Oddly enough, at the start of Charles Albert®, he knew nothing about jewelry, but he did know sales. Combining a love for odd gemstones and minerals with some selling know-how made a little magic. When his wife Beth came along in 1992, Charles Albert® started to take off. And though business was flourishing it wouldn't be enough to just sell costume jewelry. Charles Albert® had to be top-tier.
Because Taxco, Mexico was world-renowned for its silver jewelry and artisans they started there. The initial Taxco trip meant to simply source handmade sterling silver jewelry transformed rapidly. In the 90's everyone was pretty much selling identical jewelry and that got boring fast. Not wanting to blend in, the resolution became - standing out. Designing a fearless, unique line of handmade jewelry was the goal. Charles Albert® has been in business for 28 years and built a radical, fair-trade relationship with over 40, brilliant Taxco artisans that help them bring their in-house designs to life.
Charles Albert® began producing unique, handmade Fine Sterling Silver in 1998. Using a variety of over 100 raw, natural and organic stones handpicked from around the world to create unmatched, high-quality jewelry using 95% pure Fine Sterling Silver. Before long, Charles Albert® began garnering attention for unsurpassed quality, trendsetting designs and a commitment to customer service.
By 2009, Charles Albert® was really going places, and though grateful for their success something was missing. They began work on a new line of jewelry Alchemía (pronounced al-KHEM-ee-uh). After several months of trial and error with their team of artisans, they touched on a breakthrough in metalsmithing. The team successfully created a nontarnishable secret blend of metals, gold in color through and through, that looks and feels like 18K gold, only much more affordable. Released in 2011, Alchemia was named after the mystical craft of Alchemy where ancient alchemist strove to turn lead into gold. They worked tirelessly to also ensure that Alchemía was nickel-free, lead-free and hypoallergenic.
Charles Albert believes that if you are going to wear handmade jewelry, it should be the best handmade jewelry. This maxim has served them well and helped them evolve into a brand that the everyday woman, celebrities, stylists and global fashion magazine editors have come to love. Their mission has always been, and will continue to be to "Become a Well Known and Trusted Leader in the Fashion Industry.". As their vision stands, they will continue to push the boundaries of fashion, and aid women in expressing themselves with unashamed, statement pieces that need no introduction.