Third-generation jeweler Herb Mazer died in his home Aug. 24 at the age of 90, according to his son David Mazer.
The son of a diamond and jewelry merchant and grandson of a silversmith, Herb was a watchmaker by trade. In 1949, the year he married his wife, Doris, he answered an ad for a position at Foley Brofsky Jewelers in Delaware—and years later would take over “Foley’s,” as it came to be known. Herb worked well into the 1990s before retiring.
David, a graduate gemologist at Marks Jewelers in Montgomeryville, Pa., says his father was a proud member of a Scull group that eventually conceptualized and formed the Continental Buying Group. He was also, at one point, a member—and then president—of the Tri-State Jewelers group.
He’s remembered by his son “as an extraordinary teacher” who was “always a proponent of being expert in one thing, jewelry, as opposed to mediocrity in many things.”
(Photo: Herb Mazer, courtesy of David Mazer)