jewelry, gold, diamonds, sterling silver, crystal, e-jewelry, jewelery, platinum bracelets, rings, charms, white gold, aberdeen, washington, Jewelry, Diamonds, Gold, Black, Hills, Gems, Bridal, Stones, Stone, Gems, Jewel, Rings, Necklaces, Weddings, Anniversary, Engagement, Bracelets, Washington, Retail, Bridal, Set, sets, quality jewelry, alexandrite, amethyst, aquamarine, bluetopaz, citrine, emerald, garnet, jade, zircon, turquoise, onyx, opals, peridot, ruby, sapphires, pearls, diamonds, pendants, GIA, jewelry, jewellry, jewelery, jewlery On December 1st Herbig Jewelers celebrates 50 years of service in the jewelry industry. We decided to ask Mark Herbig how it all began and what he sees for their future. Philip Herbig moved to Grays Harbor WA. with his family in the early 30's from the Dakotas and settled in McCleary WA. When Philip struck out on his own he did many odd jobs including working for a grocery store in Hoquiam and attended DeWitt's Barber School. He enlisted in the Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and returning to Grays Harbor only after being wounded. While serving in the local Navy office, he met his wife Norma, whom he married in 1946. At this point, the Herbigs decided to make a career change and move to Los Angeles. Philip enrolled in a watchmakers school, and a year later returned to Aberdeen for good. Both Norma and Philip got jobs working for Bell Jewelers in the very location that his own store would ultimately come to be. Philip Herbig carried a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Just a year later he entered the jewelry business. He quit Bell Jewelers and set up his own store in the D & R Theater Building, calling it "Phil's Jewel Box." His store was a booming success. Ten years and a growing family later, he took over the site his store holds today. " At one point or another", Mark said, "the entire family has worked here. My father loved it here in Aberdeen and defended it to the very end. Because of that and his passion for his customers, many of the very first charge clients are still shopping with Herbig Jewelers today." After 26 years, though, Mark admits that it's a hole new ball game. He went to the Gemological Institute of America School for both Goldsmithing and Gemology so that he could carry on the family's tradition of excellence. But all of the technical knowledge is only a small part of what he does. "We work more one-on-one with our customers. We won't buy promotional quality goods just so we can turn a buck." "There's a customer who'd seen a platinum piece to get and we had to set up an account with the company who made it. We want to make, or get pieces that people will enjoy for a long time. Our business is making people happy."