Today, when one steps inside Richter & Phillips Jewelers, with its sprawling showroom filled with sparkling diamonds, vintage estate jewelry and stunning Rolex watches, it’s hard to imagine that this 124-year-old company began with traveling salesmen going door-to-door lugging trunks of jewelry, diamonds and giftware. Through the years, they expanded their inventory, but one thing has remained unchanged since Frederick W. Fehr bought the business in 1930 — the lineage as the company is now run by third- and fourth-generation Fehrs.

Aside from housing Cincinnati’s largest collection of loose diamonds, Richter & Phillips was also voted by CityBeat readers as Cincinnati’s Best Jeweler & Best Place to Buy Your Engagement Ring. They sell more than dazzling diamonds, however. They have one of the largest Rolex boutiques in the tri-state area — so impressive that customers often fly in to check out the selections in person. In addition, Richter & Phillips houses one of the largest estate collections in the area. For instance, they recently acquired a 1930s solid diamond bracelet that belonged to a prominent Cincinnati woman (see #5).

“We also do a lot of custom design work — oftentimes repurposing heirlooms and inherited pieces,” says Rick Fehr, President of Richter & Phillips Jewelers. “Say you have your mom’s old engagement ring and your grandfather’s wedding band, we can take those pieces and combine them into something modern and uniquely yours...and those kinds of things really resonate with our guests.”

The Richter & Phillips team, many of whom have been employed with the company for decades, is laser focused on providing exceptional customer service. That’s why, when customers enter the store, they make a beeline to their favorite sales associates.

“People love the familiar faces, the longevity. We see that time and time again,” says Fehr.

The following is a sampling of the quality craftsmanship and breathtaking beauty that you’ll find inside the Richter & Phillips Jewelers showroom:

1. Conversion Earrings by Martin Flyer

This beautiful set of spring, bridal earrings consists of sparkling diamonds set in 14k yellow gold. Meant to be dangled or draped, these “conversion earrings” can be styled in two unique ways. The flexible leaf pattern moves effortlessly, allowing the 4.63 carat total weight of diamonds to perfectly catch the light. Also available in 14k white gold.

Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 150-01586; please call for price.

2. Buttercup Band by Joshua J.

Seven oval diamonds are delicately placed in four prong baskets halfway around this platinum band. An excellent addition to a wedding set or absolutely extraordinary all on its own. Also available in various diamond weights and metals. Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 110-02482; please call for price.

3. Aqua & Diamond Necklace by Krementz Jewelry

Blue as an icy ocean, this necklace features a 5.44 cushion cut aquamarine center surrounded by 1.55 carat total weight of diamonds. The unique ribbon bale is also embedded with diamonds, creating a fluid look to this stunning, platinum pendant. Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 235-00012; please call for price.

4. Drop Diamond Earrings by SES Creations

Elegant emerald cut diamonds in two sizes make these diamond drop earrings showstoppers. Each earring features two sizes of perfectly cut emerald diamonds amounting to 4.82 carat total weight. Set in 18k white gold, an additional 0.42 carat total weight in diamonds dance down the drops. Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 150-01459; please call for price.

5. Art Deco Diamond Bracelet from Richter & Phillips Estate Collection

Brand-new to the shop, Richter & Phillips Jewelers fell in love with this one-of-a-kind vintage diamond bracelet. Featuring 21.00 carat total weight in sparkling diamonds set in platinum, the delicate tracery, or filigree, brings out the truly Art Deco attributes of this rare bracelet. Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 170-00957; please call for price.

6. 3-Stone Oval Ring from Richter & Phillips Engagement Ring Collection

A large, white 4.02 carat oval cut diamond is the center of this extraordinary 3-stone ring. Featuring two oval diamonds, both over 1.25 carats, on either side of the center stone, this ring is absolutely remarkable and a must see. Richter & Phillips Jewelers Reference Number: 100-00525; please call for price.

Richter & Phillips Jewelers is located at 601 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.241.3510 or visit www.richterphillips.com.