Jim Summa first started making jewelry at the age of 14, when his sister gave him a jewelry tool kit. In high school he took classes in silver fabrication and casting. Upon graduating Jim left the suburban St. Louis community of Kirkwood for the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina where he apprenticed in silversmithing.
With a young man’s energy and curiosity, Jim left the States to work, study and explore, traveling through Japan, Thailand and Laos. There in Southeast Asia he discovered the joy of working with gemstones fresh from the ground. Jim eventually traveled to Los Angeles and the Gemological Institute of America to earn his Graduate Gemologist credentials. He maintains his certification as a gemologist through the American Gem Society.
Returning to St. Louis with formal training in metalsmithing, diamonds and gemstones, Jim worked for five years with a highly respected local jeweler before opening his own shop; first in downtown St. Louis and later in his home town of Kirkwood, Missouri. In 2000 he purchased and completely renovated a historic building in downtown Kirkwood on West Argonne to serve as the home of Summa Jewelers. His renovation of this building to include an antique showroom downstairs and a spacious, fully equipped jewelry workshop upstairs, has won several awards from an appreciative community.
In this unique setting, Jim and his experienced staff offer his clients superb service, integrity and expertise. He specializes in helping people choose diamonds and gemstones which will be worn with pride and confidence for generations, but he also enjoys the art of designing new jewelry for retail sales when time permits. Summa Jewelers has been named an AGS-member jeweler and was selected to be the exclusive source in St. Louis for Infinity Diamonds, a boutique diamond cutter based in Antwerp, Belgium.
For today’s clients doing research on the internet, Summa Jewelers offers considerable online resources even as Jim maintains his irreplaceable personal service for people who enjoy talking to someone who knows and loves fine gems.
Jim has amassed an impressive list of accreditations in his years as a jeweler.
- GIA Graduate Gemologist
- American Gem Society Registered Jeweler
- AGS Certified Gemologist
- AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser
- Member, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
- Member, American Gem Trade Association
- Friend of the Diamond Development Initiative
- Proud Member of the American Gem Society