The Staff

The Staff
Kerry G. Ruiz
Kerry started in the jewelry business over 35 years ago. Having worked in various parts of the industry from in store sales, on the road selling to various jewelers across the country to bench work and finally opening ASHLEY'S in 1989. One of the key things that has stuck with Kerry was something Bill Savitt said to him many years ago, and that was to always make sure to give back to your community. Kerry has done that and continues to do so. Serving as a Past President and Board member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce for many years, Past President of the Shad Fest Bureau, Chair of the Masonic Lobster Fest, Board Member of Sue's Classic, and has given countless hours and donations to various civic and local organizations.

Carissa A. Fusco
Carissa has been with Ashley's for over 15 years. Joining Kerry full time after the death of his partner Louis in 2002, she has earned certificates from the Gemological Institute of America on Diamond and Diamond Grading and is currently finishing classes for her Graduate Gemologist diploma. Learning all aspects of the business as well as keeping up with the latest trends are a strong point of Carissa's.

Annette O'Meara
Annette started her jewelry career in high school in 1980. Working part time to expand her jewelry making and design she worked in Simsbury CT for 6 years reaching assistant manager position. She continued her jewelry career for the next 18 years as Store manager in Avon, CT learning all aspects of the jewelry business from managing and training new employees, buying new jewelry & gift inventory, banking, sales, repair consultant, managing the goldsmith and goldsmith repair shop, inventory controller, advertising and marketing and designing. She also expanded her career by enrolling and completing courses in the Gemological Institute of America in the following areas: Diamonds, Diamond Grading, Fine Jewelry Consultant Advanced Fine Jewelry Sales, Counter Sketching and Certified in Pearls. Annette joined ASHLEY'S in 2004 as our Store Manager.

Kurt L. Schumann
Kurt graduated technical high school in machine tool & die. Upon completion he was drafted in the Army in 1971. After his service he attended evening education classes in silver jewelry (pottery class was full). He attended North Bennet Street School in Boston from 1978-1979. In February 1979 he was hired as a goldsmith by Ed Tanny to work at Diamond Showcase in Westfarms Mall and later The Holyoke Mall. In 1994 he joined ASHLEY'S as our in-house Master Goldsmith & Diamond Setter. He has been featured a number of times in the Stuller Custom Designs showcase. His talent is as unique as he is.

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Ashley's has been my jeweler of choice for many years. They carry high quality merchandise, they can repair any piece of your jewelry you damage and, if they do not have exactly what you are looking for in the wide variety in the store, they can find or make you any special jewelry item you request. The people at Ashley's are very friendly and never pressure you to buy. I highly recommend Ashley's for all your jewelry needs (and wants!).

April 15, 2009 by Kimberly H. in Enfield, CT