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Libby Brown named new Executive Director of Atlanta Jewelry Show

Libby Brown named new Executive Director of Atlanta Jewelry Show

Carol Young steps down after 20 years  

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Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Jyothi Forman walks away with overall win

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GA jeweler fosters, develops jewelry designing talent

GA jeweler fosters, develops jewelry designing talent

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Retailer Roundtable: What was your most successful Mother’s Day promotion?

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Colucci Jewelers owner charged with murder

Colucci Jewelers owner charged with murder

2 nd tragedy to strike family in last 2 years

A Summerville, SC family well-known for their dealings in the jewelry industry throughout Flowertown and North Charleston faced another tragedy Friday after a fatal shooting, according to North Charleston po...

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New Horizons Jewelry Show to be held August 19-21

Jewelry manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals will come together for the launch of a new event this August in Columbus, Ohio. “The New Horizons Jewelry Show is the only show serving...

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has expanded its partnership with IDEX, the International Diamond Exchange.

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Gemvision launches new version of Matrix® and Clayoo software

Gemvision launches new version of Matrix® and Clayoo software

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Gemvision, part of the Stuller family of companies, is pleased to now announce the release of a new version of their award-winning software, Matrix 9.0 and Clayoo 2.5.

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Great American Pearl Rush: Wisconsin dealer fascinated by colorful past of his treasured

Great American Pearl Rush: Wisconsin dealer fascinated by colorful past of his treasured

Norman Lange, owner of M. Lange Co. in Oconomowoc, Wis., knows pearls. He’s been trading in the natural gems for half a century, living and traveling overseas in search of them - but it’s 19th century America that he finds really interesting.

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Colucci Jewelers owner charged with murder

5 DAYS AGO
Colucci Jewelers owner charged with murder

2 nd tragedy to strike family in last 2 years

A Summerville, SC family well-known for their dealings in the jewelry industry throughout Flowertown and North Charleston faced another tragedy Friday after a fatal shooting, according to North Charleston police.

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Gold’s found a new pocket of opportunity

5 DAYS AGO
Gold’s found a new pocket of opportunity

"Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold."

You may have to read the quote more than once, but Bob Marley knew what he was talking about.

At the moment, investors seemingly disagree a bit with him, and they have pushed spot gold up around 8 percent higher since the...

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

13 DAYS AGO
New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New Horizons Jewelry Show to be held August 19-21

Jewelry manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals will come together for the launch of a new event this August in Columbus, Ohio. “The New Horizons Jewelry Show is the only show serving the Midwest and will feature more than 250 booths...

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IAC announces 7th annual Gold Conference - “Creativity, Community & Collaboration”

13 DAYS AGO
IAC announces 7th annual Gold Conference - “Creativity, Community & Collaboration”

April 26 - April 28, 2017 

(NEW YORK) - Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) announced the agenda for its Seventh Annual Gold Conference, entitled "Creativity, Community & Collaboration," taking place April 26-28, 2017. Presentation highlights include:

  • "Transforming Retail," a conversation with An...

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

6 DAYS AGO
Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has expanded its partnership with IDEX, the International Diamond Exchange.

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Libby Brown named new Executive Director of Atlanta Jewelry Show

11 DAYS AGO
Libby Brown named new Executive Director of Atlanta Jewelry Show

Carol Young steps down after 20 years  

(ATLANTA) - The Atlanta Jewelry Show is pleased to announce the promotion of Libby Brown from Assistant Executive Director to Executive Director. Libby assumes the role from Carol Young, who held that position for the past 20 years.

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Gemvision launches new version of Matrix® and Clayoo software

6 DAYS AGO
Gemvision launches new version of Matrix® and Clayoo software

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Gemvision, part of the Stuller family of companies, is pleased to now announce the release of a new version of their award-winning software, Matrix 9.0 and Clayoo 2.5.

Readmore

GIA demonstrates prototype mounted gem testing device

6 DAYS AGO
GIA demonstrates prototype mounted gem testing device

New accessibly-priced instrument to be available in late 2017

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced it will introduce for sale later this year an easy-to-operate, sophisticated desktop instrument to reliably identify natural diamonds, separating them from all simula...

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Houston Jewelry recipient of 2008 Texas Treasure Business Award

Texans say everything is bigger and better in their state, and Houston Jewelry is no exception. Considered a state landmark of business, the store is owned and operated by the fifth generation of the Donsky-Solomon family, making their more than 160 years in business momentous and award winning.


In 2008 Houston Jewelry proudly received the Texas Treasure Business Award. The award was created by the Texas State Legislature in 2005 to honor businesses that have been in existence in Texas for over 50 years. These businesses helped to create jobs, stimulate economic growth and have shown an unwavering commitment to the state and its people.
Houston Jewelry meets those criteria and more. Their 160 year contribution to the state of Texas and its people is nothing short of amazing.

 

Family Ties

The Donsky-Solomon family opened a general store in the mid-1850s on Main Street in Houston. The family grew the business, relocating several times before returning to Houston.

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Interior of Houston Wholesale Jewelers in 1953. On the right is Abe "Honey" Donsky,
grandfather of Houston Jewelry's current owner, Rex Solomon, with his partner Dave Rubin.


In the early 1930s, Nathan Donsky found himself in San Angelo, TX in the middle of the oil boom when he opened Nathan's Jewelers. As Nathan expanded he convinced his brother, Abe "Honey" Donsky, to close his beer business and join him in San Angelo. Donsky family legend has it that Abe was robbed by the infamous Bonnie and Clyde criminal duo while making a beer delivery. A few years later younger brother Ervin joined them to operate the Brownwood, Texas location of Nathan's Jewelers.


After WWII Ervin went to Dallas with the backing of his family and opened the first catalog showroom in Texas - Sterling Wholesale Jewelers. Likewise, Abe opened Houston's first catalog showroom called Wholesale Jewelers. Eventually, the brothers reunited merging the Dallas and Houston operations.


In 1992 Nathan Donsky died. At that time there were 35 family owners of the corporation, comprising three generations and three branches of family. There were four stores and over 800 employees. With the catalog showroom industry dying, the family decided to disperse the current business holdings and redevelop the real estate.


Once the holdings were dissolved, two families expressed a desire to remain in the jewelry industry. Andrew Solomon, Dana Donsky Solomon, and Rex Solomon wanted to transform the Houston store into a high-end jewelry and fine gift store. Ervin Donsky and his son Howard wanted to do the same in Dallas. In 1993 both reopened their stores.

 

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Houston Jewelry's current 6,000 sq. ft. location on Westheimer Road in Houston.Houston Jewelry has been located
here since 1993 after transforming from a catalog showroom format, back into a traditional jewelry and fine gift store.


Perhaps, the most impressive element of this family tale is the flexibility that each generation maintained to keep the business successful. Evolving from general store to an award-winning fine jewelry and gift store is impressive, but it is the diversions along the way that make the story so interesting. In the late 1990s Houston Jewelry opened an online division, www.1WeddingBand.com, which today is a major profit center for the company.


Equally impressive is the ability of the family to maintain personal and business relationships. The successful transfer of a business once or twice is difficult, but passing a business down through five generations is remarkable.


State Representative Beverly Woolley nominated Houston Jewelry for the award stating: "They have proven to be a successful business and a gem to the Houston community. Their commitment and contribution to Houston is commendable. I am honored to have a business with such a rich history and tradition located in my district."


The Donsky-Solomon family's commitment to each other, to their business and to the state of Texas is unprecedented.
"We are pleased that the State of Texas has chosen to honor the life's work of five generations of our family in the economic development of the state," said Rex Solomon, grandson of Abe "Honey" Donsky.


Be sure to check out Houston Jewelry at their website, www.HoustonJewelry.com, or visit their Facebook page. The store also has some video posted on YouTube.


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