Steve Dalzell graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York and then earned his Graduate Gemologist degree from the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) in 1991, followed by his Graduate Jeweler degree in 1992. It was while completing his Graduate Jeweler degree in Santa Monica, California, that Steve met Jenny as she was just beginning her coursework for the Graduate Jeweler program in 1992, having just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Later, while Steve was working as a jewelry consultant for a colleague's manufacturing company in Osaka, Japan, Jenny earned her Graduate Jeweler degree in 1993.
After managing another jewelry store in the Northwest suburbs, Steve decided to strike off on his own while Jenny continued to work as a wholesale diamond importer in Chicago. During this time, Jenny earned the first ever Rising Star Award from the Chicago chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association.
Together, Steve and Jenny formed Dalzell & Co. Fine & Antique Jewelry in 1996, working at first by appointment only from an office in Crystal Lake. In 1998 Dalzell &. Co. opened its first showroom at 23 North Williams Street in Historic Downtown Crystal Lake, offering the area a unique selection of designer and custom-made jewelry items, along with watches and giftware. Needing more showroom space to display an ever-growing inventory of jewelry, watches and giftware along with a larger workshop for the company's artists and jewelers, Dalzell & Co. moved up the street in 2005 to its current location at 41 North Williams Street, right on the Southeast corner of Williams and Brink Streets.
Following the renovation and move in 2005 to its larger corner location, Dalzell & Co. received a PICA award from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for the renovation of the building. And, year after year, Dalzell & Co. has won the Reader's Choice Awards for the Best Jewelry store in the area. Steve and Jenny are ardent contributors to the community and help to provide great recognition and support to many causes, organizations and services throughout Chicagoland. In addition, Dalzell & Co. belongs to both the International Jeweler's Organization (I.J.O.) as well as the prestigious American Gem Society (A.G.S.).