Established in 1998, Soho Gem's first fine jewelry boutique opened its doors in SoHo, the trendy shopping Mecca of Manhattan. With a unique selection of delicate, feminine designs and colorful, dramatic creations success was instant. One year later, a second store opened on Madison Avenue, a street renowned for its luxury shopping. The next natural step was to launch this beautiful on-line shop in 2007, long awaited by devoted customers from all over the country.
The duo behind Soho Gem are sisters Maria Benavides and Irina Ferry. Descending from a heritage in antiques and fine jewelry they have an innate feel for art and a passion for beauty. With contrasting backgrounds; Irina, an actress and designer, and Maria, a marketing executive, joined forces to carry on the family tradition. Complementing each other, the synergy of their talents and business finesse has made Soho Gem an established landmark in New York's fine jewelry arena.
Soho Gem has carved out a niche in the bridal market by offering spectacular engagement rings and delicate wedding bands to the most sophisticated and savvy brides. With extensive diamond expertise, Irina personally guides clients through the process of diamond selection and custom design during private appointments at the SoHo location. Customers can choose from a selection of settings designed in-house or by top designers such as John Apel, Ritani and Saturn.
With unparallel customer care, the knowledgeable staff at Soho Gem provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where patrons feel welcome and appreciated. The sisters take great pride in maintaining the trust and feel of a small family business. "We love our profession and that comes across to our customers. Integrity and dependability are the basis of our business, and that creates customer loyalty", says Maria.
In today's fast paced, fashion driven market, Soho Gem has a well-deserved reputation of a visionary that discovers and promotes trend setting, world-class designers from around the world. "We are always searching for something creative and unusual, or the next "big hit". We try to maintain a combination of timeless classics and fashion forward trends." says Irina.
Ultimately, what sets Soho Gem apart from the classic jewelry giants is our ability to 'sense' fashion trends and offer jewelry designs that are both exciting and affordable. It is not only chic Manhattan socialites or A-list celebrities, from Sarah J. Parker to Giselle Bundchen that shop here, but any woman that appreciates stylish, feminine jewelry which she can buy for herself!