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Cornell’s Jewelers Celebrates 100 Years of Excellence

To commemorate its centennial milestone, Cornell’s Jewelers invites the community to join in the celebration on October 27-28.




(PRESS RELEASE) ROCHESTER, NY — Cornell’s Jewelers, the iconic retail jewelry store founded by Harry Cornell celebrates its remarkable journey and enduring legacy. This momentous occasion is not only a testament to a century of excellence but also a celebration of family tradition and unwavering community support.

A Century of Dedication
Since its inception in 1923, Cornell’s Jewelers has stood as a beacon of unwavering service and craftsmanship in Rochester, New York. Under the visionary leadership of Harry Cornell and, since 1984, David Cornell, the store has earned a reputation for providing exceptional quality and service, becoming an integral part of the local community.

Time for Change
Cornell’s Jewelers evolved from their downtown office location to a free-standing iconic building in the suburbs of Pittsford in 1997. Together, David and Olivia Cornell transformed the business to an elegant destination store with unique fashion jewelry becoming a leader in the jewelry industry. With their dedication to quality and customer service, Cornell’s Jewelers has become a cornerstone of the Rochester community.

A Family Business with a Future Vision
The legacy of Cornell’s Jewelers continues with the active involvement of the family. David’s wife, Olivia Cornell, and his son, Michael Cornell, play pivotal roles in the company. Furthermore, Michael’s wife, Courtney Cornell, is also contributing her expertise, ensuring the family’s enduring commitment to the business.

David Cornell, Steward of the Legacy, Reflects on the Milestone: “It has been an incredible journey serving our loyal customers for nearly five decades. Cornell’s Jewelers has thrived thanks to the support of our staff, the trust of our customers, and our deep-rooted commitment to the community.”

Michael Cornell, Third Generation, Shares His Vision: “I am excited and confident to usher Cornell’s Jewelers into its second century. Our focus will remain on delivering the finest experience and marking milestones with unforgettable memories. We are also committed to expanding our community outreach efforts, continuing our tradition of giving back.”


A Commitment to Community
Cornell’s Jewelers has always been more than a retail store. The company takes pride in its active involvement in many charitable initiatives throughout the Rochester community. Over the years, the store has supported numerous charities, providing assistance to those in need and making a positive impact on countless lives.

Celebrating 100 Years with the Community
To commemorate its centennial milestone, Cornell’s Jewelers invites the community to join in the celebration. A magical Centennial Celebration is planned for October 27th and 28th 2023, promising a weekend of luxury and legacy. Customers, friends, and well-wishers are encouraged to participate in the festivities.

Gratitude to Staff and Loyal Customers
Cornell’s Jewelers expresses profound gratitude to its dedicated staff and loyal customers who have been instrumental in the company’s century-long success. Their unwavering support and trust have allowed Cornell’s Jewelers to shine as a symbol of excellence in the jewelry industry.

About Cornell’s Jewelers

Cornell’s Jewelers is a third-generation retail jewelry store located in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1923 by Harry Cornell, the store specializes in bridal and designer fashion jewelry, with a particular focus on finding the best diamond for each unique customer. For 100 years, Cornell’s Jewelers has been a symbol of quality, craftsmanship, and exceptional service, helping customers celebrate life’s most precious moments with elegance and style.



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Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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