April 1st, 1931, Frederick W. Gleim opened his jewelry store at 205 University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto.
As seen by the original ledger, that first day might as well have been an April Fool's joke, as he didn't take in a penny.  The very next day, however, he took in the grand total of $5.35 and he was on his way.

Over the decades and generations, our company has changed with the times, both expanding and consolidating as determined by the most successful way to keep our business responsive to our customers.

Styles have changed, our city has changed, retail has changed, and we have changed with the times.  Imagine what the original Mr. Gleim would have thought about being able to sell jewelry online as we do today!

One thing that has not changed, however, is our commitment to quality and to taking care of our customers.  We have loved bringing beautiful gems and jewelry to generations of customers, and we look forward to doing so for many more years!
Lucky April baby, your birthstone is diamond! 
 
Diamonds hearken back to when our Earth was very young; many diamonds have been dated at more than 3 billion years old.  Looking at a diamond is like looking at a piece of Earth's history itself.  Formed in intense heat and pressure deep underground, diamonds reach the surface through volcanic pipes, where they wait to be discovered.

[Daryl Rief Raw Diamond Octahedron Pendant]
Diamond cutters bring their skills to revealing the hidden beauty in an uncut crystal, combining the history of Earth with the talent of skilled artisans.

[3.52 Carat D VS2 Round Brilliant]
The word "diamond" derives from the Greek word "adamas," meaning unconquerable and indestructible.  Diamond is said to protect the wearer from incoming arrows in battle and to be an antidote for poison.  Ancient tales of its origin described diamond as possibly being the tears of the gods, perhaps created when a lightning bolt struck a rock, or maybe being a splinter from a falling star.
 
No matter what, diamond is a remarkable and a beautiful gemstone.
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STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER
111 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, California 94304
Telephone: 650 325-3533
Facsimile: 650 325-8825
E-Mail: 111@gleimjewelers.com

GLEIMS ON UNIVERSITY
Custom design, Appraisals, Corporate Offices
540 University Avenue | Between Cowper and Webster
Telephone: 650 323-1331
Facsimile: 650 323-3804
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