Our shop is a diamond in the rough,
and each member of our team is a true gem!
We are a family owned and operated fine jewelry store located on Philadelphia’s historic Jeweler’s Row since 1954. We strive to provide an unparalleled level of hands-on and relaxed assistance in helping our customers select, design, or redesign the perfect piece of jewelry. We specialize in custom designed pieces, estate jewelry, and fine jewelry of all kinds. Perhaps you are looking for a unique piece that catches your eye – perhaps you have inherited an heirloom that you would like to repurpose into something that fits your style – or perhaps you need help selecting the perfect piece for any purpose or special occasion. You have found the right place at Harry Merrill & Son, and we welcome you to stop by any time to browse, collaborate on design ideas, or take advantage of our expertise. We look forward to working with you!
I am the daughter of Harry Merrill, making me the second generation of the HMS family. I have been evolving along with Harry Merrill & Son since my father, my brother Steve, and I opened the business in 1954. Today I am happy to be able to offer more than 63 years of experience and a knack for identifying, purchasing, and designing unique jewelry and estate pieces for the store. I work alongside my husband Stanley and my son Robert to bring a family-style approach to the business. I feel this is the kind of atmosphere where customers look forward to return visits to commemorate milestones in their lives and celebrate special occasions with us.
I am the grandson of Harry Merrill and I represent the third generation of the Merrill family. I really enjoy all aspects of the business, but I particularly enjoy working with custom design and estate jewelry. I really love getting to know our customers and helping them commemorate special occasions in their lives. Helping people repurpose or repair their sentimental jewelry into pieces they will truly enjoy is one of my favorite aspects of our business. I always strive to help Harry Merrill & Son grow as both an internet retailer and a brick-and- mortar store, and to carry on the work and tradition of my grandfather, my uncle, and my mother. I presently work together with the HMS team to keep Harry Merrill & Son forward thinking, while maintaining a strong tie to our roots and the fundamentals of hands-on customer service.
As children, most people admire firefighters, police officers, doctors, or lawyers. As a child, I admired gemologists and jewelry designers. When I was a high school freshman, I had a unique opportunity to work for a jeweler on the historical Jewelers’ Row in Philadelphia. I began working for Harry Merrill & Son Jewelers as a runner – going to our various jewelry artisans to have jewelry designed, repaired, polished, and engraved. Additionally, I polished my own knack for selecting stones at our lapidary and diamond cutter. Throughout my seven years in the Jewelry industry, I have gained tremendous experience and knowledge about the business, as well as insight into myself. My hands-on experience with customers and artisans has enabled me to quickly expand my capabilities and responsibilities within the company. I really enjoy working with our customers in all aspects of the business; from education on precious metals and gemstones, to appraising the finished jewelry. I am also working with our vendor partners on styled photo shoots and growing our social media and web presence.
I received my undergraduate degree from Tyler School of art in Metals, Jewelry, and Computer Aided Design. Studying the process of creating and crafting by hand, as well as designing on the computer gave me a new appreciation for well-made, unique objects. I am captivated by other people’s passions. I love to help turn someone’s ideas into an engagement ring, or find ways to use sentimental stones belonging to another family member and transforming them into something new. This fuels both my fascination with design and with people. I’m learning more at Harry Merrill & Son every day, and I’m eager to grow. Chat with me about your language, travel, art, yoga, and theatre.
I am Robert’s niece and Iris and Stanley’s great niece through marriage. I have grown up visiting Harry Merrill as a customer for special pieces throughout my life, and most recently came to Robert to custom design my engagement ring using stones from my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother! I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications with a focus on Photojournalism and Graphic Design. I am responsible for photographing our unique and brilliant pieces and highlighting them on our social media as well as on the website. I am also responsible for maintaining the website and its content. I assist on styled shoots as well as conduct my own photoshoots to showcase our jewelry in a beautiful and elegant way.