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.