The Hustedt Jewelers Team
Graduate Gemologist (GIA) / Owner
Kevin has spent his entire life in the jewelry industry. By the age of one, Kevin was in his stroller going in and out of jewelry stores across the state with his mother Ursula, who was picking up and dropping of repairs.
Kevin was working on the bench, sizing rings and soldering chains by the young age of 10. He has trained under his father, Master Goldsmith Larry Hustedt, German Master Goldsmith Werner Theobald, and Master Goldsmith Blaine Lewis. He also attended classes at The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology.
Kevin has received multiple certifications and titles from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) including the most sought after titles in the industry, Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) and Graduate Gemologist (GG).
Kevin has been the owner of Hustedt Jewelers since July of 2013. Today, Kevin does repair work, inspects and orders all the loose diamond inventory, and does insurance appraisals for our customers. Kevin's favorite part of the job is helping clients pick out their engagement ring.
“In most cases, the engagement ring is the most significant jewelry purchase a person makes. It is a true honor to be able to sit down one on one with people and help them choose that one beautiful piece of jewelry that represents so much.”
In Kevin's free time he enjoys crossfit, boating, hiking and camping.
Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA)/Operator
Ursula was born in Brackenheim, Germany. In 1971 she decided to come to America by herself and headed to Long Beach, California to attend college, with only enough money for the first semester's tuition and supplemented it with babysitting and working for an insurance office. It is in Long Beach where she met and married Larry Hustedt who was in the Navy at the time. They have two children, Angelika and Kevin.
In 1980, along with running the back end of Hustedt Manufacturing she traveled with the kids, picking up and dropping of repairs to jewelry stores all across Illinois. For 30 years, Ursula was the co owner and operator of Hustedt Jewelers. She is still heavily involved with Hustedt Jewelers, giving advice and helping wherever she is needed. We appreciate all of the expertise she brings to Hustedt Jewelers. She enjoys working with customers and makes it her personal goal to find just the right item for them.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling and reading.
Larry has an art background from the University of Illinois and watchmaking and micro-precision technology background from Parkland College.
He also completed a formal apprenticeship with German Master Goldsmith W.K. Theobald, who was also a designer for Jabel and an instructor for the School of Art in Pforzheim Germany. After finishing his apprenticeship and working for Mr. Theobald, Larry went on to work for a high end jewelry store in Ohio.
In 1980 Larry decided he wanted to raise his family in the area where he grew up, so he came home and started Hustedt Manufacturing on his son Kevin's first birthday.
Hustedt Mfg is a wholesale company that offers custom design and manufacturing and professional jewelry repair for retail stores across the country. Word quickly spread of Larry's talent and quality of craftsmanship and at one point had over 40 retail stores who he did the custom design and repairs for.
In 1983 Larry and Ursula decided they wanted to offer their services to the public and purchased Hoover Jewelers in Gibson City, Il. Word of mouth traveled about Larry's unique abilities and business instantly started to grow. He has worked on single pieces of jewelry valued at over $250,000.00 and Hustedt Jewelers became one of central Illinois premiere destination for loose diamonds, engagement rings and custom design.
On the 30th Anniversary of Hustedt Jewelers, Larry and Ursula’s son, Kevin, bought the store. Larry is still the owner of Hustedt Manufacturing. He can be found daily in our back shop working on repairs and doing beautiful custom design work.
During Larry's down time he enjoys woodworking, working in his backyard and spending time with the family.
Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA)/Manager
Chris has been employed full time at Hustedt Jewelers since 2001. Along with helping out with the day to day operations, she takes care of the store's inventory management.
Chris has received extensive training in fine jewelry and in jewelry & watch diagnostics. She has obtained the certificate of Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is a Diamond graduate.
She is in charge of allocating all repair and custom work and performs the quality control for every job done for Hustedt Jewelers and Hustedt Manufacturing.
Chris is the proud mother of three, Adam, Allison and Emma.
In her free time Chris enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Ashley has been a part of the Hustedt Jewelers team since April 2019 as the Office Manager. While she has over five years of experience working as an Office Manager, this is Ashley’s first experience in the jewelry industry. She is enjoying learning all of the different aspects of the jewelry business!
Ashley grew up in Wenona, Illinois but has resided in the Bloomington -Normal area for the last eight years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from DeVry University. She has two sons that keep her very busy outside of work and she loves to travel, attend
concerts, and spend time with family and friends.
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