For over three decades, Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry has provided sparkling designer and bespoke treasures to Savannahians. Marion Harkleroad began his career as a bench jeweler designing and repairing jewelry before establishing his own business in 1987. Now, Marion and his son Caleb run the business together along with a trusted team of four.
“Our store is special because of the people who work here,” Caleb said. “We have such a great team.”
The homegrown jewelry store’s services extend far beyond simple retail. An important aspect of the Harkleroad business is crafting, customizing, and transforming to create one-of-a-kind, personalized pieces for their clients.
“Design is really where we got our start,” Caleb said. “It’s so cool when someone will stop me in town and point to something on their finger that my dad made them two or three decades ago. People really take a lot of pride in the fact that he made it for them.”
While jewelry shopping is almost always a happy task, the Harkleroads also assist customers who have inherited precious heirlooms from passed family members. People come to the store with beautiful, yet outdated, pieces that they want to wear in remembrance. The Harkleroad crew refreshes the jewelry with a customized design that’s both honorific and contemporary.
“There are plenty of big box places where you can buy jewelry, and you can even buy diamonds online,” Caleb said. “But we can offer an experience. Our team has great relationships with the people that shop here. They’re the backbone of this place, and we’re very lucky to have them.”
This careful consideration of a client’s taste and unique needs is what makes Harkleroad Jewelry what it is.
“When someone comes in and has no idea what they want — being able to spend the next hour or so navigating through that to get to the moment when they find the right ring or the right diamond — that makes the job worth it,” Caleb said. “I love coming to work every day.”
“A big thank you to the community for voting for us,” Caleb said. “We work really hard to be the best for the people that shop here and to deliver that really perfect experience, and we really appreciate people recognizing that enough to vote for us.”