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The Fourth Generation
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Ben Sternberg

In 2007 I went to work for my Father at his factory in Long Island City. I bought the business from him in January of 2008 and operated in partnership with a large diamond house in New York for ten years. In January of 2019 I separated from them and moved back to Long Island City.

Through these transitions I have relied on the expertise and integrity of our jewelers, some of whom started working for my Great-Grandfather. I have the obligation to meet the exacting standards of honesty and quality that were established by my great-Grandparents – Rachel Kaspar and Barnett Esh. I am fortunate and proud to have over 100 years of knowledge and tradition to guide me in meeting this obligation.

The Third Generation
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Lewis Sternberg, retired 2007

Lewis Esh Sternberg grew up in the family business and when his father, Stanley, passed away in 1992 he took over ownership and day to day operation of Kaspar & Esh. 

By this time Kaspar & Esh had a dozen salesmen, more than 100 factory and office workers and 1,700 dedicated retailers.  The company had outgrown its facility on West 46th street in Manhattan, and Lewis designed and executed the move to a much larger facility in Long Island City.  The factory he built there had facilities for the complete manufacture of fine jewelry from casting to finishing, as well as a tool and die making shop, and a diamond cutting and polishing room.

Today Lewis’ son owns and manages Kaspar & Esh and like his father, grandfather and great grandfather before him offers a wide range of exquisite fine jewelry.

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The Second Generation

In 1940 Stanley Sternberg married Barnett and Rachael’s eldest daughter, Esther, and went to work for his in-laws.

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Stanley Sternberg, 1959
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Esther Sternberg, 1959
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WW2 U.S. Navy range finder manufactured by K&E

During World War II, having secured a government contract, Kaspar & Esh manufactured range finders for the United States Navy. And after the war Stanley and Esther worked together, taking the business over from Esther’s parents.
Stanley assumed the role of President and CEO in 1974 and the company’s growth continued unabated.

By this time Kaspar & Esh had severed its ties with Longines Wittnauer, but the number of fine jewelry collections the company produced grew exponentially and the Add-A-Link line of bracelets was trademarked.

Kaspar & Esh’s cutting edge designs and superb
craftsmanship routinely won industry accolades.

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Stanley & Esther Sternberg, 1991

To satisfy the company’s growing demand for fine diamonds Stanley frequently travelled to Antwerp and Tel Aviv, shipping more than 20,000 carats a year to New York.

Kaspar & Esh opened an office in Belgium and began its own diamond cutting operation back in New York; Precision Gem Cut, PGC.

The First Generation
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Barnett Esh (on left with arms folded) in first K&E factory 1917

For over 100 years Kaspar & Esh has been manufacturing exceptional jewelry defined by the fashions of the times and the desires of loyal customers.

Styles have come and gone, but Kaspar & Esh’s commitment to quality and service has not.

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Barnett Esh, 1953
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Rachael Esh, 1953

That commitment was first made in 1916 when Barnett Esh, a talented bench jeweler and Mae Kaspar, a dynamic saleswoman met and became partners.  The very first pieces were made by Barnett in the kitchen of his small apartment.

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The original K&E factory; 284 Pearl Street
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Yellow gold monogrammed watch fob handmade by Barnett Esh
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Barnett and Rachael Esh, 1945

As the business developed Barnett worked alongside a few additional jewelers, polishers and setters in a factory in lower Manhattan. Mae—the lone salesperson—traveled across the country with her line of samples tucked under her sleeper car pillow for safety.

Soon their business partnership had grown into something more. Twenty-nine year old Barnett and thirty-seven year old Mae married and Mae changed her name to Rachael.

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Barnett and Rachael Esh with employees

Longines Wittnauer Watches

In the late 1920’s the Great Depression changed everything and the market for gold and diamond jewelry disappeared almost overnight. Timepieces however were selling, so Kaspar & Esh switched gears and began manufacturing watchcases for Longines Wittnauer.

This line of business grew and by the mid-1930’s and Barnett along with two partners bought the exclusive US rights to Longines Wittnauer.  As before the movements were shipped to New York from Switzerland, but the design, manufacture, assembly and distribution of these watches was all done in house by Kaspar & Esh in New York.  Examples of these watches can still be found today, bearing our trademark.

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Through the early 1940’s Kaspar & Esh continued producing watchcases and began manufacturing fine jewelry once again. Needing more space, the company moved uptown to a 7,000 square foot factory in the diamond district. The firm would remain there for the next fifty years.  The technical and design expertise developed from years in the watch business would bear fruit as the manufacture of Kaspar & Esh’s tennis bracelet – the Add-a-Link bracelet – was born and began to grow.  Today Kaspar & Esh designs and manufactures the highest quality link bracelets in the USA.

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K&E factory; 126 West 46th Street (1940-1990)
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