In 1972 a man named Vance Anthony Valente dreamed of owning his own business. His artistic talents led him to open a store selling hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry.
This Is His Story...
Throughout high school Vance held many jobs from picking fruit with migrant workers, pumping gas at a local gas station, to playing bass guitar in a band. Then one day, one of his band members opened a jeans store in Greenwich Village, Vance realized then that he could open a store in the town of Red Bank.
While vacationing on Long Beach Island, Vance met the owner of a local silver shop. Vance offered to buy him lunch if he would give him some pointers on how to start a retail shop. The results, written on the back of a napkin, were the beginning of "Quicksilver Handcrafted Jewelry."
Vance inherited his artistic talent and taste from his mother Gloria, a teacher and professional artist. This quickly had him selecting items that were constant best sellers. Vance worked from 8 am to 3 pm at the store and from 4 pm to midnight at GM Corp in Linden assembling cars. He soon acquired the funds he needed to take his buisness to the next level. After a few years, Vance's hard work paid off, the word was out. Quicksilver was the place to shop for unique-quality sterling silver at affordable prices.
In 1974 Vance married his high school sweetheart Margaret Schwarz. Their combined energy, effort, and dedication over the years has made Quicksilver a Red Bank institution. Today, both children also work at the store. Vanessa, in addition to teaching full time, helps with retail and purchasing. Vance Jr. manages the store and oversees internet sales.
Today Quicksilver is known as "The Silver Source" for quality sterling silver. What began as a dream for Vance, has become a life-long career, and a family's story of success.