Business Spotlight: Clater Jewelers
Clater Jewelers has served generations of Louisvillians as their trusted jeweler for brilliant diamonds, colored gemstones, beautiful fine jewelry, and treasured gifts. With a tradition of trust, high ethical standards, knowledge of products and services, and fair pricing, Clater Jewelers has provided a great value to customers since first opening in 1949.
Now approaching their 70th anniversary, the family-owned company is operated by Sallie Clater Baer (daughter of founder William Clater) and Megan Campbell Martin, who have both been with the company for 45 years.
“Our staff has over 200 years of jewelry experience,” Martin says. “Our knowledge of diamonds and jewelry helps us to serve our customers and find the perfect piece of jewelry for them.”
Their knowledgeable staff can help you find the best diamond or stone for your jewelry needs, and everything is performed in-house.
Clater Jewelers is the only member of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) and the Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) in Louisville, which gives exclusive access to the largest independent jewelry buying groups in the world.
“We travel to multiple IJO and RJO shows a year, and we buy diamonds directly from Antwerp, Belgium, the Diamond Capital of the World,” Martin says. “Since we go to the IJO and RJO buying shows, we can acquire many pieces that no one else carries.”
Martin and her team can personally shop for customers at the shows and handpick pieces to fit their needs.
In addition to their IJO and RJO memberships, Clater Jewelers also has a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America on staff. Christy A. Martin, owner Megan Martin’s daughter, spent 6 months studying in Carlsbad, California, for the prestigious certification she obtained in October 2009.
“There are more than 3,500 stones, and Christy can identify any of them,” Martin says.
The highly-trained staff can also work directly with customers to create custom pieces for any occasion and can offer appraisal services for insurance or estate purposes. Their unparalleled customer service guarantees you will be satisfied with your jewelry purchase.
Other services include engraving by their expert machine engraver, on-site jewelry repair, mounting, pearl stringing, and complimentary repair estimates and inspections.
Clater Jewelers is now serving their third and fourth generation of customers due to their customer service, integrity, and pleasant in-store experience, and hope to become the life-long jeweler of many Louisvillians to come.
“We’re all passionate about our jobs, and we love jewelry,” Martin adds. “We are very customer-service focused, and many of our customers are like family.”
Conveniently located in the Westport Village shopping center, Clater Jewelers is open from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit claterjewelers.com.