Kings1912.com is the luxury e-commerce store for authorized jewelry and watch brands from King Jewelers. Established in 1912, the King family has owned and operated King Jewelers for five generations while building an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value, and first-class service. Today, King Jewelers has brick-and-mortar stores located in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, both of which have won numerous regional and national awards of distinction.
The King legacy began in 1898 when immigrant Louis King crossed the Atlantic and established his roots in the United States. Originally a watchmaker, he settled the family in Philadelphia, working days in a factory and repairing watches at night. Catching the "Gold Rush" fever in 1902, Louis headed west to Salt Lake City, where he opened King & Co, a pawnshop and trading post that stocked everything from gold and diamonds to mining supplies, guns and suitcases. Here, the King family provided the miners with supplies while purchasing the precious stones and metals mined locally. Having acquired a large gold inventory, Louis decided to specialize and focus on jewelry exclusively. In January 1912, he moved the family store to the heart of town, reopening as King's Jewelers.
Recognizing the biggest market for fine gold jewelry was on the East Coast, in 1919, Louis King again pulled up stakes to return to Philadelphia, where he opened King's Jewelers on upscale Chestnut Street, now working side-by-side with his son, Abraham. King's Jewelers featured fine diamond and gold jewelry, watches and semi-precious stones. By 1926, the father and son duo were at the helm of a store well-known up and down the Atlantic seaboard. To meet demand, the two opened a second store in Atlantic City, the country's premier vacation destination during the booming 1920s. It was here that Abe King first made his mark, featuring spectacular jewelry showcases the likes of which the City had never before seen.
The Atlantic City store was an overnight sensation that catered to much of the same clientele that frequented the Philadelphia store. With the onset of the Great Depression, the Kings closed their Philadelphia operation in 1930 and focused their full attention on Atlantic City. Louis then headed south to join Abe and Abe's son, Martin. With three generations now working under one roof, the reputation of King's Jewelers soared, and the name "King" became synonymous with outstanding jewelry, personalized service and exceptional prices. In fact, the threesome launched an alpha line boasting innovative designs that caught the eye of the biggest celebrities of the day, including Babe Ruth.
The store's location in the heart of a major tourist market led to great prosperity for the business, which led Abe King to explore his options in yet another tourist destination – Miami Beach. Here, King's Jewelers opened on Washington Avenue in 1931. The store was another triumph for the family, which dispatched Martin to open a second Miami Beach location on Lincoln Road in 1938. Called Martin King Jewelers, the store was a subsidiary of King's Jewelers. In addition to manufacturing fine diamond and gold jewelry, Martin King began importing and wholesaling diamonds.
As one of Lincoln Road Mall's premier attractions for more than 30 years, Martin King Jewelers thrived by catering to local residents, tourists, and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr., all of whom frequented what was unquestionably one of the most famous stores in Greater Miami.
By 1961, the company's diamond division had grown so large that the Kings established a separate corporate entity and began buying and wholesaling diamonds as Florida Diamond Brokers. To augment this growth, Martin King and his son, Scott, opened an international import/export office in the historic diamond district of Antwerp, Belgium. Today, the Antwerp office at Pelikannstraat 78 remains the hub of the family diamond brokerage business.
In 1982, Martin and Scott King relocated their retail operation from Lincoln Road to Kane Concourse, where it became one of South Florida's most revered retail landmarks in one of Miami-Dade's most exclusive commercial areas. After the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, David King decided to return to Miami and join the family business as he ushered in the fifth generation of Kings to own and operate the company. By 2004, David King and his parents relocated King Jewelers again to Aventura, FL and opened an exclusive men's salon and timepiece boutique to compliment the extraordinary ladies jewelry collections. Upon graduating from law school, Jono King joined the family business in 2005 and completed the fifth generation of King Jewelers.
The King family decided to expand their regional presence in the Southeast as they celebrated the grand opening of King Jewelers Nashville, TN in late 2008. The opening of the Nashville store reunited David King with his uncle Bernie Bublick who has more than thirty years of jewelry experience and over forty years of living in Tennessee. Today, David and Bernie manage the Nashville store located at 4121 Hillsboro Road in the Green Hills shopping area.
The approximately 7,300 sq ft Florida and the 5,000 sq ft Tennessee stores house magnificent collections of watches and jewels in modern and elegant environments. The atmosphere is warm and friendly as the colors are reminiscent of an Italian boutique. All types of music can be heard in the background – from Frank Sinatra to Bob Marley to Lady Antebellum to Italian opera.
King Jewelers is dedicated not only to providing the best product, but to providing the best service as well. Two watchmakers are on site with one specializing in complicated European movements and the other focusing on Rolex and performing miscellaneous repairs. King Jewelers offers an additional one-year warranty on all new watches, as well as one-year warranties on all watch repairs. With a knowledgeable and well-trained sales staff, King Jewelers is the place to not only buy your new timepiece, but also be educated about how it works as well with our staff acting as stylists and guide collectors in building unique and personalized watch collections.
From one hundred to one million dollars, at King Jewelers you will always find the "best of the best." Offering a magnificent selection of fine jewelry collections including the hottest Italian designs, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and fancy-colored diamonds, as well as luxury European timepieces, King Jewelers prides itself in being one step ahead of the trend. The salons also feature bridal, baby, and gift collections. In addition, King Jewelers offers on-site jewelry and watch repairs, custom design services, appraisals, estate buying, and corporate gift programs.
Kings Jewelers is a member of the Jewelers of America, American Watch Guild, the American Society of Appraisers, and has several GIA Certified Gemologists on-staff, and is a Leading Watch Retailer in North America.
The King family bio:
Scott King is the CEO of King Jewelers. A graduate of Florida State University with a major in biology, Scott has more than forty years experience in the jewelry and watch industry. Regarded as one of the country's leading appraisers and color gemstone experts, Scott is a Graduate Gemologist, member of the Appraisers Association of America, and was the youngest member of the Antwerp Diamond Club. His well-rounded expertise includes diamonds, color gemstones, estate jewelry, and watches.
Maxine King is the President of King Jewelers. A graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in psychology, Maxine has more than thirty years experience in the jewelry and watch industry. She is regarded not only as the "Queen" of King Jewelers, but also of the independent couture jewelry world. Her exceptional taste and relentless pursuit for absolute perfection has earned her an outstanding reputation as a leading fashion guru and jewelry buyer. As a result of her keen eye and exceptional buying power, the King Jewelers salon in Aventura has been named a top ten jewelry store in the US and was recently named the top store in Florida by Harpers Bazaare. Maxine is also responsible for the design of the annual King Jewelers catalogue which is regarded year after year as one of the best in industry.
Jonathan King is the CFO of King Jewelers. A graduate of the University of Maryland as well as a lawyer with a degree from Nova Southeastern University, Jonathan has been working in the family business for more than four years. A Graduate Gemologist with a specialty in luxury timepieces, his main responsibilities include men's jewelry buying, legal affairs, watch sales and brand management.
David King is the Director of Business Development of King Jewelers. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in English and Chemistry as well as a concentration in the Wharton School of Business, David worked on Wall Street as an investment banker and corporate derivative trader before joining the family business after September 11th. A Graduate Gemologist with specialties in luxury timepieces, diamonds, and marketing, his main responsibilities include advertising & marketing, events, watch buying, client relations, concierge services, website development, brand management, and business development.