Our History


Gustaf N. Emerson


Clifford Farrar Jr.


Van Craeynest is founded


1956 - Paul G. Emerson is born


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.


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 - 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 - 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 - 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.


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.


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


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