kind creations, and original work can be commissioned as well. Not for the timid, the jewelry at De Novo will appeal to folks who truly want to make an artistic statement in their personal fashion.

Charles Kruger is well known in the Bay area as “The Storming Bohemian” ever since he entered the Bay Area cultural scene in the summer of 2009, attending 90 cultural events in 90 days and blogging about it. This project was successful enough to warrant a mention in The New York Times. His coverage of Bay area theatre can be found at

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