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WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME

18-year-old Jordan Sturm may be the youngest jeweler
at the oldest continuously operating jewelry store in the Midwest

Jordan Sturm had made it his mission to repair the courthouse clocks that have not worked in many years. Sturm perches in the clock housing August 2014, guiding down one clock to make repairs. (Photo by Natalie Lamar for The Richmond News)

Jordan Sturm had made it his mission to repair the courthouse clocks that have not worked in many years. Sturm perches in the clock housing August 2014, guiding down one clock to make repairs. (Photo by Natalie Lamar for The Richmond News)

By David Knopf-News Editor

Jordan Sturm will have had a jeweler’s career a decade long by the time he’s just 23.

Those things happen when you begin tinkering as a child and launch an apprenticeship with a watchmaker at 13.

Jordan is the son of T.J. and Tim Sturm, owners of historic Pointer’s Jewelers in Richmond. The business has changed names and ownership several times, but it’s been in the same building on the south side of the square since before the Civil War.

“My wife and I were joking that he’s probably the youngest jeweler in the U.S. in the oldest continuously existing jewelry store west of the Mississippi,” said Tim, who’s also a certified jeweler. “We were going when the Civil War was in the area.”

Jordan attended jeweler’s classes with his father, but his certification came when he recently completed a course at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Nashville, Tenn.

Homeschooled, both Jordan, now 18, and his younger brother Joseph work at Pointer’s. The Sturm family acquired the store six years ago and has maintained the jewelry sales and repair, but also added a sideline of firearms.

Jordan was at work Tuesday creating a multi-layered gold-and-stone flower for a pendant he envisions displaying at the store, maybe even entering in a contest.

His repertoire of skills is a combination of things he learned on his own, he says, from his father and the valuable time he said he spent in school in Tennessee.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 Richmond News.

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