70 Years in Business: One Jeweler’s Saga

“I was in business 10 years before people bought a diamond from me without question,” Louis Castiglione Sr. remembers. He often repaired watches “all day,all night, and into the next day [to earn money] to build up my inventory.” The jewelry industry has witnessed many changes throughout this century—the advent of gemological training and instruments, malls and jewelry chains, new gemstones—but one thing remains constant. It’s the bedrock on which the industry stands: the independent jeweler. Louis Castiglione Sr., 93, couldn’t be a better example. In business since 1929 and aided by his wife and partner, Anita, and their son, Louis Jr., he built Castiglione Jewelers in Gloversville, N.Y., into one of the Empire State’s most successful jewelers. Though his son took over 20 years ago, Louis Sr. and Anita, who helps with bookkeeping and purchasing, still come
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