Company History 

1965... Curt Parker began to practice his art as a jeweler.

1977... Curt Parker incorporated. He steadily built a reputation for quality, originality and service.

1980... Elizabeth Parker earned her Diamond certificate from the Gemological Institute of America.

1981... Curt Parker earned his Diamond certificate from the Gemological Institute of America.

1982... Elizabeth Parker becomes member in the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association.

1985... Curt Parker Jewelers opened its showroom in Clayton, catering to clients’ special requests, from acquiring collector’s stones, custom designing and restyling jewelry to conducting appraisals.

1987... Elizabeth Parker is awarded with the Graduate Gemologist title from the Gemological Institute of America.

1989... Curt Parker Jewelers earned membership in the prestigious American Gem Society. Elizabeth Parker earned the title Registered Jeweler.

1990... Elizabeth Parker earned the American Gem Society’s title Certified Gemologist. This coveted appointment is awarded to an elite group of jewelers in America and is given only after strict examination of proficiency and proof of unquestionable business ethics and practices. Elizabeth has her Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Her Graduate Gemologist degree is from the Gemological Institute of America.

1992... Curt Parker Jewelers moved to its present location, expanding their showroom and offices. Their move provided free parking and handicapped access.

1994... Curt Parker Jewelers earned the American Gem Society Accredited Gem Lab certificate. Approximately 300 such labs exist in North America.

1995... Jean Mennes earned her Fine Jewelry certificate from GIA.

1996... Elizabeth Parker earned her Certified Gemologist Appraiser title from the American Gem Society. Curt was awarded the Registered Jeweler title from the American Gem Society. Jean Mennes completed her GIA Pearl certificate. Curt Parker Jewelers entered THE WEB! Curt & Elizabeth won the 1996 International American Pearl Vision award for creative use of American cultured pearls.

1997... Curt won the Award of Excellence in the 1997 International American Pearl Vision award competition. Curt Parker Jewelers joins The Jewelry Information Center. Curt & Elizabeth won a 1st and a 3rd place award in the 1997 Missouri Jewelers Association yearly conference.

1998 … Curt was a winner in the 1998 International Platinum Passion Design Competition. Curt also won the 1998 International American Pearl Vision award. Elizabeth and Curt Parker of Curt Parker Jewelers were awarded the title Couture Jeweler, placing them in the company of the country’s top 150 jewelry retailers. Curt Parker Jewelers was recognized for achieving and maintaining exemplary standards as purveyors of luxury goods and services at the annual Couture Collection & Conference, a by-invitation-only event featuring the work of the world’s most distinguished fine jewelry designers and manufacturers.

1999... Elizabeth Parker was elected to the Missouri Jewelers and Watchmakers Association Board of Directors. Curt was the Grand Prize winner in the American Pearl Company’s Vision ’99 Design Competition and the First Place winner in the Missouri Jewelers Association yearly conference in the Platinum division. In April,  Anne Howitt and in July, Linlee Jansen joins our team. Curt Parker Jewelers join the American Gem Trade Association.  Linlee Jansen earned her Diamond Essentials certificate from GIA. Curt Parker Jewelers wins Readers Choice Award for Best of the Web. GemKey Magazine honors the industry's top websites. Elizabeth was a keynote speaker at the Jewelers of America annual convention held in Las Vegas. 

2000... Anne Howitt earned her Diamond and Diamond Grading certificates from GIA. Linlee Jansen earned her Diamond certificate from GIA. Elizabeth gave five workshops at the Jewelers of America seven state regional conference held in Kansas City. Linlee Jansen won 1st place for her “Destiny” pendant and Curt won 3rd place award for his “Ocean” pendant at the 2000 Missouri Jewelers Association annual conference. Kerri Buchman joins our team as a Jeweler apprentices Curt Parker Jewelers was the first in St. Louis to purchase and offer new Starweld Laser technology for manufacturing and repairing jewelry. Linlee Jansen was promoted to assistant store manager. Curt was a keynote speaker at the Professional Jewelers Show in Las Vegas. Curt was a finalist in the Signity Design Contest with his jewelry displayed at the entrance to the Jewelers of America Show in New York. Curt Parker Jewelers and the ‘Starweld Laser” was featured on “Show Me St. Louis, KSDK 5” and on “Focus 11, KPLR-TV” evening news.

2001... Elizabeth Parker was elected to the International Board of Directors of the American Gem Society. Anne Howitt was awarded the Registered Jeweler title from the American Gem Society. Linlee Jansen earned her Diamond Grading Certificate from GIA. Linlee Jansen was awarded the Registered Jeweler title from the American Gem Society.  Curt Parker Jewelers current advertisement campaign was featured in the prestigious Retail Ad World. Curt had the honor of designing the cover of Professional Jeweler magazine. 

2002... Curt Parker Jewelers designs moves into a free standing building at Conway and Lindbergh. Curt Parker Jewelers become corporate sponsors or the St. Louis Rams football team.  SEE THE NEW BUILDING

2003... Curt Parker Jewelers become corporate sponsors or the St. Louis Rams football team. Nicole Finney is appointed to store manager. Christine Carroll joins sales staff. Suzanne Brown joins our staff as an apprentice jeweler. Curt Parker Jewelers and the Jazzercisers raised more than $70,000 to benefit St. Louis area youth through the St. Louis Rams Foundation. 

2004... Curt Parker Jewelers for the second year sponsored the St. Louis Rams half-time show featuring the St. Louis area Jazzercisers.

2005... Lauren Hirshberg joins the Curt Parker team of sales associates.   Curt Parker has a team of 62 people for the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®.  

2006… Curt Parker has a team of 66 people for the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®. Charles Wallace join Curt Parker team of sales associates. Curt Parker is the Preferred Jewelers of the St. Louis Rams for the fourth year.

2007… Curt Parker Jewelers joins Town and Country/Frontenac Chamber of Commerce. Charles Wallace is appointed to the Board of the Missouri Jewelers and Watchmakers Association. Curt Parker Jewelers supports the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®. Curt Parker is the 2007 Regional Winner in Martha Stewart and Platinum Guild International Three Platinum Ring Display Contest.  Curt Parker is the Preferred Jeweler of the St. Louis Rams for the fifth year.

2008… Curt Parker’s “Ice Candy” pendant wins second place in the Missouri Jewelers and Watchmakers Association annual design competition in April. Curt Parker supports the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®.Curt Parker is the 2008 Regional Winner in Martha Stewart and Platinum Guild International Three Platinum Ring Display Contest.

2008… Nicole Finney & Charles Wallace both completed the requirements for the Graduate Diamond Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America. Charles Wallace heads up the MJWA member jewelry Design Contest held in Lake of the Ozarks , Missouri.

2009… Nicole Finney and Charles Wallace both completed the coursework to earn the Registered Jeweler title from the American Gem Society.

2010… Charles Wallace heads the Jewelry Design Committee for the Missouri Jewelers Association.

2011 Curt Parker joins Uptown Magazine as its official photographer.

2012… Charles Wallace is President- elect of the Missouri Jewelers Association and was elected to the board of directors of the American Gem Society St. Louis Guild

2103…Curt Parker Jewelers added Computer Aided Design to its portfolio of jewelry manufacturing services to offer the very latest design concepts .  Charles Wallace was elected to the Board of Directors for the Town & Country and Frontenac Chamber of Commerce.

2014… Charles Wallace completed the Colored  Stone Course from the Gemological Institute of America.

 

 

 

 

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