Sidney Garber loved beauty, grace, and elegance. The son of a watchmaker, he launched his own jewelry store in 1946 when he was still in his 20s. His daughter Brooke stood behind the counter as a little girl. By the time Brooke was a teenager, Sidney Garber was an elegant boutique on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Sidney Garber was known for his extraordinary eye. He brought great rigor and attention to detail as he worked with unique artisans abroad to create the jewelry he sold exclusively. He instilled in Brooke that same love of design, detail, and fine execution as she traveled with him to the great ateliers in Milan and Paris. Sidney remained deeply involved in the business until well into his late 80s.
In 2008, Brooke Garber Neidich inherited Sidney Garber Fine Jewelry. Today, she continues her father’s tradition. Times have changed since that first store opened in 1946. Today, Brooke gives all her profits to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to children’s mental health, education, the arts, human rights, and the environment. In 2015 she was elected to the CFDA The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. The CFDA, founded in 1962, is an exclusive group of America’s foremost fashion, jewelry, and accessory designers . Membership in the CFDA is by election and invitation-only.
Sidney Garber is committed to high ethical standards and is devoted to implementing, and maintaining responsible business practices in every facet of our business as a fine jewelry brand and retailer.
We are committed to protecting the human rights of all individuals in the supply chain. We only work with partners who are similarly committed to human rights, ethics, and social and environmental responsibility.
We also adhere to, and train our employees on the Kimberly Process, an international initiative to end the trade of “conflict diamonds” – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments.
The personal values of Brooke Garber Neidich guide our Company in carrying out these initiatives responsibly. This strong philanthropic heritage has allowed Sidney Garber to become the social and ethical leader we are today.
Responsible Jewelry Council
Sidney Garber is a member of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), a not-for-profit, standards-setting and certification organization focused specifically on the jewelry supply chain. With more than 850 member companies, the RJC is widely accepted as the most significant proponent of responsible business practices in the jewelry industry. Such business practices emphasize respect for human rights, ethics, and the environment by establishing socially, and ethically responsible guidelines for member companies to follow. The RJC has also established a certification system to verify that member companies follow the directives, and initiatives of the organization. Our support of the RJC helps us carry forward our vision for being an ethical and socially responsible leader in the industry.