Steve Kaufman's journey began in upstate New York, attending the State University of New York at Buffalo before pursuing graduate studies in package design at Michigan State. Post-graduation, he ventured to New York City, working in the cosmetic industry where he crafted packaging for renowned brands like Revlon, John Robert Powers, and Yardley.
However, the trappings of corporate life, with its suits, lunches, and meetings, left him disillusioned with the conventional climb up the corporate ladder. In 1970, Steve departed from the corporate world, buying a one-way ticket to Europe and embarking on a year-long adventure along the "hippie" trail. Amidst his travels, he discovered the art of crafting jewelry by reshaping antique spoons and forks into rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Upon returning to New York City, he successfully sold these unique creations to prestigious establishments like Henri Bendell's, Fortunoff's, and high-end fashion boutiques. In 1976, Steve relocated to Mill Valley, California, where he met his future wife, Elaine. Together, they settled in Carmel and established Ladyfingers Gallery. Steve's distinctive work takes center stage in their award-winning gallery, alongside pieces from 40 other studio jewelers from around the globe.