Sharfmans Jewelers: Serving the Worcester area for 76 years
By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Business name: Sharfmans Jewelers
Address: 19 Glennie St., Worcester
Entrance also on Gold Star Boulevard
Owners: James M. Joslyn and Richard A. Johnson
Contact Information: 508-791-2211
How long has Sharfmans Jewelers been serving Worcester?
“The company was founded in 1937 by Norman Sharfman with his father, Nathan, so 76 years,” said James Joslyn, president and co-owner with Richard Johnson of the jewelry retailer. “Five employees bought the company in 1986, and the two of us have owned it for the last 10 years.”
What do you specialize in?
“Our emphasis is diamonds—diamond rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants. We also have fine jewelry in 14- and 18-karat gold and an extensive selection of sterling silver jewelry,” Joslyn said.
“We have fine quality pieces in silver for $50, $75, $100, and go up to $25,000, $30,000, or more in diamonds, offering quality in every price range.
“Sharfmans is known for our special packaging and wrapping in silver and purple that’s become synonymous with service and care over the years.”
“We have some lovely contemporary lines of giftware as well,” added Michael Pope, marketing director. “Mariposa is a line of serving and decorative pieces made from recycled aluminum, so it’s easy to care for. Michael Aram is another interesting giftware collection,” with handmade pieces in stainless steel and nickel plate.
Do you have any suggestions for Valentine’s Day gifts?
“We’re offering a new line of women’s watches, Michele, which has been very popular. The watches are priced from $400 to $3,000, very on trend and popular with all ages,” with interchangeable bracelets and leather bands, Pope said.
“And we have $100 specials every month that are appropriate for gifts and include our fine packaging,” Joslyn added.
Advice is available for those purchasing engagement rings?
“Absolutely,” Joslyn said. “We’re known for our extensive collection of fine quality diamonds. We can provide guidance when making that once-in-a-lifetime purchase. We’re here to help customers get the best value for their money.”
How about your fashion lines?
“A lot of our sterling silver collections are trend-driven. The pieces are priced so women can have a wardrobe of jewelry options,” Pope said. “A new Italian silver collection, Officina Bernardi, features long necklaces and earrings with hand-carved silver beads in silver, rose, and yellow. Some looks are bigger and bolder, such as Thistle & Bee, a high-end sterling silver line.”
What is most important about Sharfmans?
“We genuinely care about and appreciate our customers. We’ve developed friendships that go back two and three generations,” Joslyn said. “People appreciate that we are a local business. This is our only shop, and the owners and management are right here making the decisions every day to satisfy our customers’ needs.
“Sharfmans is a full-service jeweler. We are part of the important occasions in our customers’ lives—an engagement, wedding, or birth of a child. We can customize items for those events. We also do jewelry and watch repair and engraving.”
Sharfmans Jewelers is located at 19 Glennie St. in Worcester with a main entrance on Gold Star Boulevard. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sunday. For more information and to see the newest products, visit www.sharfmansjewelers.com or Facebook.
Editor’s Note: The preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.
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