America’s 10 Oldest Jewelers: Randolph Jewelers

Randolph Jewelers Since 1852  375 Main St. Placerville, Calif. 530-622-3787  Randolph Jewelers was founded by F.F. Barss in 1852, when Placerville was a Gold Rush town. It’s had just three owners since then, including Charlie Stephens, who bought the store in 1981. “My jewelry mentor in the Bay Area, Walt Hilton, moved to Placerville and was doing repair work for Bill Randolph, the previous owner,” Stephens says. “When he was ready to retire, he asked Hilton if he wanted to buy it. He said, no, ‘I got out of that business, I’ll ask Charlie!’ So I came up and took a look around and moved to Placerville.” "When I bought it, our No. 1 seller was Black Hills gold.” —Charlie Stephens Resilience is rewarded (or, invest in the local fire department). “F.F. Barss’ original store, in a tent, burned down. Then he built a wooden store, an

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