American Gem Society
Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto   •   650 325–3533 SHOP   •   CART
Designer Jewelry Palo Alto



During shelter-in-place, we celebrated our 89th anniversary, so you know we've seen some hard times! The depression, recessions, war, and strife – a pandemic being the most recent struggle for us and our community. And even although we're a business in the time of COVID…we’re open. Please take a break from the stress of the day, and join us at Stanford Shopping Center for an eyeful of beautiful jewelry in a safe and welcoming environment. More opening information.

Welcome to Gleim the Jeweler. Since 1931, Gleim the Jeweler has been one of the premier family-owned, independent jewelers in the United States, provided our clients with the finest jewelry, gems and timepieces, as well as a full range of services. But most importantly, we ensure you have a good experience when you come into our store, whether it is to look for an engagement ring, an important anniversary gift, or merely a new strap for your watch.

What makes us unique? Can’t you find fine gems and jewelry at any number of places? Why Gleim’s? For one thing, our collection of estate and antique jewelry. We were one of the forerunners in this market, and have been buying and consigning from private individuals over most of our history. This provides you with a collection of truly one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, from under $100 to well into five figures, normally at values which will be better than the equivalent new item.

We also have our own collection of fine diamond and gemstone jewelry made for us in New York and Los Angeles, classically styled to give beauty to generations.

And, of course, we have some of the finest examples of the Swiss watchmaking industry to show you.

Our company is in its third generation of family ownership. We are well-connected in our own community and in the jewelry industry. We have been members of the American Gem Society for over fifty years, which assures you of our knowledge and professional credentials. Principals in our company have been involved in leadership roles in a variety of national industry associations. What does that mean to you? It means that we have connections you won’t find anywhere else when you are looking for a special gem or unusual item.

And one more thing makes us unique: accountability. We stand behind what we sell. If we make a mistake, we will do everything in our power to make it right for you. That is the Golden Rule by which we operate our business. 

Gleim the Jeweler History

The family heritage began with founder Frederick Gleim, who opened the first Gleim's jewelry store on University Avenue in Palo Alto in 1931.

Frederick worked in tandem with his wife, Cora, as well as training his teenage son, Arthur, in the craft of watch making.

Arthur built the business and gained a national reputation, winning the industry's most coveted honor, the Robert M. Shipley Award, and becoming the only person ever to serve as President of the American Gem Society (AGS), President of the Jewelers of America, and Chairman of the Board of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Arthur's daughter, Georgie, has continued the family tradition, serving as Gleim's President and following in her father's footsteps by becoming President of the American Gem Society, and receiving the industry's most coveted honor, the Robert M. Shipley Award.

Dave Loudy, who recently passed away, served as Vice President and principal gemstone buyer for many years, celebrating 50 years with the company in 2019. Bhuvan Sahney, who joined the company in 2012, has many years of experience in the fine jewelry industry and is now our VP of Operations.

A Peninsula institution, Gleim's has always been active in the community, supporting many nonprofit organizations and annually presenting the Gleim Community Service Award to a local volunteer. Gleim's emphasizes consumer education through an on-going series of free lectures. In 1994, Gleim's won the prestigious Tall Tree Award as the Outstanding Company in Palo Alto.

Downtown Palo Alto in the Mid-1930's

Downtown Palo Alto
in the Mid-1930's


Arthur Gleim

Arthur Gleim, 1940's