Upon spending several years studying art and literature in Europe he took a keen interest in Buddhism and Tibetan language. This inspired him to move to Nepal where he spent five years studying Buddhist philosophy at a local monastery. While in Asia, Stephen learned from a family whose lineage has been making jewelry for the maharajas of Nepal for more than four centuries. Stephen's rich and varied background inspires his uniquely calm voice in the world of fine jewelry. The driving force behind his work is his philosophy that elegance necessitates simplicity, and the simpler something is, the longer it will be appreciated. Stephen starts by creating complex designs and then refines them by removing unnecessary elements. Crafting the finest jewelry requires an understanding that each piece is the sum of its parts, and therefore even smallest detail must be of the highest quality.