Stephany Hitchcock

Noe Valley Gallery

Stephany Hitchcock is a native New Yorker and a jewelry designer who graduated at 19 from The Gemological Institute in New York City, where she studied the properties of colored stones, pearls, and diamonds. She emerged as an expert identifier and quality appraiser of gemstones for Harry Winston, Cartier, and the auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's, all under the leadership and tutelage of the legendary director of the New York GIA, G. Robert Crowningshield.

With her heart set on the precise task of selecting the very best gems in the world, for the purpose of creating magnificent jewelry, Hitchcock was recommended by the Institute for a position with Harry Winston. After her interview, she was told that, while she certainly had the outstanding credentials for the job, she looked far too young to be taken seriously and the position was awarded to a male candidate with less experience.

Hitchcock confesses that, at 21, she was so demoralized by the experience that she abandoned the idea of working with gems and decided it would be less painful to pursue her first love: the performing arts. "Hard to believe that I thought the acting was going to be a respite," says the designer, laughing. But it was. Hitchcock spent the following two decades on the boards – acting, singing, and dancing in several successful productions and eventually running her own theater company in upstate New York, where she was also raising two sons.

But fate had already determined that Hitchcock's jewelry passion would become a career she never planned on, and, in 2002, history repeated itself. Once again, unique pieces that Hitchcock had created exclusively for her friends, began to reap a following and the phone began to ring -- friends of friends had seen a piece and begged her to make them something in her signature style. Stephany's line of "Unique Gemstone Jewelry" became featured in many other Jewelry Galleries around the country. She worked around the clock to meet the demand for her romantic, handmade necklaces, earrings, and rings created with specially chosen rare and one-of-a-kind gemstones!

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