Connect with us


Richard Swetz, Former Owner of IJO, Dies at 84

He led the organization for 10 years.




Richard Swetz, former owner of the Independent Jewelers Organization, has died.

Richard Swetz

Richard Swetz

He was 84.

Swetz, of Wayne, NJ, passed away on June 4 surrounded by his family.

Before 1998, when he took ownership of IJO, Swetz was a retail member, the owner of Chandel Jewelers in Midland Park, NJ. He led IJO for 10 years.

“He was well respected and a father figure to many, with an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm,” IJO wrote in an email to members. “He considered each and every member of IJO his family.”


Richard enjoyed traveling with his loving wife, of sixty years, Dolores, and spending quality time with his beloved family.



Wilkerson Testimonials

Is It Your Time to Enjoy Life? Wilkerson Can Get You There.

Mary and Tim Whalen, owners of Crown Jewelers in Pittsfield, Mass., wanted to enjoy life beyond their business. When they decided to retire and close shop, they asked Wilkerson to handle the sale. As long-time Wilkerson customers, Mary says she knew the company could manage all the details of the liquidation. It was also great to have “fresh eyes” on their business, says Mary, which “worked tremendously for us.” Today, the Whalens are beginning a new adventure but are quick to commend Wilkerson for helping them get there. “You have one chance to get it right,” she says about their retirement sale. “Do it right.”

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular