Andrew Grant Diamond Center opened for business January 15, 1960. Prior to opening his own store, Andrew Grant was a watch maker for M.J. Kittredge Jewelers in Westfield from 1947 through 1959. The site where Andrew Grant opened his store, 144 Elm Street, was the former site of Sherman Jewelers.
The store was started with a modest budget and a lot of ambition. At that time, jewelry boxes, cuckoo clocks, sterling on crystal, and flatware were all staple items along with the jewelry. Backed by watch repair, ethics, and ambition, the business steadily grew and expanded. Audrey Grant, Andrew’s wife, started working in the store shortly after opening and helped to continue to grow the business.
The Growth Years
The 1970’s and 1980’s held a lot of changes for Andrew Grant Diamond Center. Jewelry was becoming a larger portion of the business and became the real focus of what the Grants wanted to do. Robert Grant – their son – joined the business in 1973 doing jewelry repair, diamond setting, and most of the bench work for the store. In 1976 he received his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, and a Certified Gemologist title from the American Gem Society in 1977. In 1983 he was among the 1st 78 jewelers in the country to recieve the Certified Gemologist Appraiser title – the American Gem Society’s most elite title. The store was now well on its way to upgrading, and in 1979, Andrew Grant Diamond Center had its 1st major clearance sale where it sold off almost all of its giftware in order to concentrate on fine jewelry sales.
This really began the slogan that Andrew Grant Diamond Center uses to this day: “One Store Specializing in One Thing… Quality!”. True then, and true today. This began the time when almost all repair and setting was now done in the store, written appraisal services were offered for insurance purposes, and all fine jewelry needs could be found in one place.
In 1985, Robert took over as president of the company and continued to grow the store. Over the years, the downtown section of Westfield, where the store had been located since its founding, had changed considerably. Robert made the descision in 1997 to take the store out of the downtown district, and move it to East Main Street in Westfield. The store would flourish in this location until December 31, 2010. Robert spent the next couple months searching for a new location where the store could grow even more. On June 28, 2011 Robert opened the doors to a newly remodeled, fresh, clean space on Southwick Road in Westfield. With a much larger layout and plenty of room for expansion, this new storefront will be able to carry Andrew Grant Diamond Center into the coming years with continued success.
Andrew Grant Diamond Center continues to offer full service to its customers. Inventory consists of fine quality jewelry – period. You won’t find any 10 karat gold, cubic zirconia, or imitation gemstones. The store does have a growing selection of sterling jewelry; mostly designer types of pieces. If you see a colorless stone – it’s diamond. If you see a colored stone – it’s genuine. All the pearls are either cultured or natural – no faux pearls. Most all the jewelry is either in 14 or 18 karat gold or in platinum.
Fine jewelry, quality service and repairs, and above all a strong sense of ethics are what continue to help Andrew Grant Diamond Center grow and prosper. Today, the majority of our business is done with people that have been customers for a while, people that have gotten tired of constantly hearing “misinformation”, and people that are looking for honest value for money spent. Come see what lots of other people already know – we truly are “One Store Specializing in One Thing…Quality!”.