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About Us

Korman Fine Jewelry - Custom Jeweler & Watch Shop

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.

Photo by Paige Newton for The Scout Guide Austin

Our 6,000-square foot boutique is located in the chic shopping corridor of Burnet Road. The “Korman Experience” is unlike any other in Austin when it comes to rare diamonds, fashion jewelry, and fine timepieces. We love sharing our hand-selected pieces with our clients. We strive to offer classic jewelry pieces but with a bit of Austin flare. We know our customers are well traveled and they want to see and experience something different. We strive 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. Appropriately, “Celebrate Every Day” has become our anthem.

We are a full service jewelry boutique, offering clients peace of mind and timeliness when servicing or redesigning their family’s heirlooms. With three master jewelers and watchmakers onsite, Korman offers the best and most comprehensive in-house fine jewelry and watch repair in Central Texas. We also have a curated assortment of engagement rings and the best selection of large stones in Central Texas. We have a global network of diamond suppliers and can make any diamond dream come true! We are exclusive to many global designers such as Carolina Bucci, Temple St. Clair, Picchiotti, Syna, FOPE, and Goshwara. We are also authorized dealers for fine Swiss timepieces such as Rolex, Tudor, Omega, and Hamilton.

We invite you in to experience Korman and Celebrate with us!

 

Photo by Paige Newton for The Scout Guide Austin

Meet The Team

Kat Stokes

kat-stokes-headshot-300x300.jpgA native Texan, Kat grew up in Dallas and is a University of Texas graduate with a Bacholors of Arts in Economics and minors in busines and Spanish. After spending some time in Aspen post graduation, Kat moved to New York City in March of 2007 to work for Citi in the Wealth Management Department.

A great learning experience, both personally and professionally, this adventure provided a great foundation for her to enter the jewelry industry after meeting her husband, Larry, in 2010. After spending time in East Texas working with Larry’s family jewelry business, Kat was so excited when the opportunity came up to move to Austin and serve this amazing community. “We are thrilled to be able to be a part of such a generous community.” With three young children and a growing business, Kat enjoys spending time at concerts, comedy clubs, playing tennis, needlepointing, and being on the lake.

Larry Stokes

larry-stokes-headshot-300x300.jpgBorn in Amarillo and raised in Tyler, TX Larry is a graduate from Arizona State University where he studied business and shortly thereafter joined his family operation in Tyler, Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry. After 15 years, Larry stepped out to assist Richard Eiseman, of Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

In addition to his experience Larry has extensive Swiss timepiece training and jewelry buying that include travels to Switzerland, New York, Israel, and Hong Kong. He is also a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) diamond graduate. Larry is committed to "The KORMAN Legacy" serving central Texas, while offering the very best and finest pieces in the world.

Trey Gebhardt, WOSTEP, Watchmaker

trey-gebhardt-headshot-300x300.jpgTrey is a graduate of the prestigious North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking where he received the highly respected WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program) Certification. He is extremely excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to the Korman Team where he can pair this world-class training and education along with his passion of watchmaking to provide the highest quality service to each of our customers. Trey’s interests outside of work include fitness, attending live sporting events and supporting Austin’s diverse restaurant and bar scene.

Nina Hanson

nina-hanson-headshot-300x300.jpgNina joined the Korman team in 2001 with six years of fine jewelry, watch and Aloha experience from the island of Maui. “I was thrilled to discover a family-owned store that was reputable, gracious, fun and still had a chill Austin vibe”. Nina specializes in Swiss timepieces and designer jewelry. She recently attended Rolex service training and will take care of your watch or jewelry repair like it was her own. Assisting clients in selecting the perfect timepiece or picking a wonderful gift for a loved one is her passion. “I love getting to know the customers and seeing the confident look when the right watch is placed on their wrist. That happiness and connection makes my day”. Nina will help give you the best Korman experience that you deserve.

Jeanie Collier

jeanie-collier-headshot-300x300.jpgJeanie Collier has been a part of Korman Fine Jewelry for over 30 years. Growing up in Austin, she began working for the company part-time in high school. After graduating from Westlake High School, she went on to pursue two Merchandising degrees. Her creative eye and attention to detail has allowed her to become a valuable member of our sales team at Korman. Stanley Marcus referenced the art of salesmanship “to be able to visualize something for someone and make them see it”. At Korman Fine Jewelry, we strive to create a shopping experience for every customer, that allows them to envision that special piece of jewelry or timepiece as part of their personal life story.

Brooke Winfrey

brooke-winfrey-headshot-300x300.jpgHaving grown up in West Lake Hills and graduating from The University of Texas, Brooke Winfrey is a lifetime Austinite. Her love of jewelry drew her to Korman in 1985, and she's never left.

Brooke truly enjoys getting to know her clients personally, educating them in all things diamonds and fine jewelry. When she's not at Korman, you can find her on the golf course or traveling the globe with her family.

Sara Ramirez

sara-ramirez-headshot-300x300.jpgSara, a proud Austin Native graduated from Texas State University. She started working at Russell Korman in 2009. Sara enjoys sharing her knowledge about watches and spends most of her time overseeing watch repairs.

In her free time Sara likes to travel, spend time with family and friends, and cheer on the Houston Astros. Sara loves the local and friendly vibe the store provides and is excited for the future of Korman Fine Jewelry.

Vivian Castanon- Herschap

vivian-castanon-headshot-300x300.jpgBorn and raised in Austin, Texas, Vivian began her career in jewelry in 1985 with Russell Korman. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas.

Given her thirty plus years in the jewelry industry, Vivian is committed to providing her clients with a wonderful and unique experience that keeps them coming back! When she isn’t working you can either find her in the gym, trying out the newest cool Austin restaurant or relaxing in West Texas.

Heidi Gilley

heidi-gilley-headshot-300x300.jpg“Every day brings new adventures and I love the atmosphere at the store,” says Heidi. With more than 10 years at Korman Fine Jewelry, Heidi enjoys supporting the staff and customers.

Most of her work is behind the scenes where she leans on her varied business and accounting background, including running a small charitable foundation for over 20 years. Heidi's experience and her love of her role helps her to go the extra mile for positive customer experiences.

Eric Freund

eric-freund-300x300.jpg Originally from Georgia, Eric has lived in several different regions of the United States. He’s now thrilled to call Austin home. Eric began his Jewelry career in 2002, specializing in bridal jewelry and helping the dreams of couples in love come true. He finds it incredibly satisfying to search for and find the perfect diamond for the most important ring she’ll ever wear. He’s had the pleasure of managing some amazing people in jewelry stores in Seattle, WA and Austin. “Although I’m relatively new to the Korman family, from the first moment I sat across from Larry in the interview, I knew I had found a home where I could provide the best for my customers.” When he’s not working, you’ll find Eric enjoying what Austin has to offer: live music, paddle boarding, running around town lake, and of course the great cuisine.

Evelyne Ferrero Carrera

evelyne-300x300.jpg Evelyne comes back to us after 25 years in Costa Rica. She worked for Russell Korman in the wholesale department in the early 1990’s. She attended the University of Costa Rica and the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on Liberal Arts and Interior Design. She established and operated the first Interior Design Center in Costa Rica, where she offered products and services to high end resort home owners and hospitality project designers. Evelyne brings her management and quality control experience to shipping and inventory logistics at Korman Fine Jewelry. She enjoys Austin’s outdoors, and shares her leisure time with her family and rescued pets.

Cristóbal Leon Fores

cristobal-leon-fores-300x300.jpg Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cristobal recently transferred to the Austin area. He has a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Masters in International Business.

Cristóbal brings 17 years of experience in retail, previously worked 5 years at the OMEGA Boutique in Puerto Rico where he acquired extensive training in high end timepieces. He is extremely passionate about the watch industry and loves helping clients on their quest to find the perfect timepiece.

Josh Davenport

josh-davenport.jpg Originally from Richmond, Virginia but has called Austin home for the last 12 years. Josh has a career spanning 22 years in fine jewelry with a particular passion for antique and estate jewelry. He enjoys traveling in his free time and you can usually find him in a museum learning about all the treasures from our past. .

Brittany Folgate

brittany-folgate-300x300.jpg Brittany Folgate is a Marketing Manager who is responsible for driving market demand and further growing the Korman brand. Prior to joining the Korman family, Brittany spent six years as a Community Relations and Events Manager in the Austin area. She has a deep-rooted love of relationship building, developing strategy, and creative marketing. Brittany enjoys traveling with her husband, taking her dog Bear to Lady Bird Lake, and checking out the latest movie at her favorite place, Alamo DraftHouse.

Griffin Holbeck

 Born and raised in Michigan, Griffin moved to the Lone Star State in 2007 where he attended The University of North Texas. While studying Public Heath he began his career in Luxury Swiss timepieces and fine jewelry. Upon graduation Griffin transitioned into management, since then he has held various director roles both on the retail and wholesale sides of the industry. Prior to moving to Austin to join the Korman Family he served as the Midwest and Southern Sales Director for a wholesale diamond house located in Manhattan. Griffin is passionate about delivering the finest product to his client, while providing thorough education to ensure a memorable experience. In his free time he enjoys exploring Austin with his new fiancé and taking advantage of the amazing live music and art scene!