Oldest Jewelers

"No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations." – Louis L'Amour

The Oldest Jewelers in America and the World

This is a historical archive of Jewelers along with additional information associated with each Jeweler listed. Some of the additional information is taken from that specific Jeweler, while other information may be taken from other historical sources. Additional information may include our own findings as well. Everything on this page is public information, and again, exists as a historical record or archive maintained by us.

2000's

2023

American flag Arizona flag H Jewelers - 1 years
Troy Haney established H Jewelers in 2023. Prior to H Jewelers, Troy worked at Walt's Jewelers.

2019

American flag Arizona flag Litchfield Fine Jewelers - 5 years
Matthew Fankhauser established Litchfield Fine Jewelers in 2019.

2015

American flag Arizona flag Billie's Custom Jewelers - 9 years
Tri Buu Huynh established Billie's Custom Jewelers in 2015. Prior to that he worked at Walt's Jewelers.

2010

American flag Arizona flag Daniel's Jewelry - 14 years
Danny Bigelow established Daniel's Jewelry in 2010. In the 1990's Daniel worked at Walt's Jewelers for a few months.

2006

American flag Arizona flag Muralt's Custom Jewelers - 18 years
Matt Muralt established Haney Family Jewelers in 2006. In the 1980's and 1990's Matt worked at Walt's Jewelers.

2005

American flag Arizona flag Hinrichsen Jewelers - 19 years
Joseph Hinrichsen started Hinrechsen Jewelers.

2004

American flag Arizona flag Haney Family Jewelers - 20 years
Troy Haney established Haney Family Jewelers in 2004. Prior to that he worked at Walt's Jewelers. Haney Family Jewelers was sold in 2019.

2003

American flag Cassy Saba Jewelry - 21 years
Cassy Saba established Cassy Saba Jewelry in 2003. Prior to establishing her own business, Cassy worked at Walt's Jewelers.

American flag Arizona flag Forever Diamonds Jewelers - 21 years
Raymond Kelly established Forever Diamonds Jewelers in 2003. Prior to that he worked at Walt's Jewelers.

1900's

1995

American flag Arizona flag Barnes Fine Jewelers - 29 years
Paul and Susan Barnes started Barnes Fine Jewelers in Arizona.

1992

American flag Arizona flag John Wallick Jewelers - 32 years

1990

American flag Arizona flag T. Gabel Jewelry - 32 years
Terry Gabel established T. Gabel Jewelry, a family owned business, that originally opened in Louisville, Kentucky in August 1986, later moving to the the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area in 1990. T. Gabel's ceased operations in 2022.

1987

American flag Arizona flag Molina Fine Jewelers - 37 years
Alfredo J. Molina established Molina Fine Jewelers in 1987, in Phoenix, Arizona. Also the owner of Black, Starr & Frost.

1986

American flag Arizona flag Hamra Jewelers - 38 years
The Hamra brothers opened their own jewelry store after working in their father's jewelry business.

1980

American flag David Yurman - 44 years

1970

American flag Arizona flag Schmitt Jewelers - 54 years
Larry Schmitt founded Schmitt Jewelers.

1960

Graff - 64 years

1956

American flag Arizona flag Walt's Jewelers - 68 years
Originally founded as, "Walt's Jewel Box." We are not the oldest jeweler in America. We are not even the oldest jeweler in Arizona!

1950

American flag Arizona flag Michael's Jewelers - 74 years

1949

American flag Arizona flag Dickson's Jewelers - 75 years

1932

American flag Harry Winston - 92 years
Harry Winston is owned by the Swatch Group.

1919

Buccellati - 105 years

1906

Van Cleef & Arpels - 118 years

1800's

1888

Charles Schwartz & Son - 136 years

1884

Bulgari - 140 years

1874

Piaget - 150 years

1871

American flag Josephs - 153 years
Another humble jeweler. With enough clicks, you may find yourself reading their story, which is along what one might expect.

1870

American flag Borsheims - 154 years
Their index or home page does not mention their founding year, or if it does it is well hidden. Even on their History page, they do not just come out and say their founding year, but rather let the user figure it out themselves. Something that is nice to see on their History page is they show logo's they have used over the years. They also show various advertisements of theirs over the years.

American flag Springer's - 154 years
It seems to be a trend amongst the older jewelers, to not be impressed by their own antiquity. Springer's does not even offer an About Us page, or History page, but rather opts for a brief paragraph on their index or home page which mentions being around for over 150 years.

1860

Chopard - 164 years

1858

Boucheron - 166 years

American flag L.D. Giddens Jewelers - 164 years
L.D. Giddens appears to be gone.

1854

American flag Saboe Jewelry - 170 years
Their website is minimalist, so this link is to their Facebook page.

1852

American flag Randolph Jewelers - 166 years
Randolph Jewelers closed, after 166 years in business, in 2018.

American flag Shreve & Co. - 172 years
It is humorous how Shreve handles dates on their Our Story page. They start with the year 1804, but not claiming it is their birth year, just with that date out there for all to start reading, including search engines. They talk about 1848 and the Gold Rush, the 49ers, and finally they mention they opened in 1852. Shreve's claim is, "Shreve & Co. is the oldest retail jeweler in the state of California". This may be true.

1847

Cartier - 177 years

1842

Fabergé - 182 years

American flag Merkley Kendrick Jewelers - 182 years
They claim to be founded in 1832, however, the company that was founded in 1832 was founded by two individuals, James Lemon and William P. Kendrick. They liquidated their business in 1841. William P. Kendrick started a new business in 1842, which is their true establish date.

1836

American flag Brombergs - 188 years
No crazy claims, other than claiming they are the only member of the American Gem Society in the city of Birmingham, which may be true, though odd to mention ... when your business was founded in 1836. They do something else kinda odd, but maybe passively agressively awesome, and that is on their About Brombergs page they mention that in 2007 they renovated their Mountain Brook location "just before the 50th Anniversary". This is odd because by 2007, Brombergs had been around for around 171 years and they were more concerned with celebrating their 50th year in the same location. Maybe a humble brag, given 50 years is older than most jewelers? Either way, they do not seem to be amazed by their age.

1832

American flag Cornwell Jewelers - 187 years
Cornwell went out of business in 2019.

1810

American flag Black, Star & Frost - 214 years
You decide if their claim to be "America's First Jeweler" is true or not. Just look at this list. They also claim to be, "the oldest continually operating watchmaker in the United States".

1700's

1796

American flag Shreve, Crump & Low - 228 years
They do not seem to be phased by how established their business is, considering their About Us page does not go into their history.

1785

American flag Bixler's Jewelers - 239 years
"America's First Jeweler"

1600's

1613

French flag Mellerio - 411 years
Nothing quite like looking outside the United States to find old establishments.

1300's

1369

Italian flag Flag of Republic of Florence Torrini - 655 years
The world's oldest Jeweler. Visit their History page. They mention they are the eigth longest-lived family businesses still in existence. Impressive!


A Tradition for Generations

Our Clients are repeat customers who continue to trust Walt's Jewelers for generations. We have Clients who first visited us the year we opened, in 1956! We have several Clients who came to Walt's Jewelers for their engagement and wedding rings, then their children came to us, and their grand children, and it seems the tradition will continue. Visit the most trusted independent Arizona jeweler.


If You Are Not Listed Here But Should Be

If you are a Jeweler and your shop/store/salon/house is not listed here, please feel free to reach out to us and we will consider adding you. Full disclosure, we have opted to intentionally NOT visibly list some Jewelers because their stories do not add up. Some considerations, if your great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather started working as a Jeweler or Horologist or in the industry 6,000 years ago but he did not start his own business until 5,000 years ago, then the business is 5,000 years old, not six. We will post our own thoughts on claims made, as you can see above and in the source code of this page.