Who We Are

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

 

We’re here to help you tell a better forever story. It starts with giving you 100% confidence that the handcrafted jewelry you buy from us is exactly what you wanted, ethically sourced and made with the environment in mind.

 

OUR COMPANY

Founded in 2013 by a third-generation jeweler, Bashford Jewelry is both our passion and our livelihood. It’s how we connect to our community, how we serve others, how we live out our values, and how we give back to causes dear to us.

With years of experience in the jewelry business, we have seen the industry at its worst: child laborers, under-paid workers forced to dig in horrific conditions, and gems and precious metals mined with no thought for the protection of our natural resources. And so we created Bashford Jewelry because we know what can happen when the industry behaves at its best: delighted customers, well-treated workers and as little environmental harm as possible.

 

OUR STANDARDS

In keeping with our values of integrity and transparency, we go well beyond accepted standards in sourcing all of our materials, particularly diamonds. We use recycled precious metals (indistinguishable from newly refined metals) and track gems all the way to the source to ensure that they are ethically mined, shaped and polished. Simply put: Jewelry is in our blood but there is no blood in our jewelry.

With materials properly sourced and in-hand, we work our magic. We know that behind each piece of jewelry lies a unique story that deserves our utmost creativity and attention to detail. We lovingly design and produce all of our jewelry from our studio in Seattle, Washington. We treat our employees like family and hold ourselves to the strictest environmental standards in our production process.

 

OUR PROMISE

We design, produce and deliver high-quality, unique, hand-crafted jewelry using only materials from the most ethical and environmentally-responsible sources.

We see your first experience with us as only the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Many of our early engagement ring customers are now returning for their anniversary gifts. 

Ultimately, we’re committed to designing, producing and delivering a spectacular piece of jewelry each and every time. Our goal is to have you fall in love with everything you buy from us. Let our story be part of your story.

OUR FOUNDERS

 

MILDRED ORIZA-STEPHENS

FOUNDER & CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

A third-generation jeweler, Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines. Her parents immigrated to the United States in search of greater opportunity. Determined to achieve the American dream, they worked tirelessly for years. For Mildred, their work ethic became a lifelong lesson.

Mildred’s experiences left her focused on family, community, the environment and creating opportunity — values that underpinned the founding of Bashford Jewelry in 2013. Today, Mildred oversees operations at Bashford from the company’s base in Seattle. She picks her craftsmen as carefully as she does her gemstones. She recognizes that the path to an enduring, honest business is paved with sustainability, equal parts craftsmanship and artistry, and unsurpassed service from first click to delivery.

 

NEIL STEPHENS

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

An Englishman, Neil also came to America in search of opportunity, though his tools were more jabs and hooks than scopes and gem-setting pliers. At one point, Neil was a world-ranked professional boxer, training in Atlanta and fighting all over the country. After boxing toggled him between continents for much of the 1990s, Neil emigrated from England for good in 2000. He retired from professional boxing in 2006.

Neil now owns and operates his own personal training business. His entrepreneurial leanings, service mentality and natural curiosity make him the perfect complement to Mildred’s operational savvy as they serve customers at Bashford.