Caretta Founder Sam Spiegel Dies



Sam Spiegel, founder of The Jewelry Factory, died on Nov. 26 at age 93.

Spiegel, a World War II veteran, began his career in the jewelry industry in the 1960s, when he represented Gold Jewelry Novelty Co. and Pacific Gem Cutters. He established Caretta Inc., a jewelry manufacturer, in 1975.

The company relocated to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California in the 1990s and established a retail division, The Jewelry Factory, which operates a fine jewelry showroom and online store.

“His incredible zest for life, legendary sense of humor, and love of people made him a true legend among the early ‘road warriors’ of the fine jewelry industry,” says his son Bruce Spiegel.

Spiegel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Etta; daughter and son-in-law Caren Spiegel Lake and Walter Lake; son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Zeda Dallas Spiegel; son and daughter-in-law Andy and Dianna Aaronson Spiegel; three grandchildren; and, adds Bruce, “a little pup named Misty.”

Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at Groman Eden in Granada Hills, Calif. Donations in Sam Spiegel’s honor are appreciated at City of Hope