Fox's Gem Shop's History began in 1912 when Harry Fox opened a small gem store in downtown Seattle's Skinner Building. Sid and Berta Thal, newly married and with 2 young children, purchased the store in 1948 for $15,000 plus some money borrowed from family. They kept the name "Fox's" since they couldn't afford to repaint the door! They survived the early lean years, had another child, Joy, and spent the next few decades building the business into Seattle's premier jeweler.
In 1979, the business moved into its current location in new, spacious quarters in Rainier Square. Although Sid and Berta were entering their 70's, they took on the challenge of expanding the business with their usual enthusiasm. They were joined a couple of years later by Chai, their new son-in-law. He quickly demonstrated his talents for jewelry design and marketing, and was soon running the store. Fox's was serving a new generation of clientele while preserving the traditions of service, quality and integrity established by Berta and Sid.
With an emphasis on custom design, fine Swiss watches, exclusive designers such as Alex Sepkus and Mark Patterson, and exceptionally rare gemstones and Ideal cut diamonds, Fox's continues it's legacy under the leadership of Joy Thal Mann , her husband Chai and daughter Zoey Mann. Please stop by to visit and allow our sales staff, known for their knowledge, expertise and hospitality to show you around.

About Fox's Gem Shop


sid_car_picFox's Gem Shop's History began in 1912 when Harry Fox opened a small gem store in downtown Seattle's Skinner Building. Sid and Berta Thal, newly married and with 2 young children, purchased the store in 1948 for $15,000 plus some money borrowed from family. They kept the name "Fox's" since they couldn't afford to repaint the door! They survived the early lean years, had another child, Joy, and spent the next few decades building the business into Seattle's premier jeweler.

In 1979, the business moved into its current location in new, spacious quarters in Rainier Square. Although Sid and Berta were entering their 70's, they took on the challenge of expanding the business with their usual enthusiasm. They were joined a couple of years later by Chai, their new son-in-law. He quickly demonstrated his talents for jewelry design and marketing, and was soon running the store. Fox's was serving a new generation of clientele while preserving the traditions of service, quality and integrity established by Berta and Sid.

With an emphasis on custom design, fine Swiss watches, exclusive designers such as Alex Sepkus and Mark Patterson, and exceptionally rare gemstones and Ideal cut diamonds, Fox's continues it's legacy under the leadership of Joy Thal Mann , her husband Chai and daughter Zoey Mann. Please stop by to visit and allow our sales staff, known for their knowledge, expertise and hospitality to show you around.







Loose Gems 

 

Stories about Life, Love & Business 

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by Sidney Thal

(coming online soon)

 

 

contents:

 

The Business: 


Matty Singer made us what we are today

"I've probably examined more diamonds then Dr. Spock has examined babies"

To TV or not to TV

Economics 101

Mr. Fox, your pants

The Pope's ring

Money

Time flies

"It's too expensive for you, but I'll show it to you anyway."

 

Dialogues with my son-in-law:

 

Why my son-in-law made me Advertising Manager

Not exactly

"Intimidation"

Hearing aid

Green

Not for sale

Sensitivity

How long does an 84-year old advertising copyrighter have?

Look who's upset now!

To my son-in-law: an Editorial

A rebuttal, by Chai Mann

 

Life and love:

 

What's in a name?

Growing old

Berta Thal

Blind date

Press # for more information

A dream

Three holes-in-one... or was it four?

What you smell is what you get

Another blind date

Growing older

 

Short fiction:

 

The Violin

The fire

The rabbi

The dancers