How it all began – our idea of the perfect jewelry store

Comeau Jewelry Co. began when Chad and Jill Comeau opened up their first store in a small space in downtown Pittsburg, KS in October 2001 and relocated to a larger location outside Meadowbrook Commons in Pittsburg in January 2004. In November 2006, Comeau Jewelry Co. opened its second location at the Northpark Crossing in Joplin, MO. Chad Comeau has over 18 years of experience at the bench and in the jewelry business. He was formally educated at the bench at Trenton Jewelry School in Memphis, TN. Prior to opening his own store, he was a bench jeweler for the fine jeweler, Tivol, in Kansas City.

Independent Jewelers Organization: Master Jeweler

We are a member of The Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO), which offers us extensive buying opportunities, allowing us to bring the top fashions and best prices to our clients. The organization also allows us to buy directly from the cutters through their offices in Antwerp, Belgium, the diamond capital of the world.

read more about our Antwerp diamond buying trips

Through IJO, we can buy directly from diamond cutters in Antwerp, Belgium. We will even make the trip overseas to act as your broker and hand select your diamond from the vast inventory at their disposal.

The Independent Jewelers Organization itself is an organization focused on continuing education, offering seminars on both Gemology and Industry Trends, which promote consumer protection. IJO’s GIA Title Program is a comprehensive gemological and business education program available to us.

Members have the opportunity to attend two trade shows a year where our top manufacturers exhibit the latest fashions in fine jewelry. We also have the opportunity to attend many educational seminars and to discuss with other members better ways to serve you, our clients.

Why purchase from a Master IJO Jeweler?

  • Confidence

    As a Master IJO Jeweler, we adhere strictly to the following values to give you the confidence you need to make the right jewelry selection and purchase.

  • Trust

    We earn your trust based on Integrity, Honesty and Expertise we deliver through our hometown service.

  • Integrity

    As a Master IJO Jeweler, we adhere to an ethical code of conduct and best business practices.

  • Honesty

    We are sincere and truthful about the information and pricing of the fine jewelry we sell in our store.

  • Expertise

    Our combination of experience, skill and knowledge is a quality we bring to help you make a confident jewelry purchase.

Antwerp Diamond Buying Trips

As members of Independent Jewelers Organization we have the opportunity to travel to Antwerp, Belgium – the Diamond Capital of the World. We travel to Antwerp regularly to buy diamonds directly from the De Beers sight-holders. In addition to purchasing diamonds for our store, we also serve as a diamond broker for some of our customers, personally selecting a unique diamond for them in Antwerp. We always enjoy finding a special diamond for someone that we have hand carried across the Atlantic.

Because we deal directly with the diamond cutters and De Beers sight-holders in Antwerp, we avoid paying a mark-up to the U.S. importer and distributor. Therefore, we can offer you the diamond of a lifetime at substantial savings over regular retail prices.

It’s not only the savings that make this a unique diamond buying experience. It’s the fact that your personal jeweler is traveling close to 10,000 miles to hand-select this specific diamond for you from among the largest selection of diamonds ever gathered in any one place. It’s your decision to choose a certain size, shape, color and clarity of diamond–not just accept what is available on the local market. It’s the journey of your special diamond–from the earth, to the cutter, to you–no previous owner, no stops along the way.

There is nothing quite like owning (or giving) a beautiful, quality diamond–a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of nature, perfected by the skilled hands of the expert diamond cutters in the world’s diamond center–which was hand selected for you by your personal diamond broker in Antwerp, Belgium. A gift that will last a lifetime–or twenty lifetimes.

Over 60% of the world’s diamonds are traded in Antwerp, Belgium.

By traveling to Antwerp, we serve as a “personal diamond broker” and buy our customers a diamond at our cost plus a small commission. And because of the enormous choice of top-quality diamonds available in Antwerp, we can easily locate the perfect diamond for you in exact size, shape, quality, and price you wish. And we can deliver it to you at a truly substantial savings – perhaps 28% – 42%. This special service is available to you because our store is a Charter Member of the Independent Jewelers Organization, the world’s largest Buying Group with over 800 members. They make it possible for us to deal directly with Antwerp’s leading diamond cutters and save you the heavy importer’s and distributor’s costs. So, if you would like to own a spectacular diamond and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime savings, please stop in or call us to get more information on this extraordinary offer.

Our Team

Chad Comeau

Chad Comeau

Owner/Master Jeweler

Chad is a 25-year veteran of the jewelry industry. A high school art class was the start of what would become a life-long passion for the art and creation of fine jewelry. As a young jeweler Chad worked at Tivol Jewels of Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, arguably the Midwest’s most prestigious jeweler. After gaining several years’ experience Chad was ready to use his skills in a new way. In 2001, Chad and his young family returned home to Pittsburg, KS where he and his wife Jill opened Comeau Jewelry Co. Operating out of a tiny store front on Broadway Chad began offering the community something it was lacking, a traditional “mom and pop” jewelry store offering full service repairs and custom work done on the premises along with hand selected diamonds and fine jewelry. Today Chad still oversees the daily operations of the business and devotes much of his time to working with his customers and guiding his sons as they have begun apprenticing into the family business.

Jill Comeau

Jill Comeau

Owner

Jill’s career in the jewelry industry began when she and her husband Chad moved back to her hometown of Pittsburg, KS to open their first store, Comeau Jewelry Co. Though not a jeweler, she is a self-proclaimed “Jill of all trades” and enjoys most all creative pursuits. As the couple’s family has grown and children keep her very busy, Jill’s time at the store is mostly spent behind the scene’s assisting in marketing, bookkeeping and merchandising. Jill also holds an AJP and is a Graduate of the Diamonds Program from the Gemological Institute of America.

Chris Keller

Chris Keller

Joplin Store Manager

Chris is the store manager at the Joplin, MO location. Chris has a combined 15 years of experience in the jewelry business. He is a Graduate Gemologist as well as an Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America. He received formal bench training at New Approach School for Jewelry in Virginia Beach, VA. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University in 2004.

Hilary

Hilary

Customer Service Specialist – Pittsburg

Hilary has been with Comeau Jewelry Company since June 2009. She is an Accredited Jewelry Professional and will soon begin work towards her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. She is a proud graduate of Pittsburg State University. Go-Rillas!

Megan Woodard

Megan Woodard

Customer Service Specialist – Joplin

Megan has over 11 years of experience in the jewelry business and has been with Comeau Jewelry since November 2010. Megan has a degree from Pittsburg State University majoring in Broadcasting and Political Science. She is in charge of all social media for our business. Megan recently earned her Graduate Diamond Degree through GIA and is an Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America.

Margo Bishop

Margo Bishop

Customer Service Specialist – Pittsburg

Joining the Comeau Jewelry family in January 2016, Margo has her degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Pittsburg State University and is a Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemological Institute of America.

Annie Howard

Annie Howard

Customer Service Specialist – Joplin

Annie has over 5 years of experience in retail; she has been with Comeau Jewelry since January 2016. She is currently a student at Missouri Southern State University pursuing a degree in Nursing. She recently completed her Accredited Jewelry Professional Degree through the Gemological Institute of America. Annie’s interests outside of work include golf, her Bull Mastiff, Gracie, and spending time with her friends and family.

Stuart Comeau

Stuart Comeau

Bench Jeweler - Pittsburg

Stuart is the newest member of the Comeau Jewelry staff and the oldest son of owners Chad and Jill Comeau. He is a graduate of the New Dimension School of Jewelry in Franklin, TN where he studied under Blaine Lewis. Stuart’s love of jewelry comes naturally as he has literally grown up in a jewelry store. He is also a very talented artist who enjoys drawing and comic book style art.

Mark Altrui

Mark Altrui

Bench Jeweler - Joplin

Mark is the bench jeweler in the Pittsburg location and has over 35 years of experience at the bench. Mark received his formal education at the bench from Paris Junior College in Paris, TX. Mark has been with Comeau Jewelry Co. for 14 years.

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