Our Story

With 10 locations throughout Connecticut, Michaels Jewelers is one of the state's leading merchants of diamonds and fine jewelry and is a family-run business whose tradition spans over four generations.

Founded in 1885 in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Abraham L. Michaels, it was established as a wholesale jewelry business when Abraham's son, Irving, Sr., moved the family to New York City and founded Irving Michaels & Company in 1905. Michaels' first U.S. jewelry store opened its doors in New York City in 1911. Irving, his wife, Martha, and a partner opened the first Connecticut store in New Haven in 1915 as Michaels Maurer. When the couple bought out Maurer's interest, they opened a second location in Bridgeport in 1916, a third in Waterbury in 1919 and by 1926 had expanded to Meriden, Hartford, Torrington, Bristol, and Providence, RI. In 1948, the Middletown and Manchester stores joined the empire.

Today there are also locations in Danbury, Orange, Guilford, Avon, Southbury, Bristol as well as in major malls at Westfarms, Manchester Buckland Hills, Westfield Trumbull, Westfield Meriden and Waterbury Brass Mill Center. In 2010, Michaels opened Pandora retail stores in Westfarms, Danbury Fair Mall and Stamford Town Center in addition to Pandora boutiques in all of their Michaels locations.

Michaels Jewelers has pioneered several prestigious designations throughout their long history in Connecticut, having been the first jeweler in the state to earn Certified Gemologist and Appraiser titles. Michaels continues to have the only AGS Accredited Gem Laboratory and one of the largest Appraisal Departments in the Connecticut area.

The Michaels Family circa 1895 Nova Scotia

The Michaels Family circa 1895 Nova Scotia


First Michaels Store circa 1895 Nova Scotia

First Michaels Store circa 1895 Nova Scotia

Our Promise

We Will Pamper Our Guests

by offering an extraordinary shopping experience — from environment to product to service — that will far exceed our guests' highest expectations every day.

We Will Build Relationships

by connecting with our guests in business and beyond to remember and celebrate each of their personal special occasions.

We Will Seek Knowledge

and continually educate ourselves in all aspects of our business to be the best jewelry professionals possible.

We Will Provide Quality

by striving to know our guests' needs and offering a wide array of products at the best value.

Our Principles

  • To practice integrity in all that we do, without exception.

  • To honor our relationships with our guests, suppliers, community and each other with honesty, respect and ethics.

  • To advocate professionalism, dedicate ourselves to excellence and aspire to exception achievement.

  • To maintain a commitment to quality in our merchandise and pricing that will always reflect honesty and integrity.

Serving Our Community

Michaels Jewelers is not only committed to offering you fine, quality products; we are also committed to serving the community. We at Michaels believe in giving something back.

Michaels Achievement Cup

Michaels Jewelers is the proud corporate sponsor of this awards program that recognizes excellence and achievement in overall high school athletics throughout Connecticut. More details...

Student Recognition Watch

Each year, we present Michaels watches to over 200 middle school and high school students who are recognized by their principal, guidance and faculty staff for good citizenship and positive contribution to student life. To enroll your school in this program contact Richard H. Michaels at rhm@michaelsjewelers.com.

Faculty Recognition Watch

Each year, we present Michaels watches to 50 high school faculty members who are recognized by their principal for their contribution to student life. To enroll your school in this program contact Richard H. Michaels at rhm@michaelsjewelers.com.

Guns For Goods

In collaboration with the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association and the State Attorney General, Michaels was the state's leading merchant, providing $75,000 in goods for this exchange program.

Mother's Day Art Contest

Each year, we sponsor this contest for over 1,500 fifth grade students throughout Connecticut to design a piece of jewlery for their mom. Winners have the design crafted into a piece of jewelry to present on Mother's Day. More details...

UConn Athletic Scholarships

Through the Michaels Jewelers Foundation Fund, we have established a $250,000 endowment at The University of Connecticut Department of Athletics for Connecticut students participating in intercollegiate sports.