Dan's interest in the jewelry field started when he apprenticed in a local small-town jewelry store as a teenager back in the early 80's. He was professionally trained in advanced stonesetting, design and repair, and watch repair becoming a certified Seiko Quartz watch technician at the age of 16. After about 5 years he set aside this trade to pursue a career in the computer field.
Dan then spent over 25 years in the Information Technology Industry working for the United States Air Force and a major insurance company. After first noticing the cutting-edge 3-D printing technology and how it was being employed in the jewelry industry in 2005, the "spark" for working in the jewelry was ignited once again when he saw how this printing technology combined with computer-aided design (CAD) to make some incredibly beautiful jewelry. After about 18 months of research and business planning Dan set out to found his own jewelry design and manufacturing company.
Howerton Jewelers, formed in June 2007, has a simple mission - as a private-appointment jeweler we meet with you whenever and wherever you choose and create exactly the piece of jewelry that you want AND guarantee that you will be happy with it. It's often difficult to find exactly the right ring out of standard jewelry case in a store or even online. We fill that need to find the perfect ring, or whatever piece of jewelry that you're looking for by designing and making it exactly to your specifications.
We are very grateful to have enjoyed success and continual growth from day one.
It is important to us to treat our customers the same no matter how large or small their purchase may be. As a result we have gained a very loyal clientele base who not only return to us for new orders, but also gladly recommend us to their friends.
We typically serve clients in central Illinois, however, we have gained customers all over the US (east and west coasts) and some foreign countries. We have many happy clients whom we've not even met face-to-face. Our ability to work with a new client through the internet and over the phone to create new designs and manufacture exactly what they order has served us well over the years.