Beginning in 1868
Walter Bauman Jewelers traces its beginning to 1868 when Walter Bauman's grandfather started a wholesale watch and jewelry business in Pittsburgh, PA.. Shortly thereafter, the business moved to New York City following a growing demand for fine jewelry and timepieces. In 1935, Walter Bauman was happy to accept his grandfather's invitation to join him in the expanding wholesale business.
First Store in West Orange
After years of requests from the public, Walter Bauman decided to open a retail store. In 1960 he found the perfect location at 643 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange, New Jersey, where the flagship store can be found today. His idea was to offer the public the same low prices other retailers were paying for merchandise. Combined with unmatched selection and service, the West Orange store soon became well-known for the best deals on fine jewelry and giftware.
In the 1970's, Walter Bauman Jewelers began its involvement with Estate and Antique jewelry. By paying the highest prices for any gold or diamond jewelry, and watches, they have built a spectacular collection including many one-of-a-kind pieces. In addition, Walter Bauman Jewelers has worked hard for the past 40 years to make itself one of America's great dealers in purchasing and selling Estate and Antique jewelry.
Due to growing popularity and an outstanding reputation, Walter Bauman Jewelers has grown to now include four retail locations in New Jersey with over 150 employees. The retail locations are now in West Orange, Union, Short Hills, and Clifton. These stores are currently run by Walter and Russell Bauman -grandchildren of the founding Walter Bauman-, Dan Miller, and a group of talented and dedicated managers, experts, and sales consultants. To better serve its customers, Walter Bauman Jewelers has made it a policy for each store to have at least one trained gemologist or diamond expert, as well as a jewelry craftsperson. At the present time, Walter Bauman Jewelers has thirteen graduates of the Gemological Institute of America on staff. In addition, Walter Bauman Jewelers is also the one of the most reputable gold buyers in New Jersey. Out of 50 gold buyers statewide, Walter Bauman Jewelers was the only gold buyer to have no violations.
Voted as Best Jewelry Store in NJ
Known as an authority on jewelry and giftware in the region, the Bauman family has been quoted in such newspapers as the New York Times and the Newark Star Ledger, as well as numerous trade publications. Recently, Walter Bauman Jewelers was voted as the best jewelry store in Essex County in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Suburban Essex readers and best jewelry store in New Jersey in 2010, 2011 & 2012 by NJ Monthly readers. In addition, by offering the internet community the same value and sevice they have found so popular with their walk-in customers, the Bauman's are now working to become THE jewelry authority on the World Wide Web.