Golay Fils & Stahl was founded in 1837 in Geneva by Auguste Golay Leresche and sold at the turn of the century to Mr. Stahl, hence the name Golay Fils & Stahl. In 1961, the company was acquired by Jacques Wolfgang, already a business associate of the firm, having supplied it with precious stones since the 1930’s.
Between 1860 and 1930, the establishment prospered during this grand and lavish period offering its exclusive creations to the jewellery world. Having a retail store in and Paris as well as Geneva, Golay Fils & Stahl benefited from a very international clientele. At the turn of the century, Golay Fils & Stahl was named the official jeweller to the royal family of Romania. King Carol I of Romania, a loyal customer, visited the shop in Geneva regularly from 1896 onward. In old ledgers, there are also mentions of purchases by the Prince Damrong of Siam, as well as the Maharajah of Baroda.
Jesse Wolfgang, the son of Jacques, took over the firm upon his fathers’ death in 1976. Having worked within the company since 1968 he was able to lead his team in adding a new dimension to the retail establishment. Golay Fils & Stahl closed its retail sector definitively in 1997, focusing solely on the creation of exclusive jewellery as well as buying and selling diamonds, coloured stones, vintage, antique and signed jewels; a family tradition spanning six generations, continuing on today.
Currently, we employ two Graduate Gemologists (GIA), and are long-standing members of the Swiss Stone Dealers Association (Association Suisse des Négociants en Pierres Précieuses-ASNP-VSE).
Located in the historic lakefront area of Geneva, we welcome collectors, enthusiasts and novices alike.