Staff

Louise Aughnay

I'm a proud mother of four grown children and happy grandma of many! My life is very full. I received my Bachelors degree from Millikin University and a Master degree from Louis University.

Before coming to State Street, I taught elementary school for over thirty years. June of this year/2018 I will have worked at State Street for nineteen years.

I have served on the Geneva Women in Business board for five years and am currently president of the board.

Traveling the United States and Europe is my favorite hobby.

I've been lucky enough to have traveled to Antwerp, Belgium several times to personally select diamonds for our customers. This truly is a "Love" profession!

Email: louise@statestreetjewelers.com


Jeffrey Hampton

Jeff received his jewelry and watch training at Gem City College in Quincy, IL. He then began his career at a chain jewelry store until he started his own business called Suburban Jewelers Service. He then focused on jewelry repair for several different businesses. In 1985, he formed a partnership to purchase Anderson Jewelers and later became State Street Jewelers. Over the next ten years, the business grew so successfully he moved it next door to a larger location. State Street Jewelers made its final move almost 5 years ago into the landmark spot on the corners of State and Third streets. He has enjoyed the jewelry industry and firmly believes without his customer focused staff and the wonderful community of Geneva, it would not have been possible.

Email: jeffrey@statestreetjewelers.com


Trina Krueger

Trina started in the jewelry business in the Quad Cities at a trade shop that did work for many jewelry stores in the midwest. She went on to be a shop manager and then do freelance work in her own shop.

After getting married and relocating to our area, she now does bench work here at State Street Jewelers.

Email: trina@statestreetjewelers.com


Heather Miller

Heather began her career surrounded by jewelry in her grandparents store in Michigan. Her passion for diamonds and gemstones led her to California to pursue a certification from the GIA Graduate Gemologist program. Here she gained the comprehensive knowledge of diamonds and colored stones you need to succeed anywhere in the jewelry business. She completed the GIA program in 1991.

Heather has been part of the State Street Jewelers family since 2004. Her role has evolved from jewelry consultant to an expert in diamond buying in Antwerp. She has traveled 14 times to personally shop for our clients over the past 14 years. Heather has taken on a large role in inventory management and continues to utilize her GIA certifications with appraisals and custom design for all our customers!

Email: heather@statestreetjewelers.com


Mary O'Connor

Mary's passion for creative expression has been a constant in her life for as long as she can recall. Her love of the arts led her to pursue her Batchelor of Fine Arts from NIU. Mary's 30 years of design and management experience has allowed her to provide her clients with the highest level of professionalism and creative design solutions.

Her greatest joy comes from seeing the sparkle of delight in her client's eyes as they try on their new jewelry for the first time. Knowing they will enjoy it for a lifetime and pass it on to the grandchildren is especially satisfying.

Email: mary@statestreetjewelers.com


Michael Petrzilka

Michael started in the jewelry industry as a diamond courier. He quickly decided to buy some tools and try to “figure it out” as a future jeweler. He began to study diamonds and gemstones with numerous intensive courses on Wabash Ave in Chicago with Eitan Tashey. He worked at a few different locations over the years and realized this was his passion. He chose only to learn from the best and pursue a career in jewelry! He has progressed to a bench jeweler eager to learn and expand his skills and knowledge!

Email: michael@statestreetjewelers.com


LAuRA PINCKNEY

Laura's passion for jewelry began at an early age when she wore her mother's best pieces to school at the age of 10!

She went on to turn her passion into a career. She graduated from NIU in 2005 with a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in metalwork and jewelry design.

After NIU she studied Gemology through GIA and is currently working towards becoming a graduate gemologist.

She has been with State Street Jewelers since November 2001.

Email: laura@statestreetjewelers.com


Martha Sanchez

Martha grew up in Geneva and has always loved the downtown. When her daughter was young she was offered an opportunity to work at Anderson Jewelers thinking she would work a couple of years. In 1985 the Anderson Brothers sold the business and it was changed to State Street Jewelers. Martha remained working in sales and helping with all aspects of the Business.

Over the years Martha has enjoyed meeting new people and volunteering in the Community, organizing the charitable events and donations that have become a part of the Culture of State Street Jewelers.

Email: martha@statestreetjewelers.com


Marci Sterkel

Marci was born and raised in the wonderful, small town of Geneva. While in High School, she started working in a family owned jewelry store in St. Charles where she began her love and passion for diamonds and colored stones. After high school, Marci attended the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, CA. where she earned her Graduate Gemologist degree. Her 35 years in the business brings a wealth of knowledge,experience as well as creativity in custom designs.

On her days off, Marci enjoys playing tennis, golf, going to concerts, and playing guitar at her church.

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
- Coco Chanel

Email: marci@statestreetjewelers.com


Shannon Stewart

Shannon joined our team in 2010, but has grown up around the store helping with special events and projects since she was in high school. After a career in new home sales and design she took off time to spend with her family. She has been with us ever since.

She loves helping repair and redesign your family treasures and helping you commemorate the special moments in your lives. She has been certified by GIA as an Accredited Jewelry Professional.

Email: shannon@statestreetjewelers.com


Kelly Vass

Kelly was born and raised in Geneva, IL. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Northern Illinois University. She and her husband have raised 5 beautiful children in this historic town of Geneva. Kelly has had a career in several areas, education, technology, event planning and marketing. She provides our backroom support, graphic design, website development and social media marketing. She has enjoyed her past 6 years here at State Street Jewelers and looks forward to many more!

Email: kelly@statestreetjewelers.com


Payson

Payson grew up just south of us in Romeoville until he found his forever home with our owner, Jeff Hampton. He received his official training at Doggie Boot Camp. He enjoys long walks and frequent treats. He enjoys sunning in our windows and loves to greet all the local dogs with a howling bark as they pass by. Payson achieved his title of Director of Customer Relations from our lovely customers who generously shower him with treats and lots of love and affection!

Email: payson@statestreetjewelers.com

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