It all started in 1977, while working as a jewelry repairman in Philadelphia. Steven Lagos recounts taking time to gain experience and wisdom from established jewelers in the area, but really getting his foot in the door when he cold-called Neiman Marcus. As a young man growing up in the seventies, he paid attention to importance of craft and began to develop an eye for what sets quality jewelry apart: consistency in branding. Lagos happened upon the jewelry scene when brands weren’t that important, and he set out to make his brand the one people thought of when they thought of jewelry made of consistent and fine craftmanship.
In 1984, Lagos was working on a hematite necklace with a beading pattern that “reminded him of caviar”. Caviar, which universally represents luxury, seemed to be the perfect name for the brand he was trying to build. The unique texture of the beads and the way they nested made the jewelry seem to move with the body and create a second skin. Over forty years later, Caviar has become the trademark of his brand. To this day, every piece produced is influenced by and involved around Caviar. While it takes hundreds of steps to complete just one single Caviar creation, Lagos continues to deliver the same quality throughout his collections with Caviar as its foundation.