"Growing up, my parents handed down the values of honest, hard work to all their children. We were taught that if you could build something with your hands, you’d never go hungry."
Fortunately, he had a relative in the nearby diamond district of New York who gave him work and a chance to save up for school.
Simon quickly realized he loved the entire process of working with jewelry, from design to finish.
He began designing in his spare time, and took a trip to California that would change his life. He met his wife, and started selling his designs.
Before long, he had his own studio. Fun fact: The City Clerk told him his last name was too long! Hence, Simon G.