Ken Friend Jr.
Owner, Friend & Company Fine Jewelers
Photo by Jeffery Johnston
How did you get into the jewelry business?
My mother and father started the company, so it was a natural progression for another generation to come into the business. I did so after college.
Have you always had a passion for it?
Honestly, not when I was growing up; but as I became more involved in the business I became passionate about the manufacturing process and what we could do to make our product better and less expensive. I really enjoy figuring out how to make beautiful products at reasonable price points.
What makes Friend & Company distinct?
We are not only a manufacturing jeweler, but half of our inventory is antique and estate, so we offer the best of both worlds.
The addition of our bridal registry, corporate gift department and a large service center to repair jewelry and watches makes us a one-stop shop for clients’ needs.
Tell us about your estate jewelry?
I’m so proud of our team and our jewelry. I love that we can provide our customers with truly one-of-a-kind pieces at price points that are significantly under market pricing.
Tell us something we don’t know about your job?
So many of our customers are educated when it comes to jewelry and they understand the relationship between quality and price.
What are your favorite pieces in store right now?
We are excited to now carry pre-owned Rolex, Cartier and Patrick Philippe watches. They come with two-year warranties and are priced significantly less than a new watch. It’s something that’s been on the drawing board for a long time, and now that we finally launched it, it’s nice to see such quick success.
One of my other favorites is a signed Cartier platinum emerald and diamond bracelet. It’s so beautiful and rare; it’s really one of my favorite pieces we’ve ever had.
Friend & Company Fine Jewelers
7713 Maple St.