Ernst Jewelers receives Texas Treasure Business Award | News | itemonline.com – Huntsville Item

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Known for “Getting women into trouble and getting men out of it since 1893” Ernst Jewelers has been part of Huntsville’s business landscape since the town center was first taking shape. Offering fine gemstones and pearls, bridal and engagement rings, commemorative gifts and elegant timepieces, it is one of the oldest family-owned jewelry stores in Texas.

Because of their long term success, they have been designated as a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). This award pays tribute to businesses that have been in continual operation for over 50 years and have made exceptional and historical contributions to Texas’ economic growth and prosperity.


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The certificate of recognition, signed by State Senator Charles Schwertner, State Representative Kyle Kacal and Executive Director of the THC Edward Lengel was presented to Blythe and Robert C. Ernst Jr. on Friday, Jan. 19 at City Hall, by Economic Development Director for the City of Huntsville Tammy Gann.

Olivia Discon, SHSU student, LEAP Ambassador and City of Huntsville Intern for the Department of Economic Development, facilitated the nomination process by interviewing Blythe and Robert and creating a narrative for the application.

Walker County Ace Hardware, Huntsville Abstract & Title Company and Walker County Title were also nominated this year. Gibbs Brothers & Company is the only other business in Walker County to receive this award, and the city plans to continue working with local businesses to gain this historically important designation.

“Our downtown is so beautiful, and the City of Huntsville wants to highlight that, in addition to others in our community that meet the criteria. The story of the Ernst family really touched me, and I was honored to work with them,” said Discon. “I believe this is my new passion project.”

Robert and Blythe represent the fourth generation of the Ernst family to offer heirloom quality jewelry, gifts and watches to the Huntsville community and beyond. Robert worked for Tiffany and Company before earning his graduate degree in gemology at the Gemological Institute of America in California.

He is an expert in his field, providing advice and appraisals as well as education about the value and integrity of natural diamonds and other gems.

Blythe’s focus has always been on customer service and providing a welcoming environment while maintaining their standing as a fine jewelry establishment.

She credits their staff with delivering a level of customer satisfaction that creates customers for life.

Georgia Allen has been with the company for 26 years. Jennifer Heath has been a part of the team for 15 years. Nancy Loy has been with Ernst for 11 years. Faith Cox was hired six months ago and has already proven to be a natural fit for the sales team.

“Bridal and engagement rings have always been a central part of our business,” said Blythe. “We love being involved in such an important event. Our customers trust us to get it right. Each time we achieve that, we gain an entire family of future patrons.”

The history of the Ernst family as business owners in Huntsville reaches back more than 130 years. C.A. Randolph established the business in 1893 and was joined by Robert Ernst, who bought partial interest in the store. Robert became the sole owner when Randolph retired.

Robert A. Ernst joined his father in 1930 and the business name was changed to “Robert Ernst Jewelry Store.” The senior Robert Ernst passed away in 1942.

In 1953, the bridal and gift part of the business was moved three buildings away under the direction of Lois B. Ernst, as Mt. Vernon Jewelry and Gift Shop.

In 1964, Robert C. Ernst joined his father in business. Lois and Robert A. Ernst retired in 1975.

The business was incorporated in 1976 to include both stores operated by Robert C. Ernst and his wife, Sunny.

Robert C. Ernst, Jr. joined the operation in 1994. Blythe continued the tradition as a third generation Ernst wife to manage Mt. Vernon Gift Shop.

Robert C. and Sunny retired in 2005. Robert and Blythe closed Mt. Vernon Gift Shop in 2009 and completed a major remodel of the jewelry store.

New updates came again in 2019 with another remodel, including the store’s exterior. The result is a glass encased alcove leading into their showroom, which is adorned with crystal chandeliers.

After 30 years of continuing to honor the high standards of quality and luxury Ernst Jewelers was built upon, Blythe and Robert are proud to accept the Texas Treasure Business Award on behalf of their family.

“We are really fortunate to be part of this community, and we look forward to the possibility of passing on this legacy to the next generation,” said Blythe.

Ernst Jewelers is located at 1115 12th Street in downtown Huntsville.

Regular business hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit https://www.ernstjewelers.com/ or call 936.295.7621.

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