The Bergman story begins in 1884 with a 21 year old young man being sent by
his employer Hammel Riglander Company, a large importer of wholesale jewelry and
watch parts in New York City to a small Midwestern town of Omaha, Nebraska.
That man, Sol Bergman, was assigned the task of helping the Max Meyer Company of
Omaha sell a $10,000 consignment of watch materials that Meyer had purchased
What Sol became aware of was that he liked Omaha; its
business potential and its people. They were honest and hearty people who
possessed a candor that made him feel pleasantly at ease when
compared to the hustle and bustle of New York City.
Sol Bergman seized the
opportunity to buy what would become Bergman Jewelers. With Omaha as their home
the legacy has continued with Sol’s son Clarence who started as a salesman when
he was 18-years-old as well as his son-in-law, Stewart Gilinsky.
year, the Bergman Company began wholesaling jewelry, diamonds, watches, and
other jewelry store merchandise to Midwestern retailers.
son Larry joined the company in 1961, and today is president.