Marking 50 years, New Haven jeweler is top choice for global celebrities
Little did master jeweler Derek Simpson know 50 years ago when he opened his store in downtown New Haven that he’d be asked to design something for Queen Elizabeth II.
Just four years into opening Derek Simpson Goldsmith — a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces — Simpson was commissioned by the former, late mayor of New Haven, Frank Logue, to create a special gift for her majesty. The mayor’s request came in 1976 to commemorate the country’s bicentennial, and the Queen’s brief visit to the Elm City.
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