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GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

As the creator of the 4Cs, GIA (Gemological Instit...

Voyager Brands up and running with bright ideas, creative new brands

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When Shreyansh Shah arrived from India, he was loo...

JCK Vendor/Supplier Roundtable

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Southern Jewelers Guild reviews popular industry Facebook groups

Southern Jewelers Guild reviews popular industry Facebook groups

It’s been about 6 months since I first wrote about the industry-only, closed Facebook group named Jewelers Helping Jewelers. In the last 6 months, it has been my pleasure to watch this group continue to flourish, and grow from the 3500 members it had...

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GIA seminars on synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments announced for August Atlanta Jewelry Show

GIA seminars on synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments announced for August Atlanta Jewelry Show

(ATLANTA, Ga.) - For the first time at the Atlanta Jewelry Show, GIA (the Gemological Institute of America) will offer two seminars focused on identifying synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments. The seminars will be offered on Sunday, August 13 dur...

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Finalists and judges announced for 2017 Saul Bell Design Awards

Finalists and judges announced for 2017 Saul Bell Design Awards

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Awards ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the finalists of the 17th annual international jewelry-making and hollowware competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judgin...

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Hoover & Strong introduces certified lab grown diamond selection

Hoover & Strong introduces certified lab grown diamond selection

Hoover & Strong has announced the addition of certified lab grown diamonds to their product selection.

“Hoover & Strong continues to lead the ethical jewelry movement with its newest addition of Harmony Lab Grown Diamonds. We have always felt ...

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GA jeweler fosters, develops jewelry designing talent

GA jeweler fosters, develops jewelry designing talent

When Douglas Meadows was looking to phase out PANDORA last summer, his bench jeweler with jewelry designing skills and sales prowess stepped in to fill the inventory vacuum with in-house, hand-fabricated mainly sterling silver fashion jewelry. At sim...

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Southern Jewelers Guild reviews popular industry Facebook groups

6 DAYS AGO
Southern Jewelers Guild reviews popular industry Facebook groups

It’s been about 6 months since I first wrote about the industry-only, closed Facebook group named Jewelers Helping Jewelers. In the last 6 months, it has been my pleasure to watch this group continue to flourish, and grow from the 3500 members it had when I first wrote about it, to where it stands n...

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Artist donates paintings to benefit Jewelers for Children

13 DAYS AGO
Artist donates paintings to benefit Jewelers for Children

Noted jewelry designer and artist Reena Ahluwalia has donated two original, museum quality paintings to be auctioned at the Jewelers for Children (JFC) Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas. The paintings, Portal of Empowerment and Brilliance Pink Diamond, show highly nuanced, hyper-realistic diamonds w...

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GIA seminars on synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments announced for August Atlanta Jewelry Show

6 DAYS AGO
GIA seminars on synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments announced for August Atlanta Jewelry Show

(ATLANTA, Ga.) - For the first time at the Atlanta Jewelry Show, GIA (the Gemological Institute of America) will offer two seminars focused on identifying synthetic diamonds and diamond treatments. The seminars will be offered on Sunday, August 13 during the Fall Show, held August 12 - 14, 2017 at th...

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JA to host events and Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

6 DAYS AGO
JA to host events and Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

Member-only cocktail party, JA Sales and Management Professional Certification exams included

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering a variety of events, promotions and certification opportunities during La...

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Finalists and judges announced for 2017 Saul Bell Design Awards

13 DAYS AGO
Finalists and judges announced for 2017 Saul Bell Design Awards

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Awards ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the finalists of the 17th annual international jewelry-making and hollowware competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Al Minor as National Director of Sales

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Al Minor as National Director of Sales

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Minor as their National Director of Sales. Al’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy that will enable it to better service independent jewelers in the United States.

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Hoover & Strong introduces certified lab grown diamond selection

6 DAYS AGO
Hoover & Strong introduces certified lab grown diamond selection

Hoover & Strong has announced the addition of certified lab grown diamonds to their product selection.

“Hoover & Strong continues to lead the ethical jewelry movement with its newest addition of Harmony Lab Grown Diamonds. We have always felt that lab grown diamonds are the ultimate ethical a...

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Stuller releases Tools, Equipment, and Metals 2017-2018 catalog

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Stuller releases Tools, Equipment, and Metals 2017-2018 catalog

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Prime manufacturer and global distributor, Stuller has announced the release of its newest tools catalog, Tools, Equipment, and Metals 2017-2018.

“This 600+ page catalog is the resour

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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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