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Feature Friday – Smith Jewelers

The store that serves its soldiers

Smith Jewelers in Leesville, Louisiana, has been serving the area near Fort Polk, a United States Army instillation in Vernon Parish, for more than 40 years. The store was founded by Marion J. Smith, a soldier turned store-owner whose years of service and devotion made him renowned among Louisiana jewelers. A read more…

Feature Friday – Steve Miller

The Army veteran turned tools pro

I’ve always wanted to do something different. I wanted to see the world and what it had to offer. That’s how I ended up in the U.S. Army. I served on active duty for about 12 years and then spent time in the Reserves for a total of 22 years. read more…

Feature Friday – Victor Valdez

The diamond cutting jeweler

My journey into and through the jewelry industry has been a long, yet fruitful one. I was born in Mexico and came to the United States with my parents when I was 12 years old. I served in the US Navy for four years and after, was lucky enough to read more…

Feature Friday – Andy Kroungold

The original "tool guy"

Folks have been calling me “the Tool Guy” for as long as I can remember. Before I found my true calling, I worked as a security guard at a buddy’s sidewalk sale. Over time, I became friends with the shop guys and they introduced me to the jewelry industry. I read more…

Feature Friday – Doug Meadows

The Hero Maker and Visionary

I’m a transplant from Detroit, Michigan, 3rd generation bench jeweler, and 1st generation jewelry retailer. And my story starts with my grandfather, Arthur Meadows signing a lease at the Michigan Building in 1926 at the ripe, young age of 22. After 57 years of beautiful summers and cold winters, we read more…

Feature Friday – Vicki Sagrera

Diamond Cutter Extraordinaire

I never really saw myself working with jewelry. I always thought that I would do something creative, but never once thought that might be jewelry. But, as it turns out, I do have a very creative job here at Stuller!   My journey to Stuller was much like others you’ve read more…

Feature Friday – Dianna Rae High

The Southern Custom Queen

I started in the jewelry business when I married my husband in 1984. He grew up in a family jewelry store and my father-in-law inspired me to get into the business.  Many years later, I still love to be on the sales floor! Being a part of the most special read more…

Feature Friday – Elizabeth Raffel

The life-long writer

When I was 5, my father gave me a hardbound black book with lined pages. I think it was an appointment calendar with hours marked along the side of each page. Instantly, it became my most treasured possession, a magical space for all my dearest thoughts and dreams. Soon after, read more…

Feature Friday – Kevin Kelly

The family jeweler

There are two things that can get me out of the jewelry store in a hurry — my family and an open fairway. And much like my golf game, where no matter how many shots end up in the rough or how many drives I slice, there’s always something that read more…

Feature Friday – Coby Blanchard

The home grown problem solver

I remember a time when Stuller had no computer network, not a PC in sight; yup it’s been that long! My story starts in 1994 when I was attending college at the local university – the University of Louisiana at Lafayette pursuing a degree in Industrial Technology. A friend of read more…

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