The Hug Jewelers Story
Hug Jeweler’s has been providing quality service for over 120 years. The birth of their legacy dates back to the 1880s when Mr. Schemel founded Schemel's Jewelers with a young teen-aged apprentice, Andy Hug, under his wing. Inspired by his mentor’s influence, Andy carried on the Schemel name when he purchased the business to pursue his passion in 1920.
The family celebrated its second generation in the business when Andy took on his own apprentice, nephew Richard Hug, in 1932. With several classes from the Gemological Institute Of America under his belt, it was Richard’s turn to enrich the family tradition when he opened his own store under the Hug name in 1942.
Like many family businesses at the time, Hug Jewelers was put on hold when Richard was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. After his return home in 1951, Richard reopened his store, applying his unique vision of the future of jewelry to carry Hug Jewelers forward for the next twenty-five years.
The legacy continued when his son Larry Hug took charge of the business in 1976, joined in 1984 by his brother Steve Hug. To this day, Larry and Steve share ownership of Hug Jewelers, Inc. and take great pride upholding the rich heritage of their family craft along with Steve’s wife Karen and daughter Jade.