About Korman Fine Jewelry
Established in 1973, Korman Fine Jewelry is an Austin original. For nearly 50 years, Russell “Rusty” Korman built a reputation as Austin’s leading independent jeweler on the bedrock values of honesty, integrity and generously contributing to the community. Hoping to carry on these values, Kat and Larry Stokes approached Rusty about purchasing his business and a few months later, in November 2018, they struck a deal.
“As I got to know Larry and Kat, I just felt instinctively that they would continue to operate with the transparency and integrity that are so important to me and our customers,” Russell Korman said of the transition. “Most independent jewelers have gone by the wayside unless a family member will take it over. KORMAN will be here for the next 30 years. I’m leaving my customers in good hands.”
Rusty began his career selling beads in Austin in 1973 on “The Drag,” which refers to the section of Guadalupe Street that runs along the western edge of the University of Texas at Austin. He eventually opened a bead store called Russell’s, first at Dobie Mall and later at Highland Mall. He sold the business to a friend in 1979 and took a few years off before opening Russell Korman Jewelers, a hybrid jewelry retailer and wholesaler, on Congress Avenue in 1983.
Fast forward to today and its beautiful 6,000-square foot gallery where customers can see and hold rare, exclusive goods located on the chic shopping corridor of Burnet Road. With three master jewelers and watchmakers onsite, Korman offers the best and most comprehensive in-house jewelry and watch repair in Central Texas.
“We are a full service jewelry boutique,” said Larry Stokes. “Customers have peace of mind when servicing their family’s heirlooms.” This convenience along with personal service, custom design, reserved parking, and friendly sales staff are key to the Korman experience.
“We will honor the KORMAN legacy by continuing to give back to the community that has supported it for the last 45 years. We will also bring fresh energy and offer customers a new experience when they walk in the door,”
“We love Austin and are excited to be a part of this amazing community,” said Kat Stokes. “We look forward to getting to serve our clients and friends, new and old. We strive to offer classic jewelry pieces but with a bit of Austin flare. Our customers are well traveled and they want to see and experience something different. We hope to cater to all ages and have just the perfect token to commemorate any occasion. The most rewarding part of what we do is getting to help celebrate life milestones with our clients.”