History

Black, Starr & Frost, America's first jeweler, was founded in 1810 and shaped the luxury revolution of the American jewelry industry. As America's oldest jewelry store, Black, Starr & Frost's history is as mesmerizing as the dazzling works of art they create.

Known as the premier jeweler to famous families, royalty and celebrities, this fine jewelry salon was so prestigious, Marilyn Monroe mentioned it in the song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" she sang in the 1953 blockbuster film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The firm's reputation for garnering the most exquisite gems attracted worldwide attention from famous families, such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbuilts, Guggenheims, and Carnegies, and Hollywood stars, including Diamond Jim Brady and Peggy Hopkins-Joyce, a Ziegfeld girl turned socialite.

In February 1928, Hopkins-Joyce acquired one of the world's largest diamonds from Black, Starr & Frost. The 127.01-carat Portuguese Diamond is presently the largest faceted diamond in the National Gem Collection of the Smithsonian institute in Washington, D.C. It's near flawless clarity and unusual octagonal emerald cut make it one of the world's most magnificent diamonds.

Building on a tradition of quality and unconventional style, Black, Starr & Frost served discriminating clients from stores in New York City (including a location at The Plaza Hotel); South Hampton and White Plains, New York; East Orange, New Jersey; West Palm Beach, Florida; and California stores in Costa Mesa and most recently Newport Beach.

In 2006, international jeweler Alfredo J. Molina purchased Black, Starr & Frost. “It had always been a dream of mine to restore the great house of Black, Starr & Frost back to its former elite position" states Molina. "We want to provide an experience of privacy and pure luxury as was done for the carriage trade in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Since acquiring this historic firm in 2006, I am more dedicated than ever to seeing this dream come true.”

Completing this circle of passion and perfection is Molina’s deeply personal and unparalleled commitment to philanthropy. "Our mission statement is 'Changing the world one jewel at a time TM' states Mr. Molina. We believe that every individual is a precious jewel and it is our commitment and social responsibility to ensure that they become brilliant."

In 2011 Black, Starr & Frost moved to a magnificent waterfront location and has become the jewel of Newport Beach, California. Continuing Black, Starr & Frost's tradition of providing rare and magnificent gems, Alfredo Molina leads America's oldest jewelry store into a new era of prominence.