Randy Watkins: Adding Sparkle and Shine to People’s Lives

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Linn and Owen Jewelers is Lansing’s oldest jewelry store, crafting heirloom treasures by applying time-tested techniques since 1917. While Linn and Owen’s long-standing relationship with the community has flourished and even paved the way for other local jewelers, becoming a jeweler or a jewelry sales person isn’t the most well-known or acknowledged professions.

The unique, trade-focused career is one that can be very rewarding, according to Randy Watkins, salesman at Linn and Owen. When asked if he would recommend his job to others, his response was, “definitely.”

“In this position, I get to work with other people and with customers and I love it,” said Watkins. “Learning about watch and clock repair and jewelry design is also an aspect of the job that is really interesting. I never knew about it before and I’ve really enjoyed learning it.”

A retired Insurance Investigator at the State of Michigan, an employer he proudly worked with for more than 30 years, Watkins enjoys this position because of its relaxed and ever-changing atmosphere.

“I’m never doing the same thing, each day is different,” said Watkins.

Aside from sales, Watkins also works on watch repair and engraving and even does some promotional work for Linn and Owen.

Watkins was a former customer at Linn and Owen, frequently buying jewelry for his wife at the store.

Stewart Powell, owner, jeweler, jewelry designer, horologist and appraiser at Linn and Owen, developed a relationship with Watkins, and asked if he would like to join the team. “He was a kind and happy person and he was interested in the product,” said Powell.

In addition to being a salesman and jeweler’s assistant, Watkins assumes another role as a father to his three grown children and a grandfather to seven grandchildren.

Working in jewelry, it’s assumed that Watkins loves and wears jewelry himself, however, he said that his favorite pieces have been thoughtful gifts from his children.

“My kids know that I like Mickey Mouse,” said Watkins. “They’ve gotten me Mickey Mouse watches before and I really like those.”

With Father’s Day approaching, watches are the perfect gift for dad, and what better place to get it from than your local jeweler? Linn and Owen have their own 70 year-old private label, LINN & OWEN wristwatch, all assembled here in the U.S. In addition to their private label, they carry solar powered timepieces, Citizen Eco-Drive, Howard Miller and Seiko watches, as well as Rhythm and Bulova clocks. Linn and Owen are also an authorized service center for Howard Miller Clocks.

“We do custom engraving on our watches too,” noted Watkins.

Whether you’re a jewelry connoisseur or don’t know much about the trade, jewelry and jewelry sales is a skill that is unique, impressive and is in high demand. Working in this business, you get to add sparkle to someone’s life every day – with that outcome, who wouldn’t consider this career?


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Megan Martin

Megan Martin is a Communications Specialist at M3 group and a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She is a foodie, a lover of art and tea and everything outdoorsy.

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