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A Family Tradition

Since its inception in 1947, Jewel-Craft, Inc. has provided quality jewelry services as a family-owned and operated company. Our timeline documents Jewel-Craft’s 70-year history, including notable company milestones and rapid growth along the way.

1947

The Beginning

Earl Wesdorp opened Jewel-Craft after working for many years as a Master Jeweler for various companies.

Earl and his brother, Howard, inherited all of their trade skills from their father, Charles Wesdorp. Charles was a retiree of Litwins Jewelers, based in Cincinnati, OH.

Earl Wesdorp

Working out of the attic above his detached garage in Ludlow, KY, Earl provided jewelry repair services to local retail stores.

First To Deliver

Jewel-Craft was the first jeweler in the tri-state area to provide pick up and delivery services to local jewelry stores. From the start, Jewel-Craft was focused on providing premium jewelry services and exceeding customer expectations.

1949

A Family Business

Earl's Son, Robert E. Wesdorp, joined his father as a jeweler.

Jewel-Craft pricelist, 1947
1950

Second Generation Of Wesdorps

During a rush delivery of a ring sizing job, Earl was struck on his motorcycle and pass away the following morning.

The second generation of Wesdorps, Robert and his wife, Dorothy, took over the family jewelry business.

Dorothy at the ultrasonic cleaner.
1953

The First Move

Robert and Dorothy moved Jewel-Craft to the basement of their home in South Newport, Kentucky.

1957

The Second Move

Robert and Dorothy moved Jewel-Craft again. This time to the basement of their home in Ft. Wright, Kentucky.

Gary Wesdorp riding his bike in front of the new Wesdorp home in Ft. Wright.
A very young Benet Wesdorp showing an early interest in the jewelry trade.
1966

Learning The Ropes

Dorothy taught her eldest son, Gary to polish his first piece – joining the bench at the age of 13, Gary began to learn all facets of jewelry repair from his parents.

Gary working with his father Robert at the bench.
1970

Tools Of The Trade

Robert and Dorothy's son, Benet, joined the bench to learn the tools of the trade alongside his older brother.

Traveling Distances

Delivery jobs now began to span three states, with some jobs requiring Jewel-Craft to go as far as 120 miles from the business.

1977

Growing In Size

By 1977 Jewel-Craft grew to 11 employees and the company became incorporated. Robert and Dorothy worked side by side while also raising their family in Ft. Wright, Kentucky.

Third Generation Of Wesdorps

Gary and Benet joined the family business full-time.

Jewel-Craft Inc. Crescent Springs, KY. 1977

The Third Move

The Wesdorps purchased land and built a 4,200 sq. ft. facility in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. The family moved the business in just one weekend, without missing a single day of work in the process.

1983

A New Demand

To meet the demand of its growing business, the family expanded the facility in Crescent Springs to 10,000 sq. ft. Jewel-Craft purchased its first computer and began providing job-tracking services.

1985

Passing The Torch

Robert and Dorothy retired and passed the torch to their sons. Passionate about the family business, the brothers began their new roles as managers of Jewel-Craft, Inc.

1990

The Fourth Move

Gary and Benet purchased land and built a 23,000 sq. ft. facility in Erlanger, Kentucky. Once again the family moved the business in a single weekend, without missing a beat.

Jewel-Craft Inc. Erlanger, KY. 1990
1996

Fourth Generation of Wesdorps

As the Wesdorp family continues to grow, so does the team. Jewel-Craft now welcomes Nick, Stefanie, Ross, Jerah, and Walker Wesdorp to the family business.

2002

New Technology

Jewel-Craft invested in new technology and began to offer advanced CAD services.

2005

Growing Strong

As the business continued to flourish the Erlanger facility was expanded to 30,000 sq. ft. to accommodate new technology, new employees, and a growing clientele.

2006

Insignia Collection

With the launch of the Insignia Collection, Jewel-Craft began to offer manufacturing and custom design services to jewelry stores, distributors, wholesalers, and niche designers. The collection encompasses everything from logo pieces to fine jewelry.

2009

Expanding Success

Jewel Craft celebrated the addition of their 100th employee and was now servicing over 3,000 retail jewelry stores across the country. Even with the rapid growth customer satisfaction remained the top priority.

Vendor Of The Year

Jewel-Craft was awarded the 2009 RJO Vendor of the Year for Service and Specialty Goods. Hand selected by RJO members this was quite an honor.

Gary receiving the Vendor of the Year award from RJO President Terry Dickens.
2012

Celebrating 65 Years

Jewel-Craft celebrates a milestone business anniversary. It's hard to believe it, but what started as a two-person operation was now a busy company staffing over 165 employees.

2015

Logoart

Jewel-Craft ventures into the licensed merchandise industry by acquiring the thriving licensed jewelry brand, LogoArt. This acquisition allows Jewel-Craft to manufacture and market officially licensed merchandise for MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and more.

2017

Celebrating 70 years

Jewel-Craft Inc., celebrated their 70th anniversary with the launch of their new website. New look, same commitment to excellence. Thank you to all of our customers, partners, and staff members who have stood by us for all of these years.

The Momentum Continues

Looking to the future Jewel-Craft Inc. remains committed to providing our customers with the very best. In February 2017 we broke ground on a 20,000 sq. ft. expansion of our Erlanger, KY facility, we'll continue to invest in the latest technology, and we'll search far and wide to staff the best jewelry professionals in the industry.

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We have been working with Jewel Craft for over 20 years and I continue to use them because they are reliable. It’s like having my own 30,000 sq. foot shop, that’s how easy they are to work with. Expectations are always met and but most importantly, they are met in a timely matter.
Greg, Windsor Jewelers
I am a goldsmith but do not have all of the tools and time to do my own custom work, so I work directly with Jewel Craft to make it easy for me and perfect for my clients. If I need a shank that is 2.35mm wide and provide my own diamonds, Jewel Craft follows all of my design details and makes the ring 2.35mm wide and sets the diamonds to perfection.
Raime, Raime Weber Jewelry
Jewel Craft just finished my Rugby Medals. The quality is great, right down to the enameling. It was a pleasure working with Rock throughout the entire process! He took the time to send me pictures of the process so I could explain to the students how they were custom made. I have donated over 192 medals at an average cost of about 33.00 each. The BEST advertising I have ever spent!
Stephen Avitabile, Avitabile Fine Jewelers
Jewel Craft makes it easy. I have goldsmiths on staff but when they are on vacation or we have overflow, I can count on Jewel Craft to get our repairs done so we don’t miss a beat. I also use them for custom design jobs due to their high level of technology and efficiency.
Donna, Boyle Jewelers
We LOVE Jewel Craft. Their customer service and quality of work is why we have been using Jewel Craft for over 15 years. We use them for repairs as well as custom design and they really do make dreams come true for our customers.
Margaret, Engelberts