The Owner

Owner Matt Meis comes to Russian Brilliants® with over 45 years of experience, covering virtually every aspect of the jewelry industry. Matt began his career in the jewelry business as a craftsman in Chicago's jewelry district in 1975. By 1986 he was the in-house goldsmith at an exclusive La Jolla, California fine jewelry store. Matt made the transition from the workbench to retail jewelry store management and in 1993 left retail for a position with a wholesale diamond import company.

Four years later he began his solo career as Matt Meis Fine Custom Jewelry, a convenient, high quality and competitively priced option for customers looking for an alternative to the traditional retail jewelry store buying experience, specializing in custom designed wedding, anniversary and special occasion fine jewelry.

Over the years Matt has had several clients that wanted high quality custom designed fine jewelry, but did not want a mined diamond, either for ethical reasons or because of the high price. Purchasing Russian Brilliants in 2008 was a very natural next step in his fine jewelry career.

Matt has been featured in several magazines including Jewelers Circular Keystone, Instore Magazine, Pro Jeweller, Exquisite Weddings and Luxveria Luxurious Living. He has been interviewed on San Diego's NBC 7 television and featured in a Microsoft Small Business Success Story. Meis has also been featured on the United States Small Business Administration website.

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