Bowers Jewelry, a family owned and operated business, has been growing each year since the doors opened in 1952. What began as a single showcase and workbench operation inside a small general store has grown into an expansive showroom with expert jewelers, designers, and a highly skilled professional staff.
The original “Bowers Jewelers” store was opened in 1952 as a small counter and repair bench inside a general store in Huntington, Indiana. Ralph Bowers was the mastermind behind this new jewelry adventure, as he was forced to leave the railroad industry when polio took the use of his legs. Soon, he ventured into his own storefront location, and the business began to grow in jewelry sales, jewelry repair, and watch and clock repair.
Ralph’s wife, Geraldine, eventually joined him at the business. Their oldest son, Gene, and wife, Susie, began working in the early 1970s. Their younger son, Bob, also came to work at Bowers Jewelers in Huntington in 1970. Bob and his wife, Diana, worked at the original Bowers Jewelers in Huntington until 1983 when they opened a second location in North Manchester, Indiana.
After their son, Benjamin, completed full courses at the Gemological Institute of America in California to become a Graduate Gemologist, he joined his parents in the business. After a few more years, they decided to move their newly-independent store to Warsaw, Indiana, where Bowers Jewelry opened its doors in 1996.