Who We Are

OUR MISSION

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

OUR COMPANY

FOUNDED IN 2013

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

Having been in and around the jewelry business for so long, we have seen many of the industry’s sore spots: child labor; workers unfairly paid and forced to work in horrific conditions; gems and precious metals mined with no thought given to environmental impact. We spotted a need for a new, more ethical and environmentally friendly business model. And so was born Bashford Jewelry.

ABOVE STANDARDS

In keeping with our values of cognizance 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. 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 base in Seattle, Washington. We treat our employees like family and hold ourselves to the strictest environmental standards in our production process.

WE PROMISE

We aim to delight and to grow with our customers. Many of our early engagement ring customers are now returning for anniversary gifts. We are happy only when our customers are happy. Ultimately, we’re determined to design, produce and deliver a spectacular piece of jewelry each and every time.

Let us delight you!

OUR FOUNDERS

 Founders of Bashford Jewelry

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, leaving Mildred and her brother behind with a grandparent. When everything was in order she came to America, her parents strong work ethic in hand determined to take full advantage of the opportunities, to live the American dream.

Mildred’s experiences left her focused on family, community, environment and opportunity -- values that underpinned the founding of Bashford Jewelry in 2013. Today, Mildred oversees operations at Bashford from her base in Seattle. She picks her craftsmen as carefully as she does her gemstones. She recognizes that the path to a growing business is paved with sustainability, quality components, 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 they were 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 in the co-founding of Bashford in 2013.

 

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