Celebrating 20 Years as Second Generation Owners

Bud Miller, Mike Miller, Deb Miller, Jessica Miller August 2016

In November 1997, Michael and Deb Miller had just started their family in Los Angeles. At that time Michael’s father, Bud Miller, was considering retirement after 46 years in business as the owner of Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, and Michael and Deb agreed to move back to Mansfield to help liquidate the business.

“After working in the store alongside his father for a couple of months, Mike realized how much he enjoyed working in the business. Mike and Bud began talks about Mike purchasing the business, and shortly thereafter the sale was concluded. It gave both if us great joy to assist his father in his goal to retire, and carry on the family business,” reflects Deb Miller.

Two decades later, the Miller family is still proudly at the helm of Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, a family-owned jewelry store that has thrived for 66 years in Mansfield because of their quality products and expert jewelers.

“Running a family business in Mansfield has allowed us to both be very present parents, something not possible for us in the NYC or LA areas,” share the Millers, whose son Kyle and daughter Jessica are now both in college.

The past two decades have not been without changes to the store. In 2005, the Millers decided to relocate the business from its original location on the square in Downtown Mansfield to the Appleseed Center in 2005. Mike Miller is also known for his role as President and CEO of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Today, he splits his time between the two positions and Deb manages the day-to-day operations of the store.

“Like Mike, it didn’t take long for me to realize how enjoyable it was to be in the business, and how important was the services we provide the community,” shares Deb Miller.

When asked about the highlights of twenty years of small business ownership in Mansfield, both Mike and Deb Miller warmly reflected on the patronage of the local customers, saying, “We regularly see customers who purchased jewelry 20 years ago or more. The quality pieces they purchased are still providing them joy these many years later, or are being passed down for generations. So often our customers say they wouldn’t shop anywhere else, for the quality, service, and sense of belonging to our ‘Miller Family’ they have, and continue to receive, throughout the generations.”

The Millers attest their customer loyalty to their business’ commitment to quality since its inception. “Every week we see people who purchased items elsewhere, at chain store or online, for example, and the pieces were constructed poorly, repaired poorly, or misrepresented. The most common thing we hear from them is ‘I should have gone to Millers!’ And we’re glad when they do.”

Miss Ohio’s Custom Ring

This Saturday when Miss Ohio 2017 is crowned, she will also be the recipient of a custom diamond ring exclusive to Miss Ohio. Local independent jewelers, Mike and Deb Miller of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, have designed and are donating the custom-designed ring valued at $1,500 to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant.  

 

While Miss Ohio has received a ring as a part of her prize package for many years, this is only the second year that a Mansfield jeweler has created the piece. In the past, a jeweler from Zanesville had modified a class ring to become Miss Ohio’s ring.

 

“We wanted something more feminine and fashionable for a modern Miss Ohio. We designed a lacey design in white gold that cleverly hides the script “Miss Ohio” that you wouldn’t notice at first glance, but would once you look closely. It’s topped off with a 10-point diamond,” shares Mike Miller.

The Miss Ohio ring, while extremely beautiful, also carries within it generations of Mansfield history. Cast in white gold, the ring is created entirely from gold jewelry from Mansfield-area residents. Miller’s Jewelry purchases gold jewelry that may be a family heirloom, an item broken beyond repair, or an antique that doesn’t fit with an individual’s particular style.

 

“Our family has been involved for decades with the Miss Ohio pageant, from my dad who supported it decades ago, to today where I am happy to be the host in my other position as CEO of the Renaissance Theatre, home of the Miss Ohio pageant. We’re honored to create this special piece for the winner,” states Miller.

The Timeless Diamond

Luxury Diamonds

The most coveted of the birthstones, the diamond is the gemstone for April birthdays. It’s almost a cliché to say that “diamonds are forever,” but when we think about timeless gemstones the diamond is always the first to come to mind. Diamonds were formed between 1-3 million years ago in the earth’s mantle, then thrust to the surface of the earth through volcanic vents.

Diamonds are prized for their ability to refract light into a rainbow of colors, which jewelers refer to as, “fire.” Another key element to the diamond’s timelessness is its ability to sparkle when hit with the light, which jewelers refer to as “scintillation.” An expert cut creates a number of visual effects in the light, which is one reason why diamonds are so cherished by every generation.

While one of the hardest gemstones (with a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale!), it is a common misconception that diamonds are unsusceptible to harm. In spite of their strength, diamonds can chip or crack, which is one reason why it’s important to regularly check in with a qualified local jeweler.

“Wearing your fine jewelry appropriately can extend its life. It is important to remove jewelry during high-risk activities such as exercising, gardening, cooking and swimming, during which gemstones can become chipped or loose in their settings.

“Because they are so hard, when diamonds become loose in their settings, they can actually cut through the metal holding them in place. Regular examinations by a qualified local jeweler can help detect problems early, and prevent gemstone loss. More importantly, purchasing quality jewelry is the first step toward ensuring lasting value. A well-built mounting will hold and protect your gemstones for years,” says Deb Miller, owner of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry.

As “engagement season” and summer weddings fast approach, many brides and grooms will select diamond rings to represent the timelessness of their love as they make a lifetime commitment to each other, and their choice is based in truth.

Diamonds have played an important part in numerous cultures for thousands of years. As early as the fourth century BC, the diamond trade began in India, making it to Western Europe in the 1400s. Diamonds and other gemstones have been held in high regard by numerous cultures, believed to provide the wearer strength and to carry healing properties. In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder stated, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Regardless of whether celebrating an April birthday, making a lifetime commitment, or treating someone for Mother’s Day, a diamond is a truly timeless way to declare your love.

Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Gifts

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Linen (Silk) Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Wood objects
7th Wool (Copper) Desk sets
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Pottery (China) Leather goods
10th Tin, Aluminum Diamond
11th Steel Fashion jewelry
12th Silk Pearls, Colored gems
13th Lace Textiles, Furs
14th Ivory Gold jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th Silver holloware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China Platinum
21st Brass, Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Musical instruments
25th Silver Sterling silver
26th Original pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New furniture
30th Pearl Diamond
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral (Jade) Jade
36th Bone china
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41st Land
42nd Improved real estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th Original poetry tribute
47th Books
48th Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)
49th Luxuries, any kind
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
75th diamonds, diamond like stones, gold
80th Diamond, Pearl
85th Diamond, Sapphire
90th Diamond, Emerald
95th Diamond, Ruby
100th 10-carat Diamond

Man giving wife an Anniversary Gift