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Dino, Steve and Richard Pampillonia

5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.


Pampillonia, a family owned and operated jewelry firm, is very excited about its relocation to Bethesda Row in March 2018. The new store will be full service, offering custom jewelry design and manufacturing as well as contemporary and modern signed designer estate jewelry. Co-owners Dino, Richard and Steven Pampillonia are fifth generation jewelers—and gemologists. Steven’s son Michael recently joined the firm, becoming the sixth generation. 

The family has been a source of fine jewelry and exquisite craftsmanship since a Pampillonia served as jeweler to King Victor Emmanuel of Italy. The Pampillionias take pride in carrying on their ancestor’s reputation for providing personalized service and using the finest quality materials. “We have passion for jewelry,” says Dino. “We sell the most beautiful things made by man and nature.” 

“Our family is very mindful of the environment,” says Dino. Using recycled materials, Pampillonia manufactures their own jewelry with 100 percent recycled Harmony platinum and gold.  Major diamonds are recycled from estate jewelry, recut to modern standards and featured in new designs. Recognized by Global Witness in 2004, Pampillonia was also at the forefront of the conflict-free diamond movement. 

Pampillonia holds itself to the highest standards, says Dino. “We are perfectionists and take tremendous pride in everything that leaves the store.” Pampillonia designs are handmade without reliance on computer assistance therefore producing truly customized outcomes and avoiding the stiffness of computer-assisted manufacturing.

For decades the Pampillonia family has been the premier source for signed authentic designer and vintage estate jewelry. These pieces are curated from estates and private clients worldwide. “High end is not necessarily expensive,” says Dino. “Our store in Bethesda will feature jewelry from modest to extraordinary; we look forward to our grand opening.”

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