In 1954 Don Kirckof’s Father opened Rochester Lapidary Supply Company in Rochester, MN. As a Plumbing and Heating contractor by trade, he grew tired of visiting Lapidary stores that were mere pile’s of rocks throughout the United States. He brought his hobby to life, and built a thriving Lapidary. Selling amateur and professional rock and gem cutters, lapidary equipment, rough rocks and gems.
You may still see our roots today in our World Class Rochester retail, and designer location, where you may view the most remarkable display of Gem and Crystal Formations in the World!
Don Kirckof, the youngest of six children was brought to the store as a newborn, and has been baptized under fire in the Jewelry Industry ever since.
Don spent his youth working in the store and developed a passionate interest in Diamonds and Gemstones; so much so that he acquired the nickname, “Diamond Don”. Managing the family business through High School, he acquired the store in January of 1997.
Rather than doing wholesale lapidary and jewelry work for other stores in the world (which we had done for years), Don decided to turn the store into a world class Jewelry store that featured services that the large “box” chain stores had abandoned. In-Store Jewelry Services, repairs, custom designing, and start to finish manufacturing. Only the finest quality would be acceptable. True to his roots, Don kept “Lapidary” part of the stores new name. “Rochester Lapidary Jewelers”
Today RLJ continues the traditions of the past, along with the addition of State of the Art Technology for the Manufacturing of our Jewelry designs. Honesty, Integrity, Morals, and Values...These traditions have much to do with being Rochester’s oldest family owned, independent Jeweler, that pays close attention to the changing times, along with the needs and wants of our customers. Rochester Lapidary Jewelers continues to provide a level of personal service that keeps customers coming back. For this reason our customers refer others from around the world!
What may we make for you today? The Lapidary tradition lives on!