Who are misters Lux and Bond?
Our first store opened in Waterbury in 1898 and was called M.A. Green Jewelers. My family bought out another jeweler in Hartford in the '30s called Lux Bond & Lux and changed the name. We also bought out another jewelry store in Hartford in the '60s called the P. H. Stevens Co., which had a branch in West Hartford. We now have eight stores: two in Massachusetts and seven inConnecticut.
What is the one thing that has defined your life so far?
The most recent is now becoming a grandfather, with one more on the way. I never thought I'd see the day.
At what point in your life have you been happiest?
The birth of my children.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Best and worst thing about your career?
My chosen career of being in the jewelry industry has been most rewarding because what I really do is help people with mostly happy experiences, life milestones and achievements, special occasions or moments such as birthdays, weddings or holidays. It has always made me feel special that I had a small part in those moments.
What do you look for when deciding to give an emerging jewelry designer a shot in your stores?
Definitely the quality of workmanship and design along with how it fits the needs and price points of our stores and clients.
Who do you most admire and look up to in your life?
My wife Sheryl. She always amazes me.
What is something you have learned this past week?
The learning part is the reminder to always take a step back to admire the world around me.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
The world is a big place and there are so many places I have never experienced or been to. But, since you want an answer: just a beautiful beach with a good book.
Name the four people, living or dead, you would invite to dinner.
Leonardo da Vinci, John Lennon, Jacqueline Kennedy and Confucius.
Name three bits of bling you can't live without.
I really don't have much, but it would be three of my watches.