In 1835 Simon DeYoung emigrated with four colleagues from Holland to Boston and began the DeYoung family tradition as one of the first diamond cutters in American and established the family in the jewelry industry in the United States. Simon DeYoung later joined the Henry D. Morse* cutting factory and eventually his son Jacob DeYoung was also apprenticed and employed there. When Morse’s factory disbanded in the late 1880’s Jacob established himself as an independent diamond dealer who re-cut old diamonds and resold them in the Boston area. Jacob’s son S. Sydney DeYoung joined him in the family business in the 1920’s. Sydney soon expanded the business beyond diamonds into natural pearls, colored gem stones and antique jewels.

Sydney made frequent trips to New York and was able to buy inventories during the Depression with backing from his Boston bankers. He had an eye for exquisite gems and purchased many famous and royal jewels. Sydney donated two rare natural color diamonds to the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. He gave them a 2.86 Carat Pink Diamond and a 5.03 Carat Red Diamond which can be viewed there today as part of their permanent collection.

In1946 Sydney was joined by his nephew, Joseph H. Samuel, Jr. who continued to expand the business into wider domestic and international markets. Joseph served on many industry organizations, including as governor of the GIA for fifteen years. Joseph Samuel is now retired and his daughter and son-in-law, Janet & Alan, continue this fifth generation family business entering its 178th year. During the past several decades we have continued our strong presence in the United States and greatly expanded our markets overseas in Europe and Asia. Because of our diverse markets we are able to pay the highest prices for rare and unusual jewels which are offered to our firm. We are then able to offer them for sale through our worldwide network of clients.

* a fascinating history of Henry D. Morse and diamond cutting in America can be found in Al Gilbertson’s book American Cut, the First 100 Years.