The Sterling story goes back one hundred years to a single jewelry store in Lorain, Ohio. We're proud of our history of excellence while being committed to future growth and success.

1910 Henry Shaw opens first store in Lorain, Ohio.
1912 Henry Shaw opens a store with his brother-in-law, George Isroff, in Youngstown, Ohio. When the store opens, the headquarters move to Akron, Ohio.
1919 Shaw's Jewelers opens in Akron, Ohio.
1937 The Company called Shaw-Rogers, splits into two businesses, one with the same name and the other taking the name of LeRoy's Jewelry Company. In the years following, Shaw-Rogers becomes Westhall Company and in 1940 LeRoy's becomes Sterling Merchandise Company.
1960's Sterling Merchandise Company opens its first mall store in Lima, Ohio.
1970's Sterling Merchandise Company grows with more than 50 stores and is one of the largest specialty jewelry retailers.
1985 The family business was sold to Private Equity Ownership.
1987 Sterling Jewelers is first publically traded on NASDAQ.
1987 Signet Group plc purchases the company creating the largest jewelry retailer in the world. Sterling acquires Westhall Co., which has 82 stores, including Belden Jewelers, and Rogers Jewelers.
1988 Sterling acquires the 56 stores of Osterman's Inc.
1989 A new headquarters opens in Akron, Ohio. Sterling acquires Ringmaker's and Allen's 15 stores and Weisfield's Inc. with 90 stores.
1990 Sterling acquires Kay Jewelers, Inc. (506 stores), including the Kay and JB Robinson Jewelers brands, which doubles the size of the company.
1993 Sterling opens the first Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, a jewelry superstore.
1995 Terry Burman joins Sterling as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
1998 For the first time in history, Sterling's sales exceed one billion dollars.
1999 Sterling Jewelers establishes a "Partnership in Caring" with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
2000 Sterling Jewelers introduces the first exclusive branded diamond...the Leo.
2000 Kay Jewelers makes its national television commercial debut.
2000 Sterling completes acquisition of Marks & Morgan Jewelers (137 stores).
2003 Kay Jewelers becomes the largest specialty jeweler in the United States.
2004 Signet's American Depositary Shares (ADSs) listed exclusively on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "SIG." Kay Jewelers becomes the largest specialty retail jewelry brand in the US.
2005 Jared the Galleria of Jewelry is recognized as the fastest growing chain of destination jewelry stores.
2005 For the first time in history, Sterling's sales exceed two billion dollars. The 100th Jared The Galleria of Jewelry store opens.
2006 Mark Light is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling. Terry Burman continues as Chairman of Sterling and Signet Group CEO.
2006 Jared the Galleria of Jewelry makes its national television commercial debut.
2006 Sterling launches kay.com ecommerce.
2008 Sterling Jewelers introduces Open Hearts by Jane Seymour, an exclusive brand.
2008 Sterling Jewelers launches jared.com ecommerce.
2008 Sterling Jewelers won the Wellness at Work grand prize.
2008 Signet Group plc moves its primary stock listing from the London Stock Exchange to the New York Stock exchange and its domicile from London to Bermuda. As a result, the name of our parent company changes from Signet Group plc to Signet Jewelers Ltd.
2009 Sterling Jewelers introduces Love's Embrace, an exclusive brand.
2010 Sterling Jewelers has won the NorthCoast 99 Award ten times as one of the best places to work in northeast Ohio.
2010 Sterling Jewelers was recognized by the 5th largest utility company for energy conservation.
2011 Mike Barnes joins Company as new Signet Group CEO and Chairman of Sterling.
2011 Sterling reaches the $3 Billion sales mark.
2012 Our dear friend and Chairman Emeritus Jerry Shaw passes away.
2012 Sterling launches Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for Kay and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry.
  


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