History

Firestone and Parson was founded in 1946 by Edwin I. Firestone and Kenneth B. G. Parson, Jr., at 344 Boylston Street in Boston. In 1956, the firm leased premises at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Arlington Street, where it remained for forty years. Although he continued to be fully active through 2007, Mr. Firestone was succeeded as President in 1989 by his son David Firestone, who had joined the firm fulltime in 1975. In 1995, Firestone and Parson moved to its present location at 8 Newbury Street.

Since its inception, Firestone and Parson has been dedicated to high quality inventory and to knowledgeable, understated presentation. It is also committed to providing a full range of services relating to jewelry and fine silver. The company’s interest in quality and value has led it, over the years, to expand its purchasing and sale of old jewelry, colored stones and diamonds, as well as fine antique and estate silver, while maintaining a full line of classic modern pieces.

Highlights in the firm’s history include record prices paid at auction for gold (a George II teapot in 1967), for Irish silver (a George II bowl engraved with a racing scene in 1973), for American silver (a federal bowl engraved with ships in 1979), as well as numerous sales to major museums. Firestone and Parson has sold historic diamonds, superb colored stones, and rare signed jewels. We take great pride in the part we have played in developing significant private collections. The purchase and sale of many important jewelry estates and individual jewels are at the heart of the firm’s business.

Firestone and Parson is open 9:30 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday from October through May, and the same hours, Monday through Friday, June through September. It is a longtime member of the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America.

Purchasing

Firestone and Parson actively seeks to purchase fine jewelry and silver. Transactions are held in the strictest confidence and offers are backed with immediate payment. Firestone and Parson will endeavor to meet or improve on any prior bid or auction estimate. We recommend that sellers seek an independent valuation before contacting us.