As husband and wife, Gary and Lorraine SoHayda were enjoying life with their young family. In 1984 Lorraine, of Polish descent, and Gary, of Ukrainian descent decided to create Golden Lion Jewelry, specializing in Polish and Ukrainian Jewelry.
The name comes from words Gary and Lorraine used in their wedding vows. Gary described Lorraine as Golden because she brightened up his life and sparkled and shined even in the dimmest of lights or times. Lorraine described Gary as a Lion because of his strong heart and extreme courage during hard times.
Originally as a favor to their pastor and close friend, Father Taras Chubenko, of the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, New Jersey, Gary and Lorraine came across a few crosses and a Tryzub. They showed up at a charity church event and the small assortment of 14kt solid gold jewelry was in high demand. Slowly but surely the business grew and grew. After a few years the business was booming.
As this family owned and operated business keeps growing and growing they currently have over 75 unique and different 14kt solid gold and .925 sterling silver Tryzubs, over 50 different Orthodox crosses and over 65 crosses and crucifixes to offer. There are also currently more then 25 special and uniquely designed Ukrainian rings.