Mckay Diamonds Jewelry offer engagement ring, custom design, same day ring size, jewelry and watch repair, jewelry appraisal, you can see the process of your ring from start to finish. The McKay legacy began in 1949 when Robert McKay and his wife Frances Ellen started their adventure in the diamonds business. McKay diamonds opened its doors at 157 South Main Street over 60 years ago. In May 2010, Robert McKay decided it was time to retire. Joe & Sandra Andrade, jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the McKay legacy.
Joe has been in the jewelry business for over 30 years. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he started his career at just nine years old as a watchmaker. He later began an apprenticeship, developing skills in jewelry carving and setting, and opened his first jewelry store in Brazil at age 17. Since then, he has never stopped doing business.
That entrepreneurial spirit led Joe to move to the United States over 12 years ago, where he worked for other jewelry stores before starting his own company.
It is hard to imagine historic Main Street without McKay Diamonds, and Joe knew that his new ownership would not change what McKay created: a place where your jeweler is your friend and your experience there will be one to remember.
“I want it to be personal, something with feeling and meaning,” said Joe.
That can be felt especially among those looking for Engagement and Wedding rings, an area of specialization for Andrade and his business. Many customers have a vision of what they want their ring to be. Whatever the style, to be involved in the whole process, to be able to literally watch the production of the ring, is an experience like no other. As a local business, everything is done in the store.
Custom design allows someone to bring in a sketch or photograph of a piece, and the jeweler creates a mold of the design until the customer is totally satisfied. These pieces can be created using diamonds and other gemstones that you already have, or can be provided to you from our selection.
The design and production process can take as little as 4 days, but creates memories that last a lifetime.
McKay Diamonds customers have come back for all of their jewelry needs, whether a repair or custom design, because of its legacy that remains strong today.
Main Street shop gets second ‘mom and pop’
Todd Tanner, Uniquely Utah Reporter Fox 137:35 p.m. MST, January 15, 2012SALT LAKE CITY—
"It’s hard to think about Main Street without this store. It’s a small store but it’s really cute,” Sandra Andrade said.
McKay Diamonds located on the 100 South block of Salt Lake City’s Main Street is just eight feet wide.
“People come here, sometimes they stop just to take a picture, they love this sign,” she added. That grand old sign has been welcoming Salt Lake residents for several generations.
Joaquim Andrade, Sandra’s husband explained how the couple splits the duties.
“She does the selling. I do all the jewelry, crafts and designs and repairs. The jeweler bench I bring and set up right here. I can do repair right over here. People can watch, it’s like a show you know. We have a lot of fun as a husband and wife when we work together.”
Another husband and wife team ran the store for its first 62 years.
Ten years ago, as a producer for Fox 13 News, I interviewed Bob McKay.
At the time, Nordstrom had left Crossroads Mall and the future of Main Street merchants seemed uncertain. Bob explained his longevity.
“The old basics. Honesty, good service, good value,” he said. “In the old mom and pop stores, it was service. Still is.”
Bob and his wife Fran retired from the business a couple years ago, handing over the keys and legacy to the jewelry store that bears their name.
“Bob, every day he’d wear a white shirt and tie.” Joaquim told me.
“Is this a coincidence..do you wear a white shirt and tie everyday,” I asked.
“Most everyday,” Joaquin said with a smile.
“We have a lot of people come because they want a small store, they don’t want a big chain, they look for local, and we can provide those things.”
Above the jewelry counter hang several photos of happy couples, engaged or celebrating anniversaries commemorated with rings purchased at the shop. The older photos from the Mckay’s days are in black and white. The newer photos, building on the tradition are in color.
“We can never replace Bob, you know, but we try to keep his legacy,” Joaquim reflected.