Catherine Stein, a fine arts major in college, began designing jewelry in her free time as a creative outlet while working at her first job in media. She then started the business in 1971, first as a boutique resource, and later expanding into department stores as the business grew. Catherine Stein Designs launched its highly successful semi precious label, Stein & Blye, in 1997. Catherine Stein Designs continues to be a best-selling name in trend jewelry in department and specialty stores. Designs are trend driven and are always a mix of what is happening at the moment. People think of Catherine Stein as a great resource for color and manipulations. Their strength is their incredibly diverse product range.