ABOUT LEGACY DIAMOND & GEMS
THIRD GENERATION JEWELERS
Overwhelming appeals for a high quality, locally-owned jewelry store has led to the opening of a “new generation style” jewelry store. Tom Kraft present Legacy Diamond & Gems—carrying on the integrity from two previous generations.
Legacy Diamond & Gems was founded by & Thomas Kraft in January 2018.
In creating Legacy Diamond & Gems we drew upon our family’s previous two generations of experience in the fine jewelry business. Knowing that we wanted to continue in the jewelry industry while keeping the legacy of our family’s values, with our own modern touch to bring customers a unique shopping experience.
Thomas J. Kraft, Co-Owner & Co- Founder
GIA Graduate Gemologist
Tom is a second-generation Jeweler and Gemologist in the Kraft family, and has over 36 years of experience. Starting his jewelry career early on, by studying the Diamond course as a junior in high school, Tom’s future was clear in doing what he loved. He graduated from the Jewelry Management course at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1984 and earned his Graduate Gemologist degree in 1985 and is currently recognized as the only active GIA Graduate Gemologist in Sheridan and Johnson counties. Tom’s experience runs deep in searching the world for the finest quality jewelry at the best prices available, attending some of the world’s largest jewelry shows and traveling to Antwerp, Belgium on several occasions searching for the best diamond sources available.
Tom worked at Kraft’s Jewelry until 1997 when other opportunities took him to St. George, Utah where he worked for one of the oldest jewelers in the area until 2013. Another opportunity again came along for Tom when in 2013 he moved to Tulsa, OK and went to work for one of the most successful single location, independently owned jewelry stores in the United States. There he learned many skills and knowledge to compete and succeed in today’s web based business world.
Tom’s love of community has always been close to his heart, serving many years on the Sheridan Noon Lion’s Club Board of Directors and then as President. In St. George, Utah he served on the activities committee of the Historic Downtown Association and was instrumental in promoting downtown businesses. Tom also dedicated countless hours to the Inter mountain Jewelers Association, serving for nearly two decades on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization. He was also named Jeweler of the Year in a voting among his peers in the four state organization. Tom is so excited to be back in the Sheridan community he has always called home.
Graduate Bench Jeweler
Allen Ziegler, Graduate Bench Jeweler at Legacy Diamond & Gems, has just completed a 3 month advanced training course at The New Approach Jewelers School in Arrington, Tennessee.
Mr. Ziegler finished top of his class out of 23 other jewelers throughout the United States. He also earned the distinction of being one of only two jewelers in the 20-year history of the school to construct two handmade rings in the allotted time for the final test.
Tom Kraft, co-owner of Legacy Diamond & Gems, said: “In my 36 years of being in the jewelry industry Allen is the most complete and perhaps the finest quality jeweler I have ever worked with”. We are so pleased with the addition of Allen to our team earlier this year and the capabilities he brings to our business. We are now able to offer virtually 100% of our jewelry repairs done in house with 24 hour express service available.
The New Approach Jewelers School is considered one of the finest schools in the country lead by head instructor and owner, Blaine Lewis. One top industry leader said the following:
“We believe that Blaine Lewis is the most talented trainer of jewelry manufacturing anywhere. His knowledge, experience, and approach builds an instant trust and rapport with all of the students that attended his classes. Blaine is a trusted part of our success of our Manufacturing organization.” – Michael Kane, VP of Manufacturing, Tiffany & Co.
Kraft invites all who have come to expect the finest quality jewelry and service to bring in their jewelry repairs for a free quotation. Legacy Diamond & Gems, where quality and value are always guaranteed!
GIA Applied Jewelry Professional
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