A Letter from Jeff Kellmer
A third-generation jeweler, I was born into a family enterprise with an incredibly rich story. It is one of innovation, grit, and refinement. Yes, this eclectic mix of attributes existed in my grandfather, Jack Kellmer, when he began the Jack Kellmer Company in 1936.
Known today as Kellmer Jewelers, my grandfather set the standard and expectation for Greater Philadelphia’s discerning clientele. With trips to Antwerp, Belgium and Idar-Oberstein, Germany he set out to procure the finest diamonds and most precious gemstones on the planet.
When a customer entered his store, which was awash in travertine marble and adorned with lavish brass chandeliers suspended from 50-foot ceilings, they knew they entered someplace special.
The well-heeled were greeted by hundreds of linear feet of jewelry showcases, brimming with the world’s most intricately crafted pieces. Everyone was treated with impeccably personalized service. The type of service where employees know their clients by name, anticipate every need, and go to lengths unheard of to create an unforgettable experience.
By the time my father Jim, his twin sister Jane Kellmer, and older sister Diane Kellmer Young, took over the business in the mid-1980s, the Jack Kellmer Company boasted three locations – one in Cherry Hill, NJ, and another on the Main Line. The flagship location, the company’s crown jewel, was housed in the lavish Union Trust Bank building.
Designed by one of the great American architects, Paul Phillip Cret, the Union Trust building remains a place of great renown among Philadelphia’s historic landscape. With a change in strategy, this store was relocated to one of the most elegant addresses on Walnut Street, flanked by five-star neighbors Tiffany &Co. and Le Bec Fin.
By 2009, I had become a graduate gemologist in my own right and was serving as the company’s Vice President for ten years. This is when my father and his sister decided to sell the real estate and retire.
As a proud third-generation jeweler, I decided to continue our family’s legacy and reimagine Kellmer Jewelers as we embarked on a new decade. Today, when you visit my store, you will experience an atmosphere that is uniquely me.
A quaint rustic atmosphere juxtaposed with the ceremony you’d expect when shopping for elegantly procured diamonds and fine jewelry of the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. Why? Because it’s just as Grandpop Jack would have it.
I invite you to come in. Learn about the next phase in Kellmer Jewelers evolution. With that said, it would be my honor to have my family legacy woven into your family’s history.
Sincerely, Jeff (Signature)