Who We Are
The story of Schmitt Jewelers is a unique blend of family history, American ingenuity, and a commitment to the advancement of jewelry industry technology.
The founders of Schmitt Jewelers followed an opportunity in 1970 to locate to the burgeoning city of Phoenix, Arizona where economic growth, climate and hospitality promised success for a family jewelry business. As the Phoenix rises, so did Schmitt Jewelers. The business steadily grew from an unassuming mom and pop operation to an industry-leading, cutting-edge retail jeweler specializing in custom jewelry design and on-site manufacturing.
About our founder. About our father.
Larry Schmitt. Our father. Our mentor.
Larry may have grown up in a small town in Iowa, but he surely had big dreams. After attending Loras College in Dubuque, he began his love of jewelry and became a Horologist (Watchmaker). In 1970, he and his wife, Marie, made the move to Phoenix with their four small children. At that point, Larry took a bigger leap of faith and opened Schmitt Jewelers. His greatest love, beyond his family, was people. He loved engaging in personal conversations in business and out in the community. He recognized his good fortune and paid it forward in many ways, including working with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – an organization he cherished. Many of our customers had the good fortune of knowing and working with our father, who passed away in 2017. He was what we consider to be a true gem in our lives, and in Phoenix.