Yax Jewelers was established in 1917 by Lawrence Yax, and passed to his son Donald. Yax Jewelers was purchased from Donald Feb.1st 1973 by Charles Blanks and his step- son Tom Cunningham. Coincidently H.C. Blanks Jewelers was started in 1917 in Hudson Mi. then passed to Charles Blanks his son. In 1978 Charles and Tom purchased the building at 102 W. Grand River (N.W. corner of Michigan & Grand River Ave) and moved Yax Jewelers to this location, at the center of downtown Howell.
This building was McPherson State Bank from around 1900 to 1960. When we came to Howell in 1973 this was Charles Itsell’s Mens Clothing, sold to Bill Glover, then closed. We purchased the building from Radney Tucker, a local business man. The current tenant was Pomeroys Childrens Clothing. In 1997-98 we remodeled the façade and re-worked the limestone front to the original bank appearance, as is today.
Yax Jewelers is truly a third generation jeweler and closing in on its 100th anniversary. Tom Cunningham holds the Graduate Gemologist title from the Gemological Institute of America, and also completed the Certified Gemologist title of the American Gem Society. Tom is also a past president of the Michigan Jewelers Association. In addition to his expertise in diamonds and colored stones, Tom also personally does all jewelry repair on premises, gold and silver work and stone setting. This includes re-setting your gems as well as creating new rings, pendants, and earrings.
Tom’s gemological knowledge and repair skills are also invaluable with explaining benefits as well as pitfalls for gemstones and designs to complement your lifestyle.