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Owner Mary Weber, right, and Kelly Granger recently moved Five Star Jewlery Brokers and Gemologists from Bee Cave to Rollingwood and into a new storefront setting.

A familiar name in jewelry has returned to the heart of the Westbank.

Five Star Jewelry Brokers and Gemologists moved shop last last month from an office space in Resaca Plaza in Bee Cave to a storefront space in the Rollingwood Plaza shopping center in Rollingwood, all the way down at the other end of Bee Cave Road.

“We had some of our customers say that we were too far out,” said owner Mary Webber. “We’re more convenient now and we wanted a little more space.”

Overall, business is up about 25 percent in the new space, Weber said.

The new space features a more typical showroom atmosphere and is more convenient for shoppers coming from other areas of town and the region because of its close proximity to MoPac Expressway. Business is already ticking up, Weber said, particularly in the custom design work the shop is known for.

Five Star Jewelry also carries estate pieces and consignments. Weber, a certified appraisal specialist and diamond expert does appraisals in-store and often travels to evaluate pieces in other cities. The appraisals are becoming a larger part of the business, she said.

“There are a lot of people in Westlake that ask me to come their home because they have so many pieces that they don’t want to bring them all down here,” Weber said.

In addition, diamond expert Kelly Granger is always ready to help a nervous groom pick out just the right engagement ring. The shop carries the American-made Tacori line.

“We do whatever we can to offer our customers that five-star experience,” Granger said. “We want to keep it professional, but also have fun. Especially when future grooms come in, they are so nervous and we just want to make it feel like home and make it an easy process. It’s probably one of their first jewelry purchases.”

The custom design work is also taking off. Weber and Granger work up custom design, which are sent to a local jewelry maker. He uses a 3-D imaging program and sends a 3-D wax model back to the store for final approval before beginning work in metal and stone. Granger showed off a gorgeous diamond ring that she designed for herself from four other pieces of jewelry.

Repurposing old stones and metal is a great way to revitalize an old piece with sentimental value, they said.

This is only the latest among owner Mary Weber’s forays into the jewelry business in the Westbank. The first Five Star Jewelry opened in a shopping center near the corner of Westbank Drive and Bee Cave Road in 1994.

Weber also opened Westlake Jewelers and All About Diamonds after the opening of the original Five Star. By 2008, she sold the businesses and moved to New Mexico to be closer to friends and family. There, she developed a new love of turquoise and Native American jewelry design.

She returned to the Westbank area in 2010, when she opened Five Star in the Bee Cave Road location.

“We’re really excited about being closer in to Westlake,” Weber said of the shop’s move to Rollingwood.

Five Star Jewelry Brokers and Gemologists, is located 2712 Bee Cave Road, Suite 104 and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. For more information, call 306-8200 or visit www.fivestarjewelrybrokers.com.
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