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Jose Hess

Jose Hess dedicated the majority of his life to following his passion for jewelry design, a journey that stems back to his early teens when he worked as a goldsmith's apprentice. His adoration for the art form was born, and following a desire to learn more, he studied at the Gemological Institute of America and the Mechanics Institute of New York, where he ultimately earned his jewelry design degree.

Hess' professional accomplishments include numerous prestigious awards from the likes of DeBeers Diamonds International, American Gem Trade Association, and Japan Jewelry Designers Association.


He served as president of both the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America and the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), and he is a founding member of the American Jewelry Design Council. Additionally, the designer has shared his wealth of knowledge with students as an instructor at New York's acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology.

The Jose Hess Design Awards, was established in 2022 to recognize outstanding talent in jewelry design.

Jose Hess's impact on the jewelry design world and his enduring influence on the industry make him a celebrated figure in the field. His work and dedication continue to be remembered and appreciated by both professionals and enthusiasts.

    Today, Magdalena Hess — wife and long-time creative partner,

    Author, A DeBeers Award Winner, Women’s Jewelry Association Award Winner—Educated at the Gemological Institute of America, continues to maintain the integrity and quality the brand has become synonymous with while opening it up to a new generation concerned with timeless style.

    Our Mission

    Glamour has always been a cornerstone of our designs, as exemplified by the chic women who have worn them — a list that includes celebrities like Arianna Grande, Demi Moore, and

    Cindy Crawford. Today the brand is focused on creating sophisticated simplicity with delicate, feminine pieces can be paired with red carpet gowns as easily as with jeans and a t-shirt, making them versatile and accessible for a variety of stylish contemporary women. 

    Just as our jewelry is designed to be timeless, it’s also built to last a lifetime. We utilize the finest materials, and each piece is handmade to order. It has always been our personal belief that elegance doesn’t have to be complicated, and our brand continues to hold that philosophy sacred. 


    "At Jose Hess, We believe that a Diamond is more than just an accessory; it's a reflection of your style, a symbol of your personality, and a treasure of memories. Our exquisite collection of necklaces is meticulously crafted to elevate your presence and make every moment special. Each necklace tells a unique story, a story of timeless beauty and unparalleled craftsmanship. Whether you're celebrating a milestone or simply embracing the beauty of everyday life, our necklaces are designed to be your perfect companion. Explore our collection and discover the necklace that resonates with your inner elegance. Adorn yourself with our diamonds, and let every moment shine with the brilliance of your choice."