Sawyers Jewelry, Inc.
History of Sawyers Jewelry: The doors of Sawyers Jewelry officially opened in 1946 when my father Jack C. Sawyer purchased a small jewelry store at 628 Main Street in downtown Laconia, NH. My family's involvement in the jewelry business dates back to 1908 when Jack's father, Alexander Sawyer, who shortly after arriving in America became known as one of Boston's finest watchmakers. Jack apprenticed with his father and became an efficient watchmaker before journeying north to Laconia. At the beginning, Jack worked retail during the days and supported his family by repairing watches at night. In his spare time he took courses with the Gemological Institute of America and by 1951 had become one of New Hampshire's first Certified Gemologists of the American Gem Society. In spite of the fact that Laconia had numerous jewelry stores, the business outgrew its space, and in the fall of 1952 Jack built a ''state of the art'' store across the street at 633 Main, more than doubling the size of his store. Having completed a degree in business administration, a masters degree in education, and a tour of duty as an Army Community Services Officer, I returned to Main Street, Downtown Laconia in the fall of 1972. After the required GIA courses, I became a Registered Jeweler of the American Gem Society. In 1979, I took over the ''helm'' to continue the Sawyers' tradition. I began by assembling my staff. I knew that the key to success would be a competent, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff to present the best jewelry and gifts.