California Dreams: The Family Behind Harold Stevens Jewelers

A third-generation jeweler realizes it’s a privilege, not a right, to become part of a family business When Ryan Krasner joined the family business, San Diego’s Harold Stevens Jewelers, “it wasn’t an instant romance,” his mother, co-owner Joy Krasner, recalls. “I would say it took a good year to become passionate about it. And after around two years, it really started to gel for him and he started having great successes on the sales floor.” Ryan, who attended the University of Colorado Boulder, admits with a laugh that he “really enjoyed doing nothing after college.” He adds: “I didn’t have a game plan...but I always knew I wanted to be involved in ­business.” Still, he had never thought he’d work for his parents. But when Joy and her husband, store founder and second-­generation jeweler ­Harold Krasner, found themselves looking for a new staffer in 2007, th

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