James Avery, founder of Kerrville-based James Avery jewelry, dies at 96

(James Avery official Facebook page)

James Avery, the founder of Kerrville-based James Avery Craftsman Jewelry, has passed away at the age of 96.

The company released a statement on Avery's death via social media and its website that read:


Avery started the business in 1954 from inside a two-car garage in Kerrville.  

He had a small workbench and fashioned a sign that read “James Avery Craftsman” that hung outside the garage.

The company grew and opened its first retail store in 1973 in Kerrville. It has grown to about 50 stores in 11 states.

For more on Avery, go to KSAT.com.

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