It is the hallmark on every one of their pieces signifying over 138 years of one family's dedication to the fine art of jewelry making. It is the seal of the original Krementz family whose name and reputation are synonymous with quality.
For over 135 years, the Krementz family has been foremost among America's fine jewelry manufacturers. The Krementz legacy was born in 1866 in Newark, New Jersey when George Krementz began manufacturing gold jewelry…fine dress sets for men and lovely necklaces, pins and earrings for women. With exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful design, Krementz Jewelry soon became the standard for quality and excellence.
Krementz adapted flawlessly to the changing fashions and styles through the years, remaining a premier jewelry manufacturer. A line of costume jewelry was added to the collection, manufactured as impeccably as its gold counterpart. By the 1970s, many collections were under the Krementz umbrella: overlay (costume) jewelry, wedding rings, 14 karat fashion jewelry, 14 karat religious jewelry, 18 karat diamond jewelry, and platinum and 18 karat colored gemstone jewelry.
In 1997, the Krementz family made a decision to go back to their roots and concentrate only in colored gemstones in 18 karat and platinum, selling the other jewelry divisions. Richard Krementz Jr. and Richard Krementz III, the founder's grandson and great grandson, continued their family's fine art of jewelry making with two very distinct collections, one-of-kind colored gemstone jewelry and bridal jewelry, both in platinum and 18 karat gold.
On November 21, 2012, at age 86, Richard Krementz, Jr, president of the RKG1866 (Richard Krementz Gemstones) passed away. After 147 years of commitment to sheer excellence, the company is no longer manufacturing jewelry.
Richard Krementz Gemstones has won the American Gem Trade Association''s Spectrum Award several times over the years, including the top honor, Best of Show, in 1999. The AGTA Spectrum Awards celebrate innovative and beautiful jewelry designs for natural colored gemstones and are presented to designers and manufacturers.
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