The Golden Bear tradition began in 1975, the year our founder, Lee Kirch, opened her Vail Village boutique. The Golden Bear's exclusive design was quickly adopted as The Symbol of Vail Valley by locals and visitors alike. It has unofficially represented the Vail Valley ever since. 40 years later, The Golden Bear is still going strong as The Symbol of Vail Valley and is now owned and operated by Kristen Busse. Originally from Maryland, Kristen started to learn the long-standing traditions of The Golden Bear from Lee in 2000 and six years later took over the reins. As her legacy of outstanding customer service continues, Lee is still, and will always be, a close friend to everyone at The Golden Bear.
The Golden Bear tradition officially began with the design of the first Mama Bear pendant and has grown into a vast line of Golden Bear jewelry and gift items. Our Golden Bears are handcrafted in our Vail studio by a team of skilled metalsmiths and are created in several sizes and styles of pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings. Precious metals such as 14k and 18k yellow and white gold and sterling silver are used to create our jewelry. Diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones are often used to adorn our jewelry for added style and distinction.
Our Golden Bear jewelry is displayed in our Vail Village store with the same artistry and care in which it is created. Amidst displays of our own Golden Bear designs are exquisite collections of jewelry from some of today's most exciting designers. Time is certainly well spent viewing our wonderful jewelry designs in our Vail store.
The prominence of The Golden Bear has allowed us to introduce an ever-growing line of giftware and home accessories. Naturally, all of our giftware items are adorned with our signature Bear design, making our gift and home accessories selection truly unique.
We proudly continue the tradition of printing our beautiful mail order catalogue. Our catalogue is mailed nationwide eight times a year and allows us to stay connected with our Golden Bear enthusiasts who do not live in the Vail Valley.
Our website introduces you to our original Golden Bear designs and our latest Golden Bear creations as well as a sampling from some of our featured designers. We thank you for visiting us online and hope you enjoy our special Golden Bears.