-PRODUCING GREAT WORK SINCE 1936-
Ira P. Helfer, owner, and Sarah Sindler, business manager, in front of David I. Helfer Jewelers. Photographed by Ryan Michael White
David I. Helfer Jewelers opened in 1936 when Pittsburgh was bustling steel town of wealth and commerce. The Clark Building was Pittsburgh's Diamond District where over 100 jewelers sold their products. The Clark Building now houses 4 floors of retail jewelers, wholesale dealers, and jewelry studios like ours.
Ira P. Helfer at his bench working on a ring for a client. Photographed by Ryan Michael White
Ira P. Helfer inspecting an engagement ring made in-house. Photographed by Ryan Michael White
David I. Helfer Jewelers is a third-generation jewelry shop in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. It is owned by Ira P. Helfer, who has been in charge of the family operation since 2012, but co-owned the business since 1978 with his father Jack Helfer. Jack became the owner of the business after David I. Helfer passed away in 1961.
David I. Helfer Jewelers specializes in custom wedding and engagement rings, though we also make many necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, beads, and body jewelry for our clients as well as some production work for private jewelry designers. We have over 5,000 molds of jewelry we have made over the years that are available in our in-store catalogue.
Some of our molds used to make custom jewelry. Photographed by Ryan Michael White
This old safe has been in use since the 40s. Photographed by Ryan Michael White
His shop is well equipped for repairs, stone setting, redesigning existing pieces, casting, molding, and fabrication of new custom pieces. He employs two additional bench jewelers, a stone setter, as well as a wax-worker, and caster.
The plating bench! Photographed by Ryan Michael White