Read Tributes

JOIN US IN
HONORING OUR FOUNDER

James Avery
1921-2018

Read remembrances

Leave a tribute

You may also email tributes to JATribute@JamesAvery.com

My prayers

I have loved the beautiful jewelry from James Avery for many years. I am saddened to here of his passing. May he Rest in Pease and my prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers.
Kathy Nakamura

Dear Family and Friends of James Avery,

It was with profound sadness that I read of Mr.Avery’s death. His work has been a significant part of my life since 1963, when I received a cross as a Confirmation gift. I was sixteen, and it was the first “real”, adult, piece of jewelry I owned. In 1968 I received a second cross as a graduation present from UT. I married that year and was given a bracelet with one charm on it by my husband. Sadly, he died in the Vietnam War, but the bracelet now has over 50 charms, as I have added a charm every year in his memory. I have book markers, crosses, and other bracelets, some simple in design, others elegantly adorned with gold and gemstones, but all beloved, all commemorating major chapters in my life. My collection is a testament to Mr. Avery’s appreciation of the natural world, his unique insight into faith, his love of God, and his belief in the righteousness of God and His Truth. I met Mr. Avery once in Kerrville. It was 1976. My son was in first grade, and had begged me to let him wear my 1963 cross to school. He of course lost it that day. I told Mr. Avery the story, and he graciously offered to replace the cross at no charge. It was no longer in stock, so my impression was that he would have to craft a single item. I told him not to give it another thought. Some two months later a package arrived. In it was a note wishing me well, and two crosses. One was a replica of my original Confirmation cross, and the other was a cross for my son. We both still have our crosses. What an incredibly kind gesture that was! I have heard many similar stories of Mr. Avery’s quiet generosity. Last month my granddaughter turned eleven, and I gave her her first James Avery bracelet, with one charm. Although James Avery, the man, is no longer with us, and will be unable to personally touch her life as he did mine, his creativity, passion, talent, and spirit remain. He was an artist, and his gift was his vision of the eternal. I know that Heaven is rejoicing that he is there, even as we are mourning that he is not here. But such a legacy of Beauty and kindness he left us, a deep well spring of Love which will never run dry. My most sincere condolences on your loss, and my most grateful appreciation for an example of a life well lived that was Mr. Avery’s.
Darlene D. Weaver

He created such beautiful and meaningful pieces

Condolences to the Avery family, I’m sure Mr. Avery is in heaven creating even more beautiful designs for our arrival. He created such beautiful and meaningful pieces here I can only imagine what he’s doing there!
Dorothy V.

Rest peacefully in the heavens above

My deepest condolences for the Avery family. James Avery was a legend in his own time creating lifetime pieces of jewelry that touched the hearts of millions of people. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind and I am blessed and fortunate to own many of his pieces that he created. Every charm, ring, and pendant will be even more special to me. May his legacy continue to all future generations and continue to touch the hearts of many. Every time I go in to work I feel proud to work for such a great family oriented company and how much I enjoy talking to each customer about every special piece of jewelry. God bless you James Avery and may you rest peacefully in the heavens above.
Linda Reyna

He was a unique talent and gift to us all

My first knowledge of James Avery was back in the 1950’s as I had the honor of wearing a James Avery tribal silver bracelet at Waldemar. After camp my mother took me to his jewelry store on the Main Street in Kerrville, much smaller than his beautiful site in the hills. As my daughters attended Waldemar in the 1980’s we continued to enjoy all those great charms. These days my husband gifts all us girls in the family (6 of us) with J Avery pieces. On my recents trip to Tanzania when my daughter and I got to meet in person our Compassion kids we gifted them with J Avery crosses on necklaces for the girls and leather bracelets for the guys. So meaningful over so many decades. He was a unique talent and gift to us all. God bless you, Mr Avery!
Elaine Lawhon

The symbolism it represents

I would like to tell a story about a LOVE, Hope and Faith ring. Many years ago my mother and father bought me and my sisters each a Love, Hope, Faith Ring. We all cherished them but mine was especially precious because it was lost and found many times. I had it for many years with no incidents but then my life began to fall apart, and when it did my ring went with it. The first time I lost it was on a hay ride for a Christmas party. My life was in turmoil but I was trying hard to keep it together. As we got off the hay ride at a friends home I brushed the hay off of my pants the ring went flying. It was dark and after a short search I gave up and vowed to come back the next morning. I went back to look but did not find it. A few days later the home owner called me and said, I have your ring..but it is smashed flat. It literally was. The next time I was in Hill country I took it to the Kerrville store and asked if they could fix it. They said yes, of course, but we can also replace it. That was not okay with me. I wanted the original, and they gave it to me. A few weeks later it came back to me in the mail. Shiny and beautiful with a few little places where you could see the stress. A few years later I lost it in Fredricksburgh on a trip to see my parents in Boerne. Even the Fredricksburgh police helped us to look for it. We found it again and After that I lost it at least 3 times. In my own flower bed, In a friends flowerbed and in a friends car. Once it flew off at a concert. Each time it came back to me. The last time it disappeared I wore it to work, came home and did the chores, feeding chickens, dogs, etc. and when I was cooking I noticed it was gone. I was devastated because I did not have a clue where I could have lost it. I went about my life, looking everywhere I could think of but no results. One afternoon, about a year later I was out feeding the chickens and something shiny caught my eye. I looked down and there in the dirt and grass was my ring. I was so humbled that it came back to me. In the middle of all these losses, my mother had died from the trials and tribulations of Alzheimers Disease. I know that she was looking out for me, and that she and the Lord were keeping me together. I wear something from James Avery every single day of my life. The symbolism it represents for me and my family are a way I can keep in touch with my Faith and share it with others.
Kathi Shaw

The heart always remembers

Mr. Avery & his designs helped create heirlooms for my myself, my sister & Mother through his charm bracelets. Some marking important milestones, others funny family stories, tributes to family pets, others honoring and celebrating religion or just being a proud Texan. Through those some 20 years of collecting charms it almost became impractical to wear & is now displayed in a shadow box on my wall as a reminder of so many wonderful days, tears, laughs, & family- & is simply priceless. Thank you Mr. Avery- the heart always remembers.
Ashley Thompson

My condolences

I'd like to send my condolences to the Avery family. I recently began my very own charm bracelet and fell in love with the James Avery brand. I am in tenth grade at O'Connor high school and many of my peers own James Avery products! Thank you for letting us express ourselves through charms and fine jewelry. James Avery definitely left a mark on my life and many others. Your companies hard work is greatly appreciated. The craftsmanship is superb and eloquent and I appreciate everything that Mr. Avery put into his business. I'm very sorry for your loss and I truly hope Mr. Averys family can find happiness in this time. God bless.
Anonymous

I carry that craftsmanship everywhere I go

James Was a wonderful man and compassionate hero to many. Upon my fathers untimely passing in a airplane accident in 2000, James designed a wonderful piece of jewelry specifically honoring my father. To this day I carry that craftsmanship everywhere I go. It helps me to stay grounded and remember the simple things in life that mean the most.
Brad Pfluger

He cared about people and our planet

Mr. Avery was amazing, generous, brilliant, humble, and wonderfully candid fellow. He cared about people and our planet. I remember during one of our Manager’s Conferences there were recycle bins and trash bins readily labeled. Apparently some of the group missed the labels and threw aluminum cans in the trash bin. Wouldn’t you know it, there Mr. Avery was this elegantly dressed, iconic man picking out the cans to place them in the recycle bin. That has always stuck with me, this man was a true example of selflessness. Thank you, Jim. I have been truly blessed because of you.
Sommer Mello

Thank you for making us smile

Thank you, Mr. Avery, for being a part of my family’s most inspirational milestones – from communion, to motherhood, to sisterhood. Your creativity provided the classic and lifelong memento for our biggest accomplishments and our unique personalities. Thank you for making us smile for and cherish our memories.
Laura

Very good friends

Many years ago my mom and dad retired and moved to Kerrville. While eating dinner at the Motel in town my mom met James. At the time she was keeping the books for the hotel and James was making jewelry in his garage. He needed someone to do his bookkeeping also. He asked my mother, Roma Acton if she would be interested. My dad, Dick, Was a Carpender so he asked dad if he be interested in doing a few jobs for him. From then on they all became very good friends. Mom kept the books and Dad helped James with his projects. My parents passed a long time ago. I am so sorry to hear about James. God Bless them and your Family
Judy Johnson

His craftsmanship is unparalleled and can not be beaten

My mom works for James Avery in Burleson TX. But even before her time there, James Avery Jewelry has been a part of my life from the very beginning. My baby jewelry was James Avery. My mom had jewlery from the 70s when the only place you could buy the pieces was in a small church shop in Arlington TX. Every year, I anticipate the item of jewelry I will get as a milestone in my life. From birthdays, holidays, graduations, just because, love, pets, vacations and so many more life events. I always knew I would get a special price of James Avery to commemorate the life event. It all went on one James Avery charm bracelet that I got when I was maybe 5 or 6 and then it move to another bracelet I got in high school. The first bracelet I have is completely full of charms. Some doubled and tripled on a link. The second bracelet represents this new part of my life that is leading to marriage and a new family. I do not joke when I say that we have over 400 pieces of James Avery. We have a little of everything. Mostly charms and rings. But we collect the ornanments and the miscellaneous stuff that comes out on occasion. It’s hard not to look back on every life event and not associate it with James Avery. I think of the charms my parents gave me, my friends, my grandparents and other family members and they all have a special meaning for whatever reason it was. Thank you to Mr. Avery for giving the world these pieces of jewlery to share those life events and memories and to serve as a reminder of all the good times we have had. His craftsmanship is unparalleled and can not be beaten. I hope that everyone finds comfort in knowing that he gave the world so much.
Marian McWilliams

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to family and friends of Mr. Avery. My niece gave me my first pair of earrings a few years back and how I cherish them. As well as a bracelet and charms from my husband. I've since shared pieces of love from this collection with those I love most. May Mr. Avery rest in peace. He's making a way for those he's left behind
Castillo Family

Always looked forward to seeing him at San Antonio store

Im so sad about your loss. Please know he was a GREAT man and artist, always looked forward to seeing him at San Antonio store. Peace and love of Christ to you for healing.
Sarge

I am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful

I must have been five or six years old when my mother forced me to wear a ring to my dance recital. The ring was way to big but it was perfect. It had a ballet slipper charm on it. My mom found a pink ribbon that matched my ballet slippers and wrapped it around the over sized ring. Once the ring was set my mother slid it onto my finger and tied to my arm the same beautiful way my ballet slippers tied to my legs. Now that I am a mom the same ballet slipper is on my charm bracelet and my little ballerina is receiving her ballet slipper charm. James Avery has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Every milestone, joining the military, my wedding, the birth of our children, graduating from college, our children starting school and growing, and on to the graduation of our children James Avery has shared all of these moments with us. I am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man and at the same time envious because he is home with our lord and savior. Love and prayers to his family.
The Smalley's

Wonderful humble man

I am honored to say that I worked for such a wonderful humble man. I can honesty say this was my favorite part-time job in my entire life. I will always cherish all my special pieces of jewelry.
Aida Hernandez

LOVE everything James Avery!

I just lost my oldest daughter in a motorcycle accident on March 25th. You can’t believe the relief in my heart when her James Avery charm bracelet fell from her belongings! She as well as myself LOVE everything James Avery! I will continue to add charms to her bracelet in her memory and wear it with pride! What an awesome legacy this man has left with his quality heartfelt jewelry! My prayers for strength and comfort to his loved ones! As I have learned in this last month the loss of a child leaves an emptiness that can never be filled.
Kim Smalling

I have appreciated your jewelry my whole life

I have appreciated your jewelry my whole life. First receiving a cross from a friend when I was baptized, collecting charms for my Kamp Kickapoo bracelet, a cherished heart ring from my boyfriend, now husband of almost 25 years, and continuing the tradition of jewelry with my daughter and niece. Thank you for sharing your talents and passion for the Lord with us and our special times in life!!!
Kim C.

Prayers are with you all

My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. I have my parents to thank for getting me hooked on Avery jewelry. I got my first charm and chain after finishing my first summer at camp there in Hunt. I was a Heart O the Hills camper for 3 years (72-74), and I still have those slightly tarnished charms. My parents and now my husband have added many things over the years, and my daughter has her own collection! There is no wrong purchase of Avery jewelry! Again, my prayers are with you all.
Carolyn Ellis

James Avery, Craftsman

I felt that I'd lost a personal friend; I've been visiting his workshops, seeing his fine work, his students and mentees for many years. I've enjoyed his artisanship with personal items and many more for family and friends that I introduced to the world of James Avery. What a lifetime and what a legacy. God bless and RIP, James Avery, Craftsman
JWMeans

Your dad has been a very special person inside my heart

I met Mr. Avery as he visited my farm in Ocala FL with my dear late Uncle John Popovich around 2004. They were in Tampa for a WWII reunion and Mr. Avery was such a gracious friend to have traveled 92 miles each way just to briefly visit equally a great pilot friend as he & John served our country. John told me stories of Mr. Avery & of their missions & they never grew old. When I was lost in the Fort Worth area some 8 yrs later in a strip mall, I looked up and yes, I was outside a James Avery Jewelers! I called my uncle as he said "well go in and see if James is inside!" He was not, but I left word I stopped in. My condolences to the Avery Family and although I've never met any of you, your dad has been a very special person inside my heart due to the closeness to my Uncle. They had that bond having served, survived and conquered such devastation to those planes and missions onboard the same B-26 Bomber. John was like a father to me & only now, 4 yrs later, I'm still adjusting to his passing. You're dad meant a lot to my Uncle John. God Bless.
Colleen Rutledge Ocala, FL

The founder's foundation

I met Mr. Avery at a wedding where he took my sister in law, Linda Parker, now Werlein, down the aisle. I was glad to put a person to the name of the catalog that I liked. He was very gracious. In addition, when visiting Linda in Kerrville, I enjoyed seeing the artisans at work. And I appreciate the humane treatment when I lost one of my hoop earringa - that I didn't have to buy the whole set again, just the one. To me , that was customer friendly. I only have two bracelets and the earrings but think of the business with high regard which I am sure is from the founder's foundation.
Sally

My condolences

My condolences to the Avery family. What a wonderful man Mr. Avery was here on earth, and how lucky he is to be in Heaven with Jesus, God the Father, and all the angels, heavenly beings and Saints! His religious charms have been a reminder of faith for all those who wear them, including our family. We have them on our charm bracelets. When we see them, we are reminded of our memories and past life events, such as first communion. Thanks be to God that Mr. Avery followed his heart and created a company where he aligned his talents and gifts with God’s purpose for his life. May the company and Avery family continue to prosper.
Hayes Chamoun

You have contributed than you could probably ever be thanked for

Our family has been blessed to have been in the Kerrville and surrounding area off and on for over 50 years. My mom jokes with us and I with my children, that their inheritance is tied up in James Avery Jewelry. I'm originally from Texas, however live in the Great Northwest for now. I do however get to choose a few pieces a year for different occasions or just because. I cherish the single pieces that I now only have one left of because I lost one and the line was retired. the Avery family has marked many special occasions and memories for myself and my family. Thank you for the many years of joy. I hope it helps your family to know how much more you have contributed than you could probably ever be thanked for. Hoping your journey through this will cause the fewest amount of difficulties as are possible. Our family sends you much love and gratitude.
Glinda and Mark

Cherishing what we have and celebrating our blessings

I grew up with charm rings layered on my fingers and necklaces filled with all my interests, cats, dogwood blossoms, flute. I got engaged with a James Avery solitaire. We were married with James Avery identical gold bands. Each celebration was marked with a charm on my James Avery bracelet, first house, snowflakes, baby shoes for each child. Your James Avery family has been an integral part of the memories that make my family. I am so sorry for the loss of James Avery and all he meant in our practice of cherishing what we have and celebrating our blessings.
Betsy Wermuth Whitinsville, MA

Just in awe with the craftsmanship

James Avery has been a part of my life for quite some time now. When I was at Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas, I saw a lot of CIT (Counselors in Training) wearing a "I love you" sign language charm. I asked where they got the charm and I was told at James Avery Jewelry Store. After camp I went to the flagship jewelry store and I was just in awe with the craftsmanship, Christianity and what he stood for. So at the age of 15 my first charm is the "I love you" charm. I'm now 47 and I love every piece I have bought and his craftsmanship is still beautiful as ever. May you rest in peace. Make your beautiful jewelry for everyone in Heaven.
Kathy Laws

See the hands of an artesian

What a legacy! I wonder how many people he moved toward Christ by his beautiful works of art. I have worn his jewelry since 1977-my first purchase in Houston Tx. I have given his pieces to many people that I love and have befriended in hopes they also saw the beauty of Jesus! Thank you for sharing him and his talent all of these many years! I look at his hands on his picture and see the hands of an artesian, the hands that moved people toward the beauty of Jesus. May your hearts be not troubled and filled with the knowledge of who he will be with! Thank you James and family
The JD (Shelley) Smith family

Our prayers are with you

To the James Avery family, our family is so sorry to hear of this. We have been purchasing pieces by mail since the early 90's. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2014 which led us to Baylor Medical Center in Houston. We were able to visit the store before my husband had surgery. He found the cuff bracelet that reads "I can do all things..." It was a special time, and we are thankful to God he is healed and doing well 4 years later. Your pieces have become important parts of our lives. Know that our prayers are with you during this season of loss.
Pam Davis Clewiston, Florida

Thank you for the beautiful statements

I was given James Avery jewelry for the first time over 40 years ago while in high school. It's still one of my favorite pieces! Thank you for the beautiful statements that you and your company make each and every year with your beautiful jewelry. I've given it over the years to family, friends, their children and now my children. I'm so sorry for your loss but Mr. Avery lived a long and meaningful life and it will be celebrated each day with every piece of his jewelry that is worn by those of us all over the world. Thank you again for all that he gave to each piece of jewelry designed over the years. He will be missed by those of us that never even had the honor of meeting him.
Julie Holekamp

To some people it may just be a piece of jewelry but to me it means so much more

Thank you James Avery for your beautiful jewelry. Not so long ago 8 years ago my husband now got my first charm bracelet and key to the heart charm. Our history began and every since every charm that I have now is part of my life. Thanks to you I can remember what each charm means to me in my own life. Those charms remind me of my memories I’ve had. To your family my condolences & I know where ever you are your with them in their heart. To some people it may just be a piece of jewelry but to me it means so much more and I have you to thank you for. I will keep you and my family in my prayers. There no words enough for the history you have created in my life and my families life my dad, mom, and siblings we each have a piece that remind us of family and that’s all thanks to you.
Eneida C.

Mr. Avery created a lovely brand

James Avery jewelry has been a part of my life since third grade, when my teacher bought me a theater charm necklace (happy face/sad face) for inviting her to my first play. Since then I've become the proud owner and giver of many James Avery pieces. Mr. Avery created a lovely brand and business that has touched so many people's lives. Though the pieces may be small, they are ever so memorable because they often appear during very large meaningful moments in our lives. Thank you for your contributions Mr. Avery, and love and strength to his family and friends during this difficult time.
-K. Bishop, Austin/San Antonio, TX

I cherish the time he spent speaking to

Our family feels the love of God through James Avery's beautiful jewelry. We wear it and cherish it. The gold ring with the cross on it is a reminder to my daughter and granddaughters that God is with them wherever they go. I was honored to sell James Avery Jewelry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas at "The Shop of the Winged Ox "in the 1900s. I also had my picture made with him at " The Christian Women's Fellowship Luncheon", and it was put in the SA Express News. I cherish the time he spent speaking to us about how the Lord had blessed his life. We feel blessed to have known such a wonderful man. May the Lord shine his face upon him and give him peace.
Beverly Craig-Fuos

Bringing every gift I have received and given, special meaning

DearJames Avery Family. I received my first ring from James Avery for a religious event as a young girl...and have given and received the beautiful designs throughout the years. When My husband and I got married 20 years ago, I did not have to figure out a design, a jeweler or any of that..James Avery designs has always been what I have wanted and we have our original bands to this day...My sister's and brother started a charm bracelet for me when had our first child. We now have two grown children who have given me charms for for every occasion. I cherish all of this amazing and beautiful jewelry as each item has a story. Thank you for bringing every gift I have received and given, special meaning. Prayers to your family and so sorry for your loss ..
Kathleen Kimmins-Garza

He was my favorite jeweler

He was my favorite jeweler for so many many years. I couldn’t wait for a new catalog to see what I might buy next. I still wear many of his 1970’s jewelry and they look like new. Now, my granddaughter is starting the tradition. My heartfelt condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed.
Kimberly M.

I am blessed to have known him through his art

Mr. Avery was a member of the Greatest Generation. His service to our country evolved into a gift to us all through his jewelry. I still wear pieces that I received in the 1970's. He designed a special piece for our church camp, Camp Crucis. My brother is honored to have been awarded a Crucis Cross and will treasure it always. His legacy will live on and I am blessed to have known him through his art.
Julie Newsome

You have brought a lot of happiness into our lives

Mr Avery, We thank you for your outlook into starting your company, which has been and continues to be a venue for most of us looking for just the right gift and for special occasions. You have brought a lot of happiness into our lives with special items I have purchased for my wife that reminds us of memorable occasions and places we’ve shared and been to. May God have you smiling and looking down on all of us who’s lives you have touched and continue to do so in very positive and loving ways!! God bless you and all your loved ones
Jesse M.

Thank you for tying friends and families together

Thank you for tying friends and families together. No matter how many times i move or how much time passes, I will always have my parents words dangling on my wrist.
Lexy

His loyalty to his employees and his dedication to craftsmanship will always be remembered

To the Family of James Avery and the James Avery community, I had the joy and privilege of working at the Main store in Kerrville, Texas and also in the Woodlands Mall store in the 80s. My mother was from Kerrville and I grew up with summer trips to my grandmother’s house. We would go to the James Avery store at least once and it was a highlight of my summer. I only met Mr. Avery a handful of times, but he was unfailingly kind and warm and genuinely glad to see everyone he met. His loyalty to his employees and his dedication to craftsmanship will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Dr. Erin Van Tassel (Floyd-Bann)

May the Lord bless you and keep you, Mr. Avery

Some 40 years ago my parents gave me my first piece of James Avery Jewelry: a little gold cross on a gold chain. Ever since then my gifts from family have been Avery pieces. They are the most beautiful well-made jewelry pieces I own, with true meaning behind each creation. I have collected many pieces over the years, and when my beloved mom passed away I inherited her collection. I have worn her Alpha Omega James Avery pendant for 15 years now and I have never taken it off. I also wear my gold rosary ring every day and have never taken it off in 22 years. James Avery Jewelry also marked milestones in my life, like my confirmation and my wedding. I was so excited to receive new catalogs with the seasons, and I always loved Mr. Avery’s photo and message on the inside cover (he reminded me of my own father in looks and in values). It was apparent he was a humble man of faith, good values, and abundant grace and talent. I was so deeply saddened to hear of his passing, and I wish his family God’s love and comfort. If Mr. Avery is looking upon us from above, I hope he knows how many lives he has touched with his beautiful creations, and although he may not know us personally, that we are all connected in spirit through the sharing of his gifts.
Catherine Marx

What a wonderful legacy!

I've worn JA jewelry all around the world and ALWAYS got compliments! I began purchasing pcs in 1971! I bought exciting test pcs and now I have 'Discontinued' pcs. My daughters and granddaughters have worn pcs since they were born! I wear (probably) $1000 in bangles 24/7 - I never take them off! My last purchase was 4 days before Mr. Avery passed..... many thanks to him for a company offering distinctive styling and QUALITY! What a wonderful legacy!
Tommie

Thank you for your service to this country, Thank you for this company

I Thank my lucky stars to have aligned myself with this company 20 plus years ago. I feel such gratitude for the integrity and dedication Mr. Avery expected of himself and those of us who worked/work for his company. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. Thank you for your service to this country, Thank you for this company. Thank You.
Stephanie Cole

Thank you, James Avery

I met James Avery (I think) in 1968 at Laughlin AFB where he was selling his jewelry at anChristmas Bazaar. My husband was in the Air Force flight school. I bought the St. Christopher’s medal and chain for my husband and he added the peace sign medal after that. He has worn that medal everyday since I gave it to him in 1968. 2ntours in Vietnam Nam and a total of 27 year’s Flynn no for the Air Force plus People’s Express/Continental Airlines. He is now retired (age 72) and still wears that medal everyday. It has kept him safe. Thank you, James Avery.....you have brought us luck and kept my husband safe.
Elaine &George Cox Sarasota, Florida

May he rest in peace

Like so many South Texas families, we have always gone to James Avery to commemorate special events. I even have a very early piece that I think was actually made by James Avery himself! His vision and craftsmanship are unequaled, and have provided our family with so many keepsakes as well as our favorite every day pieces. He has truly left a beautiful legacy for all of us to continue to enjoy. May he rest in peace. Thank you Mr. Avery.
Veronica Boone

God Bless and enjoy your next adventure in heaven, Mr Avery.

To the Avery Family. My deepest condolences for the passing of such a wonderful and gifted man. In 1970, when I was 6 yo my family moved to San Antonio out on Bandera Road in Leon Springs and I received my first piece of James Avery jewelry, a box charm with a small cross inside for my First Confirmation. Ever since, James Avery pieces have been a part of my life's celebrations. Now that I am 55 yo and living far away from Texas, I still have my first piece along with several others. I adorn my wife with jewelry from James Avery as I will with her next piece for Mother's Day. I have traveled the US and when I am asked about the cross I wear, I share the James Avery experience whether through the website or via a catalog that I keep with me. Mr James Avery, the Avery Family and the Family of James Avery Artisan Jewelry have been a blessing and an expression of life's love, joy an tribulations for many, many people. God Bless and enjoy your next adventure in heaven, Mr Avery.
The Bender Family Washington State

Something special

James Avery was a common household name when we were growing up. We all admired his style of jewelry and cherished having even one piece. It was something special. Still is. In fact, I’m coming back to Texas to celebrate a friends First Communion and want a sweet little cross from James for the occasion. Thank you Mr. James Avery for enriching our lives with your art, and special condolences to your family.
Cheryl

James Avery has always been a part of my family

My family has been wearing James Avery jewelry since the 1970s and we still wear the beautiful jewelry today. My mom has a small fortune on her charm bracelet and has been starting all granddaughters off with their own bracelet and charm. James Avery has always been a part of my family and will always remain a valuable part of it. Thank you Mr. Avery for your amazing beauty and craftsmanship and touching our lives so perfectly. God bless you and your family and all your employees.
Kevin Suarez

Remembered with lasting gratitude

Mr. Avery is remembered with lasting gratitude by the family of the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Heckmann (+) of Austin, TX, who met with Mr. Avery in the early 1960s to design a one-of-a-kind pectoral cross which was worn throughout Dr. Heckmann’s presidency of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. That pectoral is now worn by his son-in-law, the Rev. Dr. James R. Haner (retired), and will be passed to Dr. Heckmann’s great-grandson, Christopher D. Knepper, who is currently studying for the pastoral ministry.
James H.

If he was anything like the jewelry he created, I know he was a beautiful man

I love James Avery jewelry! It has and will continue to be my favorite jewelry store. Each piece has a purpose. I love the reverance for God in so many of the pieces. You can not beat the quality. I did not know Mr. Avery but if he was anything like the jewelry he created, I know he was a beautiful man. Thoughts and prayers.
Katrina Phillips

May be Rest In Peace

I met James back in the 1960’s when he lived on a side of a hill in kerrville texas. He had a small room where he was beginning to make his beautiful jewelry. I will never forget that day. And has loved his jewelry ever nice. May be Rest In Peace.
Frances navarro

Our sincerest condolences to the Avery family

Our sincerest condolences to the Avery family on the passing of their dearest James. It warms my heart to read the many tributes people have written to honor this remarkable man. Praying this comforts the family. How fortunate to have been witnesses to Mr. Avery’s great faith in our God, Lord and Holy Spirit through the high quality jewelry his company has made over so many years. I first became aware of his jewelry when my husband gave me a stunning black onyx ring with onyx framed in a gold ring set in a thick silver band. I love this ring til today and happened to spot another lady wearing the same one on an airport train in Atlanta years ago. It has always been a happy moment to spot fellow believers wearing his jewelry. Thank you for bringing art into this world that is a beautiful reminder and encouragement for our faith. Just a couple of weeks ago we purchased the beautiful small gold cross to honor our first grandchild’s baptism. She wore it for her special moment. We are truly honored to have supported James Avery Company over 30 years and will continue to do so as long as their doors remain open.
The Dr. Josef Venable Family

May you Rest In Peace

My first James Avery piece of jewelry was purchased in 1970’s in Ft. Worth. I treasure it and all my pieces I have purchased since then. Thank you Mr Avery for your service, commitment, and dedication to creating memories and making people’s lives happy with your charms. May you Rest In Peace.
Susan T.

A kind gesture and the epitome of class

When my husband and I were in college, my husband wrote James Avery a letter asking if they could make my sorority drop. Even though they were unable to, my husband received a handwritten letter back with his apologies and best wishes. It was such a kind gesture and the epitome of class. My husband still has the letter to this day. God bless him!
Megan Henley

He was a one of a kind

Mr. Avery will be truly missed. He was a one of a kind, extraordinary man. My great-great grandmother used to buy many pieces from him after church when he first started making them. To this day, my grandmother still has many of those pieces and still wears them today. I will always remember walking into the store in Kerrville and he would be in there and customers were so oblivious to him. Mr. Avery and I would always share a smile, a wink and a small wave before he would disappear to the back before anyone could really notice and cause a scene. My heart aches for his family. I send my most sincere condolences to them during this time. Mr. Avery’s legacy will live on in the hearts of all of his customers because he was loved by all.
Angela

In awe that Mr. Avery himself would take the time to read my letter

I am now 55, but when I was young it was common to give James Avery jewelry for birthday presents. I lost a charm given to me for my birthday when my James Avery chain broke. It had happened several times before and and I was ticked. I sent a letter to James Avery explain how I had lost several necklaces die to the chain breaking and was shocked when he actually responded. He wrote to me that he took my letter to the folks in charge of the design to consider redesigning it. This would have been in the 70's. I have always loved James Avery jewelry and was so in awe that Mr. Avery himself would take the time to read my letter.
Brenda Hannan Hughes From San Marcos but now in Austin.

So kind and down to earth

I had the honor and privilege of working at the James Avery store in Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. I was able to meet Mr. Avery on several occasions and he was always so kind and down to earth. The first time I met him, at the stores Grand opening, I cried. He smiled and laughed and kissed me on the forehead. And told me to stop crying or he would start too. I was suddenly 12 years old again picking out my first charm bracelet. As my husband and I talked with him, I couldn’t help but think of all the milestones in my life that have been marked with JA jewelry. Thank you Mr. Avery for your example of faith and endless talent. Blessings!!
Ninfa Eaves

Mr. Avery will be truly missed

When Mr. Avery, opened his first store in Dallas, at Preston Road & Interstate 635, in the early 1970’s, my husband bought me my first piece.....a sterling silver bookmark, with a dove cutout on it. I still have it today & cherish it! Having 4 children, we have purchased 100’s of pieces, for them & their friends, through the last 40plus yrs. Mr. Avery will be truly missed, but always remembered. His jewelry will last forever & the sweet memories that are tied to each piece! Prayers for everyone affected by his passing
Sandy Golden Dobbs, Southlake, Texas

Very few people reach the level of achievement in their life that was earned by Mr. James Avery

Very few people reach the level of achievement in their life that was earned by Mr. James Avery. When I first gazed at his silver jewelry many years ago, I was struck by the beauty and affordability of his creations. A religious man, he always had a place in his collection that allowed those of faith to demonstrate their beliefs. He was a good person, a magical artist, a superb businessman, and will be both missed and appreciated for infinity. Rest in peace Mr. Avery.
Robert W. Hutto Head of Aviation

May he Rest In Peace

I am saddened to hear this, Mr. Avery was a patient at our facility a couple of years ago. He was a very lovely man and a great patient! May he Rest In Peace and May his memory go on with his business and all the beautiful jewelry they create. My Deepest of Condolences to the entire Avery Family.
Gloria G.

Wonderful human being

I am so sad to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing, He was a unique and wonderful human being. Forty+ years ago when I worked in the office at Schreiner’s he always made us smile when he came in. I remember how tanned he was, his hair was long and blond, and he wore Hawaiian print shorts. I never knew if he was a surfer but I always thought he must be! My children, grandchildren, and I have as much of his jewelry as we can buy! His beautiful legacy will live on forever. RIP Mr. Avery
Edna

Mr. Avery you will be missed

My husband has had the pleasure of working for James Avery for the past 16 years and has met Mr. Avery on several occasions. It was always a pleasure talking with him at Christmas parties the company throws and different award functions. Mr. Avery you will be missed.
Mira (spouse) and Jesse Herrera- Fbg Manufacturing and KCC

A trail blazing Artisan!

A trail blazing Artisan! Although I was only a member of the James Avery family for a short while in Southlake, Texas...I enjoyed every moment! Mr. Avery has left the world a better place because he created this beautiful, giving, creative, quality company. He was a trail blazing artisan. Deepest condolences and God bless his soul and his family. My most treasured pieces of jewelry are the charms I have added to my bracelet or those of my daughter's. Each charm commemorating a shared activity, achievement or those which simply hold special meaning. My eldest daughter purchased four puzzle pieces and engraved the date in which we each became a member of the family. Mine was the date of my marriage (my husband, their father, passed away in 2002). Their charm has their birthday. Each charm also contained our family "love phrase" - "My whole heart". Our one-of-a-kind pieces made possible only by James Avery. Thank you does not articulate my gratitude.
Helen Daignault-Carson

A special part of my childhood

To grow up in Texas meant wearing beloved James Avery jewelry. We all wore our charm bracelets laden with those special charms to Camp Longhorn. I am 60 years old and can still recognize a James Avery at 100 yards! Rest In Peace James Avery. You were such a special part of my childhood.
Anne L.

A part of my life for over 50 years

His artistry has been a part of my life for over 50 years. My husband and sons have bought me what has now become an extensive collection of his work. It is always with pride that l answer “yes” when someone asks if a piece l am wearing is Avery.
Mary Parks, Waco, Texas

We collected charms each summer

It was with a sad heart I heard of Mr. Avery's death. I went to Camp Arrowhead as a young girl 1954+. We collected charms each summer to show the fun things we had done. As an adult I have several special pieces I have been given or bought. He was a beloved artisan and Christian. Condolisans to his family and members of his company. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on.
Anonymous

A passion for what he did

Mr. Avery obviously had a passion for what he did! You can tell by the intricate detail of his work. I have many pieces and now think back on the significance of each one, my confirmation, graduation, birthday, etc..They all hold a special meaning to me and now my daughter has her own pieces that have special meaning to her. What a legacy he has left and my heart goes out to his family in their sorrow. Know that he lives on in each charm or other creation through the thousands of people he touched. God bless!
Lori

My heartfelt condolences

My heartfelt condolences to family & friends of James Avery. I have been the VERY PROUD owner of MANY pieces of his throughout the years. Have one in my safe now that I'm afraid to wear because I dont want to get it messed up. I absolutely LOVED his work, as MANY of my family did. I got goosebumps everytime I went into one of his stores, and looked at it as a treat when I was able to. I waited 3 months for a custom piece & I absolutely CHERISH it!! - Another reason it's in my safe. Hope you continue his tradition of excellence. He was AWESOME & he will TRULY be missed!! Thank you SO MUCH JAMES!!! God Bless you James! May you R.I.P.!!!!!
Karen Estes

He will be greatly missed

I will truly miss his every detail too perfection. I actually purchased a ring from him personally on one my my many visits too Kerrville. His christian take in his jewelry will always be sought after. He will be greatly missed! God bless the family!
Andrew K.

Mr. Avery will truly be missed.

Mr. Avery will truly be missed. I don't have very many pieces of his but the ones I do are made with such poise and authenticity. All the charms I have on my charm bracelet have a sentimental value to me!!
Brittany G.

He will live on forever through our hearts

I have worn James’ jewelry since I was a little girl. I still have every piece because they hold memories that are close to my heart. That is the magic of his beautiful work. It is timeless, charming, classic and memorable…just as I imagine it’s creator was. He will live on forever through our hearts.
Megan

Long remembered

I loved his jewelry from the first moment I stepped into his store in Texas! My three daughters always knew what to give me for Mother’s Day and I for them ! I also loved his Christian designs which we all wear proudly! His work will be missed but long remembered
Carolyn Campbell

You will be greatly missed

I had one of the very first pieces that was then a one of a kind, I had it for more than thirty years and looked down at my neck one day and it was gone. I will never forget that beautiful one of a kind Mr. Avery made and I’ve always felt it was made just for me! Thank you Mr. Avery and you will be greatly missed!
Susan Martinez

Remembering the man who was James Avery

The company I have the honor of working for almost ten years, James Avery Craftsman, has lost our founder James Avery. I have worked alongside two of Mr. Avery’s sons and three of his grandchildren. The work ethic, passion, and compassion of each of these individuals is a testament to the patriarch of our company and his family. One of the many highlight interactions I cherish in my time at James Avery was assisting Mr. Avery when he was greeting and signing posters for customers at the San Marcos store grand opening. The same grace and gratitude was shared with the first all the way to the last individual who came through the line. Another was a time Mr. Avery casually stopped by my office. He saw my diploma and shared with me that he once taught a course at Texas Tech back when it was known as Texas Technological College. He said “You should always display your diploma and be proud, because I’m proud of you too.” I love this company he built and everything it stands for. Thinking of and continued prayers for the Avery family.
Shalise Mein

Amazing artist

Our whole family will always have a piece of this amazing artist. We all love and have worn his jewelry for decades. God rest his sweet soul!
Wendi Phoenix

Precious in the sight of the Lord

This saddens me for us but for your founder I am reminded that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Prayers for you all and gratitude from us for the timeless and beautiful work left by your father.
Julee Pollock

Our heartfelt condolences

Our heartfelt condolences to the Avery Family. We are so sorry for the loss of this brilliant and talented man. I still have several rings and charms that were given to me as a teenager and young adult in the 70's and 80's by my sweet mom. I still wear them!! Your family will be in our prayers.
Ruth Ann and Loren Thoman

He brought joy to so many people

Mr. Avery was a very creative man. He brought joy to so many people. I would like to send my condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
Ruby Rodriguez

He will be missed

What an amazing and creative man. I have a gold link James Avery bracelet that was designed personally by him. I will always cherish it and all the other beloved pieces I've bought over the last 30 years. He will be missed!
Rowena Baumgartner

Rest in happy peace, James Avery

Every time I look at all of my J.A. jewels (we don’t call it James Avery, we call it J. A.!!) I feel a sense of love and happiness.....ALL of these pieces were given with love, and each one has a story!! I could tell you the story that goes with each and every piece, and that makes me feel closer to the founder of James Avery Jewelry and all the craftspeople he has employed over the years. From my first piece, to the most recently acquired charm, I feel a kinship with James Avery and Friends.....Rest in happy peace, James Avery.....you deserve it!!
From Michelle and all of the Family

A very talented man

He want very well known In The 70s. My good friend gave me a St Christopher James Avery she bought at a local Episcopal Church. It always gave me a feeling of being watched over. I have always loved his beautiful crosses and spiritual jewelry. A very talented man.
Debbie Brooker

What an incredible legacy

So sorry to hear of Mr. Avery's passing...but what an incredible legacy. My introduction to his art was a pair of earring studs shaped like hill country peaches, a gift from my college roomie whose aunt lived in Kerrville.
Sara Smith-Frings

My connection with home

I was so sad to hear of Mr Avery’s passing and my prayers are with his family and friends at this time. I grew up in the Texas hill country and my parents took us to Kerville to visit his studio in about 1967 and my sister and I were given the chance to pick out a charm each so we could start the very popular charm bracelet! Since then my family and I have continued to love the designs and quality of his jewelry. My husband and I lived in the UK and Massachusetts for many years and my connection with Home was to be able to wear his jewelry and remember all the lovely people who gave them to me. Thank you to everyone at James Avery for keeping the love of Christ front and center of his business.
Ginger Catherwood

Truly James Avery inspired others

My deepest condolences and prayers for family, loved ones, friends, & customers. Truly James Avery inspired others as a man & will continue too every time someone wears his jewelry.
Sheryl Light

thank you for creating such beauty in this world

I first became acquainted with James Avery jewelry back when people were selling his jewelry from their homes. It was quite a treat to go to the neighbor’s house to look at his pieces. Her house became the “go to” place to buy birthday and Christmas gifts. I have many of his charms from when I was young, and have bought several of his rings. Whenever the catalog comes, I devour it! Rest in peace Mr. Avery, and thank you for creating such beauty in this world.
Casey Corbett

Prayers are with you

I am so sorry to hear about Mr Avery. I remember buying my first charm from him at North Star Mall. I love James Avery jewelry! God bless him and his family! Prayers are with you!
Sharon Weber

I want to thank Mr. Avery

I want to thank Mr. Avery for his service and the beautiful jewelry. I have MANY pieces in gold and silver and will treasure them forever. RIP hero and sir.
Sylvia Salinas

Something we can pass down

My daughter began her JA jewelry collection just 3 years ago. As a parent, I love the quality & craftsmanship in every piece she owns. We just started her a charm bracelet last week which will now be more meaningful. Thank you for introducing my family to a beautiful line of jewelry, something we can pass down generation to generation. RIP Mr Avery & condolences to his family.
Jennifer Hamilton, Anahuac, TX

Artistic legacy

I feel very sad but honored to have been important enough to this company to receive notice of Mr. Avery’s death. That says so much that is positive about the personal and artistic legacy he left. I bought my first James Avery piece, an intricate Celtic cross, about 30 years ago. I have been collecting his high quality pieces ever since, and look forward to the James Avery pieces that your company will produce in the future. Like Mr. Avery, I think jewelry should be personal and all of mine was purchased because it spoke to me. I look forward to meeting him someday on the other side.
M. Linda and W. Janke

What a legacy he leaves

I first learned of James Avery jewelry in the 1950’s when I attended Camp Arrowhead. After camp we would go to Mr. Avery’s garage where he made his jewelry and placed it in little wooden drawers. We would pick out the charms for all of the classes we took at camp and add them to our necklace or bracelet. He was there & after we collected our jewelry we would pay him. I next started collecting crosses and always gave one to my children, grandchildren & now great grandchildren when they were born. I have added all of my charms to my charm bracelet and it holds many wonderful memories. My daughters & granddaughters now have bracelets that I add charms to. What a wonderful life he led and what a legacy he leaves. I will always cherish all of my James Avery jewelry. We were so happy when we finally got a store here in El Paso.
Norma K. Irwin, El Paso, TX

So sorry to hear of his passing

I heard many nice things about James Avery, worked awhile at one of his stores, and wore his jewelry. So sorry to hear of his passing!
Karen N. Polasek

The world is a better and more beautiful place

My heart is heavy with the news of Mr. Avery’s passing, but I count myself blessed to be among those touched by his time with us. I received my first piece of Avery jewelry when I was five years old, and I was excited to take my own daughter to get her first piece when she was five. We attended the grand opening of the Georgetown store, and had the pleasure of meeting Mr Avery and the whole Avery family. The Averys couldn’t have been nicer and more genuine. Mr Avery invited my daughter to participate in the opening with the family, and gifted her with her very first charm—an angel. Rest In Peace, Mr Avery. The world is a better and more beautiful place with the millions of sparkling butterflies and flowers and crosses and other shiny bits you left for us and future generations to enjoy. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.
Julie Phelps

Many wonderful memories

Thank you for following your dream and opening a company catered to God and love and family. Many wonderful memories have been made thanks to you. I pray your company never changes the integrity or quality of your products. I pray for your family also.
Pam Nunez

Honored indeed

James Avery jewelry has always been reserved for special occasions in my family. It was also instrumental in honoring leaders of the church I served. Those who received a James Avery piece knew they were honored indeed.
Connie Pierce

My special moments

So sorry to hear about Mr. Avery’s passing. My sister had me take her to Dillards’s to show me his jewelry. Let me just say that after that trip to Houston I was stuck on going on every visit to buy bracelets, charms and earrings. I just recently lost my sister in November to Cardiac arrest, breathing deprivation and Renal Kidney Failure. She loved all of James Avery jewelry. Thanks to him I shared my special moments with my sister over his jewelry. God bless his family.
Tamara Hall, Brooksville, FL

Thank you Mr. Avery for such beautiful artistry

Our condolences to the James Avery family may they find comfort and peace in this time of sadness. My daughters gave me my first James Avery charm bracelet and I have cherished and loved it ever since and my collection keeps growing and I have started many loved ones with their own precious pieces. Thank you Mr. Avery for such beautiful artistry.
Anonymous

His jewelry always inspired me

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr James Avery. His jewelry always inspired me. I love all my rings and necklaces. I hope the quality of the jewelry will not change with him gone. His jewelry will mean more to me now. God bless his family at this sad time.
Carol Kesseler

May you rest in God's embrace

I have so many pieces of your beautiful jewelry that are precious to me. May you rest in God's embrace.
Sharon Bell

Beautiful and timeless

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery. You jewelry meant so much to so many people and still does. It’s beautiful and timeless. We will miss the talent God gave you.
Cheryll Gregory

Always remember the creative craftsman and visionary he was

I read the news and immediately looked at my left hand with the gold wedding band that James Avery made in 1980. My husband wears the identical ring, cast in silver. We consider it a blessing to have worn our bands all these years, and will always remember the creative craftsman and visionary he was. James Avery had integrity, great faith, was innovative and fair in all his business practices. I will cherish the many pieces of JA jewelry I possess and truly miss his presence in this beautiful world.
Julie Chidichimo

Your legacy is amazing

Rest In Peace, kind sir. Your legacy is amazing. Your character was evident in every endeavor. We have so much to keep in our memorabilia. Thank you!
Geraldyne Coats

He will never be forgotten

James Avery has always been My one Jewelry store. When I think about buying a necklace, rings or earrings my first thought is going to my local James Avery. The exquisite, hand made jewelry is bright enough to catch any one eyes. Especially teenage girls. My one charm bracelet was given to me by a dear friend of mine who gave me the bracelet and one charm. It was beyond beautiful and that one charm is now a retired one but I wore it Everyday. And a year later my dad said it was time to add more. Over the years I’ve filled up my bracelet with moments in my life that were my milestones. And through the years I have bought not just charms but necklaces, rings, earrings. On my birthday or Christmas my family knows what they can give me that will bring out my brightest smile. Sadly I never got a chance to meet James Avery himself but when I walk into his stores and see what started out as a simple cross to what he has created now. It makes me proud to purchase a beautiful, breathe taking piece of jewelry that I will cherish forever. James Avery has truly become a legacy that will last forever and will live on. May he rest in peace knowing that he will never be forgotten for what he left behind is what makes HIM truly remarkable.
Bianca Benavides

His talent and his vision

Many years ago I spotted some beautiful silver charms in the small glass case that served as our (also small) church bookstore here in Middle Tennessee. As I could afford them I bought them. A few years later a trip to Midland to visit relatives led to visiting a James Avery retail store for the first time. Soon the James Avery catalog became prized reading and my wonderful collection of James Avery grew. I love the beauty of the pieces, and I appreciate the intent to honor our Lord. I never met James Avery, but I'm very grateful for his life and his talent and his vision.
Anne

Our condolences the all the Avery family

Have known the Avery Family for All my life, as my father Marcus Villarreal started with Mr. Avery right around the time I was born Both Mr. Avery and Chris have been nothing but great to my family. Our condolences the all the Avery family.
Rene Villarreal

Always be in our hearts

Thank you for creating beautiful work , that had a significant meaning . Heaven gained a beautiful angel , you’ll be missed and will always be in our hearts .
Alexia Villarreal

Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery

Mr. Avery Has Blessed So Many Lives with his amazing pieces. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery. You will be missed until we meet again.
Renee Williams

His gift of inspiration

May Mr. Avery RIP. I have loved his creative, inspiring jewelry for many years now and will continue to for many more. I hope that his gift of inspiration has passed on to his loved ones and will continue to be blessed with the beauty of his art.
Renee Williams

My deepest condolences.

As a proud former James Avery Q12 employee (11-2011 thru 12-2015) my heart is heavy today. Before working for James Avery & Sommer Mello I collected James Avery heavily & still do today. It is all I wear. I left the company due to health reasons, but it is a company I will love forever and he started it. I’m so sorry for the loss of such a brilliant and wonderful man. I learned so much about ethics and customer service in working for JA because his standards were high as they should be. His legacy will live on forever & his love for Christ, people, & design will be with us always as we wear his jewelry. I was just in Q12 yesterday adding to my collection and as I walked into my home my husband said “you better call our agent and up our coverage!” Mr. Avery would’ve giggled, I thought. Thank you for the opportunity to pour my heart on for a man whom I never had the pleasure of meeting but I surely loved. May he rest in God’s heavenly peace. My deepest condolences.
Chriselda Garza

God Bless your family

The first gift my husband and I bought for our mothers for Mother’s Day was from James Avery. This was 12 years ago. It has always been their favorite gift and they still have them and love them. God Bless your family.
Seth and Christina Dailey

Thank you for the years of grand memories and excellent craftsmanship

The only jewelry acceptable to my "camp" charm bracelet was a creation from James Avery. We would stand in line with our mother to order new additions each year. At Camp Arrowhead we received a silver arrowhead from James Avery for each year of attendance. On year 5 we received a gold arrowhead. They are all still valued by me today! My full charm bracelet is filled with joyful memories from priceless summers of days gone by. These summers of going to James Avery headquarters near Kerrville, Texas are etched in my memory. This was 1958-1963. Many years later my three daughters began their James Avery camp charms. The expansion of his creativity was massive. Today I have new pieces, my three daughters have pieces, and my oldest granddaughter loves his jewelry. I think she has even applied this summer for a job working at one of the James Avery stores. Another granddaughter will attend camp for the first time this summer. She will be near Kerrville, and nothing will be excellent enough except for her to begin a charm bracelet with silver charms from James Avery. Thank you for the years of grand memories and excellent craftsmanship! Sympathy, prayers, and comfort to the James Avery's family for your loss.
Jane Ford Slack

From your heart to our hearts

Thank you Mr. Avery for all the memories you created for our family and friends with your wonderful jewelry. – from your heart to our hearts . Rest in peace.
Mary Busbee

From your heart to our hearts

Thank you Mr. Avery for all the memories you created for our family and friends with your wonderful jewelry. – from your heart to our hearts . Rest in peace.
Darla Armstrong

Prayers for the Avery Family

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Avery. Knowing he is in the presence of our Father is some comfort. Seeing the face of Christ, standing before the King, seeing those that have gone before us. It not comfort to you as he is gone, but peace to know we all will be there one day. Prayers for the Avery Family.
Darla Armstrong

My condolences to the family

In 1965 I received my first piece of JA jewelry at the age of 13 while I lived in San Antonio. My daughter and granddaughter each received their first piece at 13. This year my great daughter will get hers. Mr Avery has been part of our family no matter where we have lived. Thank for our special memories.
Roberta Whitaker

Love and prayers

My family's thoughts and prayers are with the Avery family at this difficult time. I know Mr. Avery was greeted by his Heavenly Father saying "Job well done my child." Mr. Avery will be sorely missed here on earth. Thank you for all the joy you have brought to so many! I wear James Avery jewelry every day. Now, it will be a constant reminder of an amazing man.
The Savage Family

Beautiful pieces

Thank you for all the beautiful pieces you designed. I am wearing two charm bracelets that I don’t take off. Your artistry shall always be in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers go out to Mr Avery’s family.
Jan Robins

A beautiful soulful creation

My condolence for family and company members of Mr. James Avery. May God give to each of you comfort, His peace and love during this very difficult time. Mr. Avery created such a beautiful soulful creation. My first item from your store is a cross necklace. I adore you were keeping continued to made Christianity collections every season. God blessed you and you are in Heaven with Jesus right now. Thank you so much for your beautiful sprit within all of your creation. In Jesus,
Miwa Resurreccion

Mr. Avery—a genuine Texas Treasure

Mr. Avery—a genuine Texas Treasure. May you Rest In Peace and enjoy your eternal reward.
Mark Hill

Thank you, James Avery for my memory

I was given my first angle charm at the age of 7 by my Sunday school teacher. I am now 47 and my daughter wears that same charm on her bracelet today. I know one day my granddaughter will also wear that charm. Thank you, James Avery for my memory.
Alana Howell

What a wonderful legacy

So sorry for the family’s loss - what a wonderful legacy he has left to all us who have enjoyed wearing his jewelry designs over the years.
P. Guilliams

His inspirational jewelry has been my favorite for many years

I read with sadness about the passing of Mr. Avery. His inspirational jewelry has been my favorite for many years. God blessed him with a good long life and now he takes his rest. Condolences to those left to cherish his memory.
Rhonda DuBose

My heart breaks

Sending prayers to the Avery family, I am so sorry, he will be remembered, and I will cherish every piece of jewelry. My heart breaks.
Anonymous

James Avery has touched so many lives

I’ll never forget receiving my first charm bracelet as a young girl visiting Kerrville with my uncle West Flato. I always ask for James Avery growing up and into my adult life. It always has such special meaning. My daughter carries on with her charm bracelet. c. May he rest in peace. And go with God.
Christi Moorman

What a beautiful legacy

My condolences to the family. Keep in your hearts all the joy and memories he and his company has given us throughout the years. What a beautiful legacy!
Joanne Yawn

He’s well admired, he deserve great respect

I never met the man, that provide awesome and fabulous jewelry and his scriptures that touch me in more ways that one. It speaks volumes to me and hopefully to everyone else. That’s what defines this man. He has done great things. He’s well admired, he deserve great respect. It’s a great lost for every especially his family and my prayers are with you and that you may find comfort. He’s in heaven now! And well received, I have no doubt.
Delfina Prisockn

He brought so much joy

He brought so much joy to all of are lives with his collection of beautiful jewelry I always where my bracelet and rings and earrings he will be so missed so much but will always be in are hearts
Stephanie Willison

My condolences

I started buying JA when I first came to San Antonio, Tx in 1974 for my daughter who was 6 yrds old. We own many pieces that I bought for myself and others. I have some from my children, for Christmas, birthdays, and just because. I just bought a bracelet and charm for a young church friend for gratuation just a few weeks ago. I will be getting some from my children for Mother's Day. My friends also know what to give me. My condolences and may the Father of us all continue bless you.
M. Coleman

Beautiful creations

May God bless his family and welcome him with open arms. I have enjoyed buying and wearing his beautiful creations since the 1970s. He was a very talented and beautiful man.
Beverly Callaway

His talent and eye for beauty

His talent and eye for beauty will always be remembered. I will always cherish the beautiful pieces that were born in his imagination. My sincerest sympathy and prayers for comfort for his family.
Susan Rowald

I have cherished every piece

I have cherished every piece of jewelry from James Avery. I have carried on the tradition with my own daughter. RIP Mr.Avery.
Marcie Sloan

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to the family and gratitude for the beautiful heart and love to others you will very much missed Mr Avery
Celina Molina

God Bless James Avery

My heart goes out to Mr Avery's family, relatatives, and all close friends.....my condolences, you are in my prayers🙏....God Bless James Avery and all his loved ones. Have always loved his creations.....HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED!!
Celina Molina

Mr. Avery will be missed

Love love his jewelry and I’m so glad my girls and I have many many pieces of his beautiful jewelry Mr. Avery will be missed but know he is in a heavenly place Rest in piece sir
Jenny Sloan

You have blessed us with your art

Thank you for touching lives for Christ through beautiful affordable jewelry. You have blessed us with your art. Thank you,
Mary

Special memories

I will always remember Mr. Avery with fond memories. I have 2 charm bracelets filled with charms he designed. Each charm holds special memories for me.Blessings to his family.
Judith Williams

Dear Avery family

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved patriarch and founder. His designs brought so much joy to us all. Each piece I own has a memory, the best being God's love for us. May Mr. Avery's soul rest in eternal peace at the feet of Jesus and may God's grace bring peace to your hearts.
Judith Williams

He was an amazing artist

He was an amazing artist. I wear a charm bracelet hand picked by my daughter in law every week. God Bless
Julie Ford

Thank you for all your creativity and dreams

I started wearing James Avery in 1978 and continue to do so to this day. I have several retired pieces, it all means so much more. Thank you for all your creativity and dreams. Rest in peace!
Tina Graham

Truly a success story

You started your business in your garage and were truly a success story. Beautiful jewelry-beautiful person. God bless you-you will be missed!
Tina Graham

Artistic ability

God bless you Mr Avery, as you have blessed others with your artistic ability. Thank you! God bless your family & loved ones.
The John Bierzalo family

What a wonderful and talented artist

So sorry to hear of your father’s death. What a wonderful and talented artist he was and still is in his designs. God bless him and his family during this time,
Susan Wilcox

Truly a favorite

Thank you for all the beautiful creations over the years! They are truly a favorite of mine & the rest of my family. God bless your family during this difficult time. RIP
Lisa McElyea

What a wonderful legacy

My prayers and love to the family. What a wonderful legacy. I love everything about James Avery and what it stands for. He’ll always be remembered in our family.
DBR

Blessings

My deepest condolences to all of James Avery’s loved ones. May his legacy continue through all the beautiful Christian jewelry.
DBR

May he rest in peace

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of the founder. James Avery jewelry has been my mom’s favorite all my life. We both wear James Avery jewelry almost exclusively. There is a bond between us through this jewelry. May he rest in peace.
Cathy Cripps

God bless James

You may be gone but will never be forgotten. Your name and legacy will live on. The family and friends of James Avery are in my thoughts and prayers.
Melissa Owen, Waco, TX

God bless James

I offer my sincere condolences to the family of James. In every brief encounter I've had through the years, I was always treated with respect and kindness. God bless James with God's blessing.
Mike DeBusk

My condolences to the family

I bought my first James Avery piece in the 1960s when my church youth group went to Mo Ranch outside of Kerrville, Texas. The shop was very small, with a long counter where you could see the jewelry and buy it. I’ve loved James Avery jewelry ever since and every piece I’ve bought or received as a gift has meant something to me. My condolences to the family.
Lucy Glover

So grateful for his vision

Every big memory in my life, the wonderful, the painful and everything in between, is commemorated with a James Avery charm. So grateful for his vision, compassion and commitment to the meaningful things in life. What a special, special man.
Melanie Yungclas

Mr. James Avery will truly be missed but his legacy lives on

Words cannot begin to describe how I feel about Mr. Avery’s passing. Although I’ve never met him personally, I do feel a spiritual connection. You see, his art has created stories that will be passed on for generations to come... without ever having to say a single word. His pieces are timeless heirlooms to be cherished while bringing back fond memories. He has instilled integrity and just good ol’ fashioned hospitality in all of his employees and team members. Each time I walk into a JA boutique, I immediately feel as if I’m walking onto my grandmother’s front porch. I will always have these quality pieces that bring so much more than a smile to my face. The Avery’s are also a huge part of my daughter’s school, Providence. Their generosity is evident in the library and it gives me such a humbling feeling knowing that from a small garage in Kerrville grew an empire with small town values. My condolences to the Avery family. Mr. James Avery will truly be missed but his legacy lives on with our little charm bracelet “stories” to be shared for many, many years to come.
Gina Siller

Deepest condolences

Thank you Mr. Avery and family. I recieved my first James Avery piece in my 20's. Both my daughters and oldest grand daughter have shared in my love for you beautiful craft. Thank you for the bond your jewerly has created from your family with to mine.
Mrs. & Mrs. Betty Magallanes

His craft has brought many joyous days of giving

Mr. Avery's dreams, talent and visions for his craft has brought many joyous days of giving for my family starting with the beautiful gifts from my husband and now our giving to our daughters, granddaughters and soon our little great granddaughter. May he rest in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. Sincerely,
The Wm. A. Schaeffer family

To the Family and Friends of Mr. James Avery,

I am very sorry, in certain ways, to hear of the passing of this talented and good man. However, I believe he was welcomed by the Lord he loved and honored with his talents. In our church (I am an Orthodox Christian) we call this “joyful sorrow” - we are happy for him, but saddened fo the rest of us. However, he is with the Lord, and that is where we are all supposed to be. I have been buying James Avery pieces for many years, and I wear an Avery piece almost every day! I have earrings, and crosses, and necklaces, and pendants. I have also given pieces to family and dear friends. May his memory be eternal in the hearts of his family, his friends, and his associates.
Ruth Mehan Uhl, Texas-born, living in Colorado

Mr. Avery was such an amazing craftsman

I’m 50 years old. I have several James Avery rings, and my daughter has a charm bracelet that she enjoys buying charms for. Mr. Avery was such an amazing craftsman. I have many times spotted other people wearing his jewelry and ask, “Is that a James Avery design?”
Debra Gojer

My condolences to the James Avery Family

Thank you James Avery for your contribution to all of us who truly enjoy your artistry. You will be missed but your legacy lives on in all of us. May you rest in Peace.
Rosie Robledo

I am very sorry for your loss

My name is Karen Yeager and I just heard on the local news about Mr. Avery’s passing; I am very sorry for your loss. I have only had one chance to visit the main show room in Kerrville and it is so beautiful. Throughout the years I have purchased many items, mostly charms for my granddaughter and she just loves them.
Karen Yeager

God bless Mr Avery for your gift

I have a ring my Mom bought me for my first James Avery piece. She received her first piece from my Aunt Lois and cousin Brenda with a Noah' s Ark bracel. Each year we added a charm to it and it made her smile. When she passed away in 2006 I received her bracelet and add to it often. God bless Mr Avery for you gift and for sharing it with all of us. Prayers to the family.
Claudie Williams, Seguin, Texas

Thank you for sharing your love of art

My condolences to the loved ones. May your soul Rest In Peace. Thank you for sharing your love of art.
Karen Gutierrez

For the Family and Friends of James Avery

It’s when we use the gifts God gave us that we truly touch the lives of others. James Avery did just that - his gifts of dynamic creativity and heartfelt generosity will always be remembered. You have blessed many souls, James Avery, and undoubtedly you will be met at the Pearly Gates of Heaven with open arms and the words “Well done, good and faithful servant!”. To the family and friends of Mr. Avery, may the Spirit of God walk with you on the days when your grief is inconsolable, and may you be comforted with joyful memories and God's promise that one day you will be reunited with your loved one. With sincere and kind regards,
Lola Waldrum, Lover and owner of many beautiful James Avery creations

Your beautiful jewelry

Anyone could tell you put your heart and soul into your designs. I am sure that all of the angels that adorned your beautiful jewelry were waiting with open arms. God Bless you and your family.
Anonymous

He was a true treasure

While working for the company in 2013 I got the privilege of meeting Mr. Avery in his beautiful office. He talked and showed us his personal collection of his news clippings and his molds off his work desk in his office. He was so amazing and kind and answered any questions we had. He ever told us about a great restaurant for lunch time. His craftsmanship and kindness will never be forgotten. His dream will live on with everyone that owns a time of his collection. He was a true treasure .
Amy Castleman

Love his creativity and skill

I learned about James Avery in early 80s when I went to camp arrowhead. I got to meet him. Love his creativity and skill. I still love his jewelry and I have passes the love on to my grandkids.
Anonymous

Legacy left for generations to come

Giving thanks to God for every remembrance of James Avery. May the LORD give His comfort and peace to Mr. Avery’s family and friends as they grieve with Hope, knowing they will see him again in eternity with Jesus! I’m looking forward to meeting him there for the first time! The LORD blessed James Avery with such a gift with which he blessed so many lives. I am one of them. My first piece was a large dove charm representing the Holy Spirit on a necklace chain. I received it for my Confirmation in 1976 as a gift from the ladies’ guild of our church. Over the years I have received many others and given many. I have always enjoyed James Avery jewelry. It is indeed a legacy left for generations to come. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for following your dream and walking with integrity before the LORD and man. In Christian love,
Elaine Carmichael, on behalf of myself, my husband, and our family in Texas

His big heart

Mr.Avery will forever be remember not only as the man with this creative mind. But for his big heart in caring for his employees an their family’s thank you Mr.Avery
Andrea Marquez

May your family find strength

Thank you for all of yours of service. You have created a tradition in my family of buying charms to show our past interests and family meaning. May your family find strength within each other during this time of sorrow.
Tina Resendez

Thank you for your legacy of art

Rest in piece. I’ve been an admirer & collector of your jewelry since I was s child. Thank you for your legacy of art.
Lori Beck

Mr. Avery truly had a gift from God

Through the years my husband and children have surprised and blessed me with many pieces of James Avery jewelry. My first and favorite is an intricate butterfly ring. Mr. Avery truly had a gift from God with designing jewelry and he glorified God with that gift. My prayers for the family for comfort and peace are lifted up.
Cary Ann Kistner

So sorry for your loss

So sorry for your loss Avery family. I had the pleasure of working for one of your stores seasonally years ago, and needless to say I would barely have a paycheck because it would all go right back into the company. I love the modern yet classic pieces James Avery has always designed.
Danielle Gonzalez

A reflection of the love he had in his heart

My prayers are with his Family I did not know the gentleman but my heart hurt to learn of his death His jewelry is beautiful it’s almost like a reflection of the love he had in his heart for all people
Mary

My thoughts and prayers are with the Avery family

My Grandmother and Mother wore Avery. When I was 12 I got my first charm bracelet and stillv have it. Who knew then I would be working for the company for almost ten years now! Such an amazing company to work for! Thank you Mr. Avery for making such beautiful jewelry! My thoughts and prayers are with the Avery family.
Jacque Osborne

Heartfelt sympathy

I have purchased and loved James Avery sterling jewelry for many years. RIP Mr. Avery! Heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Judy from Tulsa

Thank you, Mr. Avery!

I have been a James Avery fan since 1985 when I moved to Arlington to teach in a Lutheran School. I loved the beautiful pieces of jewelry that showed my Christian faith and love of nature. Over the years, I have given many gifts of James Avery jewelry and have gotten my friends and family “hooked” on the jewelry as well. I now live in Indiana, but still order pieces on line. I so appreciate the fine work and quality of my jewelry and have never been disappointed with a piece. Thank you, Mr. Avery! Well done!
Susan Mittelstaeft

Excellence is just one word I would use for James Avery

When a great artist passes away, many stop and remember where they were when they heard the news. Such is true today. Excellence is just one word I would use for James Avery. I wear his jewelry proudly and will continue to do so. Thank you!!
Cheryl Bean, Kountze, TX

Each piece was made with love

Avery family I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. Mr. Avery you made the best jewelry I felt like each piece was made with love. Especially the one piece I purchased in memory of my grandparents. My you rest in piece.
Anonymous

Love the simple, Christian art work

Rip... Love his work. Each piece of his jewelry has brought great joy and pride when I wear them. Love the simple,Christian Art work.
Veronica

May his legacy live on

Blessed by the gift this man had in creating jewelry like none other. May his legacy live on as we cherish our pieces of jewelry..
Sonya Henry

Rest well Mr. Avery

Thank you for the joy you gave to all of us as wore your creations everyday with pride and loved the meaning behind each one. Rest well Mr. Avery.
Melba Stine

Thank you for being such a big part of our lives

Although we never met, his work was such a huge part of so many celebrations & memories in our family. May God Bless you all through this difficult time, and thank you for being such a big part of our lives.
John

Mr. Avery will always be remembered in our hearts

Our deepest sympathy to the James Avery family. My husband gave me my first Avery jewelry in the 70’s(sand dollar charm)and we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with matching song of Ruth rings. Now in our 52nd year of marriage, my favorite gift for birthday or Christmas is still something in the Avery collection. Mr. Avery will always be remembered in our hearts.
Melvin and Carol Shilling

I am so grateful for the jewelry line that Mr. Avery created

My children bought me my first James Avery charm, a margarita glass. LOL! That bracelet now contains charms that tell my life story and commemorate my mom, my sister, my children, my love of Texas, my involvement with the Houston rodeo, and my only pet. I am so grateful for the jewelry line that Mr. Avery created.
Susan Graham

An Incredible man, legacy, and foundation of beliefs that are unmatched by few

My most sincere condolences to the entire Avery Family and all who knew this incredible man. I grew up wearing and loving James Avery jewelry. My favorite gift to receive came in a James Avery box. As I became old enough to get a job, I wanted to work for a company that I grew up admiring. Working at James Avery was one of the best experiences of my life and being a small part of the “Avery Family” by offering customers this same experience that I knew, as I grew up shopping in the stores. Mr. Avery is a strong foundation that will hold true in all the years to come. An unmatched quality and beauty to all who wear his creations.
Belinda Covey

With much love and sadness

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. My heart breaks for all the pieces that never will be made. My first James Avery piece was a cross necklace that I never take off. I've had it for over 20 years. Praying for the entire james Avery family. May God give you peace.
Kimberly Smith, Hemphill, TX

My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time

My prayers are with you and your family at this time. He was a great man. I remember first being introduced to Mr. James Avery when I was in 4-H he bought my reserve champion goat at the Kerrville stock show. I am so blessed that he did that and helped me towards my college education. Also that was the first time we had heard of the jewelry so I made my dad take me to the store and it was over after that. My dad now gets me james Avery jewelry every birthday, valentines, and special day I have. I love his jewelry and he was a great man who is leaving a great legacy. My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time,
Mary McKaskle

My prayers are with his family and associates

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Avery. My prayers are with his family and associates. This was one of my favorite companies I had the pleasure of working for. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery.
Margie Gulen

You will be truly missed

All my Heart felt sympathy to James Avery family I send my condolences I may not have meet him in person but I do wear his jewelry and all my JAMES AVERY jewelry has a special meaning so to me I felt like I knew him Thur his jewelry You will be truly missed
Jacintha Bitela, Lubbock, Texas

Your presence will be missed but your legacy will live on

I met James Avery several times. He had an aunt named Marvel and was always happy to talk to another Marvel. I have several signed posters from him and a full silver and a full gold charm bracelet that started in junior high school over 45 years ago. I am still wearing and buying James Avery to this day. I proudly tell people all the time, the history of the pieces, and turn them onto the addiction I love so much.Your presence will be missed but your legacy will live on.
Marvel

96 amazing and wonderful years

So sad to hear of Mr Avery’s passing, but 96 amazing and wonderful years. I’ve loved and collected his jewelry since I was a teen. And have now passed on that tradition to my daughter, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. Our condolences to the Avery family. May he Rest In Peace.
JK Huey

Thank you for the memories, sir

I am saddened to hear of the death of Mr. James Avery. Like many girls raised in Texas, I was obsessed with his jewelry. I would spend all of my babysitting money on charms. Forty years later, I still wear my JA jewelry with pride - my silver scroll earrings never leave my ears. Thank you for the memories, sir.
Tina

So very thankful

I received a butterfly dangle ring at sixteen from my parents 47 years ago since then I gave my three girls the same ring at sixteen . Now I'm giving my grand daughters the same ring at sixteen . The representation of the Holy Spirit . So very thankful for jewelry that represented Our Lord .
Randie Skinner

You will be missed however never forgotten

Thank you for your incredible contribution to the world of Art & Jewelry... You will be missed however never forgotten...
Julie Clark

I have been proud to know him

He and I met in the Hill Country in Texas when he was working in his mother in law’s garage. Kind and considerate to a teenager and I always knew he would be a grand contribution to art and our population. I have been proud to know him.
Molly Hanchey

I will continue to honor your memory

God bless and keep you. I'm truly sorry to hear of the passing of James Avery. His jewelry has been a staple in my life for many years. Since the time I was living in Texas in the late 80's and 90's to the present, even though I have come back to live in Pennsylvania, l always turn to James Avery creations for special occasions for myself and my daughters, from holidays to my daughter's college graduation. You will be missed and I will continue to honor your memory with each future purchase.
Cheryl Briggs

Thank you for all your beautiful designs

From a pre-teen to now Mom, I have always loved James Avery jewelry and have passed that on to my 2 daughters. Thank you for all your beautiful designs and God bless you.
Amy Fornero

He was the epitome of inspirations and aspirations

As a young woman growing up in Laredo he was the epitome of inspirations and aspirations. My hearfelt condolences to his family.
Belinda Treviño Scholz

A special place in my heart

Saddened to hear the news of Mr. Avery passing. I don't have many pieces but the ones I have mean so much and each holds a special place in my heart, from the pieces from Camp Serendip when I was 10 years old, to the Texas pieces I bought in support of hurricane relief after Harvey. God Bless his family during this time of grief.
Lisa Harper Rose

Well done, thou good and faithful servant

I have fond memories of my mother (now age 89) wearing James Avery’s beautiful Christian jewelry; and it became a tradition in our family that has spanned four generations. His pieces are of a timeless elegance and beautiful reminders of the hope we have in Christ. Rest in Peace, Mr. Avery. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Melissa May

What a blessing he was

Growing up in the Texas Hill Country, I was blessed to see Mr. Avery’s talent and generosity. From the 1970’s on, if my family needed a special keepsake, we shopped at James Avery. My confirmation gift, my bridesmaid gift, my latest birthday gift all came from James Avery. I’ve lost count of the number of times I turned to James Avery for gifts that had meaning and would be loved for a lifetime. I saw Mr. Avery show up at high school graduations at Fredericksburg to give out scholarships. What a blessing he was! My deepest condolences to the Avery family, his friends, and colleagues. May God grant him eternal peace and those who loved him solace. !
Regina Klein Dissler

His work had made many memories

My heart is broken to hear the news! His work had made many memories in my life and to my love ones!! God bless his family!!
Kass Hernandez

You have given the world abundant memories

You have given the world abundant memories through your jewelry creations, which will last many life times. Thank you for the beauty and inspiration that James Avery has left behind. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious father, grandfather, friend, and boss.
A faithful customer and admirer, Kathleen B. Bradford

Prayers and strength to the Avery family

It was a joy and a pleasure to work in your Kerrville store. I made lifelong friends there and I will always remember my time there. Prayers and strength to the Avery family. My sincerest condolences to all of you.
Shellie Wong

You will be missed but your legacy will live on

My husband and I found the perfect wedding ring at James Avery. The two tone wedding rings with a hammered not perfect surface was perfect for us. Marriage is a work in progress. Thank you Mr. Avery! You will be missed but your legacy will live on. Rest In Peace
Ilynn Marinero, Montgomery,TX

His passion and commitment

First of all condolences to the Avery family. I can’t say enough about his passion and commitment to his work, community, and family. He has impacted many lives with his craft and beliefs. I am proud to wear JA jewelry and suggest to anyone I know.
Lisa Peterson

What a testimony Mr. Avery

I felt like I needed to leave a tribute for Mr. James Avery, because his jewelry has had such an emotional impact on, not only my life, but my families as well. For example: My wedding ring is from James Avery with the Hebrew text saying "My Beloved is Mine and I Am my Beloveds". My Wife's Charm bracelet and All her Charms. Earrings... The List goes on and on. And then All 3 of my daughters... What a testimony Mr. Avery. May God Truly Bless You In Heaven and May He Bless Your Entire Family and Friends. I would like to meet you in person one day Sir and I know I will.
Philip Watson

You stained our hearts with pieces marking memories

Many years ago, we met James Avery with Howard Butt at Beach Head in Port Aransas, Texas. We heard him speak of his life and commitment to the Lord. Each piece of jewelry we buy is cherished first for me, then our daughter and now our grand daughter wears her First Avery charm bracelet and each piece we add includes a event of her life. Avery created jewelry for each buyer to line hearts with a memory of an event, a celebration, or a milestone. We are grateful for his giftedness. You stained our hearts with pieces marking memories. Grateful heart, RoseAnn Smith, wife, mother, retired teacher, grandmother.
Rose Ann Smith

Thank you James Avery, for your gifts

James Avery jewelry has been such a significant part of my life for about 40 years, starting with charms from friends and a ring from my dad, then onto Camp Mystic charms for 7 years of my youth. His granddaughter went to Mystic and was a friend of mine. When camp finished, we’d all go to the JA studio, in Kerville, to get our charms. Every girl who grows up in Texas knows about James Avery. I’ve been wearing a plain silver hook/eye bracelet on my wrist since I was 18 and I’m 50 now. My brother(rest in peace) and 4 other friends all had matching ones, and I wear mine in honor of my brother, who I buried in his bracelet. It was our bond. I became a silversmith in my 30’s and can attribute JA as my main inspiration. I just picked up a Mother’s Day gift, from JA, on Saturday. The jewelry will live on and never get old. Thank you James Avery, for your gifts. RIP.
Sarah Blaine

Remarkable gentleman

A true artist

I have loved his jewelry for a very long time & have always felt there was deep meaning behind every piece he designed. My heart is heavy learning we have lost a true artist but knowing he’s resting easy in the the arms of Jesus can give us all some comfort. I know his family will miss him terribly but hopefully they will find comfort knowing he has gone home to heaven. praying for his family
Irma Doucet

Remarkable gentleman

My prayers are with the family of this remarkable gentleman. The angels and saints are rejoicing at his arrival. His talent will live on! God Bless.
Irma Doucet

Timeless and valuable pieces

I always feel sad when a great person passes away, but knowing the remarkable life they have lived and the legacy they leave behind, makes me realize how lucky we are because he shared all that talent with us, creating timeless and valuable pieces. May the Lord give his family peace and comfort at this time, and may he Rest In Peace. Thank you!
Mary Williams

He will be missed greatly

He will be missed greatly. I found Jesus because of him, literally . My very First purchase on my brand new Visa (1st credit card ever) was a Martin Luther King ring purchased as my birthday gift. I was 18 then, now 57 but that ring is still on my hand. It has endured and I still get regular compliments because of it. My condolences to the family And friends of Mr. Avery.
D. Hernandez

Your vision and creativity

Thank you Mr. Avery for your vision and creativity, I love every piece I brought from your stores and it will be past on to my granddaughters
Irene Cantu Gutierrez

We will miss his presence

We had the pleasure and honor of meeting Mr. Avery several years ago at the Kingsgate South location in Lubbock.He was truly a fine gentleman and a superior artist/craftsman. We bought our wedding and engagement rings at the main location in Kerrville about 30 years ago, and still receive compliments on them, quite often with the remark “they must be by Avery”. We don’t have much jewelry, but well over 90% of it is Avery. We will miss his presence, and specially when we shop at Avery.
Annie and Doug, Lubbock, TX

Thank you Mr Avery for creating beautiful memories

When I married in San Antonio in 1968 my husband gave me a james Avery charm bracelet, every year after than a “memory” charm..on our 45th anni.. special earrings.. I know on our 50th it will be special again!i started charm bracelets for my granddaughters to commerate each year they had.. they are now 18 and 14.. so thank you Mr Avery for creating beautiful memories..bless you
Pam Wilks

In Faith Hope and Love

May God Bless you Mr. Avery. One of my first pieces came in the form of the dangle ring in Jr. High, then charms, charms, charms, and more charms. The Deep in the heart of Texas my go to gift. My favourite pieces beside all those charms? The limited Arbor Day Tree Disk and the Peacock Disk reissue this past year. Though I did not get to meet you in this life. I know we will in the next. In Faith Hope and Love
Mrs. Valerie Michelle Haesly-Parson and Michael S Parson Esq, Dallas, TX and (Deep in the Heart of Texas) Edinburg,TX

Touched by his masterpieces

I'm saddened by the loss of such a great Jeweler. I'm honored to own pieces that he inspired. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and everyone that has been touched by his masterpieces of jewelry, that truly are keepsakes and will be handed down to our family and friends.
J. Gilmour

Creative soul

I wear my James Avery gold dove charm necklace everyday. It is not only lovely, it gives me such a sense of peace. RIP to the creative soul of James Avery!
Mary Curry, Fort Mill, SC

His creativity and love will always be in the world

So sad to hear of Mr Avery's passing. He lived a wonderful life and his creativity and love will always be in the world. I have several of his pieces that I cherish. And the exciting thing for me was to spot pieces on someone else!! May the memories of this gentle man bring comfort to his family, employees and friends. R.I.P. James
Cindy Carss

Long live Mr. Avery

My condolonces to the Avery family, I remember my 1st charm bracelet was in 7th grade, 20yrs ago!!!! It is still in tact and I treasure it and wear it daily!!!! He will always be remembered for his talent and amazing jewelry. My daughter has her own and I will continue the tradition on going. Long live Mr. Avery.
Connie Betanzo

James Avery will always hold a special place in my heart

James Avery will always hold a special place in my heart as my late mom and I share a love for his jewelry. She gave me her beautiful ring before passing. May the Lord be near to his family during this time.
Noemi Judd

A man that stood above others

Thank you for all your beautiful jewelry Rest In Peace.Sending my prayers to his family and his work family! May God be with you all!
Michelle Rook

A man that stood above others

Whenever I was at a Methodist Retreat in Kerrville, Mr. Avery would take time out to show everyone around. I was so impressed that he would stop whatever he was doing to help us. That had to be in the early seventies. Again I was impressed when he came to open the Killeen store. I was elated. You have my deepest sympathy for a man that stood above others for having a willing spirit to help anyone in need.
Gwendolyn Caviness

My deepest condolences to the Avery family

My deepest condolences to the Avery family. My very first piece was purchased at the Champions shop when I was in elementary school. I was so proud of my honeybee dangly ring. James Avery jewelry became a part of all major milestones in my life - and I have continued the tradition in the lives of my children, nieces, and nephews. Each piece that I own or have given as a gift tells a meaningful story. And the artist behind the creations has always had my admiration. Mr. James Avery will be missed and we will keep his family in our prayers.
Chrissie Taveira

A great success

Farewell, Mr. Avery. Your life has been a great success! Now you are in heaven. My condolences to the Avery family.
Sherry Wearne

Comfort for the family

I have had Avery pices for years & years. I love the craftsmanship of all of them. I'm so so sorry to hear of his passing. Comfort for the family & all whos lives intertwine with his. All of his employees and customers will surely miss him
Janet Rutkowsky

His creativeness and his exceptional talent

Although I did not know Mr. Avery personally, I’m very sorry for the family’s loss. I did love his creativeness and his exceptional talent. May he R.I.P. God Bless you all!
Cheryl Exum

A blessing he was in his faith, his work and his company

My sincerest condolences to James Avery Family. What a blessing he was in his faith, his work and his company. Thank you Mr. Avery for providing a beautiful and meaningful way to show our faith through your amazing jewelry. God bless you and yours.
Linda Morrison

From the bottom of my heart

From the bottom of my heart, I wish to convey my condolences to the family and friends of such a wonderful man. I was introduced to JA products in 1975 when it was customary to buy Camp Mystic charms for every camper in your cabin at the end of each term; after 5 years, my charm bracelet was filled with charms of cabins, years attended, Kiowa tribe charms, activity charms and camp events. My daughter also went to Camp Mystic and collected her share of charms; she even had Laurie Avery , a granddaughter as her counselor at camp. You can’t have that many charms and not remember with fondness the James Avery family.
Rebecca Bird

To inspire, to reflect, to show off our life accomplishments

To a man who has given us the opportunity thru his jewelry to inspire, to reflect, to show off our life accomplishments ,to brag about hobbies, to show our love for one another, and to speak from our heart. Thank you for allowing us to share and be heard.
Theresa

Prayers

Prayers to the Avery family. Thank you for the smiles and happiness that we have all received when giving and receiving your creations! Celebrate his life as he lived it! Peace to the Avery family and thank you for giving so much of your life to so many!
Jenny Henry

Such a nice man

So sad to hear this. I met Mr. Avery one time. Such a nice man. I'm 70 years old and have been wearing his beautiful jewelry since I was in 7th grade. My jewelry box is full of James Avery artistry. My condolences to his family. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Beverly Deaton

He will be missed dearly

Last Saturday I one of Mr Avery's sons in lil 'ol Laredo, TX. He was kind, genuine, and patient. I felt like I was meeting my idol. I receieved my first piece of James Avery at the age of 10. Now at 41, I still have all my pieces. That day I was picking up 8 pieces....2 necklaces and 6 charm bracelets. His Christian beliefs carried me thru many a troubling time. Now we rejoice as a family and celebrate him as an Angel in heaven sitting by the throne of our Lord and Father. May his love of artistry, faith in all things, and enduring love remind us all what each piece of his truly means to us. He will be missed dearly. Thank you for everything. May you now be free of your earthly bindings and soar with angels.
The Ramirez family

Incredible artist

My family and I were saddened to learn of Mr. Avery’s death. He was an incredible artist. We first learned of him from our Episcopal Priest, the Rev. William P. Weeks who came to Tucson,AZ from a parish in Kerrville, TX. As I understand it, they were friends. Father Weeks gave all graduating Seniors in the Parish a small charm from Avery’s. We have purchased many pieces through the years, and hope his legacy will continue.
A.K.E.

I worked for James Avery Craftsman for 16 years

I worked for James Avery Craftsman for 16 years. Working for his company enabled me to make a bit of money and still be there for my family. Both of my children were fortunate enough to receive scholarships from his company. I was also given the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions, even sharing a meal with him a couple of times. It is truly an end of an era. Rest in peace Mr. Avery....you will be missed.
Shelly Landis-Scovill

May God continue to wrap His loving arms around your family

I bought my promise rings for myself and my wife from your store in Houston. The meaning behind the piece is truly one that gets the attention from folks that always want to know what the inscription in Hebrew means. "This is my beloved, and I am Hers/His." Even though we have wedding rings, the rings that were purchased from your establishment are the ones that get used the most. May God bless your soul in eternal rest and peace. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around your family during this time of heartache.
The Vaz family

Earned your heavenly wings

I visited the Kerrville gallery during college back in the late 70's and have been a fan ever since. I have many rings, pins, pendants, charms, chains and ornaments from the JA collections. I have always treasured these and always will. Thank you for your quality work; and you have indeed earned your heavenly wings.
Nancy Wester

My heartfelt condolences

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to his loved ones. I have loved his work since I was a child when my grandmother introduced me to his jewelry who also loved his work. So having James Avery jewelry is very sentimental and special to me! He was a legacy that will forever live on through his many fans including myself wearing his jewelry!!! Again my prayers go out to all his loved ones and friends!
Fallon Singletary

Legend will forever live on

Without even knowing Mr. Avery, he has been with my everyday since my first James Avery ring I got in 2010. I proudly tell everyone who compliments my rings that they are James Avery. My condolences to the family, who’s legend will forever live on.
Alex B.

Major part of my life

Absolutely broke my heart to read this.....I purchased my first James Avery piece in 1968. It was the Horseshoe Nail Cross dangle ring. At that time the only way to purchase any of his wonderful creations was to go to his showroom and workshop in Kerrville, TX. I was a young mother with one infant daughter; followed in 1970 by another daughter. They have been the recipients of several James Avery pieces. Now I have six grandchildren who have ALL had gifted and purchased many, many pieces of his work. They were all given the I Love You charm, the small croslett ring and received a James Avery cross necklace when they graduated from high school....even the boys received the ones strung on leather. A very dear friend of mine had her Mother's wedding ring melted and the gold remade into the bamboo design ring by one of the custom designers. The diamonds from the set were then also added to it.....a beautiful original piece that she treasured until her early death a few years ago. She also had a friend who used to date one of the designers in the James Avery shop... he designed a charm for her to give to girls in her Bible study group. It was the Joy heart charm which has now been retired. I wanted to purchase a pendant version for MY friend and fortunately for me it had been put back into production that one year. I was able to purchase it for her Christmas present! My oldest daughter and her husband just recently moved to Belgium so for her 50th birthday I gave her the Texas charm with the gold heart set on it with a chain. I wanted her to be able to let new friends know at one glance the location of her home! Sorry to ramble on but the quality creations from James Avery have been a major part of my life and of those I love!
Dreama Seliskar

I just wish I could thank Mr.Avery

I just wish I could thank Mr.Avery for the beautiful work he created. I got my first charm bracelet in high school, the next year I got one for my mom & sister. Every year after that we got one for my nieces and now the girls in our family all own charm bracelets. It’s tradition. It brings us closer. Each one unique to the person who wears it. Each one making us a closer family. I just want to thank Mr.Avery for that.
Adriana Becerra

Thank you for all the memories I carry with each and every piece of art

Mr. Avery crafted symbols of my faith & independence as a young girl and brought them to life in his jewelry. Over the years while growing & experiencing womanhood, marriage & motherhood, he continued to produce the ability for me to express my faith, my love of family & express my simplistic style. Today, I have the pleasure of adorning my own children & husband with James Avery jewelry. Thank you for all the memories I carry with each and every piece of art.
Barb from Texas

Part of my family’s story.

While James Avery has helped me commemorate many special moments, none are as special as my two mother charms. After years of heartbreak on our path to being parents, I held my breath through the two pregnancies that ultimately brought me my sweet boys. My James Avery mother and child charms were on my neck every step of the way, serving as a reminder of faith, hope and love. Thank you for being part of my family’s story.
Faith Perkins

James Avery was an amazing man

Two and a half years ago my boyfriend bought me a James Avery ring for Christmas and it was so beautiful ! & that same day it started snowing (I live in Texas so snow is very rare) so we decide to go outside & have a snowball fight & 15 minutes later I realize that my James Avery ring is no longer on my finger . I start freaking out because we had already been fighting for a while & so we start looking for it & it took us hours to find it , but as we were looking we started talking about us & we actually listened to eachother . If it wasn’t for that ring we probably wouldn’t be together today... James Avery was an amazing man & he will be missed greatly . & even if he didn’t know it , he moved my life in a huge way & im forever thankful for him
Cassidy Smith

My sincere condolences

I am 48 yrs old and currently live in Cleveland, Ohio. When I was in elementary school and living in Boerne, I can remember getting my first JA piece: a silver frog dangle ring. Since then, I have collected many more pieces and given several as gifts. My sincere condolences go out to the entire family of Mr. Avery. He left such a special legacy. May he rest in peace.
Lynn Ragone

Heaven has gained an awesome angel

Heaven has gained an awesome angel! I was your Secretary from 1967-1971, and I watched you create beautiful Christian jewelry with such a drive for perfection making each piece special and extraordinary!! God bless your family!!
TJ Beaver

Your jewelry has always held a special place in my heart

I remember my very first dangle ring that I ever got. It had a butterfly on it and I thought it was the most wonderful thing I’d ever seen. And I also remember a beautiful gold cross that my father bought for my mother at the store behind St. Luke’s Episcopal Church when I was a child. She wore it nearly every day the rest of her life and was buried with it. Mr. Avery, your jewelry has always held a special place in my heart even living up north. In fact, I just received, last week a charm necklace with three lovely charms. Your artistry will live on with the beautiful things you created. Your creativity and vision will be missed.
Kelly from Ohio

He leaves behind his legacy of his creativity, faith, dedication, and strong seeds of faith

My deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of such an extraordinary person Mr. Avery. He leaves behind his legacy of his creativity, faith, dedication, and strong seeds of faith. May the Lord give his family and friends the strength and wisdom to overcome this loss. He was a brilliant man and now a angel of the most high God. My daughters and granddaughters all have a significant collection of JA jewelry. Which I purchase on each holiday and birthday.
Martha N.

Blessed more lives than you can quantify

The James Avery jewelry has been a part of my family history for more than 30 years. I own pieces that have been given to me in remembrance of loved ones lost, my wedding ring was replaced with a JA wedding band and so many more pieces that have so much meaning. I have given pieces to my grandchildren upon their baptism and already have key pieces picked out for special birthdays and events as they grow into adulthood. We have gifted my mother in law with all of the Mother’s Love pieces throughout the years and continue add to her JA collection of jewelry. Mr. Avery’s designs and dedication to the quality and meaning of his jewelry have blessed more lives than you can quantify. Thank you for being such an important and positive part of this world Mr. Avery.
Anonymous

“I want to go to James Avery!”

My deepest condolences to the James Avery family. What an amazing artist and role model Mr. Avery was! I was first introduced to JA jewelry as a college student in Minnesota, by adult friends who had lived in Texas. I got my first dangle ring my junior year of college, from my best friend who’d spent a month studying at TLC in Seguin. As an adult, I lived in Texas for 30 years so my collection of JA jewelry grew quickly. In fact, for each birthday, anniversary and Christmas during the time I was married, my husband would ask, “Do you want something different this time?-or do you still just want to go to James Avery?” :-). Each time I answered, “I want to go to James Avery!” I’ve always been extremely proud to wear your jewelry. Each piece I own has a story and was chosen for a specific reason, and brings me great joy and comfort. I hope all the love being sent your way, from all who love your jewelry, brings great comfort to all in the James Avery family.
Karla J. Buie

Rest In Peace

“Rest In Peace, Mr. James Avery, Rest In Peace. We appreciate your kindness and talent.” Your son, Chris and his family were friends of our family in years past at the River Inn. We met you at the studio and workshop in Kerrville.
JoAnne and Andy Scholes

Thank you for being part of Texas culture and history

I have so many stories on my charm bracelet thanks of Mr. Avery. I will be wearing my beautiful hand made jewelry with extra pride. Thank you James Avery for sharing your talent and gift with others. Thank you for being part of Texas culture and history. You’re already deeply missed by your fans, such as myself.
Patricia Villarreal-Pena

Mr. Avery brought powerful and esteemed recognition to the Lone Star

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of James Avery. I have many pieces of his jewelry, some I have purchased and some handed down to me from my mother who also loved his work. One of my favorites is the retired African elephant pin. In addition I have made it a custom to give my God Child a piece from his collection each Christmas. His work was truly inspired. Although I live in Oklahoma, I am from Texas, and Mr. Avery brought powerful and esteemed recognition to the Lone Star State through his artistry that will live on as his legacy.
Priscilla Griffith, Norman, Oklahoma

Be in my heart forever

Thank you for the vision of your company and the ultimately personal products that we will love forever..I live in Virginia and my sister moved to Texas for 5 years and discovered your wonderful jewelry. She bought a number of pieces based on my son whom I had at age 44 and his love for me. These pieces will always be in my heart forever..
Stuart Shepheard

He was a very special person

i got my fist piece of JA jewelry in the early 70s and i was so excited when i was able to shop at the first store in Dallas. i was very excited to go to the opening of the new store in Garland Texas and actually meet Mr Avery.He was a very special person and my family will have all of his loved ones in our prayers. Heaven has angel tonight that will shine down on us all.
Beverly Bryan

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him

I spent 9 years working for Mr. Avery. He was a wonderful, generous and giving man whose care for his customers and his employees were unmatched. One of my favorite memories of Mr. Avery was when I was sent to see the Kerrville operation inside and out. We ended up in his office at one point. He was extremely interesting to listen to and you could easily engage in conversation with him. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him. He will be truly missed.
Cheri Wilder

Her greatest joy was having her picture taken with him

Our mother bought some of the first crosses made by Sir James Avery. Her greatest joy was having her picture taken with him one day at the store in Kerrville. We all shared in her love for the beauty he created - all the way down to the newest great, great grandchildren!
Bonnie Lewis

Mr. Avery certainly used the wonderful talents and gifts God gave him

When I heard of Mr. Avery's going to Heaven, I thought about a parable Jesus told His disciples regarding the Kingdom of God. In Luke 19:11-26, the parable tells of a nobleman who gives minas to three of his servants to "do business with" while he goes away. The minas represent the talents and different gifts God gives each of us. Mr. Avery's life represents the servant who doubled the minas he was given. I imagine today Jesus said to Mr. Avery, "Well done, (James), because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over (a lot)." Mr. Avery certainly used the wonderful talents and gifts God gave him, and we have all been blessed by his obedience. I pray God's comfort and peace will be with the family of Mr. James Avery.
Susan McMullen

We are so grateful for the legacy that James Avery has given us

My grandmother has worn the same gold JA cross necklace every day that I remember. Over a decade ago, after the cross had long been retired, she somehow convinced James Avery to dig out the old mold and make just four more—one for each granddaughter. They are our cherished possessions, and we are so grateful for the legacy that James Avery has given us.
Jennie

I’ve grown up in Texas & with James Avery

I’ve grown up in Texas & with James Avery! My first piece was a unicorn dangle ring that I saved my birthday money to buy. I was in 5th grade then. I’m 49 & still wear James Avery jewelry. Thank you for your craftsmanship & the beauty to gave to our lives through your creative designs! God Bless your soul! Peace & comfort be with your immediate family & the James Avery retail family too!
Jill

She called it her chemo bracelet

I gave my cousin a James Avery bracelet with a charm that said, “Fear not.” She called it her chemo bracelet and wore it for the entire time she was prepping for a stem cell transplant. She survived the transplant, but succumbed to a respiratory illness a while later. We could not find the bracelet. I know my cousin, she most likely passed the bracelet on to someone else who needed it.
JoAnn Cameron

My sincere condolences

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the entire Avery family & all his friends & company workers. Every since I was a teen girl growing up in San Antonio, Texas I have loved his jewelry. It was been more than jewelry to me but it is a tradition. My graduation gift from high school was a Cross called the St. Cecelia cross, which I believe it now a retired piece. It was by a twist of fate that the piece was purchased by me with a $100 check given to me from my Mother's prior boss at San Antonio Community Hospital. Her prior boss was a very kind Christian lady & it so happened her name was Cecilia. When I bought the cross I didn't know it was the St. Cecilia cross! How amazing! Over the years I bought more pieces & have often give them as gifts to friends & family members. His artwork is more than jewelry to me, it's truly memories & emotions with a story for each. I will truly miss Mr. Avery is many ways but I am happy that his company will continue to live on. Thank you!
Sarah Conner San Diego, California

Thank you for all that you’ve done

James Avery?! That hit me so hard when I got the email I just woken up! Anyways James Avery provided me with breath taking charms my girlfriend which I’ve been in a 3 year relationship with loves your designs! It’s like you fathered our relationship. Our wedding bands?! Mr. Avery you are the go to! I wish the Avery family the best I cannot imagine the impact you made on their lives as you made on mine! I dearly cannot wait to spaz out with your charms! I hope you’re sitting pretty comfortable there. No more struggle! Thank you for all that you’ve done!
Josiah Idlebird

The craftsmanship is like no other

Such a special talent will be missed greatly! I have purchased so many of your pieces and have gifted even more! The craftsmanship is like no other and you can feel his heart as you look at each piece! I always look forward to receiving new catalogs and they always had many dog eared pages! My condolences to The James Avery family as well as his extended family in every store across the country!
Kathleen B. Hall, RNC

My condolences

James, for the last 30 years I’ve been such a fan of your artistic talent that I have had on my body, whether it would go around my ankle, toe, fingers and my neck and wrist... oh yeah, and on friends and family. I’m grateful that I have your talent for years to come.
Jessica Dameron

Condolences to the Avery Family

Condolences to the Avery Family. Sad to hear this news. Wish I would of meet him. My family members were honored to meet and help him. My uncle Manuel MENESES would mow his lawn. My father Carlos MENESES would also help. And my Aunt Estela MENESES Byers worked for Mr. Avery store. It was her first job. Heaven as gained a angel
Elizabeth Cardenas

Original studio in Kerrville

I met Mr. Jim in his original studio in Kerrville. He was an Episcopalian as were my father and uncle. They knew Mr. Jim . My dad and my uncle had gone to seminary and asked Mr. Jim to make to make crosses for their ordinations. Beautiful crosses. I was there when Mr. Jim made them. God speed!
Cathryn Langfeld

James Avery Jewelry marked the milestones of my families life.

I remember shopping for a special gift for my best friend who was moving from Texas at the first retail store on Preston Road in Dallas. My friends and I built her a bracelet of James Avery charms and after 30 years, she still wears her bracelet today. My Mother retired from 25 years of teaching in Dallas and her fellow teachers gifted her with a now retired, western bangle bracelet that she adored. When she passed away it became a cherished possession of mine. I have long collected vintage jewelry for the craftsmanship. The only contemporary jewelry I collect is James Avery jewelry. The design, quality, craftsmanship and pride is incomparable. I wear a piece of James Avery jewelry every day. I have started each of my Grandgirls a James Avery charm bracelet and enjoy choosing them special charms for their birthdays and Christmas. It gives us an heirloom in the making to share and enjoy together. Thank you Mr. Avery for your transforming testimony of God's love and a company built on integrity and the best in craftsmanship. Rest in Peace my friend, a job well done!
Cheri Simerly

I loved this man!

I loved this man! When I was 12 years old and at Mo Ranch, we got to go over to his jewelry workshop (in his garage apartment) and see him at work! First time I went we also visited the gift shop and I saw a small gold Celtic Cross. I thought it was beautiful! There wasn’t a price on it. So I asked how much it was and he told me. “Oh,” I said sadly.“ I don’t have that much!” I turned to go. He smiled at me and asked, “How much do you have, Mary Alice?” I told him. (It wasn’t even half of the price. ). Then he smiled bigger and said, “Well, it is on sale today. You have enough.” That was my happiest day at Mo Ranch! I wore my cross for years and years! Thanks to the loving kindness of Mr. James Avery!!
Dr. Mary Mosley

LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH.

Mr. James Avery you will be truly missed but not forgotten. I will keep your family in my prayers, I know family members and customers were heart broke, and sad by the news that was giving out today. Every piece of jewelry I brought from james avery will always be special to me, because Mr. James Avery made sure every jewelry mean some to him and to everyone else. #R.I.P.MrJamesAvery
Nina Waco tx

Sending my deepest condolences to his family

I remember the opening of the the James Avery store at my church when I was a girl growing up in Port Arthur, Texas in 1970. His jewelry is timeless; I am wearing pieces today that I purchased at that shop. Over the years his vision and creativity has graced the presence of countless individuals. His Christian themed items are amazing and always recognizable by way of their uniqueness and fine craftsmanship. I will treasure the items I own even more than I do presently, which is considerable. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Sending my deepest condolences to his family.
Peggy Robinson

What a legacy you leave

My condolences to the Avery family. What a legacy you leave. I have bought James Avery jewelry for my children & myself for years. I cherish my pieces & wear them often. I love that there is a Christian story behind each piece. Thank you, James Avery, for having been a God honoring man.
Carolyn

His great designs

Aloha, My condolences to the family of James Avery. So many of us are so fortunate to be able to experience his great designs. I am in the military, and I travel all over the world. I can see a person walk up from various areas of the world, and spot a design from James Avery. Immediately! I can tell the person they are wear a James Avery design. A lot of these people received it as a gift. I purchase often, receive the emails for the latest designs and updates of the new items. I will forever purchase the James Avery designs and refer my friends and family.
Nicole Moorecherry

Mr. Avery brought classic, elegance and religion together

I never knew about James Avery jewelry until a few years ago. After I discovered it, I wear it daily. Mr. Avery brought classic, elegance and religion together to create a wonderful and truly meaningful line of jewelry. I will cherish each piece as I wear it and will always remember the man who was a special “angel” for creating it. My sympathies go to his family.
Susie

I always associate James Avery jewelry with hugs from Mother

When I was growing up, I went to Heart of the Hills summer camp in Kerrville. That's when Mother started giving me James Avery crosses, charms, etc. I have some very special pieces. I always associate James Avery jewelry with hugs from Mother, unbelievable fun at camp, and a time in my life I wouldn't trade for anything. My prayers are with his family at this time.
Jennifer Rosson

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to the Avery Family. The world has lost a true artesian. I have been a loyal customer for the past 30 years and have been an admirer and collector of Mr. Avery’s wonderful craftsmanship in turning sterling silver into works of art. May Our Lord keep Mr. Avery in the Loving embrace of His Eternal Arms. God bless James Avery and the Avery Family.
Alberto A. Ramos

Thank you

Thank you for making beautiful Christian themed jewelry. I have been wearing one of your crosses for 25 years. I don't take it off unless I have to. My husband bought a charm bracelet for me and I get charms for our anniversaries. I always love every one. Your jewelry has made special occasions more beautiful in my life. I hope you are waking with our Savior in paradise, hearing well done faithful servant.
Kimberly Soto

I did a project on your company when I was in fourth grade

Dear James Avery, You were such a joyful and gracious man, and it breaks my heart to hear of your passing. I did a project on your company when I was in fourth grade, two years ago. My teacher told me it might be too hard to research you. But I took my chances, and I’m glad I did. You struck me as someone who was loyal and committed, someone who I hope to be someday. I was, and still am, fascinated by your devotion and strength to build your business. You inspired me to start taking designing seriously. Now, I have a wall in my room dedicated to my artwork and fashion designs thanks to you. Creativity is something that people strive for most in life, and it is something that you and I share. Creativity kept you pushing forward through the hard times, through the times you didn’t know how to get out of, through the times when no one believed. But, you succeeded emotionally and financially. Your empire and your love for art will forever be modeled as a true inspiration. Don’t ever let the art go, even though you went before it. I know that someday, when the sun stops shining, when the people stop smiling, and when all creativity is sucked out, you will be there telling us to never stop fighting through it. My grandparents live in Kerrville, and my grandmother owns a great deal of your handcrafted artwork. And despite not have met you, I feel a strong connection between us. And that connection is shared throughout Texas, throughout America, throughout the world. We love you so dearly and can only strive to show as much courage and compassion as you have shown us. Thank you, for never letting the odds dull your strive and creativity.
Catherine

I will forever be grateful for his vision

Please know with your sense of loss, that his legacy Will live on through every single piece of jewelry that he has inspired. Not only do I wear his jewelry, but I have given many gifts to incredibly special people in my life. I will forever be grateful for his vision, and for the happiness his gifts have brought me and my love ones.
Del Schutz

Mr. Avery

I'm so saddened by the loss of Mr. Avery may the Lord comfort his family and those closest to him. As a customer I never met Mr. Avery however I do remember that first time I found James Avery Jewelry was while at an Air Force School in San Antonio Texas. I was newly married and a new follower of Jesus Christ. I was so excited to find a whole store full of Jewelry that honors God, is beautiful to look at and is high quality. It were as if every piece of was a signature piece made with integrity, sweat and love. I will proudly continue to wear the pieces I have purchased yet now they will be a tribute to a man who honored God through his life. My condolence to the family and those close to Mr. Avery. It is my prayer that the James Avery Company continue the legacy of produce quality and beautiful God honoring jewelry for years to come.
Barbara Rugani-Kyser

Means a little more to me now

I will never forget the first piece I received as a gift from a dear friend. It is how I came to learn about James Avery and the meaning behind his art, what a great story! I am so saddened and yet so happy about the wonderful legacy that he leaves behind. Every piece of jewelry I own just means a little more to me now. Blessings for your family during this difficult time!
Jennie

I will treasure my pieces

I have a worn JA jewelry since I was a little girl (I am 48), I will continue to wear it as I love it so very much. I will treasure my pieces that I have and I will forever believe he had a special hand in making each one of them. thank you James Avery for the memories of my jewelry, and the happiness that you your jewelry has brought me.
Kristin Priebe Friendswood, Texas

What a legacy he leaves.

When I was around 16 (1990) my mom bought me my first James Avery ring with my initials engraved on it. I still wear it every single day. My daughters now have the same ring and we all have several other pieces of his beautiful jewelry. What a legacy he leaves.
Susan Stone

Our Deepest Sympathy

Our Deepest Sympathy to your family Mr Avery. I have a wonderful tribute to you. I bought our family friend an Alfa Omgega ring as he was made a Catholic Bishop in India. Two years later this Bishop was kidnapped and beaten. As they were looking at his Bishop ring they became very afraid. They released our friend. It was by the power of this beautiful rings symbolism that saved the Bishops life. Thank You Mr Avery. You were an inspirational man. Go Rest High Upon That Mountain.
Susan Wilde Jost Rowena, Texas

Condolences to his family

James Avery jewelry has always been a special part of my life and my family’s. I got my first piece when I was 15 which was a charm bracelet and have been collecting charms ever since then. It is my favorite piece of jewelry and always will be. I feel a certain amount of sadness as this man has been doing something he loves for so long for others to enjoy through jewelry and will always remember him when I look at my bracelet now. Condolences to his family and he will always be remembered.
Corina Rodriguez

May God Bless Mr. Avery

My prayers go out to the Avery Family at the loss of their beloved Patriarch. May God Bless Mr. Avery, his Family and the entire James Avery Artisan & Employee Family. His passing will be felt by many who have been touched, blessed, gifted with his beautiful and heart-felt artistic designs throughout the decades. I for one have enjoyed many over the last forty years, receiving my first gift at age 15, my beloved sterling silver dangle ring with a Dove, after becoming a Christian and being baptized. May God bless and keep you, comfort and give you peace.
Myrna T

Mr. Avery was a beautiful man!

Mr. Avery was a beautiful man! I had the opportunity to meet him and his sons here in Corpus Christi. I am lifting his family in prayer during this difficult time. He will truly be missed! My father is also with the Lord and was a minister for over 40 years. He used to say, “Those that live in Christ, never see each other for the last time.” Those words comfort me and I pray they will comfort Mr. Avery’s family. We will see our loved ones again!
Roxanna Holmes

Making every moment special

I guess, you never know who you impact. My best friend purchased a charm bracelet for me a couple years ago. I had just gone through a divorce, and had tons going on. She made me feel special. It was the perfect piece for me. She purchased a couple charms for me and we've been gifting each other charms as a way to show our love to one another. Thank you for such wonderful jewelry, making every moment special.
Maria Amezcua

He will be missed

Oh my gosh. My condolences. I am so sorry to hear that. I bought my daughter's first charm bracelet at his store. It was a reward for doing such a good job in school and cheerleading. His jewelry was beautiful. He will be missed. Be blessed. His family will be in our prayers.
LaTasha Benford

James Avery is all I wear

I am in awe! What an incredibly amazing man! James Avery is all I wear. I received my first ring in 1980. Then in school I had charm rings and a cham bracelet. I continued to collect pieces through my young adulthood. I was even given a piece after the passing of my aunt. I have my mother's charm bracelet. Most importantly, my husband and I have matching James Avery bands. Instead of an engagement ring (this is 2nd marriage), I have 2 remembrance rings on each side of the band. One for my mother and son who share a ruby birthstone, and the other my husband's birthstone. I get so many compliments. Finally, on my right ring finger I have the tree of life ring. Each piece I have is so special, all so meaningful. I will continue to build my pieces. Thank you Mr. Avery! God bless to the Avery family and friends. Thank you for sharing Mr.Avery with all of us.
Belle

My deepest condolences to the family

My deepest condolences to the family! My sadness overwhelms me because of the special significances of every piece I own. I’m wearing a beautiful pendant right now that i received when my dog died...I’ll always be honored to wear your beautiful jewelry Mr. Avery ...some dating back as far as 1986. I loved all the teacher charms, getting every single one I could find! When I lost a piece that had been retired I searched everywhere until I finally found it. Thank you for your beautiful gift! Rest In Peace Sir!
Maria Elena

Thoughtful, timeless designs that adorn our lives so beautifully

Four generations of women in my family are wearing James Avery today. We feel a sense of connection through these pieces and I love the tradition that we share through the classic, beautiful jewelry. I especially love the Christian themes we’re able to share, from my daughter’s baptism cross, to the dove charm that my grandmother passed down to me, to my husband’s wedding band. Thank you, James Avery, for your lovely, thoughtful, timeless designs that adorn our lives so beautifully. May God bless your family with precious memories, peace, and love as they remember you.
Cherish Hyatt

Such an appreciation for jewelry

Working at James Avery was the best job I ever had!!! It gave me such an appreciation for jewelry. He would come down to our buildings and just spend some time with us talking and getting to know us. I remember when I left there Chris told me I would always have a job there if I wanted one. So sad to hear this. Prayers for your beautiful family.
Vicki Snider

His legacy will forever be a part of me and my family!

My mom bought me my first James Avery pinky ring (with a ladybug dangle) in 1981. At that time, there was a Hallmark store that sold James Avery jewelry in the greater Houston area. There were no James Avery storefronts, so we went to the Hallmark store for all of our James Avery jewelry purchases. I still have that ring after all these years. From my grandmother to my mother to myself and now my daughter, the James Avery jewelry legacy has been passed down. In addition to that first ring, I have my charm bracelet, filled with charms that were all purchased by my family and friends and each one has a very special meaning. I also have three wedding bands (after 28 years of being married to the same man) that I rotate out each day. Then I have countless bracelets, earrings, ornamental rings, etc. that I wear daily. James Avery has been a part of my life since I was 12 years old. A few years ago, I had the chance to FINALLY visit the headquarters in Kerrville. What a beautiful campus! There was a complete sense of serenity and genuine happiness as we walked around the headquarters. Mr. James Avery began a business based on quality, customer service, and a servant’s heart. May he rest in peace. And may the Avery family have peace in their mourning. His legacy will forever be a part of me and my family!
Susette McSwain

Prayers and Sympathy

James Avery as you all know was a fine craftsman, a kind and generous man. But he was also a WWII Veteran from the Greatest Generation. I had the honor of meeting him in 2008 at the WWII Bomb Squadron Reunion in San Antonio Texas. He was a member of the 454 Bomb Squadron 323rd Bomb Group. We were there with my father, Robert P. Mims, Pilot B-26 Marauder, ((passed 1/22/18)), who was a member of the 455th BS. 323rd BG. It was a great week. Amazing that these two men ended up being fine Jewelers. They enjoyed reminiscing about their planes and their other common interests.... Creating jewelry. Prayers and Sympathy to family and friends. God Bless... “High Flight”.
Ginger Mims..Natchez, MS Heritage Flight Member of the 455th Bomb Squadron And both were part of the B26 Marauder Legacy.

My heart goes out to the the Avery family

My heart goes out to the the Avery family. I am 48 years old and frequent Kerrville to visit family. I have been going to Kerrville and the Avery location since the beginning in the early 1970’s. I have all of my James Avery pieces from when I was little and continue to adore JA jewelry to this day. Thank you for such a lovely jewelry company that celebrates life, God, beauty and the heart.
Mandy Kisiel

Mr. Avery has had a profound effect on my life since the 1970’s

Mr. Avery has had a profound effect on my life since the 1970’s when I first learned about his beautiful jewelry. I have a number of pieces and treasure each of them. When the store in Beaumont, TX had their grand opening, he was here. They were giving out large pictures of bluebonnets and he personally signed one for me. Today it hangs in my kitchen and I absolutely love it. Few people who pass through this life have such a touching effect on so many others, with their artistic ability, but he was definitely one of them. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Jo Ann Sonnier

I just say anything James Avery

Today while playing tennis today the angel & cross fell off my bracelet, the heart stayed on! My friend found them(thank goodness). Then tonight I get the email about Mr. Avery’s passing. Eerie right? RIP, u have made it so easy for my children to shop for my gifts. I just say anything James Avery
Karen Burris Nashville, Tn

Thank you

Thank you for the decades of blessing so many with all occasions of life and a craft that has not been matched. I've may of not known you, but I do, through the gift you gave to all of us with the treasures we have here on earth. Another precious diamond left the earth. You're one of God's angels now.
Mardie Menke

Mr. Avery is in the presence of the bright and morning Star

Scripture says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Although we mourn this singular moment we also rejoice that Mr. Avery is in the presence of the bright and morning Star( his Savior)! Prayers for his family and a continuance of his legacy.
Chris Martin

May you Rest In Peace Mr. Avery

Broken heart. I was just showing our 17 year old son the James Avery catalog 2 weeks ago. For Easter I had given him his first James Avery cross & necklace. When a catalog came to our home in North Carolina. I told him where James Avery was from and about the strong belief in Faith that James Avery represented which was known by I’m pretty sure every proud Texan. I told him when I was young about my dangle rings!!! Since they were not in the catalog I googled them and showed him the ones I had. So happy to see them but not happy that people were calling them “vintage”! I told him I still had them somewhere. Either at my parents home in Texas or in a box from all of our moves. He asked if they would be in my old worn out jewelry box. I said most likely. He informed me that he knew where that box was...he brought it down opened it up and voila there were some of my dangles. Boy did they need some polishing. I immediately sent a picture to a friend who is also living in N.C. and she told me to polish them. I did! And what joy it brought me. All the memories. Being a child. Feeling special. Remembering all my charms and what they meant to me then and what they mean to me now. I am not sure Mr. Avery knows exactly how many hearts he touched through his craftsmanship but I’m sure he had an inkling. I hope he knows he did well and that his time on earth was cherished by many and he will be missed. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Avery and thank you sir. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Mel DeLancy

I had the privilege of meeting him when I was in 7th grade

I’ve been an avid admirer of James Avery and a collector of some wonderful, memorable pieces. I had the privilege of meeting him when I was in 7th grade and on vacation with my family. It was always a joy to visit the Kerrville location and watch the artisans working at the shop.
Lisel Odom

I am so sorry that this incredible legend has passed

I am so sorry that this incredible legend has passed. May he Rest In Peace. I got my first JA necklace (descending peace dove), when I was in high school, back in 1974, and I still treasure it. I passed on the tradition to my daughters and granddaughter, with charm bracelets. He will never be forgotten.
Linda Parsons

My deepest condolences to the Avery family

My deepest condolences to the Avery family. You have truly etched a place in America’s hearts. Any man, woman, teenage girls and boys alike who have been blessed with any of your jewelry will always hold a special place in their hearts and have a piece of you where ever they go.... May you Rest In Peace Mr. Avery.
Victoria Martinez

So sorry

So sorry to hear about Mr Avery’s passing. I have three scripture bracelets I wear on my arm everyday. They are noticed frequently and read. Remarkable that they are beautiful, uplifting to me, and serve to spread the Gospel too! My prayers will be lifted up for his family, friends, and colleagues.
Pamela Spivey

He treated us like family

When my ex-husband, Mario Duran, worked for Jim, he treated us like family and created wooden crosses for each of my daughters. He was a kind man who would always ask how we were all doing. He will be sorely missed but I know his creations will continue.
Mary Minor Levis (Duran)

Rest in peace

I have had many pieces of beautiful jewery from James Avery over the years. My most special piece is my cross ring. I recieved from my MoMo(grandmother) when I was 15 years old. I have taken it off only 2 times in my 47 years...when I gave birth to my daughter in 1996 and my son in 1999. In those days..you couldn't wear jewelry during the birth process. I still wear it proudly every day on my right ring finger. It reminds me of MoMo as she passed many years ago. Thank you, James Avery, for not only this ring but for all the special pieces of jewelry me, my mother and my family have from your collection. My last piece I have is an anchor that my husband added to my charm bracelet for Valentine's day 2017. He is in the USCG and he remembered how special James Avery jewery is to me. It meant so much that he wanted to share my love for James Avery jewery. Rest in peace and know you made so many young girls and now women feel special and beautiful in your own way.
Lorry Stauffer

Thank you for making such a significant piece of jewelry all.

For my mother in laws 62nd birthday, my husband and all his siblings bought her a charm bracelet. Each charm was important and significant to each of the children and the relationship they shared with their mother. She unfortunately passed away several years later and was buried with that bracelet, because it was so important and symbolic to all of them. Thank you for making such a significant piece of jewelry all.
Kelly Jackson

Condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Avery’s family

Condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Avery’s family, friends, artisans, and employees. We’ve lost a Skilled artist who paid attention to minute and large details as he fashioned each jewelry piece with love and immense care. His pieces reign as legacy jewelry to be passed on to my daughter and future grandchildren because they denote the faith we hold dear in our family. Thank you for sharing Mr. Avery with us. Your family has certainly made this world a better and more beautiful place in which to live because of his craftsmanship. Godspeed and God bless each and every one associated with his brand and him.
Bernice Shaver

Meeting mr Avery

I personally had the pleasure of meeting mr Avery at grand opening at Brooks City Base . I was humbled and definitely my pleasure to meet such a great person. My deepest condolence
Grace Martinez

God bless the family

I wanted to express my condolences to the Avery family. I fell in love with the jewelry back in the 80's. I was in high school and wanted a charm bracelet. My poor momma Seriously though, having Jesus as your Lord and Savior means never having to say goodbye! I pray all the family, friends and anyone else who knew Mr. Avery personally hold tight to that! I know I do. God bless the family and all those who will carry-on his name.
Addie Nesbit

Heaven has surely gained another angel!

My heart hurts to know that such a wonderful person of God has left this earth. May he Rest In Peace and may his family find comfort in knowing that he’s touched many people’s lives. Heaven has surely gained another angel!
Kimberly Muzquiz

The craftsmanship and beauty of each piece drew me in

When I was just out of high school I wanted to be a hair stylist. I bought my first ring as a remembrance of the fruit of my decision. My extended family was from San Antonio and introduced me to James Avery’s beautiful jewelry. The craftsmanship and beauty of each piece drew me in. I own many pieces and they are what I wear daily. I’m so very sorry for the loss of this pioneer in his craft.
Penny Hundley

Thank you sir for your life’s work.

I still have a James Avery fish charm and a cross necklace from the 70s. I wore these every day for years. Three weeks ago I purchased two pearl charm necklaces and two pearl charm bracelets in honor of my Hungarian grandmother and took them to my Hungarian cousins in Budapest and Szeged, knowing how beautiful and long lasting the quality and design will be. That is my tribute to Mr Avery. I went straight to his shop knowing I would find the perfect and meaningful gift. Thank you sir for your life’s work. Condolences to the family.
Carol M.

RIP

RIP. Prayers & condolences go out to the family & extended family. What a wonderful work of art he created for millions. Angel in heaven looking down.
Lyla

What a great company this legend created!

Ordered my first bracelet and charms a couple weeks ago. So sad to hear about the passing of Mr. Avery. You can tell so much quality is put into everything down to the customer service! What a great company this legend created!
Miranda Horton

My condolences

My condolences to the Avery family and company. What a legacy Mr. Avery leaves behind! I can remember my mother purchasing James Avery jewelry from a nice lady named Tilly who sold it from her church in Universal City, Texas. Tilly eventually opened a store when the company went to that. My Uncle in Colorado sold it for awhile from a beautiful trunk. It is still so special to give/ receive James Avery jewelry. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for sharing your talents and love with so many!
Holly Smethers

Condolences

Condolences to Mr. Avery’s family and friends. Heaven has gained a talented man who surely will share his vision for beautiful and meaningful jewelry in heaven.
Ann Dennison

Special meaning

I bought my first piece of James Avery jewelry in 1972. I was in college at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas. I bought a large ichthus on a chain (which I still have) in the basement of a church where they had a little book store. I have continued to buy pieces ever since then. I just received my last purchase last week. I plan on passing these pieces down to my grandchildren and on to my great grandchildren. I love the quality & special meaning behind each piece. I know he will be missed by family & friends but his legacy will live on in each piece of James Avery Jewelry.
Nancy Parker Lemmons

Deepest Condolences

Our deepest condolences to the Avery Family. May our Lord and Saviour give you the comfort you need in this time of need. We pray for strength as we lift the Family in prayer.-
De La Rosa Family

Immediately falling in love with his unique designs and the story behind the artist

When I moved to San Antonio in the late 70’s, I discovered James Avery jewelry. Immediately falling in love with his unique designs and the story behind the artist, it began a life long collection of beautiful jewelry. Strangers would stop and ask me where I bought whatever was on my fingers, wrist, ears or neck that day. My husband & I also chose wedding rings from James Avery collection. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for your artistic talent. Rest In Peace.
Linda Slone

Godly artist

God bless you Mr Avery and your family. I have several pieces of your jewelry and so many have special meaning. You were a wonderful artist and a Godly artist. May you be in Heaven and at peace.
Kim Litton

I love your jewelry Mr. Avery

I love your jewelry Mr. Avery, I’m heartbroken for your family. I have so many pieces of your beautiful jewelry, I’m honored to have so many memories of your jewelry and knowing you had so much to do with it. I just pray your family continues your legacy. You will be missed!
Karen Harvey

Condolences

I am saddened to hear about your passing. I fell in love with you jewelry designs and every year at Christmas and on my kids birthdays I would go in and buy them a charm. I will keep up with our tradition for many years to come.
Tiffany E.

My heart goes out to the James Avery Family

My heart goes out to the James Avery Family. I have been a fan of his jewelry since I got my first piece, the megaphone ring in 1983. I just Bought my most recent pieces a week ago. Rest In Peace James Avery.
Susan Lastovica

James Avery is a family tradition

I remember buying gifts from James Avery since I was in HS and receiving many over the years. My husband and I bought the hammered silver wedding bands. My oldest son loved his Dad’s ring and wears it now that my husband has gone to be with God. I’ve started charm bracelets for my Goddaughters, granddaughters and daughter-in-laws. James Avery is a family tradition. My prays and condolences to the family , friends, and workers of James Avery. We are all blessed by his love of God and his joy in God’s creation. His legacy will live on in the joy he has shared with all those who have received or purchased a special piece of jewelry.
Elizabeth Dusek

His talent will be missed

Mr. Avery’s religious jewelry has always warmed my heart. i am blessed to have a second band with the scripture of Ruth inscribed around the circumference. His talent will be missed. The world is experiencing a huge void today, while the angels are singing their welcome.
James King

A class act

A class act indeed. A strong man who was unafraid to honor/show his spiritual side.
Laurie Pruski La Vernia, Tx.

Inspiring work of art

I received my very 1st pieces of James Avery Jewelry from my parents as a Birthday Gift three years ago. I love how the jewelry relates to everyday life. Thank you Mr. Avery for your inspiring work of art you shared through jewelry. May you rest in peace!
Linda Rich

FAITH based from beginning to end

My sincere condolences to the Avery family. His legacy will live on in his creations. Specifically, I mean because it is so obvious that Mr. Avery’s vision was FAITH based from beginning to end. I will remember you through the pieces that I wear. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family.
Kay Wilkes

Such a special artisan

I have always loved James Avery Jewelry and now my own three daughters are also loving their pieces. James Avery was a part of many of our memories that we marked w his jewelry. God bless him for keeping God in his work and his art. Such a special artisan!!!
Debra Ugarte

Thank you Mr. Avery for your gift of beauty

First, my deepest condolences for the Avery family. I have grown up always having a piece of James Avery jewelry. The first ring I was given was the Narrow Crosslet 27 years ago, and I still wear it. If there was a special occasion or remembrance, James Avery would be the first place we’d consider. Thank you Mr. Avery for your gift of beauty through jewelry, you have touched many lives. God Bless!!
Elizabeth Oppenheimer

A kind and talented man

I bought my first dangling cross ring from Mr. Avery when I was 13 and he was selling jewelry out of his garage. I remember it like it was yesterday. What a kind and talented man. May he Rest In Peace.
Sandy Smith

Have loved James Avery’s creative brilliance for 60 years

My first charm and bracelet was given to me by my mother in 1958. I completely filled every space double and received my second bracelet & Horned Frog baseball glove charm when I retired from Texas Christian University in 2007. I worked in the Athletics Ticket Office supervising several sports. My collections continue to grow today and three bracelets are stored for my granddaughters when they graduate junior high. I am 73 and have loved James Avery’s creative brilliance for 60 years. His family has a treasure trove of his art work but even better a remembrance of him every time they see someone proudly wearing one of his creations. Condolences and blessings to the family & friends.
Phyllis J Ballinger

Bless you for sharing your passion and artistry

I have not lived in Texas all my life, nor collected James Avery jewelry for decades. But, I do have a small collection, that I cherish and love. My collection brings me serenity, joy and love. Mr Avery has touched my life as he has countless others by designing such thoughtful jewelry. Bless you for sharing your passion and artistry.
Michelle Koesema

Blessing and peace

So sorry for your loss! Please know his jewelry, talent, and love for God has been an inspiration in my life since I was a little girl and still today. I wear James Avery jewelry everyday spreading the good news. Blessing and peace during this time.
Lynette Bohls

I grew up on Harper Road

I grew up on Harper Road and road the school bus with one of Mr. Avery’s sons. From practically the day we moved to Kerrville, he’s been an ever-present figure. This winter, my 6-year-old granddaughter took an interest in James Avery charms. The delight in her eyes when she realized she could peruse them on line was priceless. She took my hand, led me into her room, and we cuddled up on her bed talking about which charms we love, what occasions each could commemorate, and how people collect the charms over a lifetime and pass them on to their children. She made a list of her favorites, and for Easter this year, instead of sending her the usual basket, I sent a bunny charm. When photos of her hunting eggs came to me via text, there was the bunny on a necklace - a little unspoken bond. This is the kind of thing Mr. Avery’s craft did for the world - a little bit of closeness with each piece. Thank you, and thank you Avery family for sharing his gift with us!
Janet Myers Syphrett

I am saddened to hear about Mr. Avery’s passing

As a young girl, I attended camp at Camp Arrowhead in Hunt, Texas. It was with great excitement that myself and fellow campers would await our parent’s visit at the close of camp. Why? We got to leave camp and head to Kerrville to stop in at James Avery to buy charms. I loved adding new charms to my necklace every year. As an adult, I continue to look forward to shopping at James Avery. I am saddened to hear about Mr. Avery’s passing.
Melissa Thornton

Your spirit will live on in all our hearts!

Thank you for creating the most memorable and inspirational pieces for all of us to enjoy. Your spirit will live on in all our hearts! Thinking of your family.
Bridget from Vermont

RIP Mr. James Avery

Truly sorry of Mr. Avery's passing .. I purchased my first JA charm and bracelet last year .. it brought me so joy .. as I grow my collection I will forever remember Mr. Avery for bringing happiness into my life and to lives of so many ... RIP Mr. James Avery ...
SanJuana Limones

I’m truly sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Avery

I’m truly sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Avery. I pray that his family, friends and everyone affiliated with the James Avery company finds peace and comfort during this difficult time. My first and only piece is the Texas necklace charm with the heart in the middle where proceeds went towards the city of Houston during their recovery from the hurricane. I’m not a Houstonian but I am a Texan who has pure love for her state and appreciate that he took those in need into consideration. Rest easy sir.
Brenda Lucero

So very sorry

I am so very sorry for the loss of such a fine man. I am always happy to wear my James Avery jewelry and I get a lot of compliments on it. Thank you Mr. Avery for all the beautiful pieces you made over the years. It's close to 40 years since I started wearing James Avery jewelry. Love the designs and the fabulous quality. RIP Mr. Avery!
Dixie Sims

He will be missed!!!

I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. What a legacy he will leave!!!! I’ve been a JA customer for over 40 years. I was thrilled that I had an opportunity to meet him when a store was opened in Colorado. I’m back in Texas now and still as loyal. For my birthday this past year my supervisor was able to have him sign one of the jewelry boxes. What a surprise it was and will forever be one my most prized possessions. I hope that JA will design some special charm in his memory. I’ll be buying it. Thanks for ALL the wonderful years of your beautiful jewelry. It will forever live on. Rest In Peace!!! Prayers to the family. He will be missed!!!
Melissa Self

An incredible and strong man to use the gift God gave him

I am saddened by the news of Mr. Avery's passing, but I know that the angels in Heaven are singing a joyful song. What an incredible and strong man to use the gift God gave him, which was his artisen workmanship in creating jewelry that spreads the good word of God. I have many pieces that I wear to show my belief and faith in Christ. Each piece special and significant as they signify that I am a woman of God. May all those who knew Mr. Avery personally be filled with a peace and joy in knowing that God has welcomed him home. Amen.
Melinda

I am a forever lover of his jewelry

A faithful servant to our Lord and his craft. The ultimate craftsman, who mastered the art of the human heart through his work, as it definitely showed in every piece. I am a forever lover of his jewelry, but more a lover of his love for humanity through Christ our Lord.
Randa Anders

We will miss you Mr. Avery

I work for Mr. Avery for seven years and it was most wonderful job I ever had. I told my children to find a job they loved and they would never work a day in their life and that’s what I did for those seven years. He was a great man wonderful to the customers and wonderful to all of his employees. We will miss you Mr. Avery. Rest In Peace
Johnna massey

Thank you

Thank you for your contributions to the business world. Your jewelry has brought joy to so many. I worked for Frost Bank and your design for the Frost Bank pins made our Anniversary celebrations that much more special. You have our thanks and respect. Rest In Peace.
Sharion Scott

My sincere condolences to the ENTIRE FAMILY

You will truly be miss by many. Your legacy & your gift of designing BEAUTIFUL jewelry has really made an impact on many people's lives. Thanks for sharing your gift with us Mr. James Avery. You'll always be remembered & loved by many many generations of ALL people. My sincere condolences to the ENTIRE FAMILY may each of you find peace in these days of sorrow. Prayers & Hugs sent out to everyone who was close to Mr. James Avery.
Angela R Mendiola

He was so sweet with all of us when we were in his office

I will never forget meeting Mr. Avery shortly after I started working at the Tech Ridge store. Several of us got to goto Kerrville andtour the facilities and meet Mr. Avery. I was able to have a conversation with him during the visit. I asked him, “Mr. Avery, how would you like to be remembered?” He answered very humbly, “oh, I just want to be remembered as a good guy.” He was so sweet with all of us when we were in his office and patientwith all the questions. I will never forget that experience and his wonderful generosity.
Marlene Morrill

James Avery left such a beautiful legacy

My prayers are with James Avery's family--both his immediate family and all of the employees that work for his lovely company. His company has been, and will continue to be, such a beautiful gift for each of us blessed to own jewelry from the J. A. collections. James Avery left such a beautiful legacy, and I pray that the company will continue in his footsteps.
Jayme

Condolences to the Avery family

Condolences to the Avery family. God bless you all and may Mr. Avery Rest In Peace. Your work has been a special gift my entire life and I am so grateful for the symbols of faith and love that I will cherish forever. The pieces I’ve received and purchased during my lifetime have such special meaning and remind me of cherished friends and family. I am grateful for your work and I pray for your family during this difficult time.
Courtney M. Marshall

He was very kind, quick witted and sharp as a tack

Through a working relationship, I had the pleasure to meet with Mr. Avery on a few occasions. He was very kind, quick witted and sharp as a tack. He left a lasting impression. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Clint Langford

I will miss this great man

As a young girl attending summer camp in Hunt, Texas I always headed to Mr Avery's store for charms after my summer session. I still have those charms on bracelets that are my most cherished possessions. I will miss this great man. I will always remember him as my birthday is also December 7! Rest in peace Mr Avery!
Anita Z.

God be with the entire James Avery family

Your legacy to family Christian jewelry and traditions is a blessing. Especially your charms. Although I own a lot of James Avery jewelry my favorite is my charm bracelet. My family started collecting James Avery jewelry soon after the store opened. My grandmother started a charm bracelet. I did also when I was an adult. My mother gave her an angel necklace. I gave a charm bracelet to my daughter, my nieces, and most graduating seniors I know. I even started charm bracelets for my mother in law when I got married. Both times! The kids give the Grandmas charms every birthday and Christmas. I get charms from my husband and kids. I wear my bracelet every day. It is the only piece of jewelry I wear daily besides my wedding band. My great niece looks forward every year to getting her new charms from me. The only charms on my bracelet that are not from James Avery are my 2 honor charms from my professional society and my dad's medical school honor charm. It speaks to my life. Each charm. No other piece of jewelry does. The center charm is my bible and spaced throughout are all aspects of my families life whether vacations, mission trips, sewing, my profession, or the charm from my son the compass charm one year to represent how I helped him find his way in life. Thanks for starting the best Christian jewelry design store in the nation. My faith is always restored after visiting it. It is my favorite store to receive or give gifts from, or just shop for myself. My God be with the entire James Avery family during this time of mourning the loss of its founder and leader. God Bless.
Cissy Sylo

My condolences

My condolences to all the Avery Family. I was so fortunate to meet him at one of the openings. He was such a great and humble man. Loved the way he just blended into the crowds to talk to his customers. I love James Avery Jewelry and the Artisan that he was. What a legacy he has left.
Mary E. Amaro

My heartfelt sympathy

My heartfelt sympathy to the family, even as I celebrate this talented artisan and his life, well-lived. He clearly had a faith walk as it came out in his beautiful craftsmanship. I will always treasure my pieces. May beautiful Memories warm the hearts of his family, friends and close associates. Love and prayers.
Connie

May he rest in peace

I had the honor a few years ago to meet Mr. James Avery while touring the original location in Kerrville, Texas on vacation. He took the time to speak with me, talked about his jewelry and getting ready to open some locations in Colorado. He was gracious enough to autograph a brochure from the store. I complimented him on his product which a friend introduced me to and have enjoyed wearing. May he rest in peace.
AMN

We will miss Mr.Avery

My first piece of jewelry I received as 11 year-old was James Avery. My Mum gifted me a frog necklace and earrings. Forty years later, I still have them. I treasure them. I bought my daughter a cross necklace when she was six. My son just bought his girlfriend a special rose ring. James Avery jewelry are pieces that carry special memories for our family. We will miss Mr.Avery, but his designs will continue to create special memories for generations to come.
Mary C

A great man savvy smart and creative

He was a wonderful man he has brought so much happiness to a lot of lives his jewelry will live on as. A legacy for many years to come I leave my condolences to a great man savvy smart and creative you have left your mark you made my butterfly journey a happy one in my purchases thank you May you Rest In Peace
Butterfly Collins

Mr. Avery created a unique business

I was sadden to open the webpage this morning to see Mr. Avery had passed and offer my sincere condolences to his family. I began wearing James Avery jewelry as a young child in the 1960’s. This was way before retail stores opened and the only place to purchase jewelry was at our church gift shop, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shreveport, LA. I grew up wearing James Avery and then gave pieces to my daughters for many years. Sadly, in 2016 our home was broken into and I lost all of my JA jewelry. However, the first thing I did was go purchase several pairs of James Avery earrings to begin a new collection. Luckily, when the break-in occurred, I had my two bracelets that my daughters had given me for Christmas several years ago on my arm! So they were not stolen. I wear both bracelets….every….single….day. Our youngest is getting married in two weeks and gaining not only an amazing husband but an adorable step-daughter. Megan is going to give Lexi one of the rings that we had given her as a child as a wedding gift to Lexi and the priest will bless Lexi’s ring at the same time he blesses the wedding rings. He had suggested this as a way to symbolize the unity of family. Mr. Avery created a unique business but I am confident he has left it in capable hands. I am praying for peace and comfort to the family. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery.
Carol Sutton

From Memphis, TN

I opened JA website today to order something for my fifth child's First Holy Communion and I am very sad to see this news. James Avery has always been my "go to" for special occasions. I am a Texan born and raised. We recently moved to TN, which has been very difficult for me. I walked into Dillard's last week and discovered James Avery has made it to TN. It put a smile on my face to know that there is a piece of TX right here in Memphis! I am saddened by the loss of James Avery, but so grateful we have been blessed to be connected through his artistry. Praying for peace for this lovely family.
Rebecca Commons

Thank you for sharing your visions

The elegant quality of your jewelry with yet the simplicity of its strong lines reflects the quiet elegance of life in your artistry sir….thank you for sharing your visions in your beautiful jewelry….I will treasure all my James Avery jewelry all the days of my life…Rip in Peace sir under the loving gaze of our Father in Heaven.
Mary E. Villarreal

Represents 30 years of my life

The first piece of James Avery jewelry I ever received was a charm bracelet with 3 charms on my 10th birthday. Over the years, my family gave me charms to commemorate special occasions and interests in my life including graduations, my career as a teacher, my wedding, the birth of each of my children, and my love of music. Today, that bracelet is full. It represents 30 years of my life and is one of my most cherished possessions. My daughter now has her own James Avery charm bracelet and is adding to it with each passing year. The quality and craftsmanship of James Avery jewelry is unparalleled. It stands the test of time and creates beautiful legacies for families to treasure forever. Thank you, Mr. Avery. You will be missed.
Kristin Biggs

Brother James

Ever since my first introduction to James Avery jewelry(in 1973), I have always felt that the only thing that motivated Mr. Avery’s jewelry was inspiration and understanding of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. I still have all my jewelry and the boxes(I really like the boxes). May the Lord bless your family at this time and for our dear Brother James he is in a wonderful place now.
Elisabeth

May the spirit and inspiration of James Avery continue

My deepest sympathy on the passing of a most talented/creative artist. I’ve enjoyed James Avery jewelry since the late 1960’s when the Air Force brought my husband and I to San Antonio. I’ve lived outside of Texas for many, many years now. However, first with the beautiful catalogs and now the internet, I continue to have lovely James Avery pieces as do many of my friends for whom I purchased gifts. About 98% of my jewelry is from James Avery. May the spirit and inspiration of James Avery continue for many years to come. I will always be grateful to James Avery, a gifted man who bought joy to me with his special pieces.
Joan Grassman Naperville, IL

Dear Chris

Dear Chris, I weep with you and your family at the death of the absolute wonder of energy and imagination in one you called Dad and I called Dear Friend. Ours was a friendship with some distance separating us over the years. However, its depth began with the death of your brother and led to our working together, easing the many feeling of failure and hurt, ending with a new sense of peace. It was during this time I admired his Chi-Roe Ring he had designed and wore. I think he is wearing that ring in his wonderful picture on the web page. I would always admire it and once asked him if it was available for purchase. He said it was his favorite and would never be available for purchase. Each time I was at Camp Capers, which was many (and you were there at several as I remember, along with dear Wook), I would visit with him for hours. How wonderful those hours, memorable and precious. When I was called as rector of St.Bartholomew’s, Corpus, your Dad , without my knowing it, made for me a duplicate copy of his ring, which I wear to this very moment. How many times strangers, friends, priest, “no-bodies”. committed on it. Each time I would take great delight in sharing the story of “James Avery, my Friend.” Over the years, time and time again, I would receive a call from him, just to talk. I took the same opportunity to call him some numbers of time. It was always, “Got your ring on ?” And so our lives continues, his to end in Glory and my to continue until I join him with our Lord, our Savior! I rejoice in his life, his influence in my life and the incredible joy he brought to generations of youth and their parents. Individuals continue to tell “their story of the moment they bought their first piece of James Avery Jewelry”. I remember the wonderful moment I opened a small package, opened it to find my own “James Avery Ring”, just like his — and I love it still, perhaps even more. Yes, I weep with you, the tears of joy I have known, with your Dad. I am so grateful for the fact, he was my friend, I thank God for the joy of knowing him. My best wishes to you, your family. My God Bless (+) each one of you.
Sam G. Gottlich

I have known of his work all my life

So sorry to hear the passing of James Avery. I have known of his work all my life. My mother introduced me to his jewelry and when she became an Elder at the Presbyterian Church in Texas City Texas I bought her the gold rose cross to honor her dedication to the church. She had many pieces of his and I have worn the Noah's Ark bracelet and ring since 1995 when I joined the church in Dallas. Texas. I have enjoyed his many creations. He will always be remembered by his "followers". May the family and his friends mourn well. Thank you James Avery for sharing your creations.
Leigh Ann Faires

God truly blessed the hands of this great artist

I recently became a fan of the beautiful work of James Avery jewelry. It took my breathe away to see that Mr.Avery had changed his address to be with our Heavenly Father and Maker. God truly blessed the hands of this great artist. My prayers to the James Avery family and friends... this is a difficult road to travel as you grieve. God is faithful trust in Him.
Michele Thron Naples, Florida

Helping God design something beautiful

James avery jewlery has been a favorite of mine since I've been in early highschool and to this day in my mid 20s. I appreciate the atmosphere and Christian influence that he has made this company apart of and the constant detail in his products. I know he will be helping God design something beautiful out of the stars in heaven.
Anonymous

Thank you

Thank you kind Sir for such a beautiful way to share legacies. I have both my grandmothers and my mother’s charm (memory) bracelets. They each tell a story of their lives and their loves. My mother started mine when I was about 12. I kept the tradition with my daughter and my grand-daughters. I can’t thank you enough for the joy each new charm bring to our family history. Thank you for sharing you gift!
Tamara Wood

Heartfelt Thanks to James Avery

My wife bought me a gold sand dollar at a little art shop in the Lamar University student center in 1974 when we were students. I’m 65 now and have worn that around my neck since then. It always takes me back to our college years and when we first met. Knowing this sand dollar came from a real artist made it more sentimental. If she had bought it from any other store I don’t think it would have the same meaning. May you rest in peace Mr. Avery
Orlando Castro

Thank you James Avery for your faith in God, Family and Country

My husband, then boyfriend, bought me a cross necklace from you James Avery Store in Wayzata, Minnesota back in 1980. For my 20th Anniversary, he bought the diamond one in which I wear both today. I’ve been wearing that cross for 35 years. I remember buying the love knot rings but we called them friendship rings for friends in the late 70s. My mother-in-law got all her sons and husband a cross necklace. My father-in-law passed 3 years ago and now my son has his cross. We ended up in Texas after we were married and got charm bracelets for our 4 girls; 9 Goddaughters throughout the years. Thank you James Avery for your faith in God, Family and Country; love the message we send when we buy from James Avery. RIP!
Maria, Dallas, Texas

Condolences

Condolences to the family of James Avery. He was a true Texas legend, born of the same generation as my father, and his jewelry has been part of my life since I was a teenager; I'm nearly 52 years old now. I am proud to own several rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets - all with varying degrees of blessed sentimentality. Mr. Avery lived a good, long life and will be remembered as a man of faith who shared his love of shiny things. Rest in peace.
Shari Hopkins

Thank you Mr. Avery for your Passion and Vision!

If we could only have 1 more hug and see that great smile! I'm so grateful and proud to work 34 years with the best company ever. I've learned so much through my years at James Avery. I was 21 when I started in hand polish. So many great memories of Mr. Avery coming down to the departments and at the picnics. I'll cherish all my awards given to me by Mr. Avery even more, especially the 14k hand cut initial band personally cut out by him! And the beautiful sapphire ring with diamonds!
Sylvia Zavala

James Avery family

James Avery family, I am so sorry for your earthly loss, but know that Mr. Avery is going to a better place prepared for us. The very first gift that my (at the time boyfriend) husband bought for me was a necklace with a garnet heart, my birthstone. That was over 20 years ago and I still treasure it and wear it. We have since bought pieces to commemorate our wedding, motherhood, the birth of our twins, purchase of our dream home, birthdays, baptisms, promise rings, charm bracelets for our daughters and so much more. They are all pieces that we will always treasure because of the quality and craftsmanship standards that Mr. Avery started within your company. I hope that knowing the significance your company plays in the lives of so many people brings a small comfort to your hearts during this time.
DI Texas

Many thanks to the jewelry master!

I wear my James Avery jewelry almost everyday! I’ve had my charm bracelet for many years. It means so much to me as well as my collection of pendants. Many thanks to the jewelry master! He will be missed but his beautiful jewelry will live on! Prayers for Mr Avery’s family and friends.
Stevonn Krueger

Loved his quick wit and dry sense of humor!

James Avery was an outstanding artist, silversmith and goldsmith! My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting with him a couple of times in his stores. Loved his quick wit and dry sense of humor! Sincere condolences to all of his family.
Wesley and Sheri Sweet

Mr Avery. Godspeed

I met Mr Avery once, as a child, when he visited my church in Tyler, Tx. My mother bought a gold rose ring. I didn't know the impact his jewelry would have on me, and all I knew since. My own first piece was also a rose, a silver pendant, gifted to me by the 1979 Tyler Rose Queen. It now is worn by my daughter, and will lovingly be passed to hers someday, along with the charms and stories that came with the reasons for each one. Thank you so much for the beautiful way you gave us all to record a memory of our lives. You will never be forgotten, Mr Avery. Godspeed.
Lisa Shelton

A treasure

A treasure that made many lives much more rewarding through his artistry. May God give him a place of honor. My family and I will be praying for not only James but also for his family.
Fred Wernette

A great Christian man and artist

What a great Christian man and artist. Have worn my cross for 30 years. Have one of his original pieces, a large butterfly, bought by my mom at a showing of his at Hinton Ranch in Wimberley early 60’s. May God continue to bless his family.
Christina De Man

Brought joy, hope, and remembrance to numerous lives

It’s sad to hear the passing of Mr. James Avery, but my heart rejoices in the fact that he left an amazing legacy behind that has brought joy, hope, and remembrance to numerous lives. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten; Mr. James Avery leaves a little piece of himself behind with everyone who owns one of his wonderful creations.
Anna Stillianos Mouzourakis

Amazing artist, business man, and person

I am 43 but have worn James Avery jewelry since I was a little girl. I am wearing my favorite James Avery earrings right now as I do every day. When my daughters had a religious sacrament, I went to the closest James Avery store to buy jewelry as gifts. Their first earrings - James Avery. I love the mission of James Avery, the beautiful jewelry, great customer service, and superior quality! Mr. Avery must have been an amazing artist, business man, and person to make such a wonderful lasting business!
Susan Cramer

Mr. Avery certainly set the bar high in his business and life

James Avery jewelry came into my life when I was a camper at Camp Arrowhead. I’m sure many girls fondly remember their first introduction to James Avery jewelry at the original store near Kerrville. Mr. Avery certainly set the bar high in his business and life. What a beautiful legacy he leaves behind in the lives of many, many people. A life well lived!
Sally See Kneuven Portland, Oregon

Remarkable craftsman

Mr. Avery was truly a remarkable craftsman. His creativity will live on to represent exactly what he stood for: a beautiful artisan who gave millions of people jewelry to wear to represent their faith, love, and hope. His creations inspired me and I will cherish each of their meanings. Thank you James Avery.
Neware

James Avery has been my favorite jewelry designer

James Avery has been my favorite jewelry designer for 55 years. His heart was represented in every piece. I’m so glad I own some of his designs, and that I have been able to share my heart with those who’ve received them from me as gifts. May Mr. Avery rest in heavenly peace.
Eva Lewis Chattanooga Tennessee

Wonderful contribution Mr Avery made to Texas and our country

What wonderful contribution Mr Avery made to Texas and our country. My mom actually got to meet him once at an early store. She remarked how kind and gracious he was. His creations will keep his legacy alive for decades to come. We will miss his creative genius!
Glenda Arms

Best company I have worked for

I've only been with our company a little over a year. But I can easily say it has been the best company I have worked for in all my years of working. Mr. Avery set a path and has maintained it if not surpassed it all of these years, I have heard many stories about working with James Avery..and all are the same when it comes to how they feel they are valued beyond measure as employees(now associates)..and I couldn't agree more. I'm very sad that I didn't get to meet him personally but am truly honored to say that I love what I do and whom I do it for. R.I.P Mr. Avery
Michelle Hernandez

I have Mr. Avery to thank for that

I met my future wife at James Avery. Who would of thought that going out on a limb and applying for a seasonal position would be one of the best desicions I've ever made in my life. I have Mr. Avery to thank for that, RIP Mr. Avery.
Jared Murphy

We have loved James Avery jewelry for more than 20 years

Wow this saddens us so much to hear. We have loved James Avery jewelry for more than 20 years since the US Army moved us to Texas, and we recognize pieces worn by people everywhere we go. Always the best quality and unique designs, we’ve gifted many pieces to loved ones. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the entire Avery family during their time of grief.
LTC David and Barbara Hosler

God bless Mr. Avery and his enduring legacy

I would have a hard time remembering when James Avery jewelry wasn’t part of my life. It has marked the most important passages of my life, especially the charms collected during and after my twin pregnancy twenty-one years ago; there were so many I had a charm necklace! God bless Mr. Avery and his enduring legacy, and God bless those who labor to provide such outstanding jewelry to so many.
Jill Carey Gurasich

I met him in his garage in the 50s

I met him in his garage in the 50s, and I am still visiting,shopping, and enjoying wearing my purchases and gifts. I met he and his sons when they opened the Beaumont, Texas store.it was a great evening and the were true Texas. Gentlemen. Thanks for the many memories I now wear.
Bette Lou Allison

It has been my honor to work for the Avery family

When I came to work for James Avery Jewelry in 2007, Mr. Avery had recently retired. I was disappointed to hear this, but I quickly perked up with someone said, “Don’t worry—He still comes to work every day just like he always has.” I first met him at the grand opening of our Beaumont, TX store. He spoke with all of our brand new associates, and graciously submitted to many pictures with everyone present. We were all star struck. I will forever be grateful to him for creating such a joyful place to work and shop. Mr. Avery’s legacy will live on in every piece of jewelry that we sell, but also in my heart. It has been my honor to work for the Avery family and to have the opportunity to be a part of his legacy!
Kelly Coleman

A part of many Texan family traditions

My deepest condolences to the Avery Family as Texas have lost a great man who inspired so many. He won are hearts and made himself a part of many Texan family traditions. It has become a rite of passage in my family as well as countless others to mark life’s special occasions with a beautiful piece of James Avery Jewelry. He was a true gentleman and his jewelry designs are timeless. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. James Avery when he came down for the grand opening of his San Marcos store. What struck me the most was that he was so genuine and really listen to his customers. God Bless you Mr. Avery, you will be missed.
Carla Perez

Mr Avery will be cherished for generations and generations to come

I cherish the pieces of James Avery jewelry that I have. The quality and beautiful design of each piece makes them heirlooms that will he passed down from generation to generation. That means Mr Avery will be cherished for generations and generations to come. We are all so lucky that he walked this Earth and dedicated himself to Quality and Beauty.
Nancy Rodgers McNease Shiner, Texas

James Avery was a believer

James Avery was a believer who practiced his faith in his profession. He had a vision and a passion for creating timeless pieces of jewelry by creating his own art form. Every piece of his jewelry was a workmanship of love from his heart. His jewelry was meant to send a message of love that could be worn anytime anywhere and appreciated by all of his followers. We have lost another great artist whose memory will live on in his beautifully designed and created jewelry. James Avery jewelry will always be a memory of genuine Christian love. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family.
Kay Holder Chattanooga, Tennessee

What a beautiful life well lived

What a beautiful life well lived and a blessing to so many people through your talents! Your legacy lives on with thousands wearing your message through the jewelry and art you created. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!
Sallie McCall

Texas Pride stands tall, with great Texans like you

Thank You Mr. Avery. Each piece of jewelry is so special. Texas Pride stands tall, with great Texans like you. Many prayers for your family and employees who love and will miss you.
Darrell & Debbie Davis Livingston, Texas

Touched so many lives through his art and vision

My daughter just had her sweet 16 celebration and her favorite gift was a James Avery elephant charm! We eagerly await for those tan bags or little orange boxes to arrive under the tree on Christmas Day. Every piece of jewelry we have from James Avery is a story and a memory that always brings joy to our hearts. My favorite piece is my wedding band, the “ Love” ring. It’s simple but it means the world to me. Mr. Avery has touched so many lives through his art and vision. He will always be remembered by so many! Sending our love and prayers to his family today.
Aidé V. McFarland

Thank you for being such a special part of Camp Mystic!

Thank you for being such a special part of Camp Mystic! The spirit of James Avery will always live in the the hearts of the Mystic Family. Blessings to the Avery family.
Jeanne Irwin

His work was exquisite

Growing up in Texas, James Avery jewelry was part of many milestones in my life. I bought my most recent piece—the sea turtle charm and an As You Wish bracelet—just this past Saturday. Always creative and always beautiful, his work was exquisite. James Avery, may God receive you in His loving arms. RIP.
Marylee Boarman

Mr. Avery will be missed dearly

I had the privilege of being given my very first piece of James Avery jewelry - bracelet and 2 charms just over 19 years ago by my husband. I have since added charms and additional pieces to my collection and have captured special events with both of our children -First Communion and Baptism . Timeless pieces that are crafted with much thought and passion. Mr. Avery will be missed dearly.
Lisa A. Barrera

Godspeed mr. Avery!

My family and I just saw the news. How sad! Our family has grown up knowing that each wonderful Milestone can be captured in a beautiful piece of jewelry. A piece of jewelry that wasn't just a trinket but quickly became family heirlooms. My daughter Rachel got a chance to meet Mr James Avery wants. He signed a poster for her! It still hangs proudly on her wall in her bedroom. She has a charm bracelet that we started for her when she was very little. This year she will graduate from high school! We are so thrilled to be able to add yet another meaningful and beautiful token to our family heirloom. My family extends their deepest condolences to the Avery family. One thing I can say for sure is heaven will definitely be a little more beautiful now that mr. Avery is there to spread and share his beautiful and creativity! Godspeed mr. Avery! And thank you so much for many many years of beautiful jewelry that my family now cherishes and can pass down to our future Generations.
Jenn Seals

Great leader

Truly a great leader and will be missed by many. Sincere sympathy to his family
Mary H. Woodward

A caring, giving, sweet heart

My deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Avery had such a caring, giving, sweet heart. So does his family. He will be missed. He will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family. R.I.P. God Bless
Dell Virgil

My deepest condolences to the family.

The work he has created will forever continue changing people’s life’s, with the amazing details that help share amazing memories forever and through generations to come. I am proud to have gotten the chance to get a bracelet before his passing and will forever cherish it deep in my heart. May his family get through these difficult times knowing he will continue to make people’s life’s full of happiness. Rest In Peace James Avery.
Mariana Rodríguez

Till we meet again

Mr. Avery started creating jewelry in his garage about the same time I was born. After collecting pieces for many years I met him at the headquarters one day and was able to tell him this story. When I got married my new cowboy/veterinarian husband promised me his first rodeo winnings as a wedding present. I had to wait a little over a year, but he came in first at a team roping in Douglas, WY. He got the biggest paycheck ever in his rodeo career and turned it over to me as promised. I let him photo copy the check for a keepsake and promptly spent about half of it at JAC! I always looked forward to our annual trips to OKC where I could shop in store. Now I find things in Omaha at Dillards! Thank you Mr. Avery for making beautiful, quality pieces of jewelry with so much special symbolism and meaning. God be with you till we meet again!
Sherry S.

Blessings

There are so many story’s of each piece of James Avery I own including my charm bracelet. The one the sticks out the most is my rose of Sharon cross. This Cross was a piece I wore over seas doing mission work and opened the door for me to share the gift of Salvation to many ! Thank you Mr.Avery for your love and devotion to serve others and share your gift with the world. To the Avery family I send my prayers . May you find comfort knowing he is at peace with our Heavenly Father above!! Blessings!
Bridgette Langford

A wonderful role model

My blessed association with James Avery began over 37 years ago with Home Interiors and Gifts when our beloved founder Mary C. Crowley gave her displayers a James Avery bracelet with the icthus attached. The fish symbol for Christianity. I have since then shared with my daughter and daughter-in-law, 4 granddaughters and friends bracelets and charms. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. He was a wonderful role model and we were all blessed with him and his talents for 96 years. That is a tribute in itself. He gave us a wonderful way to be able to share special moments and events in our lives, and also able to cheer others. For this we thank you!!!!! My prayers are with you.
Dave

A special bond that has brought strangers together

I remember my first James Avery earrings that my aunt bought me in my early teens. For over 40 plus years, I have loved his jewelry as it has represented beautiful moments in my life. I have many pieces that I love to wear and have purchased as a gift for loved ones. It's something special when you wear JA and someone recognizes it and says "I wear JA too!" That's a special bond that has brought strangers together!! I will treasure my pieces even more! Mr James Avery, may you rest in peace!! Father God, welcome your child into Your Heavenly gates and may the trumpets sound off in his celebration home!!
Michelle

Will cherish it all even more

I am so sadden by the passing of Mr Avery. I bought my 1st piece when I was in 5th grade (1976)...the Margarita ring for $7.50 in Utopia, Texas. Nobody in Houston had heard of JA, yet, BUT that would soon change. Fast forward to today & I probable look like I own a JA boutique jewelry store. I love my jewelry & will cherish it all even more.
Mary Mulkey

Condolences

I discovered James Avery jewelry almost thirty years ago. I still have the first piece I ever bought. It remains my favorite, although I have added several other pieces to my collection. I receive compliments every time I wear any of them, and most people will recognize that I’m wearing something from the James Avery collection. I have admired Mr. Avery for many years, not only for his work, but for his integrity and the way he lived his life. Condolences to his family.
Nancy Alexander

Will always be remembered

Mr Avery, you were a great man, that will always be remembered, for your gift Of beautiful jewelry, and your giving ways with your employees ! My mom was one who worked for you for 32 years! Myself , my daughters and granddaughters will wear your jewelry, always remembering you !! Rest In Peace kind sir!!
Susan Otto

Positively affected the lives of many families for generations

Right after my second child was born, I was looking for a second job. I almost went back to an old job, where I used to feel degraded, but I got a call from the manager from James Avery in Shreveport. Almost six years later, I have welcomed a third child, got to quit my other job and start working for James Avery full-time. My associates are like a family to me and I know this lies in part with the foundation James Avery laid for his company. I constantly hear stories of customers who have had James Avery jewelry become a cherished part of their family. I am thankful towards James Avery for creating a business and workplace that has positively affected the lives of many families for generations.
Tiffany Pennywell

His legacy and his love carry forth

Do not know where to begin… but many years ago, as an artist, I discovered the beauty of James Avery and his design work with Jewelry. From around 1990 forward, his art decorates our home, our lives, our children’s home and their lives, our grandchildren and our parents. From Charm bracelets, to wedding gifts and wedding rings, anniversary rings, necklaces, earrings, regular fun arty rings and necklaces, graduations, confirmations, first communions, birthday, Christmas, Jewish charms for our close Jewish friends daughters and more… James has been there with our family every step of the way. His legacy and his love carry forth through many Texas families. He has been woven through our lives with his art and his love of the Father, honoring him with his gifts.
Laurie Pace

God bless you, Jim.

I recall encountering James Avery’s distinctive style and personality shortly after my arrival in Kerrville and at Schreiner University (then College) in 1999. Those were some rocky times in the university’s history, and Jim was right there in the middle of things. He didn’t have to be. He had a successful and growing business to oversee, but he cared. He cared for his community, for education and for the institution on whose board he served for many years. As he himself said in a video developed a few years later for the Hill Country College Fund, “My goodness, if you have a college in your town doing this kind of good, how can you not support it?” Jim was direct, he was engaged, he got to the point. I loved to visit with him, but I also knew when he was ready to get on to something else! He was a complex man, and I certainly never understood all the elements that made him who he was. But it was a pleasure to learn little things about him, such as the time he admitted that he loved posole. And that is when I learned to make posole, at least in some fashion. As active, results-oriented a person as Jim was, his later years were surely hard on him, since he could not throw himself into accomplishment as he had always done. But he accomplished so much in his life that I stand in awe of his record. And the Jim Avery that I knew, respected and loved was one who overflowed with generosity for the many, many causes that he cared for and gave to. God bless you, Jim.
Tim Summerlin, PhD President Emeritus, Schreiner University

Mr. Avery will be missed

1963: I met James Avery in his garage workshop and received the first of many pieces of his wonderful jewelry. As a camper at Camp Mystic, I acquired many Avery mementos from those years of attendance. Now in my 60’s, I, as well as my kids and grandchildren, still enjoy James Avery jewelry. Mr. Avery will be missed, but the treasure of his artistic brilliance and the blessings he bestowed will live on!
Sandra (Johnson) Morrow

Thank you Mr. James Avery for enriching our lives with your art

James Avery was a common household name when we were growing up. We all admired his style of jewelry and cherished having even one piece. It was something special. Still is. In fact, I’m coming back to Texas to celebrate a friends First Communion and want a sweet little cross from James for the occasion. Thank you Mr. James Avery for enriching our lives with your art, and special condolences to your family.
Cheryl

Thank you, James Avery, for creating beauty and sharing it so generously

I have loved, loved, loved your jewelry since I was a poor college student. I saved and scrimped for each simple silver thing I would buy, dreaming of the day when I could afford a beautiful gold item. Now, living so far from my Oklahoma home, I love to watch my daughters wear out your catalogs as they dream of purchases and select their favorites. Thank you, James Avery, for creating beauty and sharing it so generously.
Angela Solomon Cincinnati, Ohio

Thank you for providing me with such truly meaningful jewelry

My husband bought me 2 amazing bracelets and a ring about 30 years ago as an anniversary gift-I put them on and have never taken them off. One bracelet is of endangered animals and the other is a portrayal of animals of the Ark. I absolutely love them and they have given me much comfort throughout the years. Many, many people have commented on their beauty and I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful “wearable art” to gladden my life.... Thank you for providing me with such truly meaningful jewelry that I can pass on to my children.
Sally Deutz

Condolences

My sincerest condolences to Mr. Avery’s loved ones and corporate family. Truly saddened, I am grateful that I was able to visit the Kerrville store and museum while he was still with us. The trip was actually something of a pilgrimage. I have collected and gifted James Avery jewelry for about 30 years. The artistry and technical quality of the pieces are consistently amazing. James Avery aficionados can spot these marvelous little works of art from a mile away. I have always felt Mr. Avery’s commitment to his craft in each piece that I have acquired, or just ogled in one of your shops around the country. That commitment is obviously shared by those who have worked with him in all the facets of the James Avery operation. Simply window shopping in the stores is a delight. I hope his family takes some small measure of comfort in knowing that Mr. Avery’s spirt will live on in his collectors’ ongoing experience of each wonderful art piece.
Janette Plano, TX

Mr. Avery is certainly leaving an enormous legacy behind him for Texas and beyond

I have so many James Avery charms, earrings, rings, necklaces. Many are still worn, especially my charm bracelets, and I’m always adding to them. Some of my favorite charms over the years were my Girl Scout cookie sales charms that were awards given for selling a certain amount of cookies - circa mid 80’s. I now have three bracelets I’m adding two annually, and my boys pick the charms for those bracelets. My older son, now 13, was confirmed in the Methodist church last spring. His gift was a cross necklace that he chose at the Fredricksburg store, a gift from my parents. My younger son, now 11, attended Sky Ranch, and came home one year with an inexpensive gold cross that he had bought for himself and a bunkmate at camp. It didn’t last too long, and he was devastated when it broke, so we took him to James Avery in Rockwall and he chose a more permanent replacement that he never removes. My parents gave me a K initial charm and necklace when I was little. Since I have been blessed with two boys, I gave my first niece the necklace when she turned six. To her sister I gave another necklace with the heart that curls inward on a necklace, also a gift from my parents that I wanted to pass along to her. My parents now live in Kerrville, and I’ve had the privilege to visit the store and factory with my boys. There was a jewelry maker in the shop, and he invited the boys in to show them some up close molds, and how he worked on the jewelry. It was a super special experience. This past weekend, my husband and I took our two boys to the Vex Robotics World Championship in Louisville. At checkin, I was asked by one of the volunteers about my bracelet, so I told her all about James Avery. She wasn’t familiar with the brand, so I hope she did indeed look you up! I wish deep condolences and many prayers of peace for the Avery family and staff. Mr. Avery is certainly leaving an enormous legacy behind him for Texas and beyond.
Kelly Webb

Thank God for James Avery

We thank God for James Avery....we started buying his beautiful works in the seventies from Kerrville. Our Bible study gave us a 30" wooden and bronze cross for our wall when we moved away.....that we enjoy every day. We still continue to send Avery jewelry gifts to anyone that needs a beautiful birthday gift. We are grateful for a man that used his creative talents for God and blessed us all.
James Ferrell

What a special man and talented artist!

What a special man and talented artist! I have been wearing many, many pieces of JA jewelry for about 50 years now and my mother did as well. Around 1974 I visited the Kerville showroom with my parents who were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They had met in a coastal town so the beach held special memories for them. My parents are both deceased but my aunt recently told me that that on this showroom visit my parents commissioned a large gold sand dollar to be made for my mothers anniversary present. I am assuming the story is true and know this piece is still in your line. She loved wearing it & I cherish it now. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery
Lori Vaughan Hughes

Mr. Avery Thank you for believing in me

Mr. Avery Thank you for believing in me and keeping me for 28 years. I missed you when I left, but will miss you even more now. Love and miss you
Tina Hobratschk

My condolences

I didn't personally know Mr. Avery, but have always heard great things about his jewelry collection. I'm now a grown women and have purchased my first piece-linked bracelet with A Mother's love charm and a red bead on it. I'm saving to purchase for the matching necklace. My condolences and prayers goes out to his family and friends. He'll truly be missed.
Kamisha

Prayers and Hugs

I GREW UP Loving His work, cherishing each piece I own! My mom made sure my girls had their first piece of James Avery creations… I am Grateful for this man, sharing HIS gift from HIS Creator… PapaGod! And I am so Grateful He is with HIM now! I am Looking forward to our Eternity together! Prayers and Hugs for all his family, friends and fellow workers!
Suzanne

What a rich life he led

I first learned of James Avery and his unique creations after I married my Texas-native husband and relocated to Hondo in 2011. JA catalogs were coming to our ranch and I soon noticed that the “home office” was just up the road in Kerrville. It wasn’t long before our first visit and purchase of a purple amethyst ring and pendant, a visit that quickly became a tradition around holidays and birthdays. My recent 70th birthday, on April 23, took us back to the Kerrville Campus to add to my charm bracelet and add two stunning pendants—a blue topaz gemstone and a butterfly with a mother of pearl inlay. My husband and I frequently marvel at the amazing detail, craftsmanship and beauty of each piece and think of James often. His creations infuse my daily life with joy and meaning. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but what a rich life he led and what an enduring legacy he has given us!! James, we love you to the moon and back!!
Bobbie Jo Weber Hondo Texas and Pie Town, New Mexico

He will always be remembered

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Avery’s family. The first time we met him was when our daughter was going to Waldemar & we would go to the store near the camp for charms etc. It was always a wonderful experience & we still love all of our purchases! Now our granddaughter began attending Waldemar last year & we started her charm bracelet with all of the great James Avery items!! He will always be remembered.
Kem Aburrow

Thank you for your inspirational jewelry

Sorry, for the loss of your love one. Your family has our family prayers, thank you for your inspirational jewelry that has put a large impression on our family life legacy of heirlooms. My daughter and I are appreciative of you giving your vision and expressing it through jewelry to explore and navigate the way through life with your type of artwork thanks again and may God bless your family
Shayla White

A Big Thank You

You will Be dearly missed Mr Avery in every way I wanna send out A Big Thank You for all the creative designs you have inspired and created, Your work of heart has touch Me & My whole family’s lives that every piece of jewelry has a true meaning and is close too our hearts. God Bless You for Blessing Us with the most Beautiful Memories that we will cherish forever and it is all because of you. May God Bless Your Family and fill them with Peace and strength, love. You will live in our Hearts forever!!!
Sandy, Angel,Nesa,Niyah,Val

I will truly miss Jim

I will truly miss Jim, the man that brought me into the jewelry part of my life. A wonderful person, jewerler and teacher.
Anonymous

Deepest Sorrow

I am so sorry for your family’s loss, our family has bought James Avery jewelry to celebrate holidays, birthdays and anniversary’s. This will not change due to the quality and beauty of the craftsmanship in the pieces. It will only make it more special now as we remember Mr. James Avery, who began the tradition, for us.
Laura Oberts Bastrop, Tx

God bless him

I'm so saddened by today's news. My condolences to the family and friends of James Avery. My story actually begins at the age of 53 when I was really introduced to James Avery, which is only just a few months ago. Not granted my sister-in-law who passed over 25 years ago loved James Avery Jewelry but I really never got into it cuz I just thought it was overpriced. But a few months ago my daughter wanted a few things and I went into the store and trust me I have not been able to leave the store I've bought a ring for every finger and not to mention a lot of earrings and necklaces. Each piece represents a moment in my life from my children's birthstones in my heart to a mother's ring. My daughter's birthday was last week and I spent the whole day at the store trying to decide what piece would be for her and then I have to get a few pieces for me. All of the jewelry is beautiful and I'm just so sad that I never got to meet Mr. Avery may God bless him and May he rest his soul in peace and thank you making a huge difference in my life and in my family's life.
Janie Torres

James Avery

My James Avery story: in 1999 when I graduated my geography teacher, Mr. Sandefur, gave me the world charm this was my very first piece of JA jewelry. From then on every single piece I have received has a very special meaning to me I love everything JA represent & I’m grateful that I got to meet him I know he’s not part of my family, but every piece I own has a story because of that, it makes him a very big part of my life to honor his memory I purchased the beautiful Rosebud cross May he Rest In Peace
Irene Herrera

Prayers and peace

Sending my condolences to the Avery Family extending through to their employees. It is sad to hear of the passing of Mr.Avery, I am honored to be apart of the many people who’s heart he has touched with his beautiful designs. Each peace created by the James Avery company contains artistry only achieved by people who truly incorporate love into their work. I have no doubt that the James Avery company will continue to uphold Mr. Avery’s passion. Prayers and peace to all, God Bless!
Gabriela Gonzalez

“Hello, Welcome”

“Hello, Welcome” It’s almost like I can hear Mr. Avery saying just that when I entered his store. His JA pieces are my heirlooms and cherished. My prayers to his entire Avery family. Thank you Mr. Avery for your ambition, and creativity.
RJWatkins

Thank you Mr. Avery

Thank you Mr. Avery for your beautiful jewelry! For the spiritual feeling of each piece and amazing quality! I started my daughters charm bracelet when she was 8 and I have started my granddaughters as well ! We all have many pieces! Rest well and rejoice in Jesus name ! You will be missed
Kim McCann

He was inspiring

I remember my mother taking us to his first factory. It was so much fun seeing such talent in person. I also remember serving with him on several diocesan committees. He was inspiring. God bless all who worked and loved him. May he Rest in Eternal Peace.
Marilyn White

A wonderful person

So sorry to hear this news, I got my first ring when I was 6 years old. I have a charm bracelet that I've had since the 70s. I continue to buy James Avery for myself and my girls. Such a wonderful person who lived a long and full life.
Anonymous

Truly a legend in our beautiful state of Texas

So very sorry to hear the loss of Mr. Avery. What an amazing man that spread the gospel through his designs in jewelry. I started wearing the beautiful pieces around the age of twelve. All the women of our family have worn many James Avery pieces over the last forty years. Probably my favorite piece was one I inherited from my sweet mom. It’s the faith, hope and love ring. I wear it all the time. Our family decided all the women needed the ring, so we all have one in memory of our mom/grandma. Thank you to James Avery for helping women and men tell their family story through your Christian pieces of jewelry. I was honored along with my girls to meet Mr. Avery at one of the Dallas area stores. He was so kind and even gave my youngest a charm. Truly a legend in our beautiful state of Texas. I will cherish my fabulous James Avery pieces always!
Karen Clopton Herrick

Share his legacy

After my first James Avery orders from Texas, I was excited to learn that there was a James Avery Store coming to Atlanta, GA. It has been such a pleasure to find charms for bracelets that I have not found elsewhere, and I wear my birthstone ring that receives complements all the time. I was saddened to learn of Mr. Avery’s passing today, but what a long, fruitful life he has lived. We are fortunate to be able to depend upon those who will continue to share his legacy.
Camille Yahm

Mr. Avery

God Speed Mr. Avery
Corky Nunley

Heartfelt condolences

I have long been a fan of JA jewelry and was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to join the JA crew last June. Although I did not get the chance to meet Mr. Avery, I have been deeply touched by the spirit he instilled in his company. I am honored and humbled to be a part of his legacy through the art, craftsmanship and compassion James Avery Artisan Jewelry continues to share with the world. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Avery family.
Erica Sloan

Inspiration

Such and inspiration to so many! The “message” that has been received by so many is unimaginable. Thank you! Condolences to family and friends.
Carla Waltersdorf

Deepest condolences

First I want to express my deepest condolences to your family. No words can completely soothe the pain of loosing a loved one but I think that in times like this we should turn to something that Mr. Avery based himself on and his legacy and that is faith, famiy and precious memories that will never be forgotten.Yeah I had the privilege of working as a seasonal last year at the chapel hill location in Fort Worth, Tx and I learned what Mr. Avery stood for and represented. He treated everyone like family, from his customers to employees and I could feel it. I genuinely felt cared for a respected by his company and for that I am greatful. I hope that at this time you feel the love and prayers from generations of families that grew up with his products and genuinely love the company and Mr. Avery! God bless.
Alondra

Condolences

Our family sends your family our condolences for your lost. May the good Lord bless each and everyone of you and guides y’all through this time of sorrow.
The Huereca Family

Prayers

So sorry for your loss, my prayers are w/ you and the family along w/ friends. God bless
Kelly Veloz

Peace and Blessings

My condolences to the family and staff of the Avery Jewelry business. I first knew Mr. Avery’s jewelry in 1967 when I was a clerk in an Episcopal bookstore in Richmond, Virginia. My first piece to own was the 1” deep cut silver ichthys. I loved the design because it was so elegant. When I left my job there 3 years later the board gave me the same piece in gold. I wore that around my neck almost every day until I was in my 50s when I lost it while taking a briefcase strap over my head on a city street. I’ve never gotten over losing it. My mother even tried to replace it some years later, but it was no longer made in that size. She got me the smaller one, which I treasure and I have 3 other pieces that were gifts. Mr. Avery gave us such a gift in his beautiful art. His pieces were so evocative of faith. I cherish the pieces I have and would still love to replace the gold ichthys I lost.
Carolyn Ashton

Wonderful talent

What a Tribute to God Mr. Avery was. He shared his love and faith through the creation of his jewelry.What a wonderful talent God gave this man, knowing he would touch the hearts of Thousands of People. I will continue to remember God and Mr. Avery every time I wear my jewelry. My blessings and Prayers to the Avery Family.
Dana Dawson

Condolences

My condolences to the family.
Anonymous

Thank YOU Mr. Avery for sharing your life with ALL of us!!!!

I was raised on James Avery from an early age ... being born in 1963 and being a Houstonian you were raised with James Avery ... and I've made it my mission to raise my children with James Avery. It wasn't just jewelry ... it was sacred. So many meanings and so very many memories ... My children with both given the St. Christoper key rings when they started driving ... my daughter wore her baby angel necklace when she started kindergarten when she was afraid of going to school (so she knew she was not alone) ... for her graduation of high school, she received the Tree of Life ring [doesn't include the many charms, pendants, dangle rings and book marks throughout our lives and that of my children] ... James Avery literally personifies life and every single stepping stone in our life!!! He never missed a beat ... Everything had a pure meaning ... Thank YOU Mr. Avery for sharing your life with ALL of us!!!! You are already missed but you Sir, will never be forgotten.
Susan Armstrong

My condolences

My condolences to the Avery Family. I was blessed to have met Mr. Avery during a store grand opening in Allen, TX. Gone from this life but will not be forgotten
Elizabeth Velez

A wonderful man, and great jewelry artist

The year my husband entered OTS 1974, I became acquainted with the work of James Avery. I loved his jewelry at first sight and still collect to this day. One of the most enduring qualities of his work is craftsmanship and simplicity of style. I have traveled many places and have received compliments and comments on the artistry of James Avery’s work. The World has lost a wonderful man, and great jewelry artist. My sincerest condolences to Mr. Avery’s family and friends. May he Rest In Peace. Amen
C.E.Quintanilla San Antonio, Texas

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Avery family. I have had the pleasure of wearing your beautiful and created design jewelry. R.I.P Mr. James Avery.
Irma Garza Little Elm, Texas.

I'm a Millennial James Avery lover

Mr. James Avery thank you for sharing your beautiful gift from God with the world. May you rest in peace in the heavens above. I received my first piece of James Avery jewelry in 2001, the Eternal Love Cross on a Rope chain as a elementary school graduation present from my father. Ever since that first visit, I fell in love with James Avery jewelry. I still own and wear every piece to this day. Quality, simplicity, and love=James Avery!
Jasmine Khoury

The Legacy Lives On

The Legacy Lives On In every piece of jewelry created by James Avery. Your masterpieces were made affordable to everyone and because of that, you changed the way we communicated with our loved ones around the world. We are truly grateful. You will always be remembered. May you rest in piece.
AlmaE.Gonzalez

Deepest condolences

First and foremost my absolute deepest condolences to the Avery family. I remember I got my first charm bracelet from James Avery when I was three and my parents would add charms all the time and they still do I have 2 bracelets now, what James Avery has done for the creative artisan jewelry I wear and the rings I wear everyday are a true creativity of artisan jewelry and you will always be remembered James Avery
Arianna M.

Love his work!

So very sorry for your loss. Love his work!
Stephanie Rupert

Your great talents will truly be missed

My condolences to the Avery family. I hope you find comfort in knowing his legacy will live on forever. I know that every person that gets any James Avery jewelry piece is as honored and proud to share the name and story as I am! Your great talents will truly be missed.
Martha

God bless you

Dear Sir, Your beautiful works of art will forever be a blessing. God bless you. Cindy Redman.
Cindy Redman

Thank you for your beautiful design

Am sorry for your lost .... my daughter and I just got matching charms and love them......and we are racing to see who gets the most charms.......thank you for your beautiful design ......
Anonymous

His creations were so awesome

First jewelry I ever owned. Still have the earrings. His creations were so awesome-from the simple to the not-so-simple.....
Anonymous

Thank you

As a Christmas present seven years ago, my husband bought me your beautiful scrolled silver Ithacus ring. Working in an human resources office, it has been one thing I can wear that shows my faith to those who recognize it or ask about it. It is a daily companion and has often been a reminder to myself that God is with me through all our trials and challenges. I loved reading your website regarding James’ background. What a testimony ! Thank you to your staff for continuing this legacy. May God be with you and the Avery ‘family’
Angela (of Juneau, Alaska; previously Texas residents)

First time I met Mr. Avery

As I received the news of MR. JAMES AVERY, I not only remember the many individual pieces and sets that I've acquired over the years from has most wonderful gift of designs. I remember the first time I met Mr. Avery in the Arlington, Texas store. He was so loving, kind and gentle. He was just as personable as his unforgettable designs. I do feel a loss and pray that he is at rest! Although we may not have wanted him to leave us, God wanted him home
Anonymous

Sending Love & Prayers

Sending Love & Prayers to all if You. I got certified as a James Avery Sells Specialist at Dillard's Woodland Hill Mall store 792. Tulsa Oklahoma.
Violet Scott

Brought so much happiness to the world

Mr. Avery brought so much happiness to the world with his beautiful, unique and extraordinary jewelry. It is both a joy to give and to receive a piece of James Avery jewelry. One of my most treasured pieces was a gold bracelet that spelled out “I LOVE YOU” which was given to me by my husband many years ago. Rest well in the loving presence of our Lord, Mr Avery. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Leta

My condolences

My condolences to James Avery's family, friends and employees. I am sure he will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. My mother started a charm bracelet for me when we moved to Texas in 1986. When I became an adult, I purchased two pieces of JA jewelry for her before she passed away in 2011. It took me a couple years before I was ready to go through her jewelry box after she died, but imagine my surprise when I found one of the original charms off my bracelet, which had been lost many years ago during a move. It was the camera and 35 mm film canister charm, and had been one of my favorites! It must have not been soldered to the bracelet back then, and she found it and put it away for me. My husband surprised me by having the camera added to the JA charm bracelet he started for me several years ago. As I dug deeper through her jewelry box, I also found the wildflower ring and small cross charm that I had given her. This past year, I took the ring and cross in to be cleaned, and had JA engrave my daughter's names and my mom's name on the pieces. I gave the ring to my 16 year old, and the cross to my 17 year old for Christmas. What wonderful memories we share with our JA jewelry, and our pieces will be handed down through the generations to come!
Krystal Rutherford Jourdanton, TX

Though I never met James Avery, he influenced my life

Though I never met James Avery, he influenced my life. His creation and vision for well-made jewelry of timeless design resulted in lovely silver charms and charm bracelets. My beloved great grandmother started my James Avery bracelet with grand piano and a violin charms for Christmas the year I was fourteen. My parents, relatives, and friends added charms throughout the years. My husband gave me charms when each of our babies were born. Not only do I feel like I am wearing my life story on my bracelet, I am also carrying with me love and and very precious memories. Thank you James Avery
Grace Niemeyer

To the Avery Family

To the Avery Family, With my deepest condolences Mr James Avery has gone home but has left his mark on this Earth. What a talented first class genius Texas will always miss him. So proud to wear his beautiful jewelry for the past 40 years. God Bless the Avery Family
Martin C Ramirez Menifee, California

Connected me to the love of my life

You connected me to the love of my life. I pray for blessings on your family and a joyous reunion with our Lord. The beauty of your jewelry reflects the beauty of God’s creation. God bless you and yours…
Hughes

Condolences

I am sorry for his passing, my condolences to his friends and family. I have loved a James Avery Jewelry for over 35 years.
Jeffrey Juchau MD

We were all lucky to have him in our lives

I know many people who have shopped at James Avery, myself included. The service is excellent and the quality of the jewelry is out of this world. I was in the Kerrville store once when he was walking through. He smiled at his customers and asked how we were doing. He was an outstanding person and I know he will be missed by everyone. You have my prayers on the loss of this wonderful man. We were all lucky to have him in our lives.
Colleen

He will be missed

James Avery has been a part of my life for so many years, ever since I returned from Europe. My parents also served in the Army Air Corps during World War Two. I am proud to have many beautiful pieces of James Avery Jewelry and I buy more all the time. He will be missed and in my prayers. God bless him.
Sara Apgar

Meant so much to me

Every single piece of jewelry I have purchased from James Avery has meant so much to me and become a sentimental piece! Each and every one! That speaks volumes to the kind of person he must’ve been! He is truly represented in his work and he leaves behind a great legacy. May he rest in piece.
Sarah Coligan Houston, TX

Three cheers for his creativity

It was a honor to know James Avery and his mother while living in Kerrville,TX. Christ Church, San Antonio commissioned Mr. Avery to design a pectoral cross of my husband’s ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. A remembrance that will not be forgotten! Three cheers for his creativity and desire to know and love the Lord!
Robbie Certain

God be with the family

I bought my 1st piece--a Tres Fleur Cross charm #12--at an Episcopal church in Castle Hills, TX, in 1972, when they were only sold at churches. I was an Army medic student at Ft. Sam Houston and added pieces over the years. I have several charmholders which are bursting! Most are crosses; some only worn on appropriate occasions. I have often given them for birthdays, graduation, confirmation, and weddings. I will cherish them even more now. God be with the family and bring them peace. Amen.
Pamela Flood Figueroa

It has been an honor and a privilege to know Jim Avery

It has been an honor and a privilege to know Jim Avery. He was an artisan jeweler who continued to explore new designs and creative expression throughout his life. I did not tire of listening to his stories or watching him draw. I know the tradition of fine jewelry and exquisite workmanship will continue in his honor and name. He wanted to make a difference by sharing both his art and his treasure. His support of local charities and scholarships for education touched thousands of lives. In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.” So, rest now Jim, and know that you have made a difference and helped to change lives. Thank you for being a strong influence on so many others. Thank you for leaving such a legacy.
Kristy Vandenberg The Ultimate Gift of Life The Rotary Club of Kerrville

God Bless you

I first met Mr. Avery at the Grand Opening of a new store in Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was so nice to meet him and we had a great conversation in regard to my La Primavera gold cross. I shared with him why I chose the beautiful cross after a car accident I survived. He was touched by my story & mentioned that it was one of his personal favorites he had designed. I wear my cross everyday & never take it off. I'm honored to have met such a kind, creative & spirit filled man. He will be missed, but will live on in so many peoples lives through his inspirational jewelry. God Bless you James Avery!
Anonymous

Godly message and inspiration

Honestly, I am new to James Avery jewelry but I love it’s Godly message and inspiration! Every piece is special! It is sad for us who are left here on this earth without the ones we love... but we draw comfort in the FACT that we will be reunited with those we love who know their Heavenly Father through His Son, Jesus! May God comfort the Avery family and wrap His never ending arms around them!
Lisa

On a napkin he was sketching a design...

I am so sorry to hear about Mr Avery. I took a part time seasonal job 20 years ago with James Avery and still remember this so well. After the Christmas season ended I was so impressed with the Waco store, the manager Beth, and the staff. I sent a thank you note to Mr Avery to express my thoughts. I was so surprised to get a written response from him thanking me for my part and for support of Beth. He was such a gentleman. At one of our Assistant Managers meetings I was seated next to Mr Avery. On a napkin he was sketching a design. He asked us if we thought it was a good idea. We all said yes and it was the charm "Girls night out". A very special, talented man. Thanks for the memories. After 20 years it's still the BEST job and company to work for. Blessings to the Avery family as you celebrate a life well lived
Nancy Latham

Mr Avery

When I heard Mr Avery passed today It brought peace to me cause I knew our grand baby was not alone on his or her journey to Heaven. I’m going to add a new charm to my James Avery bracelet for my sweet Angel in Heaven. Peace be with you both. Love to my Baby Cramer
Donna Cramer

Deepest Condolences

My deepest condolences to the entire family! We will all carry a part of your beautiful creativity and kind soul every time we wear your beautiful Jewelry. I was in one of your stores today ,remembering the very first piece of your jewelry I received. RIP Mr. Avery. You were loved by many
Diana Rivas

Talented man

So very sadden to hear about the passing of James Avery. His jewelry has always been a part of my life and the gifts l give. He never strayed away from wonderful religious pieces. What a wonderful, talented man. May,God be with his family at this time of deep sorrow.
Nancy C. Vaughn

Thank you

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mr. Avery. I first discovered your jewelry when I moved to TX in 2008 and I wear my pearl earrings and claddagh all the time. God speed to you, Sir and many prayers going up for your family.
Laura Miller

Excellence was the standard of JA service

My love of James Avery and his lovely creations began when my best friend and I bought silver friendship rings for each other. We are still friends and I am 60, it was a long time ago. Through out the years I have given gifts of golden love, all James Avery. I have two charm bracelets one silver and one gold. My parents live in Comfort in the beautiful Texas Hill country, one day we when to the headquarters North of Kerrville and ask for a poodle charm, the folks at James Avery went beyond the call of duty and pulled out a beautiful photo of a french poodle charm that had been retired. I loved it, so true the JA fashion the pulled out the mold and made the charm. That sign of excellence was the standard of JA service. I have so much James Avery that I am sometimes embarrassed to look in my jewelry box. Today I am purchasing my 13 year old granddaughter her first piece. God bless you in your sorrow, he was a gifted jeweler and man of God.
Karie Franceus

Mr.Avery talent brought happiness in my life

I like to say to the family of Mr . Avery. I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr.Avery talent brought happiness in my life when I was in high school. I’m a grandmother now in my 50’s received his jewelry as gifts or when I was down I went purchase myself one. His jewelry always brought joy in my life. When I leave the store there is sunshine in my life. His jewelry has always been part of my life. His jewelry are part of mine and my family memories. He is missed.
Ms R BALDERAS

Thank you

Mr. Avery, thank you for transmitting inspiration with your jewelry in human relationships,samples of love for family and friends that transcend in distance and time. Blessings for you and your family
María Turpin

Blessing

God Granted you a blessing and a gift like no other. So others can now continue to show and enjoy those gifts through you. May you rest in Peace
Rita Stevens

My sincerest condolences

My sincerest condolences to the Avery family and to all of the employees. Mr. Avery was one of the best to have started such a wonderful company and leaves behind a beautiful legacy. For those of us that have purchased his jewelry, we will continue to treasure them as priceless memories. God has taken a wonderful and caring man and he will continue to watch over us.
Yolanda Delgado

Blessings

My husband bought my first JA earrings , pendant and neck ring at your store at 635 and Preston in the early 1980’s. I have received gifts from him, my son and myself from your collection for the last 38 Year’s. Blessings to your family.
Susan Wilder

James Avery memory and condolences

Dear James Avery Family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. James Avery leaves an incredible legacy with you all and I’m so thankful his jewelry will live on through you as well. I’m so very thankful for the first James Avery silver cross I received when I was in 7th grade in 1974 from my grandparents who lived in Austin. It shaped my future as I accepted Christ a year later in 8th grade at Sky Ranch Christian Camp. I have worn a piece of James Avery’s Christian designed jewelry ever since. Today I wear several pieces every day. Many a conversation has started because of my James Avery jewelry and it gives me a chance to share my faith as well. Such beautiful designs with high quality materials have lasted me a lifetime. I had the pleasure of meeting James Avery several years ago and am thankful for the poster of a field of bluebonnets he personally signed to me. A treasured item I’m so glad to have in our home. I give thanks for the life of James Avery and will continue to share his story with all who ask. May you know you will continue to be in my prayers during this difficult time for your family.
Defae Weaver Carrollton, TX

Thank you

Thank you so very much Mr.Avery for all this beautiful bracelets and charms you left for us to enjoy,may you Rest In Peace in heavens paradise.
Dianna H.

Legendary status

Known to so many for his beautiful jewelery design and the wonderful company he built. Nearly legendary status in the hill country, as residents and neighbors spoke so highly of his generosity and his mission to serve in his faith. May God bless his family and Mr. Avery rest in peace.
T Barnhart

He will be missed

this man was a legend with his designs and longevity in the jewelry business. he will be missed
Leutsch

Special to my family

Your pieces of jewelry have been handed down in my family and are very special to us all. I wear my late grandmothers dove charm daily as a reminder of her. My grandmother would give me a James Avery charm every birthday and Christmas. Your jewelry will always be special to my family.
Shea Harrington

God bless and keep you Mr. Avery

My deepest condolences to the family and friends, May the comfort of God be with your family through the coming days. I sit here looking at each piece of jewelry from James Avery. The one meaning that stands out to me is the meaning of God in each and everyone of my pieces. Their are 2, pieces that really stand out to me, one is the ring with the butterfly that was given to me after the passing of my beautiful Mom 3 years ago, she used to love butterflies so every time I wear it, I know she is right there with me and the other one is a bracelet that says, With Christ all things are possible. I wear that bracelet every where I go, it brings comfort to me and reminds me that God is always with me and that I could do anything as long as I put my trust in HIM. We will miss you Mr. Avery but your memory will live on in each and everyone of my pieces. You will truly be missed Mr. Avery. God Bless you.
Deborah Tovar

Such memories

When I was a little girl I attended a summer camp that was in Kerrville Texas. This is where I started my love affair with James Avery Jewelry. That was over 50 years ago. We went on a trip to the James Avery facility. Such memories. RIP Mr. Avery
Ruby, Robin, Sean

Rest In Peace

Dear Mr. Avery Your are very missed and such a great person I have never met you but I will believe from any one who has heard of you is that your are a very kind person and artistic & such a smart person and I believe that whoever next will be the same as you. I send full condolences to your family and am very sadden I will pray for your family and thank you for all that you’ve done at James Avery partnership with out you we wouldnt be wearing loud, heavy, memory bracelets or such amazing jewelry and accessories, to you may you Rest In Peace
Hailey Rodriguez

My first james avery

I remember my first james avery it was the celtic cross and i loved it i have it as my first tattoo as well i have i have gotten many many pieces love all of them
Suzie Marquez

Our sincere condolences

Our sincere condolences on the loss of a great man that inspired beauty for both men and women. Wearing a piece of Avery jewelry makes me feel pretty and special. Thank you. I pray that he Rest In Peace and that the family find comfort and peace. God bless
Chris Carter

I am so sorry to see him go

I have always liked James Avery's products and had admired them for many years. But I never invested in any of them. But two days ago I decided that I had to buy one of his rings that I thought was so very pretty. I was so happy to have it. I am so sorry to see him go.
Beth Dolezal

A life well lived

Your artistry brought a lot of joy into my life and many loved ones. May you rest in peace and may your family remember a life well lived.
Margaret Treland

God Bless

My Camp Huawni jewelry means more to me than words can express. God bless your precious family during this time of loss here on earth, but clearly Heaven’s gain.
Misty Jaye Brown

Thank you

Thank you for the designs we wear daily that remind us of our faith and family!
The Johnson family San Antonio

R.I.P. Mr. Avery

I have had several wedding rings from my husband and I’ve lost all of them. When I met my husband he gave me a promise ring from James Avery and I still have and now wear that ring. R.I.P. Mr. Avery. May your soul rest peacefully in heaven. Thank you!
Miriam Hernandez

So very sorry

So very sorry for your lost. I didn't know that much about Mr. Avery but the jewelry that I've seen is just beautiful. I finally got a bracelet last Mother's Day along with 2 charms. Since then I have picked up more even for a friend of mine that has 3 bracelets which are full of charms. I plan to get another one along with some different charms fir this one. I love the state charms but there are a couple missing, North Dakota and South Dakota. I am from North Dakota but live in Texas now and want a charm of each. Hope that N.D. state charms will be made. I do hope the James Avery charms will keep going on and new ones made all the time. Again my prayers go out to all that worked for him and all his family and friends.
DuAnn Goode

My Godfather

My dad, Henry Bennison, was good friends with Mr. Avery at a time in his life. So much so that Jim is my Godfather. My parents met Jim back in the 60’s. We attended church together at St. Peter’s Episcopal in Kerrville. We have lived in Galveston for quite some time and unfortunately my dad didn’t get to see or talk to Jim much over the years. The last time I saw him was at my moms funeral in 2009 when he was an honorary pallbearer. My dad remembers him starting out in Kerrville in his mother-n-laws garage on Harper road. I too have fond memories of him and am deeply saddened to see him go. We send prayers and hugs to the family. Jim was a wonderful person who touched many lives. He will always be in our hearts and on our minds.
Betsy Bennison Milina

What a legacy of faith and beauty

I have had my James Avery cross since my 18th birthday. I have worn it everyday since I got it and I will be 38 in less than a month. My father passed in August so now with my cross hangs a Cardinal in his memory. I cherish my cross along with my rings and bracelets I have gotten over the years. I’m so sad to hear of James’ passing but what a legacy of faith and beauty he has left behind!
Laura King Van Buren, AR

Great artist

I’m very saddened by this great artist. I’m somewhat an enthusiast of Jame Avery. I began my story of my bangles. When my daughter went to try living with her father I placed 15 rubber bangles on! I went into James Avery and I told myself that she would come home. I currently have 11 Well, I currently have 9 (2 sets of 3) a 15 year old one my son got me when he was 2 years old! Plus,one that I could afford that day! I’m sorry for being such a long winded hoot! God Bless you to his family and friends,
Sheena Hudson

R.I.P. Mr. Avery

R.I.P. Mr. Avery Rejoice in Heaven with the mighty Angels! We will see you again
Anna Valdez

RIP

RIP Mr. Avery , you will be missed. My family has been wearing your beautiful things for over 25 years and still love every piece!!
Lisa Fiedler

Tall gentle and kind man

In the late 70’s when I worked for IBM and was in Kerrville to service a system; he approached me, this tall gentle and kind man and shook my hand as he introduced himself. He then proceeded to give me a tour of his beautiful complex; we were in every building as he explained its purpose and he even introduced me to some of the craftsmen. What I remember most and still very touched by to this day, is how special HE made me feel. I was very much blessed that day. Truly a Godly Man. “Absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Michael Garza

A True Artist

A True Artist Who Gave Us A Creative Way To Celebrate Important Moments In Our Lives I’m so sad to hear the news of Mr. James Avery’s passing. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all as we ALL lost an amazing talent who was very blessed in numerous ways. I remember my first JA piece. My parents would take my sister and I into the store, just to look of course and we were NOT to place our hands on the glass cases either. So with our hands behind our backs respecting the work of a wonderful mind, we slowly walked and looked at all the beautiful charms, etc. I admired his work because I’ve always liked being creative myself and to me the detail on such a small object, not to mention the charms being 3 dimensional fascinated me! I found a cross. It was unique, but everything in the store was unique. I was in middle school and I saved up my allowance to buy this cross but was shaped that way using stems and leaves with a single rose in the middle. It was also available in gold, but let’s face it, my allowance wasn’t that much! I wore it forever because I was so proud of it and was given compliments regularly. I eventually got a charm bracelet from my parents and tons of charms as gifts for all occasions and important moments in my life. A couple of rings joined my JA collection too. I still have my charm bracelet, which is extremely heavy, but that was the point, right?! To get as many charms as possible!? Anyway for me, I could feel his heart and soul was put into each piece that was created. A sense of love, pride, remembrance, kindness and passion for his craft exuded from behind each glass case holding basically a museum of James Avery’s artwork for all to see! And once it was placed in a little protective cloth pouch in a box, with each piece, no matter what it is, his spirit and goodness went with it. From humble beginnings, he managed to create a successful business, but never forgot to give back to the community. What an angel! So as a proud San Antonio Texan girl, born, raised and currently reside, Mr. James Avery you will be remembered always and I thank you for sharing your talent with all of us. By the way, I still have that sterling silver rose cross in a safe place! God Bless.
Crystal Jade Bustamante

Deepest Condolences

It is so heartfelt to know that such a generous righteous self made man of his stature is no longer with us. My deepest condolences are being sent to his family and loved ones. May God Bless and hold you all through these trying days ahead.
Sissy Boyd

What a legacy!

We appreciate his service for our country and for his talent and vision. Three generations starting with my Mom's first piece of jewelry was from James Avery and then she purchased dangle rings for her daughters...and we started charm bracelets for our daughters. We appreciate having beautiful choices for showing our faith - that is timeless and durable with top quality for a family tradition of gift giving. In fact, when we were newlyweds, my Dad pulled my husband aside and said son, "My best tip for you is James Avery for gifts- you can't go wrong!" He was right.
Melissa Ply

My condolences to the Avery family

My condolences to the Avery family. Thank you so much for sharing Mr. Avery & his special artisan talents with the world. Each piece of jewelry that my family has purchased thru the years has a personal meaning to all of us. My step Grandson joined the US Marine Corp on April 23, 2018 and is currently in basic training. I will gift him with a piece of James Avery Jewelry at his graduation that will be blessed and keep him safe. #familytraditions
Jyl Stavinoha

You will be missed Mr. Avery!

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Every time I wear one of my lovely James Avery treasures, I feel beautiful. I count myself fortunate to have these true pieces of art and to have gifted them to others. I wore James Avery earrings at my wedding, was given a James Avery bracelet by my husband to welcome the birth of our son, and buried my mother in her favorite James Avery dogwood blossom jewelry. They all seem more precious today. You will be missed Mr. Avery!
Sharon Record, Tomball Texas

Recognizable anywhere

I am so very sorry for your loss. James Avery jewelry is recognizable anywhere. Each piece I own was gifted to me in love and for a special occasion. And each piece we gave as a gift had an incredible meaning behind it. James Avery is a class act company that stands behind their products. I just bought two rings last Saturday for myself and my niece to commemorate a fantastic family weekend in Kerrville. Thank you for creating incredible jewelry that is always sentimental for both the giver and the receiver.
Jenny Mashburn

Beautiful work

Condolences to the family! Rest In Peace in Gods Loving Arms.I was introduced to James Avery jewelry in the 80’s, when my dear cousin gave me a beautiful gold and silver pedant with the chain and the earrings to match. Still wear it! Have several pieces that I treasure. Thank you for your beautiful work! God Bless!
Carmen Wiley

Rest In Peace

To the memory of a very thoughtful and talented man that put in jewelry our Christian Faith. My husband bought my first piece in 1974, the first of many. I have continued the tradition to my daughter and granddaughter.
Vicki Roper

May his good work continue

I bought my first piece of James Avery jewelry, a butterfly, in 1967. I have bought more JA jewelry than any other type of jewelry; not only for myself, but also as gifts...because when you care to give the very best, you give James Avery. Each piece is so meaningful, which, of course, begins with its creator. His life and work has always honored his Creator! My sincere condolences and deep respect to Mr. Avery’s family as well as to all the people who work in his stores. May his good work continue...
Kathryn Palmer

Our prayers are with you

We are saddened by the news of Mr. Avery. We were recently accepted to receive a donation from James Avery. We felt honored and blessed to have been chosen to receive such a beautiful design. May God continue to provide strength and courage to the family. Our prayers are with you.
First Fruits

I will forever cherish

What a legacy this man left! I was given my first JA jewelry when I was confirmed in 1973. Since then, I have purchased his jewelry for special gifts for my own children and Godchildren many, many times. Just yesterday, I was brought to tears as I placed a JA cross necklace around our Godson's neck before he was confirmed. James Avery jewelry has commemorated so many special events throughout my life, which I will forever cherish. Prayers of thanksgiving for this special man
Allison Tennant

We were privileged to meet Mr. Avery

While browsing through a bookcase this morning, I pulled out an old James Avery black & white catalog sent to my husband on 6/11/80 and I found a letter inside from Mr. Avery thanking my husband for his complimentary letter about your company and it’s ideals. We were privileged to meet Mr. Avery in Kerrville. He truly was an extraordinary man. How uncanny that I found that letter today! I love my JA jewelry and always have at least one piece on my body. My prayers will be with his family and friends in the days ahead to experience God’s love and peace.
Anonymous

The craftsmanship is phenomenal

God bless all who love Mr. Avery. He is with the angels. I am grateful to own many pieces of James Avery jewelry. The craftsmanship is phenomenal. Two special pieces are charms: a guitar chosen by my son with his initials and ‘expect a miracle’ heart purchased after he went to prison. The miracle I desire is that he gives his life to Christ.
Suzy

RIP

I have enjoyed your jewelry since I was a young girl. I remember the silver friendship bracelets with the embraced hands and the many charms, like the butterfly that I still have and of course all of the cross rings etc. The list just goes on and on. Thank you for helping us care for another and share how we feel. I know your sons will continue well in your place. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our world a kinder and gentler place in which to live amongst those we love and to whom we want to continue to express how we feel for them with your timeless designs. RIP dear one.
Mary Rowland Sowell Shelmire

My condolences

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. My condolences to Chris and Paul and the rest of the immediate Avery family as well as the Avery company family. I was a part of the company family for almost 18 years.
Joan Haney Salsbury

Home, love, faith, legacy, tradition and beautiful art

When I think of home, Kerrville Texas, where I grew up, I think some of James Avery. I knew this was far more than just jewelry. The fine craftsmanship was about home, love, faith, legacy, tradition and beautiful art. I had the opportunity to shop at the store and enjoy the Texas hill county while shopping for loved ones. I don’t shop in the store any longer so I venture online to do this now. I think I made Christmas Day for my wife this year when I gave her a cross necklace from JA. I also sent the web link to a coworker just last week because I personally knew this soon to be first time mother could not go wrong picking something out from JA. I hope they would be able to share this with another family & generation. These are just a few of my thoughts and wanted to give thanks to you Mr. Avery for the memories and the cherished Craft you bestowed upon us all. My condolences to your family. What a life they will get to Celebrate!
The Smith’s of Kansas

Believers are known by their love for one another

Scripture says that Believers are known by their love for one another. I would add to that, since the 80’s, I proudly wore his Christian jewelry and also had many know I was a Believer because of it. His work was anointed, unique, and beautiful. He is with the Lord and heaven rejoices.
Melissa Pound

Going to be missed

I am very sad to here about Mr James Avery passing away. He was a very talented artist his going to be missed. I was always excited to see what he would create next. I can remember my first peace of jewelry from James Avery it was the ring with the dangling turtle that was back in elementary. Am so happy he was able to create few owl piece my favorite! I kept thinking to myself I hope one day he makes an owl design. Also grateful that my wedding ring is James Avery I love it because it is sculpted & beautiful red granet plus it's retried means alot. Thanks Mr Avery for creating meaning full jewelry with lots of love for many people.
Laura M Cardenas

Deepest Condolences

It is so heartfelt to know that such a generous righteous self made man of his stature is no longer with us. My deepest condolences are being sent to his family and loved ones. May God Bless and hold you all through these trying days ahead.
Sissy Boyd

The man and his designs

I just discovered James Avery Jewelry last year. I admire the man and his designs. He will greatly be missed. Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time. My your family and friends find peace in the Lord at this time
Cindy McElroy

Rest In Peace

So Loved, such a beautiful and beloved person Rest In Peace
Edie Strittmatter

RIP

RIP great man of God! Someday we will meet in Heaven!
Lesa Preece

Gesture of Love

Thank-you! For your artistry. I will forever treasure my beautiful pieces of jewelry. They were a gesture of Love, from my children, to me. In which you were able to capture, and create. God bless you, and yours! And may you Rest In Peace, knowing that you made a lot of people smile with your beautiful pieces.
Andrea Rodriguez

Prayers

Christian based based charms, my collection started in the 70's. Awesome designs. Prayers for the family.
Anonymous

Fond memories

I am very sorry about your loss. My grandmother bought me all of my charms. About 40 of them, and I adore the bracelet. My Mimi always wore bangle bracelets and they would tinkle together. She’s been gone about 10 years now, but whenever I wear my charm bracelet and it tinkles I think of her and the sweet memories we had together. I hope when you hear the sound of a tinkling charm bracelet you have fond memories of Mr. Avery.
Katie B.

Condolences

My condolences to the Avery family! Me and my family love your beautiful jewelry! Prayers for all family, friends and employees! RIP Mr Avery!
Regina

Creating a legacy

Thanks for creating a legacy that helps us celebrate our memories. I recently passed on the charming tradition to my daughter. His legacy lives on in our lives. Thanks for keeping our memories alive.
Suzanne Abdulahad

Condolences

My condolences to the family of a great artistic man. I have loved wearing James Avery jewelry and working for James Avery.
Linda Byrne

Fine Craftsmanship

Thank you for setting the standard for fine craftsmanship. I have enjoyed each piece I have and am creating a gift of memories for my grand daughters with your works. Your passing is a great loss.
Colleen Flanagan

Comfort

Your jewelry helps others to share special memories. May God comfort your family.
Chris

My condolences

My condolences to the Avery family. I received a piece of JA jewelry as a gift when my mother passed away July 2017. I miss my Mom dearly and wearing the piece gives me peace and comfort and serves as a reminder knowing that my Mom is in heaven and no longer suffering. Prayers for the Avery family. May you RIP Mr. Avery.
Debbie Higginbotham

Thank you

I would like to say thank you so much for your beautifully artistic knowledge. You have given so many people memories to see every day on our arms, ears, necks ,and fingers. I love my many many pieces of James Avery jewelry and i thank you for your vision. God bless the Avery family. I am very sorry for your loss
Babette Richardson

Everyday is a Blessing

My sincerest condolences to the entire Avery family. Through your inspiring and heartfelt jewelry, I am always reminded that the Lord is watching over me and my children. I have given your pieces to so many of my dearest friends and to family to see them through difficult times as well as celebratory occasions! Rest in peace , Mr. Avery, knowing you have truly touched so many lives and that we each carry a little piece of you with us.
Anonymous

What a talented, kind man

I remember going to his studio near his home in Kerrville when I was young, my first ring came from there. I just started my grandchildren with bracelets to be added to each year. What a talented, kind man.
Gayle Horton

Creative man

James Avery was a great creative man. We loved the Way each price was hand made. We honor you for loving Jesus!
Susan and Duane LeMaster

Deepest Sympathy

I have a lot of Mr James Avery jewelry of which I adore. My deepest sympathy is extended to his family.May God bless
Betty Perkins

My first Avery piece

In 1970 I purchased my first James Avery piece, a cross. It is still my favorite, even though I have bought many JA charms, bracelets, neclaces, and earrings. When I was in high school in the late 60s I saw my first Avery piece, a ring (Eureka Springs, Ark.) and remember the lion stamp on it. Thank you for your passion for beauty and detail, Mr.Avery. You have spread God's love to many people. May you rest with Christ Jesus, Our Lord.
sher chapline Arlington, Tx.

Job Well Done, Life Well-Lived

I am so saddened by this loss; prayers for his family and friends. I feel, like many who have posted, that James Avery has traveled through life with me. As young girls, we gave charms to each other for birthday presents. My eighth grade graduation present was a gold heart necklace and matching dangle ring. My first prom favor was a James Avery charm. The headmistress of my high school gave us Sacred Hearts (cross in a heart) at graduation. At 55 now, there is no jewelry I would rather have than James Avery; it is so meaningful. I wore my Holy Spirit charm today, how appropriate. Today, He lifted Mr. Avery up to his new life! I selfishly hope the tradition continues - every family member and employee, you all mean SO much to so many. You are a very important part of your customers' lives, and we are with you.
Christine Romsdahl

Mr. Avery

My sincerest condolences to the immediate Avery family and extended family (employees). I met Mr. Avery at Q-60 and was in awe of the Texas legend. Mr. Avery has left a beautiful legacy which will continue until the end of time. He will never be forgotten.
DeLiLa

God given gift

I am turning 50 this month and I have been wearing James Avery since I was 12 years old. My heart is found in many pieces of James Avery jewelry. Your creative, God given gift will be missed. Rest In Peace and praying for the Avery family
Lea Ann M.

Great man

My sympathy to the entire Avery family. What a joy it must have been to be a member of this family and blessed to have Mr Avery for a husband, father, grand and probably great grandfather. Our family was blessed when Mr Avery found my sons billfold that he lost at North Star Mall. Mr Avery promptly mailed it back to my son with a wonderful message. Great man. Great loss for all.
Carolyn McDonald

My condolences

My condolences to the Avery family! May the God lord comfort your family in this difficult time!
Ester Leal

Impacted my life

Thank you for all the beautiful, inspirational jewelry that have impacted my life.
Sharon Chang

Rest in love

The first "real" necklace we gifted our daughter was from James Avery. She will be celebrating her first communion this weekend, and will be proudly wearing it. Thank you for being part of life's most important memories. Rest in love, Sir.
The Evangelistas

Work of art

I am so sorry to hear of James Avery’s passing. His jewelry is truly a work of art. Every time I wear one of his pieces, it feels so special. I love the fact that his jewelry represents Christian faith. I get so many compliments on his pieces whenever I wear them and they have become my favorite jewelry. I hope his family continues his great work. I will always remember James Avery whenever I wear his jewelry. Thank you Mr. Avery for your work of art.
Janice Gennaway

James Avery will always hold a very special place in my heart

Here is my most cherished James Avery memory: I received my first James Avery piece of jewelry at the age of 10. My mother, who fell ill just before my 10th birthday, had ordered me a JA dangle ring - the Christian Ichthus fish. Before the ring came in, my mother ended up in the hospital where she continued to deteriorate until she passed away several weeks later. At her funeral, one of her co-workers came up to me, and presented me with my first James Avery box - with the ring inside. It had been shipped to her work location, where her co-worker discovered it after my mom passed. I wore that ring for years to come. When my youngest daughter turned 13, I proudly passed it on to her. James Avery will always hold a very special place in my heart. I have proudly added to my jewelry collection over the years, and today own a multitude of earrings, necklaces, charms, bracelets, rings, and pendants. I hope the legacy Mr. Avery started so many years ago will live on in his spirit.
Samantha Crosby

You will always be remembered

My condolences to the Avery family. There are people that leave a print in our lives and James Avery is one of those special people. My wife wears a piece of jewelry that she never takes off and it was the first one I bought her since we were dating. She loves the selection James Avery had to offer and so did I. You will always be remembered and never forgotten! Our deepest condolences to the Avery family from us the Coronado family.
Deborah Womack and Kelly Gallegos

Such beauty

My daughter and I will always cherish our JA jewelry. When she started First grade, for every “A” my daughter brought home on her report card, she would get to pick out a new JA charm for her bracelet. Needless to say by the time she graduated high school, she had several bracelets that were filled with JA charms. Upon marrying her husband, he has started her a JA charm bracelet with charms that have special meaning to just the two of them. Thank you for bringing such beauty to our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Avery Family.
Deborah Womack and Kelly Gallegos

Praying for the family

Heaven has gained an angel now the jewelry I wear by you will mean even more to me praying for the family
Maria Alvarez

We love you Mr. Avery

My sincerest condolences to the Avery family. Since I was young, I have revived a charm for every momentous occasion in my life. My charm bracelet is truly a story of my life I hope to pass on to generations to come. Thank you and God Bless. We love you Mr. Avery!
Megan Grimes

Descanse en paz

Mi más sentido pésame a toda la familia. Descanse en paz Mr. Avery.
Maria Flores

I carry memories with me every day

I've wanted a charm bracelet since I was a little girl. Two years ago I finally got one. My daughter and my two nieces went in together and purchased one along with a charm from each one. In August 2017 I lost my grandmother and went and got a charm in her honor and had it engraved, then in December I lost my mom and got a charm in her honor and had it engraved. While I'm sorry for your loss I am very grateful that I can walk around with the memories I have thanks to Mr. Avery and his wonderful creations. Thank you Mr Avery for your service.
Patricia Danko

God bless you and your family

May the Lord greet you at the golden gate Mr. Avery. You made awesome pieces of joy for many many people. God bless you and your family.
Anonymous

Mr Avery's talent

I am very sorry to hear Mr Avery has died. I have been wearing my St Francis of Assisi ring for years and it gives me much joy. It truly captures the spirit of Francis and is a testimony to Mr Avery's talent.
Maryam Ch

God Bless You

El ya está en el cielo haciendo nuevo arte para los ángeles!
Carmina Diaz

Enter into the kingdom

My sincerest condolences to the Avery family may he Rest In Peace and may He enter into the kingdom of God and watch over his family and friends!! Amen!!
Christine Tapia

The world is a better place from the gifts he brought into it

I first discovered James Avery jewelry while I was training to be an RN in North Carolina. I Purchased my first piece, and have collected throughout my 40 year career as a nurse, and am now retired. He was a truly inspirational designer whose pieces reflected great beauty and comforting spirituality and the world is a better place from the gifts he brought into it. I am truly grateful for knowing him through his jewelry creations.
Sandy

During this time

I have purchased many James Avery pieces through the last 40 years, which I treasure and thoroughly enjoy wearing. I was saddened to learn of Mr. Avery’s passing. May God bless and comfort each member of his family during this time of their loss.
Marilyn Stewart

Spreading his love

My heart is broken for this special family, but that brokenness is joyful for he is with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..I met this man once and really didn’t know who he was till the end of our time visiting with him, but I felt like I had known him for a long time. I worked at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Cornerstone Store in Seguin, TX and proudly sold the James Avery jewelry. It was a beautiful feeling to sell to little girls their very 1st charm for their very own bracelet. The spirit that this man carried in his heart and used in his talent with his jewelry to bring so many people happiness of giving and receiving. My other experience hangs around my neck as a cross.. not just any cross but one this man (with the help of God’s spirit) made for the group of ladies who serve this awesome God in the Daughters of King.. DOK...there is joy in my heart when someone complements and ask me about it or when a daughter says I’m a DOK too...and we exchange the presences of our cross and share our love for what this special cross he designed just for us, means. Yes, we have lost a very special man for this town of FRedericksburg, a man molded by God for his life as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Also a spirit fed artist, boss, store owner who has touched so many lives and will be remembered by maybe just one piece of his art filled with love. To the family, staff, friends, and James Avery customers don’t mourn long for he lives, And will continue to live from people to people spreading his love thru a piece of jewelry.. Peace,
Cindy Beeman

Beautiful creations

I was raised on his beautiful creations. His artistic and memorable creations will be treasures. So sorry for your loss. But his soul is in every piece of jewellery though out this world. LEGENDARY, UNFORGETTABLE, PRICELESS. Godspeed.
Karen Finch

Thankful to your dad for his eye for such beautiful and memorable designs

My best friend and I saved our money so that in the summer after 7th grade so we could buy matching charms (& bracelets). We had gone in to the store oh so many times to look at the charms that we think the staff considered us fixtures! When we finally could buy and proudly walked up with our money, the sweet lady not only put them in jewelry bags inside the boxes, but beautifully wrapped the boxes in colorful ribbons, and all the staff came over to congratulate us! We felt so special! We are still best friends 45 years later and that time is still special to us. I am so sorry for your loss and so thankful to your dad for his eye for such beautiful and memorable designs.
Melissa - Houston, TX

Christian man

My Aunt Mary Bechtol gave me some of this beautiful jewellery and I gave it to my daughter Kelly Ainsworth. The designs are lovely. I am glad I knew about this wonderful, sensitive, Christian man.
Diane Jackson, Van Wert, Ohio

Love his designs

Love his designs and will wear each piece with pride and a prayer for his family.
Dorothy Rogers, Beaumont, Texas

Fond memories

When I was first married I applied for a job at the Champions Village store and worked there 8 years. It was a pleasure working for such a wonderful company and with so many lovely people. I had a number of JA pieces already and continued to add to my jewelry collection during my employment continue to do so. His jewelry is high quality and sold itself! During my employment with the company, I had the privilege to meet James Avery. I am grateful for this and will always have fond memories of my time with his company. I know this faith filled man will have a home in heaven.
D.Krueger

I miss his presence

Best boss EVER. He once told my husband Sid and I that the most important thing is to love God and love one another. The pieces he designed and crafted reflect that, and inspire us to do just that. I miss his presence here, but know he is with God.
Marsha Dowell, Manager James Avery Alamo Ranch

God Bless and Rest In Peace

I have been buying your jewelry for over 40 years now. Now I have been buying charms for my 7 year old grand daughter. God Bless and Rest In Peace.
Lana Lockwood

Mr. Avery, your jewelry has inspired generations

Growing up around San Antonio Texas, a rite of passage was a James Avery dangle ring. My first was a butterfly. We couldn’t wait to shake our hands in school. It meant so much to me that I gifted my teenage daughter the very same ring. Mr. Avery, your jewelry has inspired generations! May you rest in peace.
Julie Harris, Kirby Texas

Cherished every piece

My condolences to the Avery family. I have been wearing the jewelry since the ‘80s and have cherished every piece I have purchased and been given along the years. Again I am sending prayers to you all.
Regina

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family

We love James Avery’s jewelry so much we named our puppy after him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless.
Beauchamp – Ferguson Family

Thank you, Mr. Avery I am truly grateful for your work

James Avery jewelry is the only jewelry I have ever worn. My husband remembers getting a ring as a gift in 8th grade and deciding then that it would be his wedding ring. Every milestone in my life has been commemorated with a beautiful James Avery charm. To say Mr. Avery will be missed is an understatement, and I hope he knew how involved in his customer's lives he became with every piece he sold. I also hope he could see all the beauty he brought into this world, and I hope it gave him peace and happiness. Thank you, Mr. Avery I am truly grateful for your work.
Michelle Richey, Austin TX

You made the world a more beautiful place

Your art lives on, Mr Avery! You made the world a more beautiful place.
Deb Taylor

Loved his jewelry my whole life

I am so sad to hear about Mr. Avery’s passing. He never knew what his jewelry means to me and my family. I grew up in the hill country in the 60’s and 710’s and when I was a kid Mama and Daddy would take us to Kerrville to his shop. I have owned and loved his jewelry my whole life. I wear several pieces every day and just bought 3 more last week. He has given me, my kids and grandkids lasting memories and traditions through his jewelry. He will be forever loved and missed by my family.
Leslie Foss

Will be missed dearly

My condolences, Mr. Avery had beautiful ideas and will be missed dearly you were loved by many and will continue to be even through your death: Rest In Peace
Alyssa

May his memory be eternal

I have many James Avery items. My favorite are my charm bracelets. Every charm tells a story that I will always cherish. May he forever live in our hearts and on our charms! May his memory be eternal.
Angela Fanos

His vision continues

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of James Avery … his beautifully inspired jewelry has played a part in so many special moments for our family throughout the years . . . our daughters and granddaughters all have bracelets that provide a constant reminder of milestones and special moments in their lives … each is cherished as a unique gift they will one day leave to their daughters and granddaughters. The level of customer service and unique pieces that are found with the James Avery experience is truly a one of kind offering in today’s retail market. We hope his vision continues in his memory for years to come.
Karen Sweeton, Frisco, Texas

Avery’s message

I fell in love with James Avery jewelry in 1967. I bought the original fish at a tiny jewelry counter in the basement of St. Clements Episcopal Church in El Paso, TX. Been enjoying the jewelry and Avery’s message since then.
Sandy Cailloux

What a special person he was

So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Ken and I are keeping the family in our prayers. What a special person he was. Deepest sympathy,
Sandy Cailloux

An opportunity

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to tell my life through jewelry. Every time i wear my charm bracelet & rings it’s makes me feel safe.
Megan Pena

His beautiful pieces

James Avery was an inspiration to so many thru his beautiful pieces of jewelry. My grandchildren, my daughters, and myself all wear his beautiful jewelry and especially his charm bracelets. Prayers of comfort to his family.
Jusnita Davis

Hearts he touched

The world mourns the loss of a great man and great Artist! I cherish every piece I have and had the pleasure of purchasing my sister's first piece! My prayers are with his family and with every person whose heart he touched!
Jynifer Childress

Special gifts

I grew up in Austin and my parents were friends of the Averys back in the ‘60s. I received my first piece of James Avery jewelry, a tiny sand dollar charm, when I was 10 when I was baptized. I still have it and many other wonderful pieces, though not as many as I would like! I gave the French Heart charm to my daughters and their best friends on their 16th birthday. My granddaughter who lives in Chicago, received her first JA piece when she turned 10 this year. When ever she comes to Texas, a trip to a James Avery store is high on her to do list! JA jewelry has always, and will always be our special gifts.
Laura Syler

Our lives are full of moments in time

I just wanted to say thank you to Mr. Avery for his lifetime commitment to making beautiful pieces of jewelry. You could tell that he loved people and all the things that made them happy. Our lives are full of moments in time that have been captured by a charm, pendant, bracelet, or necklace. I pray that his work will continue through his family and we will always have these little reminders to make us happy. God Bless your family.
Pam Walters

May you rest in eternal peace

James Avery has been my favorite jewelry artisan for decades. The skill and craftsmanship he put into every piece reflected the love of his craft. I am proud of the pieces I own and have gifted. Thank you for the memories you helped me create. May you rest in eternal peace. Love and peace to your family.
Julie Larsen

"Charmed" life

May the Lord bless you and your loved one. My condolences to all family and friends. In hopes you lived a beautiful life. Thank you for the beautiful traditions your creativity and passion formed for me and my daughters...It's been a very special and "charmed" life for us.
Raquel Martinez

God Bless Jim Avery

As you walk into the simple original chapel at St Aidan's Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado, you pass a smiling portrait of our founding priest, Balfour Patterson Jr. Entering the chapel, you immediately notice the magnificent Christus Rex, designed and carved by James Avery for the chapel's dedication in 1957. The love these two gentlemen had for each other lives on in that Sacred Space, a testimony to the Grace of God and the power of the human spirit. Their association grew out of Fr. Pat's campus ministry, began in 1948. Jim was a faculty member at the University of Colorado at that time. Both men faced adversity and challenge, yet both persevered and triumphed, building lives full of joy and accomplishment. Even though separated geographically, they remained strong and dedicated friends through the years, often providing laughter, comfort and counsel to each other. After Fr. Pat's passing in 1983, his widow Virginia maintained that special affection with Jim, and although infrequent, their times together were always moments of happiness, good food, lively conversation and titanic tussles over who would pick up the check. Jim also continued his support of St Aidan's primary ministry, Canterbury Colorado, which is our outreach to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Colorado. We are so thankful for his friendship and support...God Bless Jim Avery!
Balfour Patterson III, Boulder, CO

My condolences

I have beautiful charms to James Avery that symbolizes my family and friends. These are tributes to James Avery, may he RIP because he brought a lot of happiness to others.
Ida Mclemore

So grateful

James Avery Jewelry is definitely the best place to work in the retail industry. This is due to the integrity and generosity of its founder, James Avery. His passing saddens me, but I am so grateful I had opportunities to meet him. My prayers are with Chris and the entire Avery family, and his other family-the associates of James Avery who loved and revered Mr. Avery deeply.
Victoria Epperson

Works of art

Our family has so loved Mr. Avery’s works of art. His contribution to our family will always be treasured.
Anonymous

Thank you Mr. James Avery

When I was a teenager I received my first piece of jewelry from James Avery it was a charm bracelet. I lost it a couple years later and was really upset. For Christmas my husband bought me 16 charms and a bracelet to replace my lost bracelet. Because of the name of the jewelry I named my first son Avery James. I fell in love with the James Avery Jewelry and still to this day I wear everything. My favorite piece is my charm bracelet. My condolences to you and your family. Thank you Mr. James Avery!!!
Irma Heger

A special place in me heart

I was born in Kerrville, TX and although I no longer live there, I’ve always loved and worn James Avery jewelry to remind me of home. I did a lot of research on the James Avery brand and company before I bought my first piece of jewelry and absolutely fell in love. I enjoyed reading about the history of the company and all of the hard work and love that goes into making each piece. I am extremely proud to wear James Avery jewelry and enjoy the simplistic, classic, and beautiful designs that each piece has. James Avery will forever be my favorite jeweler and I am deeply saddened to hear that the company’s founder has recently passed. Upon hearing the news, I immediately went out and bought the necklace and charm pictured below. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to Mr. Avery’s family and friends. To the company, I would like to thank everyone involved in making such beautiful jewelry. Each piece that I own is extremely important to me and holds a special place in me heart. Thank you all for everything that you do.
Heather Randolph

Many beautiful pieces

Oh my goodness just when you think that folks in your life live forever. I am 70 years old, as a young girl, I went to camp in a popular girls camp in the hill country for many years. One of the many highlights, was at the end of the session, my parents would take to the James Avery (garage) store, to spend my left over money that I did not spend in the camp store during the session. Silver charms, here I come. To this day, I still have those charm and have continued to collect over the years. Each and every charm has a special to me. I’m trying to pass the idea of a charm bracelet to my grand daughters. I’ve been giving them charms on occasions through out the year. They are getting the ideas as their bracelets get more charms. Besides the silver charms, I’ve been hooked on James Avery jewelry for years and have accumulated many beautiful pieces. Thank you, Mr. Avery! I hope you knew that you were very special to so many folks. RIP
Rebecca Spurgers-Holt

My deepest sympathy

My deepest sympathy! My family loves all of our James Avery jewelries and always looking forward for new ones! It's a fun way to celebrate our life stories through your jewelries! Thank you so much!
Blessel Wayne

Inspiring pieces that each one hold a special place in our heart

I have worn Mr. Avery’s pieces since the late 1980’s and have loved every single heart felt collection. I have now started my entire family collecting fun and inspiring pieces that each one hold a special place in our heart. Thank you Mr. Avery for sharing your big lifelong faith and dreams with not only my family but with all of Texas.
Cindy Galloway

God Bless Jim

My 37yrs. at Avery's in the Fredericksburg shop gave me many great memories of Jim. He was a great down to earth man. At the employee dinners, he always treated everyone like a friend and danced and partied with the rest of us. When he came through the door to visit the shop, he commented about how he loved to hear his people laughing and enjoying making his jewelry. Throughout my years at Avery's he left many good memories and he will be missed. "God Bless Jim"
Frances Feller, 1977 - 2014, Retired Employee

He left behind memories to last a lifetime

So sorry for the family's loss and company. He left behind memories to last a lifetime to our families with his jewelry. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for the family.
Alisha Cunningham

Much love and comfort

I have been a very long time fan of James Avery jewelry. To me, James Avery has been a real piece of Texas and I have been proud to share with loved ones. I hope his business has meant as much and brought as much happiness as it has to me. To the family - thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us. I’m truly saddened by his passing but, I know he is resting quite comfortably with the Lord and many loved ones that passed before him. Wishing all of his friends and family much love and comfort at this difficult time.
Ann O'Toole

His pieces are treasures in our family

So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Avery. We have used his lovely designs to mark so many family milestones. His pieces are treasures in our family, and we are always proud of the traditions they represent. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.
Jane Kelly

Thank you for the memories, James Avery

James Avery pieces tell the story of my life. The armadillo charm represents the mascot of my little elementary school; the dogwood ring, a gift from my Nana who is no longer with us; the butterfly dangle-charm ring, a Mother’s Day gift from my mom before our son was born; the rose bracelet, a Valentine gift from my husband. I could go on and on. Each piece represents a treasured life moment. Thank you for the memories, James Avery.
Eryn Reddell Wingert

Craftsmanship and designs of all of his work will live on

I just want to personally thank James for all of his hard work and dedication to making such find jewelry for all yo enjoy, as well as having such practical meaning for it as well. The craftsmanship and designs of all of his work will live on for generations to come, and I pray that his family will continue to allow his legacy to carry on for generations to come in the future. May God bless him and his family, and may he rest in peace and love.
Urijah Celestino Guadalupe

Thankful for all your years of artistry

Thankful for all your years of artistry. Three generations of the Pantin family wear your jewelry with love. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery.
Rosanne Pantin

Thanks for all the beautiful creations

RIP Mr.Avery Thanks for all the beautiful creations you and your family as well as your staff have created and sold. May you Spread your wings and fly high with ALL the other angels.
Blacky DeLeon

His jewelry is special and one of a kind, much as he was

To the family of Mr. Avery—Please know that you are in my prayers. His jewelry is special and one of a kind, much as he was, I’m sure. I will remember him and pray for you all each time I put on my favorite James Avery pieces. Love to you all.
Ann-Marie Marsh

I celebrate this man

In my heart, I celebrate this man. Thank You Mr. Avery and your entire family for the value, quality, workmanship, and customer service you offer and hold in high regard to this day. I am so grateful to have had a position in one of your stores. It was one of the most awesome work experiences of my life.
Ellen Doray

You, have made a wonderful impact on many

Peace be with you. Prayers for your family and friends and praise for sharing your creativity with us all. My pieces of your jewelry are treasures that I wear in remembrance of loved ones and events that have shaped my life. You, have made a wonderful impact on many.
Carrie Lafleur

You are in my thoughts

I pray for the Avery family, friends, and employees; you are in my thoughts. I also want to give thanks to Mr. Avery for the most precious piece of jewelry I own. My beautiful, funny, loving daughter, Kirsten Lee Ivey, passed away in fall of 2017 at the age of 21. She had many wonderful pieces of James Avery jewelry including the “Mother’s Love” ring that I had given her for Christmas 2016…at her request. It was a special ring that reminded each of us how close we were and how much we loved each other. After her passing, the ring became mine, and I wear it every single day. Each time I look at it, I am now reminded that my baby girl is watching over me and continuing to share the unbreakable bond of mother/daughter that we have. Thank you for being a part of our life and of so many others! Peace, comfort and LOVE to all!
Kim Mulson Hassell

He was an exceptional man

James Avery jewelry is very unique and beautiful. My daughter is now in her early 30s but when she was tween-age, James Avery jewelry was what was given and received for birthdays among her friends. My husband's wedding ring is James Avery and the service pins for Frost Bank, where I worked for almost 30 years were designed by them. His Christian background is remarkable. What a legacy! To think he started out of his garage. He was an exceptional man.
Susan Johnson

A creative inspiration

Thank you for all that you’ve done Mr. Avery! You have been a creative inspiration for so many years.. You are forever in mine and my families heart, as we've always treasured and valued your creations. May you rest in peace.
Kira Goldstein

I am truly thankful

Though i have never been lucky enough to own a piece of James Avery jewelry, whenever i visit Texas i find that walking through his stores, as a beautiful museum, brings me peace and hope during very difficult times. I am truly thankful. He must have been very special.
Suzanne Johnson

Talented artisan of our time

We have lost a true Texas icon with the passing of James Avery! However he leaves a body of work that will be enjoyed and proudly worn by his current fans and generations to come, a legacy that few can claim. I can't remember a trip to Kerrville for summer camp closings or retreats that didn't include acquiring a new Avery piece -- all still worn and cherished by myself, family members and friends. His designs are timeless and well crafted. Putting an Avery cross around my neck on good days or troubled ones somehow transmits the strength to cope or adds to the joy. His was a gift that will live on! I hope that thought is comforting to his family who now must to adjust to his passing. I will be keeping them in my prayers along with thanking our God for this talented artisan of our time. and place!
Emily Beall Bone, Houston, TX

In his Grace Forever

I did not know Mr. Avery personally but, I love his collection..I have my husband go in the Sugarland store and pick out jewelry that I have seen days before..My husband know once Mother's Day comes he knows what I want. Mr. Avery will be missed May God Bless and keep him in his Grace Forever.
Barbara Mayes

Sending blessings

I want to pass my condolences on to James Avery’s family and friends. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. I also wanted to say how wonderful I think Mr. Avery was. I met him as a young child. I was in Girl Scouts back in the late 1970s and early ‘80. I ended up being a top cookie seller. He came to one of my awards presentations and made me feel very special. After that received them for 2 more years. I ended up falling in love with the James Avery jewelry and always kept my charms. Thanks again for such wonderful memories.
Shannon Moore

God Bless the family

I have several of James Avery bracelets, rings, charms, necklaces. I think for the money it is the best you can buy. I hope the family continues the good works started by James Avery. God Bless the family.
Florine Pitre

I will always remember him

I pray for the Avery family and am sorry for their loss. Mr. Avery will be missed. He was a vital part of Kerrville for many years. He was an icon who was very recognizable because of the great business he created to make jewelry. He put his life into making the best quality jewelry for all occasions. My mom took me there many times. I am a runner and would enjoy their sponsorship of the Salvation Army Pumpkin Run. James Avery donated the nicest bracelets in our swag bags. I will always remember him when I wear one.
Bill Dahle

He was truly a Texas icon

Mr. James Avery was a talented, blessed man who put a touch of the divine into all his designs. He was truly a Texas icon. May he Rest In Peace.
Janet Declared

Such a long and illustrious life

Rest in Peace Young Man (96). Such a long and illustrious life, now you can rest and be assured the family will carry on your legacy with pride and commitment. Peace to your loved ones left behind.
Annie Taitague

You will be missed

May God be with his family and friends as they mourn the loss of their beloved James Avery. I pray for peace for him and his loved ones. Rest in Paradise Mr. James Avery. You will be missed.
Maggie Estrella

Hope to see you again someday

I was lucky enough to meet Paul Avery through my BFF Kaye Calk when she married in Cuero, Texas. When our Shreveport store opened, I was lucky enough again to see Paul Avery and meet his father. My daughter and I love the jewelry and are so sorry for the loss of your father, Paul. Hope to see you again someday--- Love you
Harriett Boddie

My condolences

My condolences for James Avery's family. I have been a big fan of the JA brand. I think it was the late 1970s when I saved up to buy my second good piece of jewelry (after my wedding ring.) It was the Capistrano ring in gold. I have gotten so many compliments on it. Then the butterfly in the same style, then the descending dove. They are all beautiful. More recently, I have bought many silver charms which I wear on a necklace. Again, so many compliments. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for bringing such artistry in to my life. You will be missed.
Rebecca Ann Jordan

Many blessings over you

May God bless your family and friends as they mourn your loss your customers have been buying your Jewelry and designs their whole lives May we all know that you are in a better place with God looking down on us with a smile as we continue to are you by purchasing your jewelry that you rest in peace
Jayne Cantrell

His legacy will live on

The jewelry that bears the James Avery logo is timeless & his legacy will live on for generations to come. Such an amazing man with God-given talents used to glorify His name.
Lynne McCartney

My heart breaks

I will always be in prayer for all of the Avery family. I also hope that you will continue the traditions that your father and Chris have done for all of the Hill Country Youth Ranch family. My heart breaks as I knew James and family most of my adult life. Chris give the rest of the family my love from Gladys R Bullis and my prayers are with you.
Gladys R. Bullis

May he forever rest in peace

I would like to thank the Avery family for their love and support they have given yet showed their employees. My name is Irene Ayala a former engraver. Thou, this message is not about me. This is about how James Avery Craftsman saved my family. See, I am a construction workers daughter. Most know how the business goes..sunny days means money, bad weather no money coming in. My mother ,Velia Ayala made a decission to join the "Avery family" and has not regretted a day of it. The Avery family understood family essence, hard times, and what life can bring. My mother along with alot of my Ayala family have worked for James Avery for many years. Many years where those bad weather days were made sunny days because mom was in a work environment she enjoyed. One day i was with my mother in the showroom in the Kerrville store. Chris Avery was walking thru. He stops and pats my mother on the shoulder and said "Hi Velia" ... I was so PROUD for he knew my mother by name. My mother's smile was priceless. This is how I will always remeber Mr. Avery. PRICELESS. I just wanted to share how grateful I am for The Avery generousity and hospitality. May he forever rest in peace.
Ms. Irene Ayala

A Texas Artist

My heart is broken over James Avery death. He was a true artist. I’ve been purchasing his beautiful craftsmanship since 1976. I have two daughters and a husband that also wear his craft. I had pieces brought out of retirement and remade for our family when ours have broken and once when pieces were stolen. I have started many charm bracelets as graduations gifts, because you can’t go wrong with JA jewelry. I’m 56 and on my third bracelet. I love wearing them and having admirers ask me about charms that have long been retired. I’ve also watched you grow and expand not only to your own stores but in your styles of jewelry offered. I thank you. I’ve never received a piece or collection I didn’t love. I have 5 rings that never come off my fingers unless I’m making meatloaf or dough- 4 are JA. I have to admit I own at least a dozen more JA rings but to me these 4 are perfection. All his pieces are but these 4 are perfect to my personality and lifestyle. I’m a Texan and so proud to know that my most loved jewelry was crafted by a Texas Artist. You will be missed. My heart felt prayers go to you and you family. Thank you again for your love and passion you shared with me and my family over our lifetime. We will cherish each and every piece.
Anonymous

Respectfully

To the family and friends of Mr. James Avery, As this I am sure is a difficult time for you, please take comfort in the thought of the many lives that Mr. Avery brought joy to through his gift. I pray for your comfort and wish God's blessing on each of you.
Tammy Coffee

Job well done

I made the acquaintance of Mr. Avery in 1970 when I met his family of wonderful boys who we played pick up games of baseball with in the field by their house... Even then I was struck by his relentless passion for his work, his dedication to his church and his profound love of his sons. I remember his pride in the new showroom/factory and how we rode caleche roads on horseback to visit it. From Junior High onward celebrations of milestones in my life were marked with jewelry expressions crafted by James Avery... from necklaces to bracelets and even a wedding ring, James Avery Craftsman marked our birthdays, births, and even a marriage union no matter how far from Texas I roamed... And it was with great pride that I gifted my children and now grandchildren with James Avery creations to mark their milestones in life... Every time I purchased a piece, although it was no doubt made by an employed Avery Craftsman, I always felt as if his individual spirit and his dedication to his faith were embedded in each one. I will be forever grateful for your artistry, your faith, and dedication to your craft... Thank you, James Avery... Rest in Peace, Sir. Job well done on Earth.
Kathryn Cunningham

My condolences to the Avery family

My condolences to the Avery family. My first piece was given to me as a gift from a family of a fellow officer's family after his funeral.
Anonymous

Beautiful work

Your legacy will live on with those of us who knew your beautiful work and what it stands for. Rest In Peace Mr Avery! You will certainly be missed!
Donna Cater Geiger

Thank you Mr. Avery

One of his first pieces made and sold outside of his garage. Waldemar Alums and Campers in Kerville send all their love
Jane Davis

The best of the very best

Prayers going out to the family of Mr. James Avery. As far as I’m concerned his craftsmanship in jewelry making has become a piece of Americana. I grew up wanting so badly to have a charm bracelet as so many of my peers had. When I was 23 I got one. I have two now and so many more other beautiful pieces. His jewelry is just different and special. He’ll live forever in each piece. Not every one gets to walk the Earth while basking in Heaven. His jewelry is classic and will never go out of style. It means something and the beautiful craftsmanship is unmatched. I don’t know any Texan girl that doesn’t have or doesn’t wish to have anything from his shop; especially the charm bracelet. Jewelers try to copy it but it’s never the same and everyone knows that. The best of the very best. He was a good, God living man and that shines in his work. He will not be forgotten.
Angelique Howard

He will be truly missed

I'm praying for the family of James Avery. He was a Extraordinary man and artist of jewelry. My granddaughter has so many charms that I have bought her from the website and stores. I will continue to shop in the stores and websites. He will be truly missed. God blessed
Kathy Thompson

Stand tall

Twenty six years ago my husband and I drove to Kerrville to purchase our wedding rings. To this day my husband wears the ring that was inspired by the Christian environment of James Avery. To the Avery family, please know that you will always miss him but he has left you a healthy, well prepared mission field. The many pieces of his jewelry that I own always keep my mind thinking Heavenward. JAMES AVERY you stand tall in .streets of Heaven.
Jacqueline Chaput

May God Bless your family during this time

I have collected so many beautiful pieces of jewelry from earrings to necklaces and filled charm bracelets. So many memories from special Holidays have been celebrated with James Avery. How does one say thank you for all those loving memories and years of celebrations shared with love ones. Many more years to come also as the James Avery keepsakes get passed on to grandchildren. May God Bless your family during this time
Ben and Pam Burson

We love your love for God

Godspeed, Mr. Avery! We love your love for God, and we love how you helped us express our love for Him through your designs. You will be missed, but we will see you in Heaven. Our sincere condolences to your family and the entire JA Family.
Joy and family

Thank you James

I have several pieces of James Avery jewelry and his work is amazing! I’ve marked several losses and milestones with a charm and it wouldn’t be the same without them. Thank you James for your decision to create your beautiful jewelry for the world. Prayers for your family & friends during this difficult time.
Amber Ritchie

Great treasures

Thank you for giving us great treasures your legacy will forever live may you rest in heaven in peace
Isabel SanMiguel

Our hearts are heavy

I was very saddened to hear the news about Mr. Avery. Our hearts are heavy for all the family. Wishing our Heavenly Father to give you all strength to help you as each day passes. Mr. Avery you will forever be missed by all.
Diane Rosales

Thank you so much for helping create these wonderful memories

James Avery Jewelry has such a special place in my heart and with my family. The first time I visited a James Avery store, I was with my beloved Grandmother in San Antonio. She bought me my first dangle ring, and that was that day I fell in love with James Avery. To this day, I still give and receive James Avery pieces for all of the big things. Thank you so much for helping create these wonderful memories for my family.
Angie Bivens

May he rest in peace

We grew up with James Avery jewelry. My dad used to buy us a dangly ring if we got straight As in school. What an incentive to get this fabulous jewelry. Both my sister and I still wear many JA pieces and now our children do as well. May he rest in peace.
Veronica Harvey

I am very sorry for your loss

I was first introduced toJames Avery Talent in the 80’s, I am still a follower of the and still use the Jewelry. I am very sorry for your loss. Every time I see or ware a piece, I will think of him. God Bless.
Buffy Brock

My treasured James Avery

I still remember receiving my first James Avery ring, as a birthday present, 40 years ago. Since then, I collected several James Avery pieces. When I turned 16, my parents gave me a key chain with a James Avery "16" charm and the key to the car. It was one of the most momentous occasions of my life! I have lived outside of Texas for 19 years now, and still treasure my jewelry from this Texas icon. Now James Avery is with God, where I'm sure he will adorn the angels with his beautiful hand-crafted jewelry. Mr. Avery will be missed here on Earth. I pray for him and his family. As a tribute to Mr. Avery, I plan to wear my treasured James Avery pieces every day for the next week!
Victoria Nordquist

Your loyal fan

I have always been a huge fan of James Avery jewelry so when I came across information that James Avery supports nonprofit organizations I was escatic. This company has supported our victim center for the last 4 years and I am truly grateful. Thank you for not only designing beautiful pieces of jewelry but also using your platform to give back. Thank you again!
Anonymous

My sincere condolences

As I did not have the honor meeting Mr. Avery I have had the pleasure meeting some of his family and many of his work family. I can say that with every person I met at James Avery they work, act and respect with the same passion as their founder Mr. Avery. It is wonderful to read the tributes for Mr. Avery, he has touched so many lives, and that his legacy will live long for many, many years.
Colleen Rodriguez

Thank you, Mr. Avery

The beautiful jewelry that he started designed I not found any where else. I have given out many pieces as gifts that have been extremely welcomed. I have many pieces myself.
Anonymous

Our Condolences

My daughter just celebrated her holy communion and received two James Avery cross necklaces. Last month we visited the Kerrville museum and store to pick out her special gift. She was so impressed by all the hard work it takes to make the beautiful works of art. Thank you for being a treasured part of all of our special occasions. James Avery’s crosses are on so many that God will surely be proud to welcome him home.
Theresia Bogar

His love and devotion to God

I remember the Chalice and Paten Mr. Avery created for Pope John Paul 1 to Living History Farms in DesMoines, Iowa. I was deeply moved, because I had purchased some of my 37 pieces of jewelry. I will always remember his creativity and his love and devotion to God.
Alescha Caldwell

God bless

Years ago my husband bored looking at camp charms wandered by chance into Mr. Avery's office. He mentioned he wished there was a wild turkey lapel pin. Mr. Avery said send a picture and had one made. Just one of the many memories associated with James Avery jewelry for four generations of my family. God bless.
R. Slack

Your legacy of love, overcoming, family and community

I was working at the border for BCFS, San Antonio, and some of my local Kerrville nurses introduced me to your jewelry. I am a hospice nurse and your legacy of love, overcoming, family and community is cherished. Prayers in your grief and joy that he sits with Lord to work more of the gifts God has given Mr. Avery.
Sherrie LaBarre

God bless the Avery Family

My parents had their 20th anniversary rings many years ago (they have been married for over 46 years) specially made by Mr. Avery, when the closest shop was in Bryan/College Station. The rings have been given to my husband and I, at our 10 wedding anniversary and say “Love One Another As I Have Loved You.” My husband buys me a piece of jewelry every Mother’s Day, birthday, anniversary and Christmas. We have bought jewelry for our daughters as well and next will be for our sons. May God wrap His loving arms around the family at this time and what joy Me. Avery has to know his traditions of Christian/memorable moments jewelry will be carried on and treasured by many like our family. Many hugs and prayers. God bless
The Davis Jr. Tribe Family (Gary Jr., Clarissa, Gabriella, Gavin, Garyson & Giuliana Davis)

The world will not be the same

I am deeply saddened by this news. Although, I am sure that he is in a better place. The world will not be the same without him in it. I fell in love with James Avery jewelry many, many years ago and have worn his jewelry for many years. People were always asking me where I got that. And I was always so proud to tell others of his remarkable work. God bless Mr. Avery.
Kathy Fortenbaugh

So many wonderful memories

My parents moved to Kerrville from San Angelo in the early 1970s. I would visit and accompany my dad on his regular golf game. The first time I met the other three men in the regular foursome, one of the gentleman looked at my dad and said, "Who knew the old prickly pear had such a cactus blossom for a daughter." That Christmas I received a James Avery prickly pear, complete with cactus blossom, charm and matching prickly pear petal earrings also created by the creative James Avery folks in Kerrville. I wear those pieces often and so many wonderful memories are stirred each time. Thanks for allowing me to hold those memories so near, Mr Avery. Peace be with you!!
Marcia Keener

Be blessed

James Avery Jewelry is very important to me and my family. I love the fact that it is a Christian based organization. I've seen God Work many things through the gifts that I have given and received with his jewelry. I know now that he's in heaven he's able to intercede for us and allow his company to continue to do God's work. My prayer is that his legacy continues through the company and the company continues to be blessed and be a blessing to so many.
Mary Keena

Jewelry masterpieces

Mr. Avery will never be far from our memories as we see his jewelry masterpieces are all about us and will be for a very long time.
H. J. Bronson, Kerrville, TX

Sending thoughts and prayers

I wear my beautiful James Avery butterfly ring my nephews gave me every day. I love it! Sending thoughts and prayers to all! God Bless!
Susanne Webb

Your artistry & brilliance

Mr. Avery & family, My heart was broken to hear of your passing. I have been enjoying & loving wearing your jewelry. My husband & kids, and grandsons have always called your store my store. I pray for blessed peace for your family & friends as they cherish memories of you. May you RIP and I know for certain your artistry & brilliance will continue for many generations to come. God bless you & your family.
Michelle Huffman & family

His abiding faith

Wrapping the Avery family in prayers of peace, strength and comfort. Mr. James Avery will love on forever in the beautiful jewelry he created, his lifelong fans, and his abiding faith. May he RIP.
The Clement Family

A great mark on Texas

Godspeed to the family. What a full life he had and what a great mark on Texas he made. He will forever be known as the man that created "Tiffany's of Texas" In our prayers
The Caroselli's

You will always be remembered

Thank you so much for the creativity of jewelry being invented for all fair prices. You will always be remembered as a good business man! Cheers for James Avery Jewelry, May Mr. James Avery Rest in Peace.
Kimberly Sanchez

With Sincere Sympathy

James Avery didn't just create a business. He created a vital part of our lives and expressions of so many important rights of passage. We were brought up on the special gifts of beautiful workmanship that touched so many lives. He will definitely be missed but his legacy will live on in our hearts and in his gorgeous jewelry.
Sunny Laird

Kindest Regards

God Bless You, James Avery. Every day, I wear, or should I say, NEVER remove a masterpiece from you – a two-tone solid gold wedding ring that will be with me for the rest of my existence. When it was time for me to marry, I could think of absolutely no man’s work that I would chose to wear for the rest of my life, other than a custom creation from you, symbolizing the sacred union between my lovely wife and I. It was a one-of-kind piece, delivered in record-time. I thank you for that, and all the other beautiful items I have purchased from you over the last 40+ years, that I have proudly given to the many people that I love and hold dear. Thank you, James Avery.
Ed Cline

We will miss James Avery

It was a joy to read all the condolences online. Yes, a joy. Mr. Avery will never be gone from us. He might not be here in person, but he will always be in our hearts and spirit. He did so much for so many. He shared everything. His life story is one to serve as a role model. He knew his Lord. He knew his talents. He knew what was good. I read words from his staff, his clients, his friends. They all say the same thing. He will be missed. They are all grateful to have known him. They all love their jewelry and the meanings behind them. I, too, got to meet Mr. Avery. We were at a Good Samaritan dinner. I was so excited. I knew we owed Estela so much for helping get our center started. I had worn Avery pieces for years and to finally meet "the man" was such a treat. He was just as warm and nice as I pictured him. I have given many pieces over the years and the recipients are always more than delighted. Just knowing it came from Avery made it special. And, I could always find something just right. We will miss James Avery. Thank God He let him stay as long as he did. Good feelings and sweet memories. His legacies will continue for a very long time. I personally thank the family for sharing with the rest of us. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Catherine Davis

God bless

So very sorry to hear of James Avery’s passing. He will be missed. i just purchased a ring for myself (hand in hand) which reminded me of my granddaughter who is now 2. However, after she was born, when I held her in may arms as she fell asleep, she would raise her tiny hands above her head and one hand would find the other and she would be hand in hand. Needless to say, something from heaven!! I hadn’t got the chance to send in a review yet, but i know James Avery will read this from heaven.
Beverly Henasey

We thank God for Mr. Avery

My husband, David, and I are so very sorry about the loss of Mr. Avery. May you find God’s peace and comfort during this difficult time. James Avery jewelry has become such an important, personal part of our family. In the 1980s, by sister and I watched our dad carefully choose unique pieces as gifts for our mom. Soon they began to give us each pieces on special occasions. A family tradition was born. My husband and I made it part of our own family when we got married. From adding to my charm bracelet or finding other new treasures, it’s been a joy to grow the collection. As I type this, I’m wearing a gold and emerald ring that my husband gave me this year for our 20th anniversary. And now the tradition will continue in a way that’s the most special to us: this spring we adopted our first child, a 16-year-old girl. For her adoption gift we passed on to her one of my charm bracelets (that I’d had my charms removed from so she could start her own), which one charm included. One side we had engraved with her original initials, and one side shows her new ones. We explained that James Avery is a family tradition. We smiled when the rest of my family showed up for the adoption with James Avery gifts for her, too. Again, we offer our condolences, and we thank God for Mr. Avery working so hard to share his talent and vision with the rest of us.
Alison Bryant, Brownwood, Texas

A long fulfilled life

As a lifelong admirer and purchaser I am sorry for his family but know he lived a long fulfilled life. I hope that his company continues on with his same heartfelt designs and love for his customers.
Wanda

Magnificent heirlooms forever created

I have enjoyed James Avery jewelry for many years now and wear nothing else.. its always been special and more so now that its founder is now at rest. When I look at this, my jewelry, I will feel honor and sentiment for one of our Texas own . God bless to the family and may we always have these magnificent heirlooms forever created.
Anonymous

My heartfelt condolences

Mr. Avery gave us wearable beauty, whimsy, and inspiration. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and all who have been touched by his creations.
Lindy Denton

His spirit will be missed

James’ creativity and generosity is a true legacy of this good man. His spirit will be missed. My prayers are with you.
Gregg

Such great craftsmanship and artistry

Such great craftsmanship and artistry. About a week ago I unpacked a few things after a move and found a stacked band James Avery ring that I love. Ive worn it every day since. I went to the site to look for the ring in A Mothers Love line and saw this. So very sad. I’ve always loved everything from the company and have enjoyed looking at each seasons catalog.
Melissa Clark

Peace

My first jewelry my parents bought me was yours. I have collected all sorts of pieces I’m proud to wear and put on my Christmas tree. God Bless you for making so many people happy and loved from your awesome works of . My prayers are with you and your family.
Jane

Greatest treasures

I have been wearing James Avery jewelry since my 14th birthday when my best friend gave me the Sand Dollar necklace. That was 51 years ago and the sand dollar now inhabits my "life" charm bracelet, one of three I wear often. As a teenager, I was fascinated with the stories behind each symbol he created and was blessed to meet him once in Kerrville. I missed the stories when the packaging changed but that has not deterred me. I have purchased the James Avery sisterhood ring for all of my sisters and SILs, and daughter when I had cancer and they have a special meaning for all of us. He was a kind man with a Christian vision for making the world a better place by reminding us to Believe, have FAITH/HOPE/LOVE and to remember we are truly Blessed. My Resurrection Cross is one of my greatest treasures but in truth, I have so many pieces, I should own stock. He will be missed but hopefully the business will continue with the vision he originated.
Belinda Swearingen

Designing jewelry in heaven

My deepest condolences to everyone who is a part of James Avery Craftsman and who knew Mr. Avery. I have bought many charms and love them very much. Thank you Mr.Avery, for letting me express my life in a different way. You'll still be designing jewelry in heaven.
Sophia Mathews

I've always loved your designs

I grew up in San Antonio (born in 1954), and visited the Kerrville shop and factory many times in my early years. I've always loved your designs, and own many pieces. In fact, the weekend of April 21st and 22nd we were in San Antonio for a great-niece christening, and I took advantage of the charm necklace sale, much to my husband's chagrin. He'll get over it.
Jeannine Caldwell, Dallas, TX

A wonderful artisan passed away

Oh I AM so sorry that such a wonderful artisan passed away. His talents are way above others...surpassing them all the way to Heaven. I have several pieces of his work, and a charm bracelet I bought when I resided in San Antonio in 2004. HE will be dearly missed by many. I want to express my deepest sympathy to his family, as I am sending my heartfelt and my condolence. HE will be there with you in spirit, and in heart. Remember the wonderful life you shared...as he'd want for you to do. Thank you, A loyal customer, who cherishes each piece of jewelry from James Avery. AND gave as gifts. MY BFF/HUSB of 33 years passed away due to cancer related to Vietnam (2016). For my last Christmas gift to REMEMBER HIM , 2017 I purchased the GOLD REMEMBRANCE CROSS with his birthstone. I returned the silver, deciding my husb was worth GOLD.
Joanne Pollock-Cagnoni, Rockton, Il

Forever joined

Love's Blessings as you are now free to Know the Fullness of Eternal Spirit as True Be-ing, forever joined, One-With, the One Eternal Spirit we all share.
Barbara Dillingham

A piece of art

Our condolences to Mr. James Avery‘s family I would like to say that you are a piece of art yourself and you created a world of peace hope Faith and love to each family that Where’s your jewelry .
Rachel Gutierrez

My most favorite jeweler ever

My condolences to the family. James Avery is my most favorite jeweler ever. Great amazing man.
Aimee Wilkerson

God's peace

To the family and friends of James Avery: I was very sorry to hear of Mr. Avery's death. Like other customers, over the years I have purchased many beautiful pieces of jewelry which he designed. Each item is a unique, meaningful work of art. I have especially appreciated his religious designs. (As a pastor, I often give an Avery cross to a colleague who is being ordained). I gave my daughter a ring celebrating motherhood for Mother's Day. I presented an engraved bracelet as a birthday gift to a neighbor (extended family) who is like a daughter to me. I also treasure an infinity bracelet and ring which I purchased for myself in honor of my three children. . . . But I think my favorite is my most recent purchase: I ordered the "joy of my heart" ring for my best friend as a Valentine's Day gift and one for myself as well. She most definitely brings joy to my heart. . . . . . We cherish these beautiful rings because they help us to feel emotionally close to each other even when we are apart. . . . . Please add my condolences to the lovely list of tributes which I just read. Mr. Avery will be missed, not only by his family, friends and employees, but also by his many, many grateful customers. May God bless all of his loved ones as they mourn the death of this artistic, compassionate person. Rest assured that the beautiful, meaningful jewelry which James Avery designed will live on as his legacy.
Janet Aldrich

His talent, inspiration and creativity have brightened countless lives

I will always remember Mr. Avery taking the time to visit Dunaway Elementary School in Waxahachie that some of his grandchildren attended. He explained his craft and patiently answered the endless questions the students had for him! It was an honor to meet him. I have worn and enjoyed and still give and receive James Avery pieces most of my life, the better part of 40 years. His talent, inspiration and creativity have brightened countless lives! I will keep those of his family, both those related and those related through his work in my prayers in the coming days.
Susan Cravens

Fine man

My Dad knew Mr. Avery and thought the world of him. My Dad passed away 3 years ago, but I remember him speaking very kindly of Mr. Avery having done some tile work for him. Avery jewelry will always be a part of my growing up years in Kerrville. I pray his family will be comforted with the loss of this fine man and the legacy he leaves.
Cheryl Thiltgen

Rest In Peace Sir

Deepest condolences to the family. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Mr. Avery, may your legacy continue. Rest In Peace Sir.
Bidal & Yolanda Perez, Portland, TX

I'll always remember this day fondly

My dad worked for James Avery in the 70's and would buy little rings or charms for me and my sisters. I absolutely fell in love with the simple yet elegant designs. For my 40th birthday my husband took me to the store here in Kerrville To buy a pearl ring and Mr. Avery posed for a picture with me. I'll always remember this day fondly.
Elsa Lara

Amazing talent

We have enjoyed our beautiful James Avery jewelry pieces, for three generations, starting with my mother. I have a 16" silver and gold necklace that I bought 25-30 years ago, in San Antonio. I wear it every day and get compliments on it, almost every day!!!!! Heartfelt sympathy to your family and cheers to a life that touched the whole world with your amazing talent!!!!
Debbie Harrison, Shreveport, LA

The wonderful man he was

Oh how this saddens my heart. When I was 10 years old I had the pleasure of receiving a James Avery dangle ring for my birthday. I'll never forget opening that little James Avery box to find a fuzzy envelope with my rainbow dangle ring. Little did I know that by slipping that ring on my finger I was entering into a lifelong love affair with all that was, and still is, James Avery. The wonderful man he was, the witnessing Christian, and superbly talented Jewlery maker. I thank you sir for the gifts you bestowed on this world. Through both jewelry, and your love of God. Enjoy the kingdom of Heaven.
Stephanie Belcher

Peace be with you

I’m so sad to hear this. You will all be in my prayers. My grandparents lived in Texas throughout their lives and almost every birthday or Christmas, they would give me and my sisters with a ring or a charm as a gift. My grandmother had a full charm bracelet so I was thrilled to add to mine, little by little. James Avery had such a gift that he shared with the world. I feel blessed he shared it with others. Peace be with you.
Betsy Rodgers

One of the great artists and entrepreneurs

One of the great artists and entrepreneurs of the San Antonio / hill country area. I am so sorry to see hiim go. He was a part of the greatest generation ever. I hope the younger generations will be able to step in and carry on as his generation did.
Nancy

Such a talented man

I was very sadden to read that Mr. Avery passed away. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I was 14 when I moved to Kerrville and it wasn't long before I found The James Avery Store and made my first purchase of a ring. That was 41 years ago and I have collected many pieces and wear them daily. Such a talented man and his designs, one of a kind, eye catching, and simply beautiful. I will cherish them even more.
Carrie Christensen Murray

Thank you for the wonderful memories you helped create

When I hear James Avery or enter one of the stores , not only do I think of his beautiful jewelry and his legacy, but the many nights shopping at Barton Creek Mall in Austin with my parents and sister many years ago. Those were great memories. I have lots of items from James Avery ranging from bookmarks to keychains to bracelets and everything in between… and I love them all. My children now love James Avery jewelry as much as I do. Both my kids asked for cross necklaces when they were baptized and ask for something from James Avery each Christmas. Each piece is special and represents some wonderful (and sometimes even sad) events in our family’s lives. Thank you for all the beautiful creations through the years, but mostly thank you for the wonderful memories you helped create over the years!
Bry Kenney

What a remarkable man he was

What a remarkable man he was. I love every piece I have ever purchased. His creations are beautiful just like this man. My heart goes out to the family. My God bless you all in this time of sorrow. Rest In Peace. I will continue to wear my pieces with pride.
Sondra Benton

His jewelry inspired

It isn’t often that someone has the special gift of affecting so many lives in such a positive way, but Mr. Avery did just that through his dedication to the design and quality of the jewelry that bears his name. From the youngest to the matriarch in this family, each of us has charm bracelets and necklaces that memorialize a special time and place, and I wish Mr. Avery could have seen the reactions, smiles, and even tears of joy that his jewelry inspired. I hope that the company that bears his name will continue his legacy. Our sympathy to the Avery family and associates.
The Brooks Family

My condolences to the Avery family

My condolences to the Avery family. I was introduced to his jewelry collection 21 years ago. My brother lives miles and miles from me, but I was feel close to him when I wear the jewelry he picked out for me!
Laurie Dembowiak

His work is timeless and beautiful

My Deepest Condolence to the Avery family for the loss of a wonderful gentleman that has brought happiness to a lot of people with his jewelry pieces I know my granddaughter an daughter an my self will treasure the pieces that we have now my prayers are with all of the family My He RIP
Romona Zelasko

His work is timeless and beautiful

Sorry to learn of the passing of James Avery. I have loved his work since the early 70's, and still treasure and wear a pair of earrings that I bought in 1972. His work is timeless and beautiful.
Linda Gaylord

Thank you for your inspirational work

Thank you for your inspirational work and designs. What a blessing for my daughter and I to have a little piece of Texas wherever we go! You weren't just making jewelry you were making memories to last a lifetime.
Alisa Reynolds

Rest In Peace

Thank you for your military service…and for making the world a “shinier” place! Your designs give a way for people to carry their story with them! I bought my first piece at Ingram Park Mall in San Antonio TX over 37 years ago: a twisted wire loop ring with a heart charm. I loved it; and all my friends did too, so much that they also bought one. My love for James Avery pieces grew through the years, and on with my girls. We finally made a trip to the showroom in Kerrville (the previous one; although I did see the new one in 2017) where we watched your story via a video, and spoke to some of your long-employed jewelry designers/inspectors through a little window. We were so excited to see the main campus…the area where the business started. Your sons were already handling much of the business, but much to our surprise, we were elated to see you actively making your way to the offices through the main campus showroom. You took time to say hello, and asked what my first JA piece was, and the latest. What an inspiration of health, active dedication, and true work ethic you had for customers to see. Thank you for your service to our great nation, and for your designs as a way for people to proudly/boldly display and express their stories everyday.
Debra Miller, Frisco TX

His dedication and commitment

I’m condolences to the family, Mr. James Avery will live on for many generations to come for his dedication and commitment to the fine jewelry we all have loved.
Cynthia

His jewelry represents quality

We take a piece of James Avery, wherever we go. Whether we wear it for a special occasion or gift it for a baby shower. His jewelry represents quality and those special moments in our lives combined into one.
Mari Smith

A great human being

My condolences to the family and the world. We have all lost a great human being. We are blessed because he was able to create a way for us to share our Christian faith with our friends and family. May God bless you for all you have accomplished.
Susie Calvino

May Gods comfort surround you all

My deepest and sincere condolences to the Avery family. Prayers being lifted for the whole family. God bless and may Gods comfort surround you all along with a lot peace.
Eunicia Juarez

His creativity

My heart felt condolences to the Avery family. We will continue to enjoy his creativity for years to come.
Kim Gilstrap

He will remain in our hearts for a lifetime

James Avery and the James Avery Company will never really fathom just how much they have positively affected the lives of others: including myself, my family and my children. James Avery is not just jewelry: a charm, a pendant, a bracelet or a necklace. It was a silver “children playing” pin given to me, by my second grade students, at the end of my first year of teaching. It was a “mother and child” pendant given to me, from my husband, when we had our first child. It’s was the “pearl and shell” charms given when both of our girls were born. It was the “diploma charm” given to me, by my parents, when I received my Masters Degree. This jewelry, is not just jewelry, it’s a token of the greatest times and events of each of our lives. Silver, gold and gems can be handcrafted, but their beauty, can only be transformed into art by an amazingly talented jeweler and that jeweler is James Avery. His jewelry has touched our lives and the lives of many others. He will always be a part of our many accomplishments, achievements and celebrations. His hard work, dedication and of course: his amazing talents, will never be forgotten. His life was not taken from us, but rather given to us. God Bless the Avery family and may his sons carry on his father’s legacy, in Texas and throughout the United States. On a side note: my husband and myself loved the name Avery, so much, that our 2nd born bears that middle name. He will remain in our hearts for a lifetime and then some.
Kenneth T. Hill

I treasure my charm bracelet and the memories

I would like to send my sincere condolences to the Avery family. I am truly inspired by Mr.James Avery and the legacy he leaves behind. I treasure my charm bracelet and the memories that each charm represents. Thank you for creating such beautiful jewelry that means so much to me and others.
Sylvia Smitherman

Thank you for sharing all your beautiful work

My heart dropped when i heard the news of Mr. Avery. I've loved his work for so many years, i got my first bracelet with charms when i was 8 years old in 1998 and now have a jewelry box full of James Avery jewelry. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful work with us. You will be greatly missed!
Jessica Yocum

Amazing artist and man

Amazing artist and man! Amazing jewelry designs of faith! Many blessings to you Mr. Avery, Godspeed!
The Itschner Family

We all will miss his God given inspiration

James Avery Jewelry is one thing that comes to mind when one mentions the great state of Texas. The beautiful craftsmanship and quality that is so well know and shine Texas roots. Mr. Avery has effluence fashion with faith and Texan flare . What a legacy! We all will miss his God given inspiration.
Clint Orms

With my greatest respects, Via Con Dias Mr Avery

James Avery and his entire team will always be admired and respected , they did not have to put as much metal or quality into each piece , but chose to for themselves and their customers . Well done James Avery and James Avery Team . Your one amazing, respected family. I know you will continue to carry on the tradition . With my greatest respects, Via Con Dias Mr Avery.
Clint Orms

I’ll never forget!

I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Avery at a family friend’s wedding. He was so gracious and unassuming and such a great conversationalist. It was an experience that I’ll never forget!
Ruth Altenburger

May Mr. James Avery Rest In Peace

My sincere condolences to the entire Avery family. I never met Mr. Avery, but I proudly wear my “A.C.T.S.” bracelet, gifted to me by my husband, after my Retreat. He has continued to gift me with other pieces from the Avery collection. I always look forward to the latest catalogue. May Mr. James Avery Rest In Peace.
Velma S. Williams

He will be missed

Hello, This is for the family of Mr. Avery. We are sorry for your loss . Me and my daughters have been wearing Avery. Jewerly for a long time . We enjoy wearing the Jewerly . He will be missed but we know the family will keep the quality and the joy for what is sold under his name . May God bless your f amily .
Deborah Williams and family

Condolences

My deepest condolences to the Avery family, and the dedicated staff that has supported Mr. Avery’s vision. I received my first JA piece in 1993 from my high school sweetheart, now husband, and I have remained in love with every piece my husband has added to my collection since then. Thank you Mr. Avery and staff for the love and attention you all put in each piece. I pray you all find comfort and peace in your precious memories. Psalm 34:18.
Melissa Alejandro

James Avery jewelry is a tradition

My condolences to the Avery family may God give you the strength to continue the great craftsmanship and quality of the legend this great man has provided. I love this jewelry it’s an inspiration to wear and see my family enjoy. James Avery jewelry is a tradition that your father created keep the quality and customer service. Look forward to continue shopping for James Avery jewelry.
Your loyal customer

Great friends

Jim Avery and my husband, James Pfluger, were great friends. Jim Avery designed a monument for James’ headstone. He also made small replicas of the monument for myself and my children as keepsake mementos. I’m sure Jim and James have met in Heaven again.
Joyce Pfluger

May God watch over you for all eternity

Thank you for sharing your amazing and beautiful talent. I truly love and cherish all my pieces from your collections. They are timeless and beautiful. I recently started my first granddaughters bracelet and every charm has a deep meaning to me. My thoughts are prayers are with the Avery family, God Bless.
Celeste S. Borrego

He helped my whole family

I have worked for James Avery for over a year now but my family and I have know Mr. Avery for a long time. This loss has been very devastating for us. Mr. Avery has helped my family, specifically my father Ruben Avila, who has been and still is working for Mr. Avery for 26 years and counting. He helped him get a job first on Mr. Averys ranch, when he arrived to the United States. He later on helped my father get a job working for the company. He may not have known it, but by doing so, he helped my whole family. We are very greatful for everything Mr. Avery has done for us. May he rest in peace, he will always be in our hearts. Prayers go out to the Avery Family. May God help you stay strong.
Marisol Avila

God is waiting with open arms

Blessings to an amazing man as he passes on to his Eternal Home. I am sure God is waiting with open arms.
Joanne

Morning Star

Scripture says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Although we mourn this singular moment we also rejoice that Mr. Avery is in the presence of the bright and morning Star( his Savior)! Prayers for his family and a continuance of his legacy.
Christina Martin

I truly appreciate Mr. Avery’s artistry

My first piece of James Avery jewelry was a gift probably close to 50 years ago by my Aunt in San Antonio, and I have added pieces (both purchases and gifts) throughout these intervening years. I truly appreciate Mr. Avery’s artistry and that of the people he has employed over the years.
Shirley Halladay Lawrence, Kansas

My deepest sympathies to the Avery family

Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the Avery family. Wished I could have met him but I have only heard great things about him since I have been working there. Sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.
Jessica A Hernandez Dallas, TX

A Life Well Lived - A Most Skillful Artisan in Jewelry Design

The several James Avery pieces I have had the privilege to acquire and so proudly wear are a precious part of who I am. Thanks for the inspiration and help in expressing our deep faith through your creations. May you rest in the gentle peace in the arms of God in Heaven.
Mark W Mangus, Sr.

Humbling example of servanthood

We have long admired and acquired craftwork from James Avery. His Christian witness through his life work was an humbling example of servanthood in service to his Lord. What a blessing for all of us to have experienced God’s goodness through Mr. Avery. The Lord’s comfort and graces continue to be with his family always.
Mark and Myrthala Fischer Texas

Deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to Mr. James Avery's family for their loss. It is a blessing to work at James Avery . Hondo ,Texas God bless.
Anonymous

You will be Deeply Missed

Thank you for all the inspirational jewelry you have designed throughout the years. You have touched my life with your genius work of art and am honored to be wearing a piece of your creation. May you Rest In Peace.
Kim Rushing

God blessed the earth with James Avery

I am so glad that the God blessed the earth with James Avery. His designs allow me to demonstrate my faith as I wear the quality jewelry that he designed. I purchased my first piece 19 years ago. It was the alpha/omega ring. It is still one of my favorite pieces because I get to share the gospel with people when they ask me about the meaning of the Greek symbols on the ring. I got married two years ago and I knew when we started planning the wedding that my husband's band would be a James Avery design. He loves it. Among other pieces that I own and cherish, my husband's collection is growing too as I presented him with the men's Alpha/Omega ring as a birthday present. See you in heaven Mr. Avery. Excited to meet you!
Terhea Furr

My heart is broken this afternoon...

After reading the news of Mr. Avery’s death, my heart is saddened by the loss of this very special man. While I did not know him personally, his craftsmanship and his legacy will continue to live in my heart every single day. My first piece of James Avery jewelry was purchased for me by my mother in 1973 from the trailer store that was located in the parking lot behind St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. I still have that charm on my very full charm bracelet, and I cherish every piece of James Avery jewelry that I have avidly collected and been gifted since that first piece (many are now retired). I have worn his jewelry for over 40+ years, several pieces daily. As we all know there is no other like James Avery, and although he will be greatly missed, I pray his legacy continues… his spirit lives among so many followers.. My thoughts and prayers are with the Avery family and the community that mourns his death today. He is truly among the angels this evening. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for touching my heart in so many ways and helping make many special memories in my life – past, present, and future.
Sara Spreen San Antonio, TX

Faith and work ethic

My first piece of James Avery was a small cross charm that I bought at LORMS Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville back in the summer of 1993. The second was the rose/Texas charm that came the following Christmas from my now in-laws. Since then, I've marked earning my master's degree in 2001 with a Tapered Dome Signet ring (the first thing I'd ever had monogrammed) and by starting a charm bracelet. That bracelet holds charms that mark my life through the years. May Mr. Avery's faith and work ethic continue to stand the test of time. May his family be comforted knowing how may peoples' lives he touched.
Ms. Ryan Chambers

God-wink

RIP James Avery The talented artisian who's jewelery pieces can be found in nearly every native Texans jewelery box. Last month... I received a priceless "God-wink" courtesy of James Avery... I was visiting our local JA store, dropping off one of our twin boys necklaces for an adjustment. I made the comment to the JA associate that I "doubted" they had any new pieces since I had been in their shopping the prior month during February for Valentine's day...but was just wondering (aimlessly really...see, my Mom had died 3 days before and I was feeling lost and I therapy-shop when in peril)... just then the associate says, well as-a-matter-of-fact, a new piece had arrived THAT morning... it hadn't been put on display yet. It turns out that JA had created "Seraphina" a well-known GAURDIAN ANGEL. ((This was also the song written by Catholic musician, Beth Nielsen Chapman, that my Dad and I continually sung to Mom during hospice)) While I haven't been able to sing or listen to the song since Mom's passing... I do proudly wear Seraphina everyday
Cherese Bayne-Sanchez

Mr Avery had true values that resonated around the world

Our sincere condolences to the family from South Texas! I believe Mr Avery had true values that resonated around the world. His art and jewelry helped our family start conversations that created traditions.
The Solis Family

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to the family of Mr.Avery your jewelry made so many people happy.He will be in my prayers.
Margarita Bonner from Houston Texas

Mr. Avery lived his life with purpose, meaning & substance

My handicapped daughter and I were very sad to hear the “transition” from this place to paradise. Although we are sad that Mr. Avery is no longer on “earth”.... we know He is with the Lord. We know this because “ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS”! Mr. Avery lived his life with purpose, meaning & substance. He lived his life in such a way that it was an outward example of what treasure was stored on the inside. The pieces He created gave my daughter’s life joy! I say Thank you to His family for allowing us to enjoy his creativity, craftsmanship and experience! We WILL see you again!
Angela F.

I am so sorry for the great loss

I am so sorry for the great loss. My collection has gotten me through some very rough times in life. God Bless You all
Kimmi O'Liney

Blessed by his contribution

I have worn James Avery jewelry over 30 years and his cross necklace everyday! Every special occasion from the birth of our children to the 40th wedding anniversary last year we have marked with a special purchase. He was a very talented special veteran of WWll and we are blessed by his contribution
Pam H

Condolences

Paul, so sorry to hear of your loss. Terrie & I are praying for you and your family.
Mark & Terrie Woods El Campo

What A Legacy You've Left Our World!

Truly Mr. Avery has left the world a legacy of faith, family, love and quality. He has reminded us to celebrate all of life. I have always been excited to give and receive beautiful pieces of JA jewelry. My condolences and prayers are extended to his family, whether blood, friend or company employee. Thanks be into God for fulfilling His promise of longevity in Mr. Avery's life.
Tamu M. Banks

We are so saddened to hear of James Avery's passing

To all his family and loved ones, we are so very sorry for your loss. My heart just broke when I opened the email. What an amazing man and legacy he has left. What an inspiration and witness he was to so many. He has truly been a good and faithful servant to our Father. JA is a tradition in our family that has spanned 5 generations of great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, sister and grandchildren even husbands and grandfathers have a little something. Each piece we wear is truly treasured, and nothing excites any of us more than seeing that little bag or red box as a giver or receiver... So many countless moments inspired by such an amazing man. Please know we value his work, his traditions, his journey, his craft, and his life... I am praying for all of you, as you walk this very hard road, but hopefully comforted knowing he is with God now. I pray for peace comfort and courage.
Marcy, Katy and Joe Dixon

What a wonderful, artistic man

What a wonderful, artistic man! We are sad at the passing of James Avery. We have been admirers since my niece went to camp in Kerrville...the camp charms. I have many pieces designed by Mr. Avery. My family is especially fond of “the heart remembers” necklace I bought my nieces and me when my sister, who was also an artist, passed away. There will be something missing in our lives from this day forward.
Bette Orwig

Such memories encased in beautiful JA art

Very sad to hear the passing of such artistic talent. Heaven has another angel, welcomed by one of his biggest fans, my father who passed in January. My sisters and I received a JA gift from Dad every Christmas for years. My last gift from Dad is a JA angel I wear on my wrist every day, surrounded by a JA cowboy hat and a JA boot. Such memories encased in beautiful JA art. Prayers up to the JA family. Smile in remembrance of your loved one.
Donna C.

A great man is gone who will be remembered forever

Mr. Avery was a very thoughtful and helpful man whose faith and good nature showed not only through work, but through the lives he touched. He helped me and my family stand on our feet after emigrating to this country. He took my parents in, gave them jobs, helped with our living arrangements when we left, and even wanted to help me with my college plans. I will always remember him for believing in me, helping out my family, and trying even when he couldn't. Years ago when I was still in school, and my parents took care of his household, he knew I spent too much time working. His gracious generous nature came out, and he decided to help me with paying for my gas just so I can work less and focus more on school work. He always believed in personal growth, education, and faith. He was selfless and always willing to help others. There are too many stories to tell how he affected my life and I'm sure many others, but he was a great man and he will forever stay in our memories and our hearts. The world will miss you. Thank you!
Patrick Danielewski (and parents)

God bless you

Thank you Mr. Avery and God bless you for sharing your talents and gifts with the world. I came upon a JA store in a Tulsa mall a few years ago during a profound transition in my late 50's. I now have many, many pieces that serve to outwardly tranalate who I am, how I feel, my self confidence, and my inner gypsy. No other artists have ever provided me with such treasure! May you rest in Peace.
Rhonda Carter

Prayers

I have enjoyed the work of Mr James Avery’s jewelry line for many years. Mr. Avery will be missed. Prayers to all that loved him.
Lorie S.

Creativity and quality of his work is unsurpassed

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. I have enjoyed wearing his jewelry for over forty years. The creativity and quality of his work is unsurpassed. He will be missed, but his inspiration will live on through his beautiful artwork that so many like myself have. May God provide comfort to his entire family.
Ruth T.

Thank you James Avery

Thank you James Avery for bringing such beauty and joy to everyone. My sincere condolences to your family. R. I. P. Mr. Avery
Jo Ann T.

May his memory live on

So very sorry for the loss of this fine man. May his memory live on in your heirs and the legacy you created
Betty J Hicks

Rest In Peace

I learned of James Avery when I was 15 in camp at Kerrville, TX. I have owned and admired his work in the succeeding 55 years. My daughter followed me to camp and in my love of James Avery pieces. Rest In Peace.
Ann Mabry

Christ-honoring life and legacy

Just like we can know something of the character and heart of God, by revelling in his awesome creation, so we can know something of the heart and character of James Avery, by seeing the fruit of his labor. For decades, he has created jewelry that has exalted the Lord, his creation, and the love we have for one another. The quality, craftsmanship and meaning behind owning a piece of his jewelry stands the test of time, and so does the integrity of this family business. He has run his race well, and finished his course, and he leaves behind a Christ-honoring life and legacy. Well done, Sir! And glory to the God who gifted James Avery, and us, to be living expressions of his great mercy, tender love, and lavish grace.
Jan L.

Condolences

Our condolences to the Avery family! I love my many JA jewelry pieces and will cherish them even more! God Bless you Mr Avery!
Margie Zinsmeyer

Condolences

My condolences to all of you with this great loss...I have been buying this lovely jewelry since my early 20’s.
Dora J. N.

Mr. Avery will live on

It is with much sadness to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. One of the most Precious things about Mr. Avery’s unique beautiful jewelry is the Symbol of Faith on each piece of jewelry. I always look for the Symbol and it always gives me comfort. Mr. Avery will live on with much love throughout the World through his precious creations. Peace and comfort to the family. Blessings to you all.
Lydia Cortello

Rest In Peace, Big Jim

I haven’t really been able to come up with too much to say yet, because as much as you can expect that something like this will happen, it still hurts something fierce when it DOES happen. I can definitely say that this man is the person who gave me my love of jewelry and inspired me to be creative in so many ways, including making my own jewelry. He was an inspiration to all of his employees, which is no small feat in this day and age. Mr. Avery wasn’t some man in some hidden away secret office running a company, he made himself pretty accessible to employees and customers alike. He used to call every store on Christmas Eve to wish us Merry Christmas and never failed to give us a hard time if we didn’t answer the phone to his liking! Little things like that leave a huge impression. I’m so lucky to have known this man for so many years and to have been a part of the company he built from scratch. I am and always will be so proud to say that I worked for James Avery for 18 years and would love to someday go back. I know that his family and current employees are hurting so much right now and just trying to make it through the day. Please give them grace and time to deal with their loss too. Mr. Avery, thank you for everything you have done for me. I could never repay you for what you have instilled in me.
Heather Warren

He will not be replaced

We first began buying his jewelry going and coming from the deer lease. Right off Harper Road, we could purchase our wife's gifts on our hunting trips. There were always great selections and the prices were reasonable. We have continued to purchase items, as late as last Christmas. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family and to the Business workers as well. He will not be replaced, but possibly copied due to his artistic capabilities.
Dan

Mr. Avery’s beautiful jewelry

What a pleasure it was to have been able to work for this company for a couple of years. My first every knowledge and love for Mr. Avery’s beautiful jewelry came from the gift of my wonderful James Avery charm bracelet complete with 5 charms from my husband on our wedding day. It was a story built with the charms which was accompanied with the story my husband wrote about our journey to that day. Ever since then I have had a true love for the craftsmanship that was created by Mr. Avery. I shared the story of my bracelet which has been built with over a decades worth of charms each one signifying a great memory and pieces of our story with hundreds of times with customers while I worked for the company that was so dear to me. Thank you Mr. Avery and family for your love and compassion both for creating such a wonderful product as well as all the contributions outside of that.
Laura Mezzles

You will be greatly missed in this community

Deeply sorry for the loss of this amazing, talented, and deeply faithful man. I have been loving and purchasing his beautiful creations for about 45 years.....for three generations of my family and me. You will be greatly missed in this community......and beyond. Your reward is great in Heaven, Mr. Avery. Rest In Peace.
Barbara Warren

Wonderful craftsmanship and honesty in design

Wonderful craftsmanship and honesty in design. May you be remembered by all who are blessed by the beauty of your designs. Peace to your family and gratefulness for your time spent on earth.
Jennifer Jafari

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery

The dangle rings back in the 80’s were my favorite rings. I loved each and every one of them. I could see the beauty and how much thought went into them. Now that I’m older, my husband and I got our wedding bands from James Avery. They’re beautiful. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery. You will forever live in my heart. I didn’t know you personally. But i feel like you put a piece of you in every piece of jewelry.
Hilda B Urban

Keeping his soul and your family in prayers

May Mr. Avery's soul rest in peace. I am so sorry for your family's loss. He's surely in heaven bringing joy to others just as he did while on earth. My late husband introduced me to James Avery jewelry in 1980 when he proposed to me and then took me to the store in Austin, Texas to pick out wedding bands. I wear his band on my right hand to remind me of its significance (dogwood band no longer made). Every special occasion was celebrated with a new piece of James Avery jewelry starting with the dogwood blossom with a diamond pendant for our first week anniversary! James Avery jewelry has so much Christian significance, and that is why I love wearing it! Keeping his soul and your family in prayers.
Marilyn Chevalier in College Station, Texas

I have always admired the stories of his goodness

I wear a piece nearly everyday. I love his jewlery. I hope the company does not change. I have always admired the stories of his goodness Prayers to his family & employees.
T.Coburn

We appreciate the vision he had

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr James Avery. My daughters and I absolutely love his artisan designs and never take our jewelry off (well only to clean or add more charms). We appreciate the vision he had and ability of designing such fine jewelry that describes each of us individually and uniquely. May he Rest In Peace!
ROCHELLE HARRIS

Treasure the legacy & inspiration he left with us

Treasure the legacy & inspiration he left with us. Our prayers that his passing was peaceful.
Mary

This is the James Avery I remember

Dear Family and Friends, please accept my most sincere condolences. I met Jim in1971 when I began working at his Kerrville location. He seemed to have a rough and gruff personality but he was always very nice to me and to others as well. He had a smile that was sweet and made his eyes twinkle! This is the James Avery I remember. He was a beautiful man. He will live on in our hearts and in his beautiful jewelry which is an extension of himself.
Maria (Flora Sanchez) Rico

Such a life!

Sometimes, we need tangible reminders of what we treasure. We have wedding rings to remind us of our love, and we have crosses to remind us of God's love. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for creating outward and visible signs of what is important and what we believe. From the grapes on The Taste of New Wine to 50 years' worth of jewelry, you have helped me find the light for my path. Your art was the gift of creating those tangible reminders of what matters most. Thank you. May you enjoy the grace now that lighted your path and ours for so long.
Anne Palmer

God-given beauty

Mr. Avery will truly be missed by those who appreciate the beauty we are all meant to share as God’s gift to us and to one another. I never wore a piece of James Avery jewelry that didn’t earn a compliment on its beauty and on further inspection earn a compliment on the quality and craftsmanship. Thank you dear sir, for inspiring so many and sharing your gifts for so long! May you Rest In Peace and in the hand of our Maker! Blessings to the Avery family in this time of sorrow. Requiesce in pace.
Andrea Walsh

Our sympathies

On behalf of all the Olivers, I wanted to send my sympathy on Jim's passing. My grandmother, Winn Oliver, was their neighbor outside of Kerrville for years. That was when he and Sally lived with Gladys and later when they built the bigger house down the road. I have many custom made pieces of jewelry that Jim made for me over the years that I still wear. I will treasure them always. Chris, Paul and Tim Avery, I am so very sorry for your loss! It is the end of an era. My thoughts are with you.
Kim Oliver

My Condolences

To the James Avery family, I extend my deepest condolences on such a great loss. I would like to share a story regarding your jewelry and how it has impacted my life. My dad worked hard, and was rarely available to my brother and I. His efforts kept my mom at home, making her extremely accessible. For the first time to my knowledge, my dad took me to buy a present of my choosing on my sixteenth birthday. I always wanted a piece of James Avery jewelry. My dad bought me a bracelet that I believe is retired now, the one with the various heart charms, and the matching open heart ring. I was incredibly touched. I still am. Years later in college, my treasured open heart ring fell off my finger while I was clapping in the stands while my fiancé played a football game. I searched for the ring for hours after the game. Asked everyone I could for help in getting the ring back. I was crushed. I was too ashamed to tell my dad, but I let my mom know about my lost ring. Money was tight for them at this point in their life, but my mom managed to replace the open heart ring for me that next Christmas. Fast forward a few more years, that fiancé became husband and we had our first child. He then gave me a set of mother’s love earrings shortly after her birth. Lastly, we gave our sweet little girl the JA lady bug charm on a necklace for her second birthday. She’s 3 now and still adores her special necklace. In short, our James Avery jewelry is priceless. Each piece is a moment, a memory, a physical representation of love and family. I wish you the best in moving forward after the loss of such a great, and kind man, and also thank you for the jewelry that always reminds me of joyful memories.
Michelle

Thank you for being you....

Thank you for your vision. Thank you for your artistry and your heartfelt emotion. Each JA piece I have owned has meant more to me than just a piece of jewelry. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Paradise, Mr. Avery
Joell Benavides

Remembering

My family moved to Kerrville in 1968. For as long as I can remember I always wanted to have James Avery jewelry. As a junior in high school I was in the work program and couldn’t wait to get my first piece. I started with a bangle bracelet with a charm of a ram. My obsession has continued till today. I live in California now, but return yearly and I don’t come home without a new item. The Dillard’s in the town I live in makes it even easy to grow my collection. Condolences to the Avery family, he will be truly missed.
Danita Lewis

Honoring a great man

I started this charm bracelet for my niece when I found out my sister was pregnant with her. I have been building it for 16 years now. The prayer box is her most recent charm for taking her next step in her faith and going thru conformation.. I thank you for making such beautiful and wonderfully created jewelry.. I will continue to build her collection as long as I can ..
Riki

His work was always an inspiration

His work was always an inspiration. I never thought I needed jewelry, but when I 'took a peek' at new things, knew I had looked at something I was meant to see. He will truly be missed!
Kathy

I express my deep sympathies

To Whom It May Concern: Like me, my late father wasn't the type of guy who bought jewelry for himself, though he did appreciate a well-crafted watch. But at some point, probably when he was in his mid-thirties, he purchased a really elegant sterling silver cross with a descending dove in the center, designed by James Avery. Avery called it "the serenity cross." And my dad wore it every single day of his life, concealed under his shirt. Actually, that's not quite right. He didn't wear the same cross, because whenever he met someone who admired it, particularly someone he knew was struggling emotionally or dealing with pain or grief, he would take it off his neck- right then and there- and give it to them. And he'd go back home, pick up the phone, and order himself a new one. It was a simple but profound act of human kindness and empathy. It was never an act of proselytization or a type of religious coercion. My father was an ecumenical Methodist, if there is such a term. I'm not sure how many of these necklaces he gave away during his life, maybe six, maybe a dozen, maybe more. When he passed away, my mother bought one for every member of our entire family- aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews- and for all of my dad's friends and the friends of me and my siblings. I don't wear mine any more, but throughout the years, I've also purchased them for others who knew and loved my father: As a marriage present, as a gift for a newborn baby (they made them in tiny sizes too), for a 91 year old man, admired by me and my dad, who had just fallen and broken his hip. About ten years ago- seven years after my father died- a woman who he had briefly dated in college e-mailed me out of the blue. I had never known her, but I recognized her name from the stories my parents would tell us. She'd only just learned of my father's passing, and she was genuinely grief-stricken. I asked for her mailing address, and I sent her two of these necklaces, one for her and another for her younger sister, who had adored my dad when she was a little girl. On behalf of my family, I express my deep sympathies to Mr. Avery's family, friends, and colleagues. Recently, James Avery discontinued the serenity cross. I really hope this is reconsidered and the company starts selling those serenity crosses again. I think it's also a part of his legacy.
Lamar

Tokens to forever treasure

Today is a day to mourn the loss of someone who has shared such beauty with the world through a company dedicated to each and every customer. What James Avery's delicate items have meant to my family, is the world.... through special occasions, heartfelt messages and tokens to forever treasure...there was a quote, image or script for them all. As life leads on... memories are forever made, but with the beauty of Avery's treasures...we may forever token them. Rest easy.
Raeanne Blanco

Thank you for your beautiful vision and following your dreams - you've helped us tell the stories of our lives and we'll miss you!

I can’t think of a time in my life when I didn’t know about James Avery and James Avery jewelry. That’s right, both the man and his art. I attended Camp Mystic back in the 1980’s (along with Shea) but the stories of James Avery started long before I got to the Hill Country myself. My Mom would share with us stories about how she would stop by the garage over at Pop Inn and sit on the bench with Mr. Avery as he would pieces of silver into beautiful art and jewelry. I always thought it was “so cool” that my Mom knew James Avery – he was famous! It was a sign of growing up, when you were old enough (and responsible enough) to receive your first James Avery dangle ring. I will never forget mine, a frog charm, and my first real piece of jewelry. And while I would love to say that I still had the frog (I told my Mom he decided to go on an adventure with his frog friends in the neighborhood one day), I do still have the second charm I received, the butterfly. It is as special as every piece I own from James Avery. He has uniquely allowed me to tell the story of my life and also to capture all of my Mystic memories to share with my daughters (both Mystic campers) with the special charm bracelets – and they are special, you can spot an Avery bracelet anywhere as it’s truly like no other. For the many pieces that have passed from mother to daughter to granddaughter, all with their own stories; pieces old and new that remind us of our loved ones and cherished moments from Christenings to Christmas – James Avery will always be with us through the art he has shared with so many. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Avery family – and a special “Mystic Love” hug to Shea. Love to you all and I’ll see the extended Avery family when we are in Kerrville this summer.
Holloway Scruggs

Condolences

So sorry for your lost. Mr. Avery was a wonderful man. I am honored that me and my husband got to meet him at several grand opens all over. We also meet him at his office in Kerrville. I have losts of pictures and autographs on our wall. I call it my James Avery wall. His sons are very sweet also especially Paul. My first James Avery Charm is a unicorn.
Anonymous

Our Deepest Sympathies

It is with deep sadness I learned about the passing of your founder Mr James Avery. Though I never personally met him, I feel privileged to know so many James Avery workers that have worked for this great company since I joined Gesswein in 2002. It has been said many times that the employees of company emulate their founder in their actions and their kindness and this is quite apparent in the many employees that I have come to know. From a business standpoint the James Avery line of jewelry that is known worldwide are that of beauty, quality and second to none. What a great legacy Mr Avery leaves for the future generations that will walk through the doors of James Avery! From all of us here at the Gesswein Company we offer our sincere sympathies and condolences to the family of James Avery.
Scott A. Petrillo

I bet he made St. Peter a new key

I am so sorry for you loss. No doubt he is in Heaven, and I bet he made St. Peter a new key. Mr. Avery is a man who gave so much to Christians. He created beautiful works of art that allowed us to express our faith and wear it with pride. He is a true evangelist.
Sophie Smith

My Deepest Sympathy

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Avery family. Mr. Avery and his beautiful designs certainly touched many lives all around the world....including mine. In honor of this wonderful, talented man, I would love to see a tribute piece designed by you, his family, and available for purchase. It would be such an "honor" to wear such a special piece. My Deepest Sympathy.
Lauri-Texas

In Memoriam

Condolences to the Family of Mr. James Avery. My 1st James Avery pendant was a Graduation gift of the Ankh (You no longer make them) . I've wore it very day for the last 40 years,13 days and counting. This is my first piece of James Avery and but not my last. I remember walking into the store with Mr. Avery's son behind the counter and Mr. Avery in the back to purchase one of his sea creations. Mr. Avery will be missed but know he has passed his amazing gift to his children to keep up with his tradition. Sleep with the Angels.
Esmeralda Salazar

What A remarkable Man, He will truly and sorely be missed

Such a talented Man with a beautiful soul. He touched so many people with his amazing designs and generous Heart. I am proud to own his work and to continue to purchase and gift his beautiful jewelry. It will a always and forver be even more special to me than ever. Thank you Mr. Avery, Heaven has gained a true gem. My prayers and condolences to his Family.
Bea Wauson

We have truly appreciated his jewlery

So sad to hear of the passing of Mr. James Avery. May he rest in peace. My condolences to all his family and friends. We have truly appreciated his jewlery. We could always find a charm that symbolized life moment's; from the sad to the happy. Thank you for creating jewelry that embraced those moments.
Nancy J. Gallegos

Prayers, Paul

Paul, this is your old neighbor in San Antonio, Brent and Suzanne Shirey. We are so sad to hear of your fathers passing, but I know he is watching from above, knowing you are carrying on his legacy. Please extend our condolences to your family.
Suzshi

My first ring

I remember when I got my first James avery ring and it made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. I felt like with the ring I could express my faith to other people. I thank him for the amazing feeling and life he gave me with this ring. Thank you
Alyssa

Condolences

My sincere condolences to the entire James Avery family and all of the employees. God bless Mr. Avery with a beautiful gift and talent. Every piece we wear has a story. May God provide comfort and solace during these difficult times. Blessings
Sonia Daniel Getchell

Blessed

In 2007, I read an article in a local magazine. It was an interview with James Avery. I enjoyed the article so much because I loved getting to hear real words from an iconic man. My interest in Avery started in the 80’s when my own Father started a tradition of giving JA jewelry to my mom and me and my sisters at Christmas IF it was a “good year.” Dad had many good years, so we have a stunning collection of matching sets that we all treasure. So when I noticed Mr. Avery’s email published in the article, I wrote to him. I asked him if we could come to Kerrville and meet him. Crazy, he replied, “Please call my secretary and set an appointment.” So me and my husband, and our 5 children drove to Kerrville one Spring Break to meet James Avery. He greeted us, spent an hour or so in his office showing us his First soap carving, pictures of children from around the world he had “sponsored” to feed. He signed posters for us. My 5 year old son didn’t want Mr Avery to “mess up his poster with his signature” but Avery said “I’m going to sign it anyway! You’ll want it later!” Then Mr. Avery gave us a tour of his Kerrville Campus. He treated my family like we were dignitaries! We met Chris & Paul and many of the designers working late that afternoon. We even walked Mr. Avery to his car. I asked him if he always wanted to be a jeweler. He said, “If I did it all again I’d be a Jazz Musician!” I observed he had on a beautiful leather skin belt & shoes that looked really expensive but really old and well-worn. His office was tastefully decorated but was like a trip back to the 70’s. I thought this man, so talented, so creative, so genuine and successful...cares so little about his fortune and so much about people. I felt so honored to have had that time with Mr. Avery. My time with him is exactly what so many others experienced. He treated people with genuine interest and sincere care. You just don’t find that in our world much any more. He had those virtues up on the wall in the design room...simplicity, integrity, beauty, creative...I think it was something like that. Thank you Mr. Avery. We will watch your company and remember what you started and gave to each of us. A piece of yourself. Hopefully, we will all learn to be such a craftsman!
Happy Berry Von Dohlen

What a gentleman!

I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. My mom Carol Klein managed the Fort Worth store for several years. I think it was on Camp Bowie? I would work there for holidays wrapping presents and loved it. I especially loved that I got James Avery jewelry for every birthday & Christmas! I still have every piece. (I even got a design of one of the rings tattooed on my ankle. I was 18.) I fondly remember going to the headquarters in Kerrville & visiting with Mr. Avery. He was always so kind. He will be greatly missed!
Elle Klein

My sincere sympathies

My sincere sympathies on the passing of Mr James Avery. May God comfort and keep the James Avery family in His loving care during this sad time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I love his jewelry. My mother introduced me to Mr James Avery’s jewelry when she presented me with the I love you sign language charm; a long time interest of mine. She also gave me the rose cross which I wear often. When my mother passed away some years ago, I created a memory necklace (for my mother) with some of James Avery jewelry. Hopefully one day, I will create another memory necklace for my father. I love the James Avery jewelry. Thank you Mr James Avery and James Avery company for your beautiful Jewelry. Take Care and God Bless Always
Sarah Biss

Thank you James Avery for sharing your talent

First let me start by sending condolences to the Avery family. Though I did not know hom personally. He artistry is very special to me. I am 55 and at age 16 my grandmother gave me money to spend cor Christmas. I had been to the James Avery store in Corpus at Town & Country Center a few months before and feel in love with a rose pinky ring. Well with that money I purchased my first James Avery ring and have had it every since and still wear it. My grandmother has long passed but wearing the ring every day reminds me of her, our bond and the sweet memories of her. Thank you James Avery for sharing your talent, gift and creativity with all of us so that we may have eternal remembrances of loved ones we can pass on to future generations. Ps I have 2 other rings I have add to my collection.since my first
Anonymous

Proud to join the James Avery jewelry addiction

Today I wore my very first James Avery charm bracelet that I recently just bought 3 days ago to school. It was admired by all around me. They all ask if I was wearing Pandora, and my reply was a simple and calm “No way. The is the great and amazing James Avery.” I am proud to have started wearing James Avery products and will continue wearing and buying more products to come. My condolences to the James Avery family. Remember that Mr James Avery created a new sensation of jewelry beauty to the world.
Cathy Do

Thank you!

Thank you Mr. Avery for sharing your gift with the rest of us! I have been wearing your jewelry since I was a little girl and I have passed my love of your treasures onto my own girls. They also love it! We will miss you, but your legacy will live on around the fingers, wrists and necks of the customers that love you!
The Schochler Family

Tribute to Mr. Avery

I bought my daughter's first piece of jewelry from James Avery in 1998 when she was 10. She loves it so much that I replaced it when it was lost at John Knox Camp. Since then the piece has been retired, and to be certain she doesn't lose it again she never takes it off. Mr. Avery's designs reflect his reverence for the Lord. Mr. Avery will be missed here on earth and I look forward to meeting him in heaven.
Kathy Kilgore

Blessings for the Avery family

My wife, girlfriend at the time, introduced me to James Avery jewelry. 32 years later, I believe we’ve purchased just about every piece that’s ever been offered. We have a son at Schreiner University in Kerrville, so we’ve been able to visit the company headquarters on several occasions. The jewelry is like no other and I suspect that man behind the jewelry the same. Our prayers are with the Avery family during this time of loss, but we should rejoice too; because there’s no doubt, God has a plan to use Mr. Avery’s talents in Heaven. Blessings for the Avery family.
John B Miller II

May God bless you and hold you in his peaceful arms

On behalf of Providence Catholic School, I want to share our heartfelt condolences and love to Estela and the entire Avery family. We understand what a truly giving man James was and know that his legacy will continue as a thread woven through the fabric of the history of Providence Catholic School. If there is anything our school can do to support you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our students, faculty & staff, and families continue to pray for you. May God bless you and hold you in his peaceful arms.
Belia Gonzalez McDonald ‘88

You will be missed

God bless you for your lifelong testimony through your jewelry. Prayers and thoughts for your loved ones who remain here. You will be missed.
Diane Childers

Dearest Estela And Family

I would like to thank you and your family for always believing in our mission and for being such grand supporters of Providence Catholic School. You and Mr. Avery have created a legacy of support that has aided in continuing the mission that was started by the Sisters of Divine Providence. We are forever grateful to your family for your generosity. In these times, I pray that you will be comforted by all the good the two of you and your family have been able to do with the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. Although I did not personally know Mr. Avery, I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from the Providence community about him. Ms. Estela, please know that our entire staff at Providence Catholic School and your Providence Sisters are keeping you and your family in our prayers and thoughts.
Elizabeth S. Malcher

God bless James Avery and Family!

Thank you for your Christian dedication for the purpose of artisanship in jewelry design that allows us to honor God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ! You are a special and influential Christian in the Texas economy as well as the global economy with a universal Christ-centeredness. We love you! God bless with prayer and condolences!
Carrie Lynn Osgood-Millsap

A Memory of "Jim"

The first time I met Mr. Avery I was at a fundraiser for The Good Samaritan Center at the party barn on the Kerrville highway. I believe I was a sophomore in high school and had attended as my uncle's plus one. The sun had been down for a little while so I walked out on the back deck. It was empty except for an older gentleman sitting in one of the chairs. He introduced himself as "Jim" and we sat in silence and just listened to the night. I started noticing little flashes of light and inquired about them. He looked at me perplexed and explained that they were lightning bugs. I'd never seen one before (there's not a lot of water where I grew up) and was mesmorized by the magic they brought to an already beautiful evening. It was one of the most peaceful moments I've ever had and a memory so vivid that I can almost hear the crickets when I think about it. I didn't find out until later that it was Mr. Avery I'd been sitting with. Everytime I see a lightning bug I think about him and that night on the deck. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I only know the Chris Avery family, but if his brothers are anything like him then Mr. Avery has certainly left behind a legacy of an incredibly kind and generous family.
Kaitlin (Rangel) Woodward

What a loss for this world that we live in.

What a loss for this world that we live in. I always felt good buying my wife his creations over the past many, many years, knowing that he put his artistry and soul into each piece. What we lose, heaven gains. We were fortunate to have been a small part of his customer family.
Dan and Kathy Yochim

Mr. Avery, a true artist

Mr. Avery, a true artist. I will treasure every piece that I have. Truly knew how to honor Our Lord with his creations.
Sandy Noble

May you Rest In Peace knowing that your legacy lives in, and on, all of us

James Avery jewelry and history is so much a part of my childhood and adulthood and supports strong memories in my life. I am very thankful for Mr. Avery’s vision and dedication to his craft, Christianity and the love of Texas. Thank you James Avery. May you Rest In Peace knowing that your legacy lives in, and on, all of us.
Libby L. Nations

You are in our prayers

We are saddened with this news. We have worn JA for years. His jewelry has gone with us nearly 50 years as we traveled the world. I have “ planted 2 wedding bands” somewhere, and am enjoying this gold/ silver. If I lose, we know where to come. We have shopped stores in Shreveport, Austin, Kerr- billed, Fredrbg, Tulsa,etc. we love the Christian witness expresses by each piece. We seek to depend on it as a witnessing tool for the Lord. May the comforting Spirit be neat the “ entire Avery family. You are in our prayers
William Crider

Love always

Our condolences to you and your family from ours!! I luv all his art work and precious jewlery!! He's a great man that will always be in every one heart's. May God give y'all strength and comfort in this difficult time. I have all his butterfly collection because I luv mariposas.
Inez Mata, Pearsall, Tx

Thanks so much James Avery we love you

I was a college student at Schreiner Institute and the fall of 1968 a classmate named Charlie and myself drove to his shop which was in his garage.I had an my initials CLE drawn on a piece of paper in block letters and asked him could you make this design as a necklace for my girlfriend. I remember exactly what he said "let's don't design it this way let's make it this way". And so he did with script letters and 14 karat gold. My girlfriend is now my wife and still wears the necklace 50 years later. Thanks so much James Avery we love you.
Bucky Eckols, Schreiner Institute class of 1969

Little moments

Thanks to you and your jewelry you were able to create little moments in everyones lives that they can treasure forever. My grandfather passed away in 2012 and he had so many nutcrackers growing up that every time I see my nutcracker charm I always think of him and how important he is to me. All I want to say is thank you for giving me that and everyone else that you were able to give those little moments to.
Martha

Peace and love

My deepest condolences to Mr. Avery's family. May God's peace and love sustain you'll. Mr. Avery will dearly be missed by his live ones, but just know he's in a BETTER place. I'll forever be grateful for his beautiful brilliant, artistic dream and vision. Through his beautiful workmanship my family have enjoyed his charms. My two sister, two daughter & grand daughter share our memories together through his charms. I have cancer so I'm steadily buying charms for them that remind me of our trips and time together as well as trying to get all the love charms to let them know how much I love them that way when I die they'll have a piece of me to remember. My favorite charm is "The Heart Remembers" as I know they'll carry me in their hearts and remember me. The best part of purchasing a James Avery is his continue caring in his produce that its guaranteed for life and you can also take it in for cleaning for life. Where else can you get such wonderful services. He made sure his customers are satisfied and happy. I pray his family keep the same out look on his dream. Love you Mr. Avery rest is beautiful peace.
Debra Leal

Thank you for giving such wonderful works of art

My life has been touched in many ways by the beautiful things I have and the things I have given as gifts. The most meaningful gift is the Eagle ring I gave my husband years ago. He has worn the ring everyday. Many people notice the eagle and ask about the ring. Thank you for giving such wonderful works of art that will last past my lifetime.
Elaine Mason

Mr. James Avery

My Heart is Full knowing you are living with our Lord And Savior. You have touched our Families Lives with the one of a kind piece you create. I got my first Charm Bracelet my, in 2003 my Senior year of High School, and it's a tradition to have all the little Ladies in the family start their very own. Our Boys never get left out either. Your Memory will live on across the Nations! Prayers going out to his family and friends.
the Singer Family

Mr. James Avery is smiling up in Heaven

I have been wearing James Avery jewelry since I was 12 years old, now 20 years later I am still adding to my collection. I loved how the old catalogs used to have pictures of Mr. James Avery with his family and a heartfelt note to go along with it. When I grew up and was looking for a job I chose James Avery because of how Christian the company was. I loved working there and was sad to leave to start my career as a teacher. I know Mr. James Avery is smiling up in Heaven.
Gina

My heart goes out to your family

I bought my first James Avery ring for $6.50 in San Antonio when I was in junior high. I currently wear 3 James Avery pieces every single day. My heart goes out to your family. I know what a great loss you're going through. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers
Patricia McAlpin

I have worn James Avery jewelry for over 35 years

I have worn James Avery jewelry for over 35 years, and it has been such a joy to share my love of this craftsmanship with my daughter. No other jewelry is as classic and spans the decades like my James Avery pieces!
Channy Ory Terrell, Tx

What a blessing James Avery has been to our family

My mother gave each of us girls a charm bracelet from James Avery back in 1985. We have added charms to our bracelets ever since and passed down the tradition to our daughters. We will forever cherish our bracelets from James Avery and will wear them today in his honor. What a blessing James Avery has been to our family. Our prayers and deepest condolences to his family.
April Morris Lafitte

There will never be enough words to thank him

I was heartbroken to see this news just now. I have worn James Avery pieces since I was a teenager in the 70's when the classic piece was the gold fish. We had a small shop in front of our neighborhood in Houston, TX and that is where it all started for me. I purchased charm bracelets for my daughter Shauna and my granddaughters Kylee and Khloe and they look so forward to the beautiful and meaningful charms I get them for those special milestones in their lives...it became a tradition and they expect them from their MiMi! They always put them on their Christmas lists, too, and my now 11 year old granddaughter Kylee is also loving the James Avery rings (she cried when her parents gave her a very special JA ring...her first one). I would like to attach a letter Kylee wrote for school when she was in Kindergarten (where does the time go?!) about her charm bracelet (she is now a Competitive Cheerleader, going to Orlando this weekend for a big competition...so since the megaphone, I have also gotten her the cheerleader charm...and that baby Khloe mentioned in the letter is now 7 yrs old...and a star soccer player...so she has that soccer ball charm! I could go on and on here!). We can celebrate and remember those special times in our lives because of these charms. When my younger brother Mike (who was my best friend) died suddenly in October of 2011, I received a gift "from him" on my birthday (that next month on November 25th) that I wear wherever I go...it is the silver "And Lo, I am with you always" bracelet. It brings me great peace and comfort. My Mom's friend had also given her the same bracelet right after his death, which has such special meaning to her. That year, I gave my Mom a beautiful JA butterfly pendant...we believe Mike has visited in the form of a butterfly, so, once again, great meaning in that piece. There were also some people outside of my family who I considered angels in my life at that time who helped me get through things. I gifted each of them with a James Avery charm/pendant as a thank you...I personally picked out a different one for each that had special meaning for that individual person. I hope that looking down from the Heavens now, James Avery knows the impact and meaning he has had and will continue to have in my life and in the lives of those close to me. There will never be enough words to thank him for that. I send love and light to James Avery and to all who know and love him...thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this time of enormous loss and grief...for comfort, strength and peace.
Susan Brophy Brown

Mr. Avery will be missed

Mr. Avery will be missed. God bless he and his family. My thoughts and prayers go out for all who loved him.
Brenda L Foster

What a special contribution he has made to the world

I’m so sad to hear this news! It seems he was someone who would always be with us but his legacy and millions of art pieces will!! I got my first piece of James Avery in 1964 from my aunt and uncle who lived in Kerrville upon my high school graduation. I was thrilled to have a gold crosslet drop charm and chain!!! Now I have it and countless sterling pieces which are precious to me! I have even been recognized in Washington DC as a Texan when another Texan saw my JA dove charm necklace! What a special contribution he has made to the world!!!
D. Saunders Austin

With deepest sympathy to Mr Avery’s family

With deepest sympathy to Mr Avery’s family. My parents have bought so many pieces of jewelry for me and for my sister’s. We now all buy it for our girls. I love every piece of jewelry that I have and where as much as I can everyday. My birthday was this past week and I received all James Avery pieces. Many prayers to your family! And thank you for all of the joy you have brought me in your jewelry!
Judy Warne

Rest In Peace sweet man

Prayers, love and condolences to his family and James Avery Jewelry family. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was in High School. I’ve worn his jewelry since my youth and I will continue to wear it with love and pride. Rest In Peace sweet man.
the Koester family

Thank you Avery family

Wow, a great man is at rest. I have enjoyed his jewelry, and will continue, since 1980. Every intricate detail, all of the wonderful choices....he will be missed. Continue to do great things in his honor!! Thank you Avery family!
DJJ

To The Avery Family

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on and Mr. Avery lives through his art that we will all cherish. Please accept my condolences, he will not be forgotten.
Millie Funez

I have been a fan of James Avery’s jewelry since I was a little girl

I have been a fan of James Avery’s jewelry since I was a little girl and I almost always have on 3-4 piece of jewelry. I love how each piece is hand crafted and I can tell each is made with love just by the design. I will continue to give and hopefully receive James Avery jewelry and I am so thankful his legacy gets to live on through his amazing pieces of art. I am looking forward to how this jewelry will continue in his memory. Prayers for his family and loved ones. May they know that he is with the Lord in Peace.
Amanda Streetman

Thanks for sharing your special gift with us

I currently wear my Ichthys currently all the time. I bought my first one in college about 1972, I think, since my true faith in Christ was found my freshman year. James Avery was just starting up his jewelry business after his own life changing decision. At least that was what the word was as his name became popular on our campus. I wear it as a symbol to remind me to whom I belong. It is always a way to share Christ with others. Thanks for sharing your special gift with us.
M. Brown

He gave a piece of his joyful heart to everyone

Heaven will be happy to welcome a man with a spirit like no other. He gave a piece of his joyful heart to everyone blessed enough to wear a piece of art from his collection. My daughters and I have been so blessed to wear his artistry since 1977 when we lived in Houston. God is saying....job well done my good and faithful servant. Prayers to all his family!!
Doree Miga

We have lost someone very wonderful

I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great creature and very talented person. We have lost someone very wonderful. His talent will be greatly missed as will be the man to everyone.
Regina Placker

Remembrances

My fiance and I traveled to the Hill Country in 1970 from Mississippi to attend Laity Lodge down in Leakey. We came through Kerrville and stopped at James Avery. We designed our wedding rings with Mr. Avery, and he had them made. They were simple gold bands with our initials and inscribed with scripture verses inside. We bought a large gold fish and chain which was my "engagement ring" and then through the years each time we would come back to Laity Lodge, we purchased many more crosses and pieces. After moving to Kerrville in 1993, we continued to visit the shop and watched it grow! We continued our legacy of purchasing James Avery Jewelry down to our children and now grandchildren. I am blessed to have so many memories of the amazing work and creativity of James Avery. I know his legacy will continue!
Helen Ridgway

May you rest in peace Mr. Avery

I received my first James Avery piece when I was 12 years old. Since then I have collected several pieces that I treasure and have also given beautiful pieces as gifts. May you rest in peace Mr. Avery and my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Chris Strothers

Thank you Mr Avery

My thoughts and prayers to the Avery family. My James Avery jewelry means so much to me and has bright so much joy. So thank you Mr Avery for all the happiness your artistry has brought to many .
vera taylor

What a wonderful legacy

One if the BEST things that ever happened, not only to Texas, but nation wide. What a wonderful legacy. God Bless.
La Borrada

A great man, a true craftsman

I met Mr. Avery on several occasions in the 80's when I visited his retail store in Kerrville. A great man, a true craftsman. He will be missed, but his legacy will continue in every piece of jewelry & in the continued work of everyone within his company, and to everyone who cherishes their respective collections. My respect & condolences to his family on their loss. In honors & respect.
COL James Stewart

Please accept my heartfelt condolences

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I recently lost my brother Michael suddenly and unexpectedly. I wear the St. Michael the Archangel pendant in memory of my dear brother. I’m grateful for all the beautiful jewelry designs Mr Avery has left us. Designs that not only give us pleasure but solace and comfort. R.I.P. Mr. Avery.
Sylvia Kezele

Thank you for proclaiming your faith for the world to see

I went to work at James Avery at a very dark time in my life. I had the privilege of meeting him when the company still provided employees with the visit and tour to the Kerrville campus. That part-time job was the best job I’ve ever had. The entire employment experience was a true God-send for me. The designs, the jewelry, the story behind the man, and the story behind each piece of jewelry all speak to my heart on a daily basis. My life was forever changed. Thank you, Mr. Avery, for choosing the path that you did. Thank you for proclaiming your faith for the world to see. Avery family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a life he lived! And what a celebration Heaven must have been today with his arrival.
Alicia Frezia-Nash Huntsville, Texas

Thank you for sharing the love of God to the world

Thank you for sharing the love of God to the world through your incredible gift of jewelry. I treasure each piece I own. God bless your family during this time and always.
Kathy Mansfield

A true blessing to the Hill Country communities

Praying for the Avery family. Mr. Avery was a wonderful man and a true blessing to the Hill Country communities!
Laurinda Boyd

His inspirational pieces of jewelry will continue to "testify" for the Lord

I am sorry for this time of separation for the family, but rejoice with James at his getting to meet our Heavenly Father and Savior face to face. What joy he must be experiencing! I have been blessed to receive many gifts from his jewelry design collection over the years. They are a beautiful representation of his Christian faith and God's creative and artistic gift at work in him! Even though his beautiful spirit is no longer a part of this world, his inspirational pieces of jewelry will continue to "testify" for the Lord for years to come! Thank you and prayers for comfort for the family.
Kelly Martin San Antonio, TX

Your lovely creations have lifted my heart and precious memories

Mr. Avery, Your lovely creations have lifted my heart and precious memories. May you rest with our Lord.
Mary Ann "Sunnie" Hall Tulsa, Oklahoma

May you rest in peace

May you rest in peace dear sir . Thanks for all the wonderful items you gave us in your live time . Many thanks !!
Mary Weaver

I am forever grateful to James Avery

My very first James Avery piece, and my favorite, is a hammered silver heart pendant with a heart shaped opening. I first saw it on my son, Phillip, when he was in the NICU unit at St. David's hospital in Austin, Texas. It was on his leg and his IV was running through the opening. I didn't pay to much attention to it, as my concern was focused on my baby. Unfortunately, he didn't make it. The Hospital put together a thoughtful care package. A white box covered in lace, with memorabilia inside. A copy of his footprints, a lock of his hair, his i.d. bands, etc...and a James Avery silver pendant. The one I saw on his leg! It all came to me then. There was a note that explained that the heart shaped hole represented the missing piece of my family's heart. My son was born March 1, 1997 and in honor of his birth, I wear it every March....only this one month out of each year. No doubt, the James Avery company donated these thoughtful treasures to the NICU unit for the moms who lost their babies. I have since learned that the company did once sell a version of the hammered heart to the public, with a circle opening, but has now retired it. I am forever grateful to James Avery and St. Davids Hospital for this loving, beautiful and bittersweet piece that started my collection.
Eva Pillow

His creations have brought me closer to Jesus

I remember going to James Avery’s shop to get charms for my Waldemar bracelet back in 1974. I later embraced his Christian jewelry especially the dove. Years ago, my grandmother died and my mother started her obituary with Psalm 118 “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoiced be glad in it.” Many years later I wandered into his store in Northpark Mall in Dallas. Browsing I saw a bangle bracelet with Psalm 118. The sales lady explained the James made any exception to his New Testament rule and made these bracelets. I don’t know if it is true but I have purchased many of these bracelets and my mother, my sister, my niece and I wear this bracelet along with “i can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” bracelet that was gifted to me by my mother every day. I never met Mr. Avery but I wish I had because his creations have brought me closer to Jesus.
Martha Hayden Woods

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences to Avery Family. May God give y’all the strength to heal , & I’m so blessed to work for this company , his memory will live on forever through his art & Jewerly.
Sarah Gomez

My condolences

He's a very genious man...I love his work...I just read about his passing...Im so sorry..my condolences to the Avery family and everyone he knew and touched with his kindness and with his work
Roxie Leland

Mr. Avery made us feel we were a close friend

I worked at James Avery in Dallas for nine years. During that time I was privileged to visit Kerrville when we were allowed to tour the headquarters and enjoy meals with Mr. Avery, his family, and staff members. Mr. Avery made us feel we were a close friend, and he loved hearing everyone's opinion. He was quite charismatic. Growing up in Texas, I always loved his jewelry, and this is a sad day for me. God be with his love ones.
Winno Johnson The Valley View Store

Your jewelry touched my life

Your jewelry touched my life in very personal way. I lost a grandchild and an angel charm that I had engraved memorialized her memory for me.
Tina Walker

Mr. Avery was truly a genuine man

Mr. Avery was truly a genuine man, who cared about his staff and their well-being. I remember when he would call the stores on Christmas Eve to wish the staff and their families a Merry Christmas. I always looked forward to his call. He will be remembered forever for his unique and original designs.
Yvette Powney

Thank you Mr. Avery

I received my first piece of James Avery a book marker from a coworker many years ago. I still have it and continue to use it often. Because of the fine workmanship and quality it still likes as good as the day I received it. Thank you Mr. Avery for taking the time and caring about the products that you made available for us. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.
Mary Falcone

Visited Mr Avery's workshop as a young child

Visited Mr Avery's workshop as a young child. It was just Mr Avery and one other craftsman. I became a fan at that time and still treasure my James Avery jewelry. God bless.
Anne Jackson

I am deeply saddened

I am deeply saddened at the loss of Mr Avery. I live in California and did not have the pleasure of meeting him, but have been lucky to have acquired many of his beautiful pieces over the years. My condolences to his family and friends.
Carla K Joerger

A great artist

I'm so very sorry for the loss of a great artist, hugs and prayers for you all.
brenda coalston

Mere words cannot express the love and respect that we have for you

For many years, Texas — and especially San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country — have been blessed with the treasure of having James Avery and his family living among us. Mr. Avery has brought immense joy to our family and to countless others with his wonderful creations, each piece a true work of art. We extend our sincerest condolences and our heartfelt thanks to the entire Avery family. We consider the time that we shared with James and Estela and the beautiful Avery family an honor and a true blessing; those precious moments and your friendship will always remain in our hearts, and the Avery family will remain in our prayers. Mere words cannot express the love and respect that we have for you. We are mindful of the fact that James Avery’s legacy will live on through his work and his family. We assure you, we will continue to wear his beautiful jewelry line with great pride and admiration. We remain grateful to James and Estela Avery, and the entire Avery family, for your philanthropy; your charitable acts have been and continue to be blessings to us all.
Rita and Robert Ramirez

Remember the good times

So sorry for y'alls loss... it's never easy at a time like this. Yet I would like to say I recently made a purchase for a loss n the family from y'all for my brother and his wife for there baby girl, Jentry Anne. She passed on 4-20-2018. And I bought them ur beautiful charm braclet so they could buy a charm every year for her birthday. So thank u for being with us during our healing for the coming yrs and I wish y'all the best in the healing for y'alls coming yrs. And remember the good times, They are the best!!! They always make u smile through the tears!!
Jessica B.

Vaya Con Dios

Our family extend our deepest condolences to your family. Thank you for the enjoyment that we share in wearing such beautiful jewelry, from my Daughter, Granddaughter to Great Grandaughter. Vaya Con Dios.
Dolorez Rodriguez----Austin, Tx

Wonderful, caring, compassionate man

Had the privilege of knowing Mr. Avery personally, wonderful, caring, compassionate man. Our prayers to his family!
Major Lola Maldonado

My family considers James Avery jewelry to be the ultimate gift

My first piece of James Avery jewelry was a pinky ring with a dangling charm made especially for YWCA girls. I was in junior high, about 50 years ago. I now own many pieces. When I get a new catalog, my husband always has to go through it! James Avery set standards for beautiful, quality jewelry. My family considers James Avery jewelry to be the ultimate gift. We love getting those iconic gift bags because we know there will be something beautiful inside. I know the traditions of excellency and quality will continue. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery.
Rhonda Boyd

My condolences

My condolences to the family and friends... he will be missed but always remembered through his Jewelery....
janie Villanueva

Man of faith

My condolences to Mr. James Avery family, a great visionary. The visitors center in Kerrville is a great place to visit and see how their pieces are handcrafted. Man of faith reflected in most of his pieces. God Bless Him.
G. Cardenas

What a wonderful man and legacy

I attended Camp Mystic in Hunt, Texas in 1975-1976. I remember when I received my James Avery silver camp bracelet and making the purchase of the charms for the cabins I was in as well as the silver “M” I was awarded. I still have the bracelet and wear it! It brings back fond and happy memories. What a wonderful man and legacy! My condolences to his family and employees.
Rebecca Rawson Weaver Dallas, Texas

It has been over 30 years since that day and I have never forgotten that act of kindness

In 1987, when I was a freshman at SMU, I was flying Southwest airlines home for Thanksgiving. I couldn't actually afford a real ticket at the time, but student standby tickets were only $17 so I bought one of those at 7-11. I waited at Dallas Love Field airport for over 9 hours, hoping to get an empty seat on the next flight to San Antonio. While they had flights between Dallas and San Antonio every hour, they were all full because it was Thanksgiving. I hadn't thought of that. As I quietly began to cry when the ninth flight left with no empty seats, this kind man and his wife walked up to me and handed me a seat assignment card for the next flight. They had actually paid for me to have a real ticket. I said something like, "This is so kind of you but I can't accept this." The woman then said with a smile, "Oh yes you can dear, he is James Avery!" It has been over 30 years since that day and I have never forgotten that act of kindness.
Melinda Hockensmith

Thank you for pouring your heart into your jewelry

Mr. Avery, Thank you for pouring your heart into your jewelry. James Avery is not just a piece of jewelry I bless my children with but it has become a family tradition. James Avery is a part of my family during birthdays, Mothers Days or just any day to say " I am thinking about you!" Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Have an awesome Home coming!
Elisabet Martinez

You are an inspiration

Thank you, Mr. Avery, for sharing your talents and creativity with us. You are an inspiration to many and you will be greatly missed.
Kari

I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Jim

I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Jim. He was certainly a little rough around the edges when the designs didn’t meet his expectations but his heart was always in the right place. He wanted authentic, God honoring, artistic jewelry and excepted nothing less. He wanted to make jewelry that connected to the human condition in all of us, identified the universal that drew people together. He wanted to make something special. Jim created an exceptional company with strong and worthwhile values. I thank Jim for allowing me to make my life and raise my family working for a company that I am proud to be a part of. Rest In Peace, you brought great beauty and value to the world, enjoy your reward. To the Avery family, you are all in my prayers. God bless.
Clay Aston

It was obvious he put a lot of himself in every creation

I first found the wonderful jewelry in the store in Northridge Calif. My mother bought me a bracelet and many lovely charms that I treasure. I was so impressed by the quality of the artisans making the jewelry and the messages in the catalog by Mr Avery . It was obvious he put a lot of himself in every creation.There isn’t a store near us inOregon now but my husband surprises me now and then with the wonderful pieces that I love. God bless the Avery family, with deepest sympathy.
Shari Lawson, Eagle Point Oregon

He truly was a very talented and special man

We are saddened to hear of the passing of James Avery. He truly was a very talented and special man. We were fortunate to meet him in Little Rock and to have him autograph wildflower painting that now resides in our formal dining room. Our heartfelt sympathy to is family.
Robert and Jo Ann McQuade

A Legacy for Jesus

James Avery jewelry is something I have received, gifted, and worn for more than thirty-five years. As a teenager, being able to wear the gold Cross Dangle ring meant I could share Jesus and His life with anyone that commented on its uniqueness. Thank you Mr. Avery for not only taking a leap of faith and creating Christ centered jewelry in your garage, but for allowing Jesus to use your gift of artistry to speak in order to lead others to Him. May His peace that passes all understanding fall upon the hearts of your family and friends.
Kara Fannon Chattanooga, TN

He was a unique man

He was a unique man. His jewelry is gorgeous ! I taught my granddaughter from the age of 6 to appreciate his jewelry when I. Bought her a charm bracelet so she could cherish the memories of her life. I taught her that a charm bracelet is a scrapbook of her life. We add to that charm bracelet every birthday and Christmas, and she so enjoys still telling me what charms she would like to have next . She will be 13 in July. James Avery will be greatly missed! My prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
Brenda Seay

He was very talented and a very nice man

I am originally from Kerrville, Texas and attended Camp Mystic. James Avery jewelry was very popular among the campers. I have 2 pieces of his jewelry, the cross ring and the Kiowa tribe pendant. These were purchased in the 50s when James operated out of his garage. He was very talented and a very nice man. My condolences are extended to his family.
Kathleen Odem San Antonio

May you rest in peace Mr Avery

May you rest in peace Mr Avery. And you will be an Angel to your whole family. And thank you for all the beautiful designs you left us to enjoy.
Angelica

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery

Thank you for the best jewelry. I love your jewelry. I love silver and almost all of my jewelry is from JA. My husband gave me my first charm bracelet 14 years ago and I love it. Your legacy will live forever. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery.
Norma Alvear Houston Texas

God given talent

Saddened by the passing of such a phenomenal Christian, human being & jewelry genius. Thank you Mr. Avery for your beautiful jewelry, your amazing legacy & blessing us all with your beautiful God given talent. May you RIP & may our Heavenly Father bless & comfort your family, friends & all your JA employees/family.
L M DEGO

What an amazing, talented man

What an amazing, talented man. I've given James Avery Jewelry to my daughter, our Pastor, little girl babies, our granddaughter, and friends. Each piece had special meaning to the person who received it. I've been wearing the bangle bracelet with religious symbols every day for more than 20 years. I have received more compliments on this piece than any other jewelry. Thank you James Avery for designing a piece of jewelry I'm proud to wear because it is witness to my faith. You were a blessing to all of us. My sympathy to your family and friends.
Maxine E. Callies

He was a very gracious man and humble

The best “good-time” job I ever had was working at the JAC Baybrook store in Houston. I remember getting my first check and feeling surprised to get paid for having such a great time. Mr. Avery was in the store one day and he asked me why I thought so many people bought the charms. I said something about people knew they were high quality and that some of our customers only had Avery charms on the bracelets or necklaces. He said he couldn’t understand that since the mall across the street had stores that also had good charms. I told him most of our customers only wanted Avery. He just smiled. He was a very gracious man and humble who seemed surprised at his own success.
Jean Heilman

Mr. Avery was an extremely gifted and talented man

Mr. Avery was an extremely gifted and talented man. I offer my sincere sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. I bought my 1st piece of James Avery Jewelry at an Episcopal church in Conroe, TX in 1974. Ir was a small gold sanddollar on a long gold charm. Long ago I moved away from Texas but I continue to buy jeweley from James Avery. My prayers are for comfort and peace for his family.
Myra DeWitt

Heaven has a new artisan

Heaven has a new artisan. I can not even imagine the beauty that he will be making there. His legacy will live on because of the man that he was. I can only feel some of your sorrow. We will miss him and his talent. But he will be with us with the memories that he help to create for each of us. With each piece of jewelry that I own there are special memories. Most are good, but a few not as much. I still have a friendship bracelet that my best friend from high school have me in the early 1970's, and several pieces that have been retired. You have my deepest sympathy. We are all blest for having had Mr. Avery in our lives. God bless.
Denise L. Allen-Blake

Each piece has a meaning behind it

I am very saddened at the passing of Mr. James Avery. I received my first JA ring over 30 years ago and have loved expanding my collection ever since! For over 30 years it has been so much fun to see the new designs and to wear them to school, work, special occasions or just because. When I became a mom to a daughter, I knew that I would continue going to James Avery with her so she could create her own story, and we have already begun that special tradition. Each piece has a meaning behind it and we will always treasure them. Thank you to James Avery for giving us such a beautiful place to share with our loved ones!
Melissa Ayres

Your beautiful creations

May Mr. Avery Rest in Paradise. My deepest condolences and prayers to all his Family. I will forever treasure every single peace of jewelry I have received from my family and friends as gifts, because every single peace was given to me with a special meaning from each of my family members and friends! Thank you my Mr. Avery and team for your beautiful creations, I love so much!!!
Jennifer Torres

James Avery was a truly talented man

A little over 7 years ago I was baptized, confirmed, and took my first communion in the Catholic Churches as a grown man. During that process I had a James Avery Latin Cross that I loved wearing to show my faith. At baptism I was given a James Avery ring to commemorate the date. They remind me every day of our maker in Heaven. James Avery was a truly talented man.
Forrest Flinn

Dear Avery Family

My deepest condolences on your loss. Hope you find comfort in knowing that Mr. James Avery is part of an extended family to millions of people. I started charm bracelets for my daughters when they turned 13. I have purchased many more items for them for special occasions. Each has a story that can be remembered by a charm or ring, or bracelet. Thanks to Mr. Avery’s vision of remembrance we all have a physical token to recall the milestones in our lives. And I am sure there will be many more to come. Thank you for allowing us to give tribute to a great man.
Matilde Santaromana

A lasting remembrance

I think every little girl that grew up in our family was given James Avery charms to commemorate all types of special occasions. Now I am doing the same for my granddaughter. Thank you Mr. Avery for giving us a lasting way to remember life events, and now it will be a lasting remembrance of you also. God bless your family, and grant them peace and God bless you.
Mary Phinney

Praying for the family in this difficult time

I was so sad to hear of Mr Avery’s passing. My Father was in the Army for the first few years of my life and we moved around a lot. Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Honolulu, Waikiki (3 years total in Hawaii), back to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Arlington VIRGINIA and until my father was offered an opportunity to be the ONLY ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON at a tiny Hospital in a city called Grand Prairie, Texas. We moved in 1981 and my Father, Mother, Sister & I have lived in Texas after that for most of our lives. Growing up in this area we would always see his Jewelry and while it was all BEAUTIFUL—we are Jewish. I remember the first time I saw one of the HEBREW rings that he designed. I fell in love. My Father bought me my first one—sterling silver. The simple band inscribed with HEBREW LETTERS is from the book of RUTH and reads, “WHEREVER YOU GO I WILL FOLLOW.” I wore it every day until I Graduated from THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY in June of 2000. For graduation, my Father bought me the same ring—because I LOVED IT SO VERY MUCH—this time in PLATINUM. I have worn these 2 rings ever since I was 16. I am now 41 and the day I heard of Mr Avery’s passing I looked down at my ring and cried. I remembered the day that I met him—all those years ago. He was very kind, a spiritual man who loved people. People of all religions—and that showed in his work. I am sure that my story is not UNIQUE. There are thousands of us out there. I wanted to tell you that I am just ONE OF THE LIVES HE TOUCHED while he was here in this earth. I will always remember him fondly when I look down at my ring. Praying for the family in this difficult time.
Gina Lyn Gurkoff

Mr. Avery is, was a Texas treasure

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Avery's passing. He is, was a true Texas treasure. I was fortunate to visit with Mr. Avery several years ago in College Station, bragging about and showing him my 1970s-80s-era Avery charms and necklaces that haven't been reproduced in decades. Mr. Avery appeared pleased that I had such good taste. Of course I did, still do -- they're Avery originals! He has left a legacy that will last generations. He will be missed.
Cynthia M. Perry, San Angelo, Texas

With much gratitude

We just want to express our great gratitude to all of you for the life, artistry and generosity of James Avery. On a personal note, we got our wedding rings at James Avery in Kerrville just about 48 years ago, rings that you don't offer in gold any more. Each was $40. Last we priced it when it was still being made, it was about $500. Our son liked our rings so much, he got his own same-style wedding ring in silver--the one with the three gold intertwined rings on the side! On a community note, about 5 years ago, as directors of Inner City Development, Inc. here in San Antonio--a non-profit that offers emergency service to families in crisis and recreation and education programs for children from families of very low income--we appealed to James Avery Jewelers to help fund the expansion of our community building so we could better serve the community. You granted Inner City Development $25,000 and we have been so grateful ever since and James Avery's name is on a plaque in the part of the building we expanded. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Your community of artisans and your family have affected so many people's lives. We pray for all of you as you mourn the loss of and celebrate the life of James in this world. He will have great company in heaven with everyone who has ever worn his jewelry! God is pleased, we are sure, with the spiritual nature and expression of his artwork and business. God is with you, we pray you feel His presence.
Patti and Rod Radle

A sad goodbye

I remember being a little girl and walking past the James Avery store in Beaumont, Texas. I'd look inside and be completely in awe of the women smiling back at me through the glass. They made people happy, whether it a man buying his wife a ring or a son buying his mother another charm for her bracelet. I asked for one item from James Avery: a small Texas shaped charm with a heart in the middle. When I finally got it, my heart grew 16 sizes. That beautiful cream colored bag and the red paper made my entire day shine. Now, I am older and I still stop and smile at the ladies at the counter. I am getting married in September and there is no doubt James Avery will be my destination when my fiancee and I buy our rings. A great loss is suffered with the passing of James. But now, he gets to make his jewelry for angels. Every time I look at my charm, I will think of him and remember how one man created one of the dearest things in my world. I will know that he touched my heart, without even knowing my name. Goodbye James Avery. Thank you for sharing your love with the world.
Alejandra Galvan

Remembering

What a genius talent this man had. I still have my very first James Avery ring bought almost 50 yrs. ago. and have been a "hooked" customer ever since. All of my daughters have James Avery and my favorite, being a native Texas, is my TX charm bracelet. I had the pleasure of meeting him when the Bandera Pointe store (now closed) opened. He will always be remembered as I and generations enjoy the jewelry.
Loyce

With sympathy

James Avery Jewellery has always held a special place in my heart...One of the first pieces I got was 48 years ago. I still visit a James Avery store whenever I am back home in Texas. Mr Avery will be missed.
Leslie Buffington Cox

We will all miss you Mr. Avery

I just adore James Avery so much! My I never knew what this jewelry was until 2013 when my husband then major crush gave me my first piece for my birthday. A retired 16 pendant. We will all miss you Mr. Avery.
Scot Ferguson

May Eternal Light Shine Upon Him

My heart is saddened to learn of James Avery's passing. He will long be remembered by my family and me as a kind, creative, artistic and Christian man. His jewelry designs spoke to the heart of many who bought and wore them or gave as gifts. My personal introduction to James Avery Jewelry was a butterfly cross gifted to me when I was undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, over 22 years ago.The butterfly stands for new life and the cross our Lord. It gave me comfort and continues to do so to this day. Mr. Avery will be sorely missed by all who cherish his jewelry, and honor him by continuing to buy and wear it. May his soul rest in peace and May Eternal Light Shine Upon Him.
Jamie Giovinco and family

He will always be in our hearts

I will always remember how kind and thoughtful Mr. Avery was. He always came by and said hello and asked how everything was going. He would even notice my earrings(everyone knows how I take charms and pendants and turn them into earrings). I’ve loved this company even before I came to work here. As I look around the plant today, I truly feel sorry for all of the new employees that never had the chance to meet Mr. Avery. He will always be in our hearts.
DeAnna Highsmith

Your forever customer

With condolences for Mr. James Avery… May he rest in a beautiful place we call Heaven. He left such an amazing legacy with his artistic pieces. I and my family have been a fan of the James Avery collection for many years now, and continue to carry that on to our nieces, nephews and their children. Beautiful fine pieces that I have in my collection at home. When I was only 10 years old, my father bought me my first piece of jewelry. Earrings that were unicorns. I loved them so much! Never took them off. It reminded me till this day of our fathers and the great men that are in our lives. Mr. James Avery helped me remember that through his pieces. He will not be forgotten and his legacy will continue. I have shared my James Avery jewelry memories with my in-laws and other friends. They are now collecting his fine jewelry. Thank you Mr. James Avery…. and may you rest in the heavens.
Elizabeth Austin, The Gutierrez’s and The Austin’s in Hockley, Texas

You will be truly missed

I received my first JA ring in 1985, in Amarillo Texas. I have collected many, many cherished pieces over the years. My two daughters have quite a collection going too! Thank You James Avery! You will be truly missed.
Anonymous

Love to his family

I am so sorry for OUR loss. James Avery created beautiful jewelry and we all will feel this loss. I was first introduced to his jewelry in the Summer of 1970. I was a camp counselor at a YWCA camp in Comfort, Texas that summer. During an outing from the campers, a group of us counselors drove to Kerrville because we had heard about this legend. That day I bought my first work of art: a dangling dove pinky ring. Periodically I have added to my collection of his jewelry. When I was planning my wedding, my husband and I decided to give a gift to each of my bridesmaids: a silver dove of peace. Mr. Avery and his work has been a part of my life and I know he will be truly missed.
Barbara Edwardy

Apart of Life

James Avery jewelry has truly been by my side throughout my life. As a young girl collecting charms to create a beautiful charm bracelet showing the most beautiful childhood memories, as a young woman collecting more charms to create a second charm bracelet which would resemble my young adulthood and now adding charms to a third charm bracelet which depicts the many stories I now create as a mother and wife. God Bless you Mr. Avery and your family and thank you for the many memories I have been able to carry with me throughout the years through your work!
Andrea King

Mr Avery’s magnificent craftsmenship

My first encounter with James Avery, In Amarillo, Tx. The new Mall, had one of Avery’s stores. I have rings and several other pieces of Mr Avery’s magnificent craftsmen ship items. Wear my jewelry always;I was so fortunate to visit his factory in Kerville, Tx in the late 90s. Trust this craft will continue. Rest In Peace James.
Joyce Kinney

We love you so much

Thank you for being part of our lives. The girls have loved looking forward after school with their birthday money or at Christmas time to get charms for their bracelets, or even chore money at that. We love you so much!!!! You rock!!!!!! Rest in peace.
Stacy Wengler

A man who brought beauty to all people

Every time I wear one of his pieces, which is almost daily, I will be reminded of a man who brought beauty to all people. May he rest in peace.
Carole Barenys, Brentwood TN

Know that you are in our thoughts

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Avery. I know you will miss him so. Know that you are in our thoughts and that we are praying for your family. God bless.
Jane Graham

With Deepest Sympathy

James Avery was an inspiration with his creativity in all his beautiful jewelry. He was one of a kind & will be deeply missed. James Avery carved a unique place in the jewelry business with meaningful designs for those whose hearts are turned to God in love & worship. Prayers for his family & all those who have worked with him in his amazing business.
Verenice Villarreal

He will be dearly missed

So sorry to hear the loss of Mr. Avery. He will be dearly missed, it’s a sad day in Texas. May he rest in peace and may the Lord grant his family and friends peace during this time.
Verenice Villarreal

A truly Texas icon of a man of faith

A truly Texas icon of a man of faith. I have never meet Mr.Avery but feel I have. Over the past years myself, family and friends have purchased his beautiful jewelry. One ring that I have was bought for me in memory of my precious Dad, a single silver bird. I have recently moved to the area and have volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club Of Comfort. My past history working with kids club was simply amazing. When my husband and I saw this club years of joy came to me. Mr.Avery with a generous heart and kind hands built a Christian based safe place for these kids. I am honored to be able to volunteer there. Your memory will caring on Mr.Avery. Blessings and Prayers to his family.
Cathy Goggans

Our deepest sympathy

I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. I live in the State of Maryland and had been trying to visit one of your Texas locations after meeting a group of Houston Police Department professionals who praised your collection. I was very excited to make my 1st purchase on Monday, April 30th, while in town for my brothers retirement from the US Air Force. That evening brought great sadness to me and my family as we heard of your passing. We extend our condolences to the Avery family and look forward to proudly displaying our charms bracelets in commemoration. Our deepest sympathy.
Tomika Holmes

Peace and prayers

I started my love for the unique jewelry in the early 70s when I traveled to play tennis tournaments in Kerville and would visit the store and get tennis charms and butterfly rings and later religious jewelry in Galveston. He was very talented and nice. He will be missed. Since then, I have taught Galveston HS and coached tennis 2 yrs and college teaching and coaching tennis for 41 years.
Joycelynn Grigson

A man of God

I never met Mr. Avery BUT I have many pieces of his jewelry that are very special to me. I have always felt that the person who designed these pieces must have been someone who understood where his talent came from and honored the gift as well as the Giver. His heart was evident in every piece. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and all who were blessed to know him and call him friend.
Chris Lubitz

Your beautiful work and elegant pieces

When I heard that James Avery had passed It brought me great sadness. I have so many charms that have great meaning to my life. It seams that each one was specially made for me. Now I need to add one more in his honor. (Texas with a heart perhaps). Your beautiful work and elegant pieces will keep your legacy alive for ever. Rest in pease. My condolences to the family.
Geraldine Cuellar

A Long Treasured Gift

In 1973 I was a young a silly kid. I also was confirmed at church. After the service the Pastor gave the confirmees a Celtic cross as a sign of our belief. I have worn that cross for all these years; but had lost it during a time when I had lent it to my son during his discovery of belief. At that time around 2001 I contacted the JA company and inquired if they had it anymore. After some time the company was able to find the retired mold, dust it off, and make me another. At that same time my son had found my original cross. So we traded and I now have my old original cross and my son has the brand new one. In current years I have been very sick to the point of death, then received a liver transplant in 2017. A piece of James Avery has seen me through some of my best and worst times in life. Thank you sir !!!
Richard Hunter Almond

His beautiful legacy lives on

His jewelry has been a source for celebrations since I was a child. After the passing of my mother recently, it also served as a source of healing for my daughters and I. We each created a bracelet of her favorite things. His beautiful legacy lives on. My condolences to his family.
Vera Beall

Wonderful creativity in the designs

I will never forget the wonderful summers working at James Avery. The 70’s brought wonderful creativity in the designs of new pieces and original one of a kind beautiful rings. James Avery has held a special place in my heart all of these years and always will.
Tonja Poorman

Thank You for the Memories

Thank you for making great charms. Each charm I have tells a story. Your beautiful art and craftsmanship has allowed me to make a bracelet that I will pass down to my own family to remember me by.
Victoria Blanton

He’s an absolute legend

Our heart felt condolences to the Avery family. May Mr. Avery rest in heaven. May his family cherish the life that was. He’s an absolute legend and inspiration to many.
Mickey Rodriguez

My condolences to his family and friends

I was first introduced to James Avery jewelry in the 80’s when my grandfather from Kerrville,TX purchased me my first dangle ring. I’ve loved James Avery Jewelry since. My condolences to his family and friends.
Gladys

I will continue to treasure my James Avery

My Prayers that the Holy Spirit lovingly envelop those in grief at his passing. I have worn my James Avery "Dove Descending Cross" and my pinky "Cross Cutout" ring since early 1990. I can't tell you how many thousands of times I have reached inside my shirt to rub my cross or touch my ring in times of my need, my patients' needs, my family's needs, the needs of my Christian Community (my Church and other Churches, and the mission field which starts at my front door threshold. I will continue to treasure my James Avery Crosses keeping them against my chest and pinky.
Grayson Miller

A generous and caring man

My deepest condolences on the loss of a generous and caring man. Thank you to the Avery family for sharing him with all of us. I appreciate the time he has given to us.
Rosie Gutierrez

Constant reminders of his artistic gift

Because Mr. Avery was such a spiritual man, and a strong believer in the Lord, I know he was welcomed into Heaven with joy and opened arms. He will be missed in life, but remembered with love by everyone who has ever seen, bought, worn or gifted a piece of JA jewelry. I got my first piece in 1976 when my family moved to Texas...and through the years have acquired MANY more beautiful pieces. I have also given many things to my daughters, granddaughters, sister, Mother and other special people in my life. My late husband loved the JA designs, and gave me many pieces that I treasure. I wear three pieces of JA jewelry EVERY DAY...at his passing they will be constant reminders of his artistic gift and Christian faith. I wear the small rose ring in memory of my Mother ‘Rose.’ My husband picked out the ‘original’ JA cross when we visited the “HOME” in Kerrville. I put it on a chain.... I put my husband’s wedding ring on that chain the night he died, and have never taken it off. On the first anniversary of his death, I took off MY wedding rings. I knew I wanted another ring to wear on my left hand. The kind, caring and loving lady at JA in Plano, Tx helped me to find a PERFECT ring! I selected the scroll cross ring... so beautiful and symbolic of our love! The cross, surrounded by a heart on each side, remind me daily that our love and long marriage was centered on Christ, and that we WILL be together in Heaven! Thank you JAMES AVERY for your artistic talent and generosity! God bless your family and employees past and present. Your life was a BLESSING!!
Joyce Laux, Plano, TX

Loved his art , his hard work

My condolences go out to the Avery family , he was such a happy man ! Love love the jewelry! Loved his art , his hard work . I’ve always wanted the butterfly ring since I was a child & I finally got it like 2 years ago and since then I bought my charm bracelet & charms ! James Avery will always be my favorite jewelry store . I’m obsessed with it ! Will always be buying there , may you R.I.P Mr. Avery
Donna Aguilera

He lived a long and generous life

I am sad to learn that another great artist has left us. Without a doubt, he lived a long and generous life. If we are lucky, his legacy will live on. I think the James Avery products are quite gorgeous. I intend to give my granddaughter some pieces for her to wear all her life. God bless Mr Avery's family.
Celeste Sanders

What a Legacy he left

I recently purchased a descending dove charm and chain for a young girl I was sponsoring for her Confirmation. Over 37 years ago I was introduced to James Avery by my college roommate who suggested it when I was my younger sister's sponsor for her Confirmation. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and will include him in my prayers as well as the family. What a Legacy he left!
Mary B. Serke

I love everything about James Avery

My deepest condolences I'm just now getting to know James Avery I love everything about James Avery
Mary Trevino

You will be deeply missed

It is with great sorrow to hear of the passing of a brilliant, creative soul - James Avery. His jewelry and designs have been my favorite since my mom introduced me to James Avery a couple years ago. It is by far my favorite brand, and I wear James Avery every single day. Thank you Mr. James Avery for designing such wonderful classic pieces that I will cherish forever. You will be deeply missed.
Molly Araktingi

You will be greatly missed

I am saddened by the news that Mr. Avery is no longer with us I love his jewelry and so does my daughter everything he did is so unique and beautiful I send my condolences to his family and friends May God be with ya at this time of sorrow RIP James Avery you will be greatly missed by a lot of people
Marie Rodriguez

So inspirational

My mom took me to the original store shortly after its opening, I was 13. Mr. Avery's designs are beautiful, and so inspirational. Four generations in our family all own cherished pieces. He has touched so many with his art. Thank you James for sharing with us all. I am so sad at his passing and so pray for his family's peace and comfort
Chris Loving

Sending prayers on this great loss

So very sorry to hear of the news. May he Rest In Peace!! I can’t imagine how the family must feel. Sending prayers on this great loss.
Anonymous

I have loved his jewelry my entire life

I have loved his jewelry my entire life. My mother, a fellow artist from San Antonio, had pieces that he made in his parents’ garage. I pray for comfort for his family and friends as they grieve James’ earthly passing.
Kendall Thomas

My Condolences to Mr. Avery's Family

My Condolences to Mr. Avery's Family. May they find peace during this difficult time in their lives. This brings back many memories of my first dangle ring as a young child in the 80's who couldn't wait to get a special dangle ring like everyone else in her class. My first was a dangle teddy bear ring. Received many after that and continue to get amazing jewelry from the amazing workmanship of James Avery. I always love getting the catalogs and realizing I just want one of everything. May you be in peace Mr. Avery.
Debbie Dunn

James Avery has been a household name

James Avery Family My family wanted to send our deepest sympathy. We have always felt a special connection because we go to Kerrville to a cabin built by my Father In Law Rev Ennis Hill on top of Methodist Encampment back in the 50's. James Avery has been a household name! Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Avery family.
Gail Hill Garland, Texas

Our condolences

James Avery's contribution to the jewelry world has been not only a blessing, but an inspiration. My family has several of his pieces and when we wear them, we feel a spiritual connection with each other. The loss of Mr. Avery will be felt worldwide. Thank you for your gifts, Mr. Avery, and all that you have done for the world. Many Blessings....
Tara Powell

Our prayers are with the family and friends at this time

I have several lovely pieces of James Avery jewelry, but my favorite is The Tree of Life. I and my two daughters each wear the ring and it is a daily reminder of our love and the life we have in Christ. Our prayers are with the family and friends at this time.
Barbara Landry

Thank you

Thank you sir for sharing your beautiful talent with the world and may you rest in heavenly peace for ever more.
Deanna Savala

He will be greatly missed

so sorry, I wear a lot of his jewelry. He will be greatly missed by many
Anonymous

Thank you for your vision

My sincere condolences to the Avery family Words cannot express the comfort that James Avery jewelry pieces bring to me . I have collected several pieces of jewelry though the years . While every piece of jewelry brings me joy the pieces that mean the most are the ones I have brought every year on the anniversary of my mother’s passing. Not one day passes that I don’t wear at least one of these pieces . I have left to work and have forgotten to wear a piece but I will realize turn around and go put one on. I find peace in your Art.. while this may sound corny it is the truth. Thank you for your vision , your Art.
Loree Lee Parra

Thank you for all the beautiful jewelry

My favorite jewelry pieces are all from James Avery. They’re all so well made & will last forever. Thank you for all the beautiful jewelry.
Helen Rice

So sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing

So sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. I have been so very fond of your elegant creations for most of my life. I am irreligious, but the beautiful spirit of your company transcends any mere verbal or written label of faith or belief, and I know I feel the goodness that went into each piece when I wear it or am fortunate enough to present one as a gift. Thank you for sharing your passion and talent. Rest in Peace, sir.
Philip R Papas

All his pieces were made with love

One of my favorite places to go when I was young, my father would take me to James Avery on Blanco Rd, in San Antonio. I would wander around the store and if I had been good, I would get a charm ring or earrings. My Dad would tell me that all his pieces were made with love. Even this day, when I come to town, I must stop in Kerrville to shop at the store. Thank you for all the wonderful memories that you have bestowed on me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
alison speight

Thank you for your ministry Mr. Avery

Many opportunities to share Scripture because of the beautiful bracelet I wear from Mr. Avery. Matthew 29:20. Thank you for your ministry Mr. Avery.
Anonymous

My family is blessed to have worn James Avery Jewelry

My family is blessed to have worn James Avery Jewelry! Wearing the pieces was a way we could say that we belong to Jesus. I also appreciate that when I purchase a piece; proceeds extend to spreading Mr Avery's gift of craftsmanship used to Glorify god. Rest in Peace and condolences to your family.
Robin Geddes

He touched many lives with the jewelry he designed

Praying for the family of James Avery. He touched many lives with the jewelry he designed. I have many pieces and I have given pieces to my family members. May God give the family peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.
Cathy Homeyer

Cherished creations

My heart is sad at Mr. Avery’s passing, may he Rest in Peace. I am not at all a jewelry person, but my friend gifted me with a James Avery piece that fits me exactly. I know there are so many people who have wonderful thoughts of Mr. Avery’s creations. So grateful for all he gave to us.
Mary Trujillo

Your jewelry creations spoke to who you were

Thank you Mr Avery for sharing your special talent with the world. Your jewelry creations spoke to who you were, and each piece is a treasure, unique in its quality and beauty! May you Rest in Peace!
Anna Clader

Grew up wearing James Avery jewelry

Grew up wearing James Avery jewelry I received to commemorate special occasions. I have continued this tradition with my family members . Truly appreciate the faith based designs over the years. My condolences to his family during this time.
Carol Adams

Farewell and Rest in Peace Mr. Avery

Farewell and Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. Your legacy will live on through your beautiful creations. Sincere sympathy to the family members and friends for your loss.
Stella Fletcher

A Craftsman indeed, and a Man of Vision

The beauty and detail Mr. Avery has created in each piece of his jewelry is second to none. Like so many people I have worn James Avery jewelry for many years. Each piece has been a special treat to receive and they all have special meaning, not to mention some have been so inspirational and uplifting. Mr. Avery took a God-given talent and created a beautiful legacy that will live on. My sincere sympathy to his family, friends, and dedicated employees. May he be at peace in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Linda Orr

My prayers to the James Avery family

My prayers to the James Avery family. I receive my first charm bracelet at the age of 69 I love it I’m so glad I am apart of this wonderful jewelry family I will keep it a family tradition for my girls.
Vernita Linton

He was special artist

I am very sad. My Mother, wife, daughter and granddaughters have and will continue to Enjoy Mr. Avery ‘s jewelry creations. He was special artist. May he rest in peace.
Charles T. Chrietzberg, Jr.

What a wonderful man

I treasure all my James Avery jewelry but love and wear my Primavera cross all the time. Have wanted it since it was first introduced in the '70s and finally purchased it. What a wonderful man a and legacy. Welcomed in heaven and missed on earth. Condolences to his family.
Elsa Denson

Rest In Peace

Every piece of JA jewelry that I own has a special place in my heart. My most precious piece of jewelry is the cross ring that belonged to my daughter. She passed 19 years ago and I wear it daily. Rest In Peace John Avery.
Janet Gunnell

A Man Who is Truly an Inspiration

My condolences to the family during this difficult time. I have several James Avery charms and bracelets and they mean the world to me! Mr. Avery, you have provided so many with precious moments and memories because of your jewelry. You’ve indeed made the world a better place because of your vision to inspire! You will be missed and may you Rest in Peace!
Tonia Ellis Houston, TX

He was gifted and generous

What a wonderful man and legacy. He was gifted and generous. James Avery-a good and faithful steward. You will be missed but your inspiration lives on in your beautiful jewelry. Thank you.
Elsa Denson

RIP Mr Avery

RIP Mr Avery. You have truely touched the lives of so many with your beautiful work of art. Thank you.
Janice Brickett Houston, TX

Our Loss but Heavens Gain

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I enjoyed all his creativity with silver and gold. I was introduced to James Avery jewelry by my sister. During the Christmas holiday I worked for the Ingram Mall store. I introduced James Avery jewelry to my sisters in Women in the Word here in Phoenix, AZ. All four of my daughters and two granddaughters have special memory pieces. May he rest in piece.
elsa oilar

He will be missed dearly

I have never folded as many catalog page-corners as I do with James Avery Jewelry. I get obsessed with so many pieces, wish I could just afford to get them all. No other brand of jewelry resembles my style better than JA does. He will be missed dearly but his pieces will stay in my family for generations. I promise!
Rosa Estela Motta

God Bless

God Bless his Family at this heart felt moment.
Lee Asevedo

Mr. Avery's legacy will forever live on

My deepest sympathy to the Avery family. Mr. Avery's legacy will forever live on through his timeless pieces!
Jennifer G. Thompson

Thank you for the memories!

Hello! My name is Reverend Rick Cody. I am a Lutheran pastor and I have been a James Avery fan for many years! I was given a necklace from my parents for my 20th birthday back in 1990; it was a Jerusalem cross. This necklace has been on my neck for the past 28 years this coming Monday, May 7. My necklace has only been off my neck once when I have to have surgery in March 2016. Other than that occasion it has been a long time fixture on my body and has almost become a part of who I am. This necklace has also been in various places in the world as it has traveled with me on mission trips etc. I also got another JA crucifix cross about 10 years ago which has been on my neck all along. I have two sons and each one will get one of these necklaces upon my death as a heirloom to be passed on to their family members some day. My wife and I have been married 27 years this coming May 11, and I have been wearing the Martin Luther replica wedding band ever since we got married. So as you can see, I am a huge JA fan! My wife and I are deeply saddened to hear the news of James’ passing. However, him being a man of great Christian faith, I know that he now lives in the presence of Jesus forever! I can’t wait to meet him in heaven some day and thank him for the many years of enjoyment I’ve had for the jewelry designs and the memories I’ve made with each individual piece. How every JA piece that I’ve ever had has been one of my best witnessing tools and I never had to say a word…the jewelry started the conversation about Jesus more times than I can count! What a great man with a great idea and a great witness! To God be the glory!
Rev. Rick Cody Psalm 84:10

So sorry for your loss

We lived in Texas for a few years in the 1980s and I still treasure my charms and will pass them on to my girls. So sorry for your loss. With love from Wimbledon, London xx
Simon Burrows

May he Rest In Peace

I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. Having lived in Texas for over 32 years, I was very familiar with his jewelry. I have several pieces... He was gifted, talented, and it was clear to me that he put his heart and soul into each and every one of his designs. He will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.
Michelle Comer

What a blessing you were to our world

May you rest in God’s arms. A truly gifted artist and I have always loved the jewelry, ornaments and everything that James Avery has created. What a blessing you were to our world.
Amy Weir

Rest in Heaven Mr. James Avery

Thank you Mr. Avery for allowing our Lord and Savior to use you in such a special way. Your jewelry is the best and you will live on in the hearts of all who wear your jewelry. To your fami;y,I pray that you look to the hills from whence cometh your help, knowing all your help will come from the Lord, and remembering that” to be absent in the body is to be present with The Lord”. Mr. Avery is now resting well with Jesus and what better place to be. Rest in Heaven Mr. James Avery and to the family please hold on to God’s unchanging hand.
P. Ceasar

Rest In Peace Mr.Avery

Our deepest condolences to the Avery family and James Avery employees to include all who have been impacted by Mr. James Avery passing. The jewelry have meaning to a lot of people, thank you Mr. Avery for your service and may our Lord give your loved ones peace, strength and love.
S Gomez

Mr. Avery left a legacy of his faith, hope and love through his jewelry

My first job ever was at the Crown Shop at Northcross Mall. At the time, James Avery jewelry could only be bought at Crown Shops in Austin. I fell in love with his jewelry then, still wear it today and am so excited when I receive it as a gift. Mr. Avery left a legacy of his faith, hope and love through his jewelry that will live on forever. May you rest in peace Mr. Avery and may your family receive God’s comfort in their grief.
PHYLLIS BROZ

Thank you for all the beauty

My deepest condolences to the Avery Family. Thank you for all the beauty!!
Jenn Eberth Brown

My sincere condolence to the AVERY family

My sincere condolence to the AVERY family. I was lst introduced to AVERY jewelry in 1981. I treasure all my pieces. I purchased last week sister in my heart to honor my sister who also has been called home with our LORD. GOD bless you Mr Avery rest easy.
Bea

Thank you for sharing your talent with us

May your soul rest in peace. Your memory will live on in all the beautiful jewelry around the world. Our family has so many of your loving, crafted pieces. They celebrate many special and spirited occasions. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
Robert & Christine Voan

Thank you for all the amazing pieces

Saddened to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. Thank you for all the amazing pieces & allowing us to start traditions and build memories with your jewelry
Liza Guerrero

HIS KINDNESS LIVES ON FOREVER

I send my sincere sympathy and prayers to all the James Avery family, friends and staff. I know you will miss him terribly but also rejoice in his reunion with our Lord. Along with his Christian themed jewelry, I am especially thankful for his caring heart. He took many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. What a wonderful way to be remembered!
Carolyn Nichols

An amazing legacy

Im so sorry to hear of Mr. James Avery’s passing. I have always admired him as an artist/entrepreneur , his work ethic and family values. Since James Avery jewelry was sold in our church’s book store, I received my first piece of jewelry in 1964. Subsequently, James Avery became our family’s favorite jewelry store! I’m James Avery seasonal help now and feel like I’m “going home” every time I walk into the store for work. I see my mom and all our family traditions in every piece of jewelry in the store and on the women who walk in wearing it! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family. I know my mom will want to hug him in heaven because through his designs we always felt like we “ knew” him. Sending love to the Avery family.
Teri Votour and Family

James Avery has done many good and wonderful things for the world

God has blessed all of us through the creative talents, compassion and dedication of James Avery, his family and the company he has built our entire lives. My wife, Sandy, and I have shared James Avery jewelry with each other, our two boys and their families as well as extended Dare family and friends and we have many fond memories of celebrations which have been highlighted by special presentations of James Avery items. It has been our honor and privilege to spend our entire lives dedicated to the professions of education and the non-profit ministry. We have enjoyed sharing gifts of jewelry throughout our careers from James Avery collections, both religious and secular with friends, to celebrate a gift, cultivate a relationship or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or a cornerstone event. Many of our personal items are more than 50 years old and have been continuously cared for all these years by the loving and creative hands of James Avery’s talented team. As John Wesley quoted many times, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Certainly, James Avery has done many good and wonderful things for the world. Well done good and faithful servant of the Lord. May the Lord continue to bless the Avery family and James Avery Artisan Jewelry.
Milton L. Dare

May He rest in peace

I am sure that James Avery went to be with His Heavenly Father. He no longer will be encumbered with the things of this troubled earth. May He rest in peace.
Celine E Shaler

He did a beautiful job

Back in 1969 my husband , Pete Conrad, was scheduled to command the second moon landing, Apollo XII. Astronauts were allowed to take personal mementos on their flights and I wanted to have something made for him to take. I had just heard about James Avery, so I dashed off a rough sketch of the “Yankee Clipper”,the emblem of the flight. I took it to Kerrville and asked James if he could make it into a pin. He did a beautiful job and ended up making 3 of them,one for each of us wives. It depicted a Clipper ship in full sail around the moon. I treasure this piece of jewelry and I’m sure Avery must have felt proud of it too. No one else could have done a more perfect pin!
Jane (Conrad) Dreyfus

Bless you, Mr. Avery

I have been buying James Avery jewelry since 1975. The pieces are timeless. I pray God will grant your family peace and comfort that only He can give. Bless you, Mr. Avery.
Billie Averitt

Thank you for touching my life with your heart felt designed jewelry

Your jewelry spoke to my heart in one of the most hurtful times I’ve ever endured. I was fighting to keep my daughter in a custody battle, I stopped in your store and found the enduring bond ring and at that moment I realized my daughter and I had an enduring bond that no court battle could break. I bought that ring and wear it still today. When I’m complemented on it, I say thank you and share what your beautiful ring means to me. Thank you for touching my life with your heart felt designed jewelry.
Kathleen Van Stavern

Fond memories

I was very sorry to hear that James Avery died & wanted to send my condolences to his family & his "work family". I have a special place in my heart for him and his beautiful craftsmanship. I went to Camp Arrowhead during my junior high years (summers of 1969, 1970, 1971). I would save up my "canteen" (snack bar) money by getting a "cheap snack" each afternoon, so I would have $10 or $12 left over at the end of the month. Then I would go to James Avery's shop at the end of the term (it was very small then, from what I remember). I could buy each of the 10 or so girls in my cabin a little sterling silver charm for 50 cents apiece, if my memory is correct. And something a little bigger for the two counselors. I appreciated the beauty of each piece, and the wide variety to choose from. I remember seeing Mr. Avery at the shop. I love the simplicity, quality and design of his jewelry. I still have a beautiful necklace that I wear a few times a week. I have had since 1979 or 1980. It is a gold chain with small gold heart, dove, and cross charms on it. I love them, and they represent the Father's Love, the Son's Sacrifice on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit's comfort and presence to me. It is more than "just jewelry" to me. I learned years ago that James Avery's faith was important to him, and that encouraged me. We all can serve God in our own unique gifting, and have an impact on others. After I moved to Virginia, and married my husband, I bought him a very simple James Avery bold, deep, silver cross. When each of our three sons were in their early teens, we got them the same cross. When one was lost in the ocean a few years later, we special-ordered another one, after it had been discontinued. I am sad to learn that James Avery has left this world, and grateful that he is with His loving God, who is also a skilled Creator, Craftsman, & Designer. I am very sorry for your loss, and grateful to have crossed paths with James Avery so many decades ago. I have always admired him. Blessing and prayers to all his family and to those who work for James Avery Craftsman. I was blessed by and am grateful for his life's work.
G. Vaile

Beautiful art work

Thank You ,Mr.Avery for your beautiful art work . I wish I could of known you , I'm sure you are in a better place but will be missed. RIP.
Virginia Alvarez

He brought so much love

My condolences goes out to the Avery Family. He brought so much love and keepsake to so many people. He will never be forgotten. He will be remembered by many on a daily base..
Andrea and the Clayton Family

Thank you for the traditions

He was part of my past, present and future. I remember receiving my first dangle ring, from my mother, it was the Texas ring. I remember giving my daughter her first charm bracelet and how dazzled she was and with every charm since. My husband giving his first charm to me, which was the boy & girl, for our kids. Many happy memories and Texas pride. Thank you for the traditions.
Andrea and the Clayton Family

It's amazing that God's inspiration shows so clearly in Mr Avery's work

I've been wearing an Avery piece almost everyday since I was about 6 yrs old. It's amazing that God's inspiration shows so clearly in Mr Avery's work. Strangers come over to admire my jewelry and know it's a James Avery. Bless him.
Madeleine EL Pearsall, Austin, TX

What a loss to us all

Love his jewelry. He must have been a special person indeed! My condolences to his family. What a loss to us all.
Martha Landreneau

Great works of art

So sorry to hear of his passing. I felt so lucky to be able to own some of his great works of art, which I cherish. My favorite piece is a cross pendant with "Jesus is Lord" inscribed on the face, I think you know the one. I wear this mostly when I travel from home- so I feel safe. Now I will think and remember the man who created it for me as well! I loved his work because each piece was beautiful and meaningful, which made them so special to me. God Bless
Carol

You will always have a special place in my mind and in my heart

Thank you Mr. Avery for the opportunities that you have given so many people in your employment. You will always have a special place in my mind and in my heart.
Bill Barber

Rest In Peace

Sincere condolences.....we have been lifelong admirers and customers of James Avery jewelry......Thank you for the creation of your beautiful pieces of jewelry.....it is an honor to wear every James Avery piece of jewelry.....May he Rest In Peace
Lizza G.

His vision is so appreciated

To a good man who put his faith first to share God With all. His vision is so appreciated
Tommie De Santiago

My Tribute to Mr. Avery

I am so dearly touched by the impact that your rings have had on my life. You have founded a company that has helped start a very cherished tradition between my grandmother and I. For the past three years each Christmas my grandmother takes me to get a new ring from out local James Avery store. I have three beautiful rings in my collection that remind me of my grandmother each and everyday. I cherish these rings with my heart and soul, and I am so glad that I have been given this opportunity to have these rings. I lost my grandfather when I was three years old to suicide, and these rings each have a heart involved with them just to remind me of him and how he is in a better place know. Your company truly does mean a lot to me, Thank You so much! I hope that you enjoy living with the one true king in eternal life!
Lauren Gayle Mulos

May God comfort you all

Always knew what we liked My condolences to the Avery family on their great loss. May God comfort you all.
Surii Martinez

Thank you Mr. Avery and family

What a pleasure it was to have been able to work for this company for a couple of years. My first every knowledge and love for Mr. Avery’s beautiful jewelry came from the gift of my wonderful James Avery charm bracelet complete with 5 charms from my husband on our wedding day. It was a story built with the charms which was accompanied with the story my husband wrote about our journey to that day. Ever since then I have had a true love for the craftsmanship that was created by Mr. Avery. I shared the story of my bracelet which has been built with over a decades worth of charms each one signifying a great memory and pieces of our story with hundreds of times with customers while I worked for the company that was so dear to me. Thank you Mr. Avery and family for your love and compassion both for creating such a wonderful product as well as all the contributions outside of that.
Laura Mezzles

His beautiful designs I will always treasure

I am honored to have met Mr. Avery when our local store had its grand opening. He was so friendly and signed autographs. I then met him twice when I visited the old headquarters in Kerrville. He was a true genius and he touched my life through his beautiful designs I will always treasure.
Paula Barnes

He will be forever remembered for his craft

My first James Avery piece (dogwood flower charm) was given to me by my Secret Pal (my calculus teacher) in 1985. I have built quite a collection since then. My deepest condolences. He will be forever remembered for his craft.
Dr. M. Carmen Goodwin

A true artist and Christian

In 1963 when I was a camper at Waldemar ,my Mother and I started my bracelet with camp charms. I bought them for my daughter's bracelet. Now we are starting a bracelet for my granddaughter. It is a great tradition. Mr. Avery was a true artist and Christian witness. So glad his sons want to carry on these values.
S. Smith

Our blessings and prayers

I am so proud to wear your jewlery everyday and receive the many compliments I get and to say it's a James Avery. I am customer for life please maintain his legacy. Our blessings and prayers to the Family I know you very proud he is with you always
Richard and Sheila

My Condolences to the Avery Family

Paul and Chris I'm sorry for your loss. I thought the world of Mr. Avery. Years ago my oldest daughter and her husband came into the store, she was dressed for work in her police uniform. Mr Avery was walking through the store and he stopped to talk to Laura and tell her Thank you for service as a police officer. She was so amazed that he stopped actually spoke to her and so very proud at the same time. When I was leaving Avery's, I went into his office and asked him to sign a poster of him for me. He asked me where I was going and I told him Del Rio. He had tears in his eyes, Chris told me he had wonderful memories of Del Rio when he was stationed there. It was like memories just came flooding back. I still have my signed poster and both of my daughters have their signed bluebonnet posters. Avery jewelry is all my 2 girls and granddaughter will buy and wear, And I miss working there. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery, we will miss you. But you have a wonderful family and they will carry on your legacy with the same pride and love that had just the way you taught them to do. Love to all the Avery's on this sad occasion. God Bless all of you, you to Mr. Avery.
Judy Reininger

Mr.Avery's vision continues

I was a transplant to Texas and fell in love with James Avery Jewelry . I have collected the jewelry over the past 35 years for myself, friends, and later my 3 daughters. We have since returned to Pennsylvania, but l still order the jewelry online. I hope Mr.Avery's vision continues for years to come.
Barbara Scarr

Thanking God and James Avery, the spiritual man with a heart as big as Texas

My father was career military. His/our fifth duty station was at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. My mother, Mary Ellen, was adventurous and loved fashion...clothing, shoes, and jewelry!!! One day while shopping in Alamo Heights in 1972, she went into a Pappa Gallo clothing store. At the front of the store, on a little table was a display of jewelry. My mother loved it and when she inquired about it, she was told it was handcrafted by a local Texas artist, James Avery. She purchased several pieces and when she showed them to me and my sister, we fell in love with the silver jewelry. I purchased my first dove ring, a paloma, with my babysitting money and still wear it today! My parents gave me my first cross pendant and chain for my confirmation in the Presbyterian church. Before moving to Augsburg, Germany, my mom, sister, and I purchased many treasures and introduced all of our military friends to James Avery Jewelry. They have loved James Avery and we all keep in touch on Facebook. I lost my dove dangle ring in our VW Bug, but found it right before we moved back to the states. I was so relieved because I loved that ring!! Every year I add to my collection with as many James Avery treasures as I can and give charms and rings as gifts. It is also wonderful to be able to get retired designs on Ebay and Facebook. Our mother introduced her granddaughters to the beauty and faith of James Avery jewelry. Every time we wear our jewelry, we are reminded of our faith, family, and our love of Texas! So thankful God worked through James Avery to bring us such beautiful jewelry. He is gone, but his spirituality will live through his art and the love he spread to all of us who love his jewelry.
Kathy, Krista, Shelby, and Cassidy

Thank you for the memories

My condolences to the Avery Family. I had the pleasure of working for the Quarry Market store back in 2002 for a few years. We enjoyed his visits and so did his customers during Christmas. To see the creator of such wonderful jewelry was a gift in itself. Thank you for the memories.
A. Rodriguez

Master Craftsman

This man has such a legacy left behind. I have many JA pieces in my jewelry collection and am sad to hear of his passing. However, I’m sure all the time spent representing his faith is in full rewardance now. He is meeting the Master Craftsman!
Tracy Chappelle

May the lord receive him

Our Condolences to the James Avery Family for there loss may the lord receive him with open arms
Rosalinda Gonzales

May the lord receive him

Our Condolences to the James Avery Family for there loss may the lord receive him with open arms
Rosalinda Gonzales

He will be missed but his legacy will continue forever

I attended Schreiner University back in the early seventies and James Avery was always a favorite spot to pick up a gift here and there throughout the year always had fabulous designs in the Christian theme my parents both shop there quite often as well as my twin brother so glad that he was from Kerrville Texas a fabulous community! He will be missed but his legacy will continue forever.
Geoff Stoner

The beautiful things that you’ve created

Mr. Avery, thank you for the joy; the joy of remembered experiences, the joy of nature, the joy of meaningful expression that I’ve found through the beautiful things that you’ve created. I met you several times in Kerrville when I worked in one of your stores in the early 90’s and was always struck by the mixture of kindness and playfulness in your eyes. You spoke to people like they mattered. Thank you so very much and may you rest now in peace.
Heather Pound

Thank you for your vision, and talent

Such an untimely loss...my heart goes out to the Avery family at this time. I received my first piece of Avery jewelry in 1981, from my aunt, while my uncle was stationed in Texas, and I've added several pieces since. Thank you for your vision, and talent...you will be missed.!
RaeAnn Martin

Remember a significant moment of my life

My first purchase was to honor my baptism into Christianity. I own a dangle cross ring, and it’s a unique piece that I wear proudly to remember a significant moment of my life.
Mandie Roel

His artistry has touched the hearts of more people

I am saddened by the news, but know he is in the home of our maker now. I have worn James Avery Jewelry consistently since getting my first piece @ the age of 12. I am a 61 year old grandmother now. His artistry has touched the hearts of more people than I can imagine. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery
Cheri Halford

Love the designs and beautiful collections

Love the designs and beautiful collections. I have many pieces and give many as gifts to friends and family. When my daughter graduated from college she chose a beautiful James Avery ring with a gemstone and engraving instead of a traditional college ring. She is so happy with that decision and will wear her ring proudly for many many years
Lisa Sowers

Created the legacy he leaves for the future

Living in a town where employers were limited, I found myself working at James Avery Craftsman in Kerrville, Texas. I worked in the executive offices for the VP’s and Director of HR. I grew to know the company, the Avery men and witness the close bond they had as a family. Mr. Avery showed no arrogance nor did the son’s. Like Mr. Avery, his son’s Chris and Paul were very diligent with work. But they were also very mindful of the employees. The Avery’s are considerate employers, humble, kind. Mr. Avery always had a smile and greeted everyone with a hello. He will be missed! I pray Mrs. Avery and the family has the privacy to grieve the loss of her husband and their father. He was a kind and wonderful man that created the legacy he leaves for the future.
AH

His name will live forever

His name will live forever. His jewelry is a real tribute to the love he had for his country and the people who are blessed to have his gifts of fine jewelry. He will truly be blessed and is with God this day in paradise. God bless the family and my prayers are with you all. Thanks for continuing to share the fine gifts. Thanks.
Betty Sheets

Thank you

40 years ago on April 24th, I received my first James Avery piece. It was a little Butterfly than dangled from a silver ring, I loved it. And I still have that ring. Several times a years I stock up on glass charms and pendants for gifts.
Lisa W.

My Mentor & Friend

The first words Mr. Avery ever said to me were, “What’s an engineer from Texas A&M doing working in my store?” We were grand-opening the Memorial City store in Houston; I had taken the part-time job since I was in a career crisis of sorts and wanted something fun to do. Almost starstruck at the man whose jewelry I had worn since high school, he spoke to me about the store and my career. It was the start of a life-long mentorship and friendship. Mr. Avery was, quite literally, responsible for helping me find my career path. He became my biggest supporter throughout my career journey, always cheering me on and offering advice and support. I loved picking up the phone to hear his booming voice, “Tami, Jim Avery here!” Would I have been successful without him urging me to do what I love? Maybe. But his encouragement inspired me to push forward. I learned so much from him. Yet he didn’t truly believe he was imparting much wisdom. I tried to tell him differently; how he was a retail trailblazer in so many ways. He’d chuckle at me and change the subject. Humble, he was. After I married, he enjoyed visiting with my husband; both shared a passion for architecture. Tom and I are better people for having known Mr. Avery. To Estella and the rest of the family, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a special man, loved by so many. Mr. Avery, I hope you know how grateful I am for your mentorship and friendship. Thank you is hardly enough.
Tami Cannizzaro

I will miss seeing Mr. Avery

My first piece of James Avery jewelry was a gift at 16 years of age and I was “sold “ with James Avery jewelry….. Little did I know I would someday own a home just past our James Avery store in Kerrville, Texas. For the past 35 years and running into Mr. Avery in various places from seeing him pump gas, to luncheons and fund raisers I was always acknowledged with kindness. I will miss seeing Mr. Avery, but his memory will never be forgotten. Hugs to you in Heaven Mr. Avery.
Christina “Chris” Bolin

Your artwork was amazing

I am so sad to hear that an amazing man in our lifetime has past your artwork was amazing and I hope you family cares on your Legacy. You will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Mary Moore

He was very personable and kind

My daughter met Mr. Avery and asked him sign a James Avery poster. She said he was very personable and kind. We have always chosen James Avery jewelry to mark a special event, happy or sad. Whenever we lose someone in the family, it’s time for another piece of JA jewelry; naturally, a birth is another special event marked with JA jewelry! Thanks, Mr. Avery, for making such classic and quality jewelry. Your name and your legacy will long be remembered. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of this special man.
Nancy Flowers

Sing to the Lord

I never meet Mr. Avery, but have worn his rings, necklaces and have a charm necklace now I never take off (hard for me to do). He will be greatly missed. Know you all who have taken over since 2007 are doing a great job. Know his spirit will always prevail. All are in my prayers. RIP Mr. Avery. Sing to the Lord
JMB

The legacy he has left

Good evening…My name is Norma Olivarez and I have been a consumer of James Avery since I became a Christian believer in my early 20’s….the jewelry has inspired sharing my values because of the items that I wear…I have since treasured the latest pieces of that I have purchased for my children. I am sadden to hear of Mr. James Avery’s death. I feel honored to have contributed to his business and encourage for his successors to persevere the legacy he has left…I will continue to become a consumer and encourage others to invest in such fine jewelry products.
Norma Catalina Olivarez

He will be missed by many

So saddened to hear this news. I have many pieces by James Avery and I love his jewelry. He will be missed by many but remembered through his craftsmanship!
Lisa G

Thank you for all you shared with us while here

His work was inspired. Truly devoted to God, and to his craft, he created pieces that inspired much in others as well, each one told a story or helped create one within a family. One, such as my family, I have many fine lovely charms that I started collecting over 30 years ago. Someday they will pass down in my family too. That's the way with fine works of art. You treat them with regard and respect. The man was most deserving of the regard and the respect. I didn't know him personally but I wish I had. I admired him. He is safe with Our Lord now. Thank you for all you shared with us while here.
Shannon Polce

Extraordinary artist

I had the great privilege of managing one of Mr. Avery's retail stores. I had the chance to meet with him on a number of occasions. He always made you feel like part of the family. His beautiful pieces will live on and pay tribute to a great man and extraordinary artist.
Kim Koch

Every milestone of my life

To him I thank for every milestone of my life he contributed to with jewelry, from my grandmother to my mother he reached, onto me. To his family I thank you for carrying on the legacy for generations to come and hopefully my own children will know the legacy of James Avery
Michelle Carrillo

My deepest sympathy for your loss

I would like to give you my deepest sympathy for your loss. I would also like to thank Mr Avery for his wonderful pieces of jewelry that he created over the years, I really love my James Avery pieces that purchased over the years and will still purchase for many years to come. I will keep the Avery family in my prayers may God continue to watch over you guys and bless you.
Trina Y. Shamlin

His pieces will continue

I never actually met the man, but I have several Texas related pieces I have bought over the years from his company. I'm originally from Texas myself, but was transplanted to Boulder, Colorado.. I really enjoyed and admired the work he did, hopefully thru his wonderful employees his pieces will continue to thrive.
Dana Kay Higginbotham

Bringing joy and comfort

With Heartfelt Thoughts to the James Avery Family and Community Thank you James Avery for bringing joy and comfort to your customers and to people of all kinds.
Marjorie Quon

James Avery truly blessed our lives.

Oh, the enjoyment James Avery brought to my life through his jewelry! Reading of his passing brings tears to my eyes because I have been such a fan since around 1970. That’s a long time. He gave me years and years of beautiful, lasting jewelry ... pieces I treasure and enjoy every single day. What a gifted man who shared his talent and art with so many people. Even with his passing, James Avery will live on in each piece all of us wear. My thoughts are with his family. May you find comfort in how much he shared his life with all of us. I celebrate his life while being sorry for our loss. James Avery truly blessed our lives.
Karen Travis

Wonderful man

May God comfort James Avery’s family. My family each have pieces of his beautiful christian jewelry. I wear at least one piece daily, and began collecting it at least 34 years ago. It is always my first choice for jewelry. It has such meaning in each piece and I am sad this wonderful man is not with us any longer, but no doubt God is enjoying him in heaven. He made a difference to countless people that can be passed down for generations.
Pate family in League City, Texas

He certainly will be missed

I bought a horizontal Ixous fish necklace in about 1970 at a youth event. I believe at that time he was working out of his garage or home. It is no longer available and I had the privilege of showing it to him a few years ago when he was at the store in Shreveport, LA. He seemed very happy to see that I still had it and wear it. He certainly will be missed.
Phyllis Warren

I can’t wait to pass my love for his jewelry

So sad to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. I grew up in Boerne, getting your first piece of James Avery jewelry was a rite of passage when I grew up in the 1990s. My first piece was the dangle unicorn ring with many more following on special occasions. After the birth of our first child my husband started a new charm bracelet for me to record his growth. I can’t wait to pass my love for his jewelry on to our daughter now, her first earrings were the tiny flower posts too! I wish his family and all of James Avery jewelry my condolences.
Lauren

I’m honored to carry a piece of him

His spirit will live on in every piece of jewelry........and I’m honored to carry a piece of him with me each and every day Rest In Peace, James and God Bless the Avery family
Kris Morabito

Remembranced

When I read the obituary for James Avery in this morning’s newspaper, I felt (to use a clique) I was read the obit of the dear friend. The number of Avery pieces I and my husband own are uncountable. I have Avery crosses, Avery charms, even the Avery copy of Martin Luther’s wedding ring. Whenever I need a special piece of jewelry as a gift or to remember a moment, I have always gone to the Avery catalog and then the Avery website. James Avery, you will be remembered and loved.
dar

Thanks for the memories James Avery

Mr. Avery was a true artist with a vision. Over 55 years ago now I visited a small tin covèred workshop on the Texas Hill country. We were looking for a jeweler to craft charms for Heart of the Hills summer camp. We chose Mr. Avery to craft our charms long before he was so very renowned for his artistry. I have enjoyed watching his success over the years. In that workshop even as a girl I could feel his passion. Just as I can still feel it as I look at pieces of his work. Thanks for the memories James Avery. Your jewelry will grace my great granddaughters and theirs.
Annie Murrow

Thank you

Thank you for your advice.. It built my confidence. Charms and rings and necklace things since 1955. Love always
Janie

Mr. Avery & my ring

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. I have fond memories of my years at Camp Mystic and our camper field trips to his studio/store, in Hunt, Texas. It was very inspiring to go there and see how jewelry was made and meet the artist. On one field trip I got to purchase a gold cut-out cross ring that I have worn everyday since. That was 57 years ago and it still means a lot to me. I have never taken it off. I went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UT Austin. Thank you Mr. Avery for your artistic inspiration and beautifully designed jewelry. Thoughts and prayers for you and for your family.
Gail Wilson Ashford

Beautiful jewelry

I am sorry to hear of the passing of me Avery. I own many pieces of their beautiful jewelry and I am so grateful for the beauty of their pieces. Please give my condolences to his family.
Donna S Leslie

Thank you for the opportunity to have known you through your jewelry

My condolences to the Avery family upon the loss of Mr. Avery. I had the honor of meeting him on a few occasions, at the opening of his Frisco store and subsequent visits. I found him to be such a nice, and gentle man. My first exposure to JA jewelry was the St. Theresa cross that my brother and sister gave me for my confirmation. This happened to be in Illinois in the 1970’s. At that time his jewelry could only be found in Kerrville or church gift shops. I’ve worn that cross for about 50 years. It was an easy fit working for this Texas icon. Thank you for the opportunity to have known you through your jewelry. My JA jewelry will always be very special to me.
Sue Kempton, Frisco, TX

With great sorrow

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. Prayers for the family and employees of James Avery. I have had two different cross (one I lost and was discontinued) and the current one I have. I always received great responses, of how beautiful they are, from my crosses that I wear. I hope his designs will continue on for generations to come.
Sheila Johnson

Great memories

I was introduced to James Avery jewelry by my daughter she gave me my first pair of earrings one Mother’s Day and have continued by your design since then I now have several bracelets with several charms and each and everyone of them have a sentimental meaning to me.Thank You for all the great memories you will be truly missed RIP
Leggett M

A fond memory

What an impact his talent has had on my life! Every piece I own carries a fond memory of where I was when I received it as a gift, bought it for myself or others. I SO hope his legacy lives on for many more years to come. Designs that are like no other live on and on. Thank you, Mr Avery for your talent and stellar quality of product.
Ellen Wadsworth, Austin, TX

Sincere condolences

I have always loved the James Avery collection. I particularly liked that I could see his Christian faith in his pieces. We have lost a great man!
Harriet Phillips

He touched my life

He touched my life as a child with the heartfelt gifts my Mother gave me from his beautiful artistic jewelry in the 70’s and 80’s. As an adult and Mother of three I too have passed on those gifts to my daughters and my family on to me during special occasions and just because. We love his jewelry!! May he Rest In Peace and God Bless your family during this time. As my daughter said he is in heaven!
Beth Escajeda

Farewell for now

My heart is filled with sorrow, but Mr. Avery has served his customers well, and he will be greatly missed; Farewell for now!
B. Thomas

What a blessing to create joy

Thanks for treating so many people to beautiful jewelry and products. What a blessing to create joy for so many people. We know you are in a better place. God rest your soul.
Bunny Ferris

Celebration of life

Yours has been a “celebration of life” because you have shared with all of us. You’ve shared beautiful things, fun things and things to reflect upon. You’ve witnessed God to the world and we thank you. You will be greatly missed, James Avery, and your name will live on.
Lowell and Rebecca

He will be greatly missed

Mr Avery was able to shared his Christian faith through his beautiful designs. Our our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. May the Lord bring them comfort through his Holy Spirit. He will be greatly missed.
Yvonne Price

In God’s care

Thank you for your jewelry of faith, it has completed my charm bracelet that states how I truly feel. Rest in peace and in God’s care.
Pattie Collins

Amazing pieces of art

Thank you for all of your amazing pieces of art ! You made the world a better place
Erika Lowe

Connecting misplaced Texans

When you are a military spouse, your life revolves around continuously having to make personal connections every few years. Starting over in new cities/states/countries can be exhausting and scary. Texans often look for other Texans because of our state bond. JA jewelry often would help us recognize each other. The thought that you were connecting misplaced Texans across the globe, giving us a conversation opener to help us break the ice in new places may not have ever occurred to you, but you did do that with your jewelry. I thank you for that. For not only giving us beautiful jewelry, Texas themed jewelry, but for also giving us military spouses a bit of home to carry with us on our journey. Blessings to your family.
Jane Casarez

You leave a rich heritage

Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talent with us. You leave a rich heritage for us to enjoy.
Kim Shelton

His legacy will always live on

May he Rest in Peace for he will never be forgotten. His legacy will always live on. The joy and creativity he fashioned in every piece many of which are passed on through generations. My condolences to the family during this hard time. Thank you.
Lavada Gotcher

God’s embrace

May he R.I.P, prayers for him, family and friends. God’s embrace console his loved ones.
Rosa Gomez

You left on Texas

Thank you for the mark you left on Texas your brand is a staple in most house holds you’ve allowed me to bring joy to my grandmother by the beautiful jewelry you offer
Haley Ballard

A big man, youthful, fun, and very generous

He has bejeweled us all! Everyone I’ve ever known wears James Avery jewelry. At camp one summer, a friend saw my necklace and exclaimed, Is that James Avery’s!? (Of course it was and everyone knew it). Just to be funny, I replied, “No, this is mine!” Mr Avery was a big man, youthful, fun, and very generous in our community.
Jane Ragsdale

You have left a legacy

So sorry for your passing, but you have left a legacy that will be shared amongst families for many years to come. Thank you and God Bless your family.
Amy Maynard-Harrison

We are Thankful

We are Thankful for a life "well lived". May God Bless and Comfort your family.
Diana Sebben

Rest in Heavenly Peace Mr. Avery

May your family find comfort in knowing God Blessed you all with 96 years, Rest in Heavenly Peace Mr. Avery.
Elizabeth Rodriguez

James Avery jewelry is my favorite jewelry

James Avery jewelry is my favorite jewelry. Our wedding bands are James Avery and I have five other rings that I cherish as well as pendants and necklaces. Mr. Avery was a true artisan and it is a blessing for all of us to cherish his remarkable artistry.
Anita Easter

My girls love his jewelry

My condolences to him and his family . I been buying his His jury for a long time my girls love his jewelry the quality is very excellent may you rest in peace James Avery.
Sandy Guerrero

My first wedding band came from James Avery

I am a big fan of James Avery. I was married in 1985 and my first wedding band came from James Avery, it was my first encounter with the store and I have loved his jewelry ever since. I am al ways excited to get an email and catalogue in the mail. I am will always be inspired by his brand and Jewelry.
Diann Black

Nuestro más sentido Pésame

Nuestro más sentido Pésame para la Familia y les mandamos toda nuestra admiración para el Sr. James Avery que descanse en paz. Con cariño y admiración
Fam. Muñiz

He will be greatly missed

So sorry to hear of the death of a very talented man, who designed the most distingue, unique jewelry. I have several pieces, from rings, bracelets, and necklaces, I Love the design and care taken in making This fine pieces of jewelry. He will be greatly missed.Thank You Sir, for sharing your unique talent with us All!
Lucila Ramos

God Bless

Thank you for the wonderful jewelry that has meant so much in times of trouble. God Bless
Susan Schultz

May James lie in the arms of our Heavenly Father

May James lie in the arms of our Heavenly Father who welcomed him home. I did not know him personally but because of the faith filled jewelry pieces and all James Avery embodies I know he was a man who believed in God. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the peace and silence that God is giving you.
Rachel Munoz Galvan

My deepest condolences

My deepest condolences and sympathy for the Avery family. I only wear James Avery jewelry. May God Bless you and keep you.
Melissa Bryce

Mr. Avery left a wonderful legacy

Mr. Avery left a wonderful legacy with his artistic jewelry and the people who work for the company. I was first a customer and now I am a proud employee of James Avery. I still remember the first James Avery piece I received when I was 40. You will greatly missed but you left us such a great gift of your artistic jewelry for us to remember you by. God bless you and your family.
Karen W.

May you Rest In Peace

May you Rest In Peace. You have impacted so many people in your life and will continue forever. You’ve helped so many people have memories they’ll cherish forever and get to pass on that ...
Danielle Martinez

Thank you

Thank you for the wonderful jewelry that has meant so much in times of trouble. God Bless
Susan Schultz

Your art provided connections

RIP Mr. Avery. Your legacy will exist forever. Thank you for your kind heart and amazing artisan contribution. Your art provided connections with loved ones and strangers as it crossed all barriers in generational gaps, race and genre. You will be missed.
Holly Thomas

God bless

God bless and comfort the family. I love James Avery charms and jewelry.
laura schmidt

He will be missed

I was first made aware of Mr. Avery in Tulsa, OK where his beautiful pieces of jewelry were available at St. John’s Episcopal Church. I own many pieces and have given many pieces of his creations throughout the years. He will be missed, but how fortunate to be able to continue to enjoy his creative talent in the beautiful stores that carry his jewelry.
Carole

Rest well, Mr. Avery

I learned of Mr. Avery’s passing yesterday and was struck with great sadness. I don’t wear much jewelry but every piece I personally own was and is a personal James Avery design. And every time a girl/woman came into my life she was sure to have a piece of his jewelry with which to remember me. As a fellow Texan and artist I’ve always felt a kinship with him though we’ve never met. Those I’ve known that met him loved him and spoke very highly of him as a person possessing the heart of a true servant. This is something to which we should all aspire. My sincerest heartfelt sympathies to his family and loved ones. Rest well, Mr. Avery. Your reward was won by your faith in The One in whom you trusted but it is made richer in part by your service to Him and His commission. You are now deservedly at peace.
Wally Marceau

Jim truly was a genius as well a generous man

I’m remembering a kind and generous soul who I was privileged to know in Texas and San Miguel de Aillende, Mexico. Jim truly was a genius as well a generous man who will forever be in my thoughts, God bless the family.
Jerry Stephens of San Antonio now in Wilmington, NC.

It breaks my heart

I have been wearing James Avery since the early 80's. It breaks my heart to know that such a great man, a Godly man has passed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and staff. I will continue to purchase such beautiful crafted jewelry. RIP
Melissa Golden-Cook

Condolences

Condolences to the Avery family. May James Avery rest in peace.
Esmeralda Villar

May he Rest In Peace

My condolences!!! It’s sad to hear this. My family n I love all his pieces n pray that his legacy lives on. May he Rest In Peace.
Linda Engelke

Thank you for sharing your talent with the world

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Avery. I was thrilled to be able to gift charm bracelets through the years to both daughters, my niece and my “birthday buddy.” The girls love them and always remember what each charm was for. Many memories for sure. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world, Mr. Avery. You will be missed.
Amy Cardin West Bloomfield, MI

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends

Marilyn and I send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this wonderful man. He was a unique individual who contributed so much to all of us. Although his financial contributions were very great, not only as a philanthropist but also as an employer and businessman, his contributions as a friend, confidant, advisor, and philosopher are even greater.
A. C. Schwethelm

Thank you, Mr. Avery

As with many families, we have enjoyed his talent & dedication to the art of jewelry design. Not only have many pieces been beautifully worn, but will be proudly passed to other generations to cherish. Thank you, Mr. Avery and God Bless
C&N

Prayers to all the Avery family

This is so heartbreaking, as a loyal James Avery customer this saddens me. Prayers to all the Avery family.
Amborly Duke

Gone but truly never forgotten

Prayers to the Family. James Avery has left a legacy and reminders of him are in every piece of jewelry. Gone but truly never forgotten. May peace be with you.
Dorace Bedard

Most sincere condolences

I'd first like to give up most sincere condolences for the Avery family. My name is Jaime, as a boy my father Marcelino Vega started there in the mid 80's. He has loved his experience ever since. He would tell us stories about Mr Avery's generosity toward the community and now as an adult it's beautiful to come back and visit Kerrville and see just a fraction of what he touched through his love and appreciation for the community. I felt I needed to tell his family Thank you for all that Mr. Avery did for so many and we grieve his loss.
Jaime Vega

The James Avery Tradition lives on

The James Avery Tradition lives on. I have started my loving Granddaughter with charms, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. It is my pleasure to have been a customer all these years. Growing up in San Antonio, TX, James Avery treasures were a way of life. Cherished memories of important dates. Best wishes to the Family and Friends.
susan

A Great Loss

I first became aware of James Avery jewelry when I was 9 yrs old. My first charm was a bible from my great grand uncle, whom was a Baptist minister. I cherished all the memories that my bracelets have brought me. I have passed my love of JA to my daughter, who turns 16 tomorrow and will be receiving the 'Sweet 16' charm. My sister is the one who recommended the praying hands charm, Mr. Avery sent her a letter after deciding to make the charm, she received a free one but our whole family has the charm. I have the bear charm that the arms and legs move...oh what memories...none stop thrills when I walk into any JA store...The family is in our prayers and thank you for sharing JA with the whole world.
Adrienne Dove

Thank God for James Avery

Thank God for James Avery, his vision and his talent
Loraine Petersen

You’ve been apart of my family for as long as I can remember

Even though I’ve never met him, James Avery has been a huge part of my family. The women in my family have loved making the beautiful and unique pieces a part of every special occasion happening In our lives. Whether it be Mother’s Day, graduation, birthday, Valentine’s Day etc it always included James Avery. I remember getting my first James Avery piece in fifth grade and I still have it today. I’ve collected, loved, and proudly worn every single piece I’ve ever received. Rest in Heaven Mr. Avery, your legacy will continue forever.
Mary beth gutierrez

If you are a Mystic girl you know James Avery

If you are a Mystic girl you know James Avery. I believe I received my first Camp Mystic Avery charm in 1968. I had never seen anything so unique and beautiful that also captured the spirit of camp. Then I was told about the store and asked my parents if we could visit. When we showed up, it was like a camp reunion with Mystic girls and other Kerrville campers and families. The place was so beautiful, the people working there were not only friendly but knowledgeable and seemed to be extra proud that they were part of James Avery Jewelry. When I became a camp counselor the first thing I bought with my first paycheck was the Long Sorrento Ring in gold. I still just wear it just for special occasions. I was also lucky enough to receive the Camp Mystic Silver "M" several times for different accomplishments.. But the one James Avery piece I treasure the most is a special pendent that was given to me by the owners of Camp Mystic. Over the years, I continued to increase my collection of James Avery jewelry with new pieces (besides Mystic jewelry). In fact, on the day that James Avery passed, I was in a James Avery store getting my longhorn ear rings fixed. Every time I wear them people compliment them. I also visited with the employees about James Avery. I am so grateful that I met him, that I have so many special pieces from his collection and that I can look to him as an inspiration on how to live live well. May God bless you
Laura

Rest in Peace Mr. Avery

Prayers for peace in the hearts of all those he left behind. I am a 1975 Tivy High graduate, and remember the Avery boys from school…..knowing the sons, is knowing the father. I did not have the opportunity to personally meet Mr. Avery but his jewelry line is known all over the world. That's quite a legacy!
Morgan Coveney Avery

Deepest condolences

I would like to send my deepest condolences to all the family and friends. I didn’t know Mr.Avrery, but I very much love his company & what they stand for. Thoughts and Prayers
Melanie Ladouceur

Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery

Your beautiful carved cross ring has been on my hand since the death of my husband eleven years ago...it has been a source of comfort every time I look at it. May all the lovely things you created continue to touch the lives of generations to come. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery
Pat Cantori Sullivan

My condolences

I send my condolences to the entire Avery Family.REST IN PEACE MR.AVERY
CARMEN PENA

You will be truly missed

I was introduced to the amazing James Avery charm collection about 10 years ago and just fell in complete love and admiration. When I was a young girl my grandmother had a charm bracelet with tons of different charms representing something or someone special. I knew then that I wanted to have the same tradition and pass it down to my children. My prayers are with all the James Avery family and friends. I feel so blessed to have been apart of the beautiful artistry these past years and am looking forward to many more. Thank you so much, James Avery, for sharing your love, art, and blessings with us all...you will be truly missed.
Marrissa Baxter

This is sad news for me

James Avery jewelry has been a part of my life since I was about 12 years old, buying charms to celebrate my years at a girls’ summer camp near Kerrville, Texas. I have those charms still on a charm bracelet and my daughter also attended the camp and bought charms and a necklace holder for hers. Later my mother gave me a cross and St. Francis medal to wear. I have since bought rings. I wear one every day. My partner and I wanted to celebrate our ten years together, so I asked him to get me a James Avery silver ring. We got the Spanish swirl. I love looking at it every day. What a creative genius Mr. Avery was. His secular designs are simple, elegant and lovely. His faith-based designs have always been beautiful and filled a need for those who want to show their faith with jewelry, but not flaunt it. My sincerest sympathies to his family.
Lesley Sanders now in California

Your thoughtful creations

Thank you so much for your thoughtful creations. I will treasure them every day of my life. I will always remember how much these creations meant to you. Thank you for being a good man and leaving a great legacy.
Nancy Hernandez

You will not be forgotten

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery. You have touched so many with your beautiful gift. You might be gone but you will not be forgotten.
Ashley Wathen

This creative man

My family, the Charles Compton family were neighbors on Harper Road in Kerrville with Mr Avery. We also went to the same church-St Paul's ( I believe?). He gave me one of his cross rings that he was starting to sell through the church bookstore. This was 1957-58. My condolences to the Avery family and may your memories of this creative man sustain you through your grief.
Betsy Compton Bohlen

God Speed Mr. Avery

I have many beloved pieces. Started collecting in the early 80’s. This tradition has carried down to my daughters and Granddaughters over the years. How very sad. I am wearing one of my crosses today and my charm bracelet.
Denise Spies

Thank you for making beautiful jewelry

My deepest condolences to the entire family! My family and I have a lot of pieces that means so much to us ! Thank you for making beautiful jewelry where we can cherish our memories..through your jewelry!
Sherryl Mohammed

What an amazing gift

What an amazing gift James Avery has been to us! His crosses have gotten me through many difficult days. Our wedding rings and my engagement ring, the Original Lovers’ Knot silver and gold ring, and all the other beautiful pieces I have collected over the years, plus all of the gifts that I have been able to give over the years, are all such special memories. My prayers are with his family and friends during this time. I am so glad we had him as long as we did. He will be missed.
Marian McKim

In Christian Love

We first met Mr. Avery while on our way to the Hill Country and had a lovely visit with him around the fountain outside, (if it is still there, as this was in 1960’s). He truly was a kind, Christian gentleman. I have purchased many pieces of his, two Elephant rings, Elephant bracelet, Long Sorrento ring, many, many charms for gifts, many crosses, the split heart, the Angel charm in memory of my deceased Aggie son. Also anything he has created for Texas A & M. The Christian Chalice, the Faith, Love and Hope bracelet. Oh yes, pinky rings, several of those, and the Texas ring. I think of my visit with him each time I enter his beautiful store that is now open in Beaumont, Texas. He has left a Legacy that will be long remembered by all of his many clients. He will truly be missed by all that has had the pleasure of meeting him.
Evelyn & John Gerber

So thankful for his care

On September 11, 2001 I was just arriving for work at the Lubbock James Avery store. I was expecting my first baby and wanted to find a friendly environment to work in while my husband completed his residency at Texas Tech family practice. I had been watching the news all morning feeling scared for what kind of world my son was going to be born in. As soon as we walked in, the phone began to ring. Corporate was calling to tell us Mr. Avery wanted us all to go home and be with our families. So we locked up and headed home. I was so thankful for his care of his employees. He choose people over profit. Prayers of comfort for Mr. Avery's family.
Valerie Tarpley

My deepest sympathy

To the family and friends of Mr Avery my deepest sympathy. Prayers to all and may God give you strength and comfort you need during this most difficult time! Rest in peace.
Sarah Ruiz

He has touched so many

I still have my very first pieces of James Avery jewelry. They were a gift from my Aunt who lived and worked on Schreiner campus in the Sixties. I have fond memories of going to the arts fair on campus where James Avery had a booth. Each piece of jewelry had so much meaning and a beautiful story. I still collect and share his jewelry. The religious pieces are my favorites. He has touched so many. His legacy will live on. Gid Bless you all.
Barbara Haunschild

His wonderful craft

My prayers go out to his family and friends at his passing. He will be missed by so many. He touched so many people with his wonderful craft!
Cheryl Morgan

Your creations are a legacy of loving kindness

You didn't know me and I didn't know you, but you are part of my life...in sorrow and joy...your creations are a legacy of loving kindness...
Nita Weinzel

Your vision

Your vision and obedience to God’s call on your life has been a part of the celebration of so many lives, helped heal the hearts of the broken, and left a legacy of faith, hope and love for future generations. Well done my good and faithful servant.
Farrah Dunaway

My thoughts of James Avery

His special talents created jewelry that reminded many of their love of faith, their memories of special occasions and blessings during their lives.
Ardie Dixon

Many masterpieces

I can't image my life without James Avery jewelry. I have been collecting Mr. Avery's beautiful creations for almost 50 years, and every piece holds special meaning to me. Thank you Mr. Avery for your artistic vision, and daringness to share your many masterpieces with the world. Thank you, and God bless you and your family. RIP sir.
K. Holder

Unique jewelry that continues to touch each individual with meaning and simplicity

I started working part-time at James Avery more than ten years ago. As a woman of faith it is a distinguished honor and a great pleasure to be a part of what could only be described as the James Avery family. Mr. Avery set a precedence for excellence in believing in God and all the wonderful creations that stemmed from that knowledge. He truly will be missed, but the mark of his legacy will live on in all of the lives he has touched and all of the unique jewelry that continues to touch each individual with meaning and simplicity. My sincerest gratitude and deepest sympathy to the James Avery Family.
Maxine Stredic

He was a special gift to all of us

He will always be remembered by my family every day as we wear his beautiful jewelry. So very sorry for his family worldwide. He was a special gift to all of us.
Diane Camp

Beautiful work

Thank you for your beautiful work that will always be remembered and cherished!
Keimonya Q Jenkins

He will be mightily missed

To the James Avery family I am so sorry for your loss. To the rest of the world we have lost one of the greatest artisans of this age and He will be mightily missed. May he Rest In Peace.
Cheri Wilson

Inspirational designs

I was so honored to meet Mr Avery on one of his walk-through his artist shop in Kerrville and to share with him how much his c had meant to me and my family. RIP Mr. Avery.
Lynda Minter

Thoughts and prayers go out

Our family is very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to your families. Mr. Avery's jewelry have always been part of our family. God Bless all of you.
Norma Sherman

I will miss him dearly

Jim was always so kind to me. I’ve always been in awe of his creativity. He has a wonderful family and an incredible business.
Tom Frost III

He lives on

His legacy lives in in the jewelry designs he began years ago! I still have my sorority pinkie Janes Avery ring from the early 70's. I love my cut-out cross ring; and cross, La Primavera, my late husband gave me 18 years ago as an ordination to the priesthood gift. May he Rest In Peace! He lives on!
Ann McLemore

His teachings and art have touched the lives of many people

I was truly saddened by the news of Mr Avery's passing. My heartfelt Condolences go out to all his family and friends. I had the privilege to work for him in the Design Dept. for many years and I will always cherish those memories. He wasn't a man of many words but his teachings and art have touched the lives of many people all over the world. What a rich and fulfilling life he had. His Legacy will go on for generations to come and that's something we can all aspire to do. May you Rest in Peace.
Michela Martinello

Heaven will love your jewelry

May you rest in paradise Mr James Avery. Heaven will love your jewelry and needless to say, having you as a gem!
Maria R.

Thank you for making such beautiful jewelry

I just got online in search for the perfect charm for my niece’s birthday today and read the sad news. My first James Avery ring was given to me when I was 10 and it was the “tiny hearts band”. Over the last 22 years I have a collected 100s of his beautifully crafted pieces. I also started a charm bracelet for my daughter when she was born (almost 10 years ago). Once my daughter is of a trustable age, she will receive all of my little rings that no longer fit me. Not a day goes by that I don’t wear a piece of his jewelry. Thank you for making such beautiful jewelry that we all can cherish for the rest of our lives.
Sarah Smithers

His legacy will live on

Memory eternal. I’ve treasured his pieces of art since 1972. His legacy will live on.
ECW

Your jewelry legend will live forever

May Mr. Avery rest in peace my condolences and prayers to the whole Avery family and friends. Your jewelry legend will live forever.
Juana Limas

God bless Mr. Avery on his journey

Hello and please accept my condolences to the family and business associates of Mr. Avery. I received my first piece of James Avery jewelry in the early 1980's, and I have treasured the cross necklace which I have handed down to my oldest granddaughter. I now routinely by charms and rings for my beautiful grandddaughters. God bless Mr. Avery on his journey to our Lord and Savior.
Pat Ratliff, Babyhead, TX

A really wonderful and talented artist

I may be one of his oldest AND longest customers. Back in the 70’s when I attended SWTSU (Texas State), a really wonderful and talented artist brought his handcrafted jewelry thru our dorms. I still wear those timeless pieces-my open dove ring and pendant, my small simple cross ring and charm. Over the years I added my Texas charms, butterflies and angels,etc. and most recently, my eternal ribbon cross. God bless his family and faithful staff who will continue his work.
Jayne Warner Ashberger

Lo siento mucho

Que el espíritu de Dios traiga consuelo a los corazones de toda la familia . Lo siento mucho.
Xochitl Teran

May God richly bless you

My sweet Texan grandmother, Helen Price, loved to buy me James Avery jewelry when I was a teenager. Being from Florida, I wasn't very familiar with the brand. But as I received more and more pieces I realized why she chose them. They were simple, beautiful, substantial and classy, which is how I would describe both my grandmother and the state of Texas. I am now 38 and don't own much jewelry, but those James Avery rings are still in my collection. My deepest condolences to the family. May God richly bless you.
Carrie Schuessler, Apopka, FL

His creativity

What a blessing this man’s creativity and inspiration are to many. I have many pieces of JA jewelry that represent my faith, passions, and that mark significant times in my life. God bless Mr. Avery for following his heart and his creativity which has now blessed countless people. He probably had no idea when he began what an institution and a tradition his creations would grow to be. He is now resting with his Creator, the One who began it all.
Jo Ann

Tribute to Mr. Avery

Thank you for being the Christian inspiration who has brought a heart full of joy to my family each time we have gazed, browsed, dreamed, wished and purchased a piece of your amazing jewelry. You are still near and present in our hearts, especially as we wear our chosen charms and stories!! God bless you and your family peacefully; you are dearly loved.
Michelle Stockel

A true inspiration

Mr. Avery was a true inspiration. I have been a customer for over 50+ years.
Anonymous

I treasure every piece that I have

Because I have worn and admired the simple & beautiful designs of James Avery for nearly 40 years, I feel like this man was a part of my life, even though we had never met. His work always stood out as a graceful expression of our faith in God and always made birthdays, anniversaries, & other special occasions even more memorable. I treasure every piece that I have. May the Lord comfort & encourage all the Avery family.
Edward Harkins

You will always be remembered

Thank you for your talents. You will always be remembered.
Erin Butler

Your jewelry is beautiful and will be forever

From Mexico, thank you for leaving us many ways to remind you. Your jewelry is beautiful and will be forever. I'm from Mexico and I love all the charms. Rest in peace.
Ana Valenzuela

Such honor that I wear your jewelry

It is with such honor that I wear your jewelry. I’m so happy I have collected a lot of your jewelry over the years. You will always be remembered!
Maria Baker

You are truly an inspiration

Rip Mr. James Avery, you are truly an inspiration. May your family find peace.
Anonymous

Special memories

Mr.Avery will be missed by so many. The jewelry that he’s created leaves special memories and stories with everyone. Rest in Heaven...
Kim Young

A true Texas gentleman and artist

I have...and have given...many pieces of James Avery jewelry through the years. What an inspired and creative man! My thoughts and prayers go with his family and friends. He has left an incredible legacy of beauty and faith. Thank you, James Avery!
Linda Holm

A true Texas gentleman and artist

I met Mr Avery once at his Dallas store and another time at his Amarillo store. He gave some good advice to a young jeweler entering the business. A true Texas gentleman and artist! R.I.P. sir
Jimmy Williams, Jr.

He was amazing

I was fortunate to meet James Avery in person when he opened the store in Alamo Heights several years ago. He was amazing. Very nice
Marti Villanueva

You will be remembered

Your jewelry pieces are amazing and have bought me great joy. They are some of my favorite most special pieces. I have given in hopes they are others. You will be remembered and I hope your work is carried on by someone close to you.
Lacy Keefer

Enter into his gates

Rest in heavenly peace. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving. What a glory day it will be.
Irene Guillen

Sympathy

I have hundreds of pieces of James Avery’s jewelry. He was a creative man and has made so many people happy throughout these many years. May God bless his soul.
Milady Travis

A kind, patient man

When I was about 12, James Avery taught a workshop on jewelry making at a Girl Scout conference near Kerrville. The class was very enjoyable. I remember him being a kind, patient man. I'm looking forward to seeing him in heaven one day!
Debbie Locklin

What a talented man

What a talented man who God rewarded him with a long life. May he continue to make wonderful designs in heaven where I'm sure he is. Deepest sympathy is extended to his family. Rest In Peace Mr Avery
Martha Hernandez

My condolence to the Avery family

So sad to hear about mr. Avery may he rest in peace and I would like to thank you for all the marvelous job he did I love James Avery Jewelry my condolence to the Avery family
Margie Heredia

His jewelry has always been a part of my life

My condolences and prayers to the family and staff of James Avery. His jewelry has always been a part of my life. From the much desired charm bracelet as a teen to the wedding bands my husband and I wear. He is a part of our family. It was sad to hear of his passing. I’m grateful for the joy he has brought to so many. God bless your family, you’ve done well, it is now time to rest high on that mountain.
Dewayne Davidson

Fond Memories of Mr. James Avery

My husband, David and I married in 1987. At the time we were not first timers in marriage. We decided not to buy wedding rings at the time. In 1997 we decided that we should have wedding rings. We decided on matching bands. When we would go to Kerrville, Texas where David's sister lived, sometimes we would go to see James Avery's property just outside of Kerrville and walk around the grounds. There was the main shop where all the jewelry was showcased and sold and other buildings on the property where the jewelry makers worked. There was also a gazebo where people could sit and see the surrounding, beautiful wilderness. Of course there were James Avery stores all over Houston, and even one in Katy, Texas where we lived. So, when we decided to buy, I told my husband we could go to the local store in Katy. He said no, lets go to Kerrville where Mr. Avery is. We did and we bought the most beautiful matching bands.They were gold and silver and very heavy. That is why I don't wear mine all the time. With weather changes and weight changes, they can easily slip off. Because my husbands hands are pretty large, they had to custom make his. We paid for them and they said they would mail David's ring to me at my office. When the ring arrived I opened it, and someone said what is that a napkin ring? Although we never got to meet Mr. Avery, I am so glad we got our rings from him in his wonderful wonderland in Kerrville, Texas. God Bless him.
Linda and David Walker, Now married 31 years

Your work speaks for itself

Rest in peace. Your work speaks for itself. May God provide peace for your family during this time.
Lara

He produced beautiful works of art

Our sympathy and prayers to the Avery family. My husband and I taught Paul Avery at Cuero High School. We will always treasure the beautiful work your father has done in the jewelry industry. He produced beautiful works of art.
Art and Kathy Bowers, Cuero, TX

A lovely man

Thank you Mr Avery: Your design of your jewelry for all of us to share with our loved ones. It shows what a lovely man you really were. God Bless you. And God Bless your family and your loved ones. Rest in peace.
Jay Thompson

My Condolences

Rest in Peace Mr. Avery in Jesus Name and in His Precious Blood. Amen
Delores Brown, Abilene, TX

My Condolences

Rest in Peace Mr. Avery in Jesus Name and in His Precious Blood. Amen
Delores Brown, Abilene, TX

It is an honor to wear your jewelry

Your work and your time will always be remembered. Each piece was hand crafted with love as you can tell. And that will forever live on. It is an honor to wear your jewelry.
Kari L. Bennington

A remarkable man

A remarkable man who knew beauty. Even though I've lived in Chicago for about forty five year, I was born in Texas and I shop in his jewelry stores on line or when I visit. I enjoy all the pieces that were created in a true Texas style. My deepest and sincere condolences for the Avery family
Norma Hernandez

You will be missed by many

May your inspiration soar even greater in heaven. You have touched many hearts through your craft and first endeared mine on my 16th birthday in 1972 with a frog on a lily pad pendant. May your family find solace in the stories you have told, the laughter you have created, and the love that you have given. You will be missed by many, dear Mr. Avery.
Lisa Newman

He will be missed

We have worked with james and followed his business since the beginning....we are so thankful for his view of the jewelry business...he will be missed.
Anonymous

Godspeed Mr. Avery

Godspeed Mr. Avery May you Rest In Peace . It was with great honor that I worked for such a great company. Thank you.
Lucia Marines

Heartfelt Condolences

James Avery Jewelry was recommended to me by a dear friend and I in turn have recommended his pieces to not only my friends but my daughter and granddaughters wear his jewelry everyday. It is a special occasion to receive James Avery in our family but it is every day we wear them, making every day special. His parting will be felt by many and his presence in Heaven will too. Heartfelt Condolences to all who knew him personally.
Maria Elena Beuttenmuller

Sincerest Condolences

Our family wishes the Avery family our sincerest condolences. I was introduced to James Avery jewelry by a friend who bought me a pinky ring with a tiny heart on it back in 1985. Then, I was given my first charm bracelet with a couple charms by two close friends. After that it is tradition for my husband or children to give me new charms for every holiday. Now, I have passed this tradition to my daughter as we've began collecting pieces for her. So James Avery has been a part of my friends and family for decades. You have been part of our celebrations and times of prayers. It's a shared bond when I meet strangers who wear this incredibly made jewelry and they are strangers no more. I am proud of my collection because it represents the best of times in my life. Thank you, James Avery, for brightening my life. You will forever be missed, but your legacy will live on forever in the hearts of the lives of people you've touched through your artistry.
The Harpe Family

The beauty of who he was came through in all of his jewelry

Although I didn’t know Mr Avery personally the beauty of who he was came through in all of his jewelry. The legacy that he leaves behind will live on for many many generations. My daughter and I love shopping for and wearing our JA. I will lift your family in prayer during this time.
Mercedes

RIP James Avery

How I have mixed emotions at hearing of the passing of this great craftsman. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with millions of Texans. Thank you for a lifetime of memories of long summer days spent down by the riverside in Hunt. We celebrate your long life and your dedication to your craft and to the people of this great state. Rest in peace always.
Laura Strait Caligiuri

A unique, caring man

A unique, caring man. I remember getting my first ring designed by Mr. Avery at the age of 7 and little did I know that I would one day work for him. I have never had an employer that would stop by every day and visit his employees and remember their names, but Mr. Avery was unique in his ability to show he truly cared. You will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Laurie Rhoden

The Greatest Jewelry Maker Mr James Avery

He Was A Great Artist Designer & Teacher Father. Business Man Also A Person who Gave Back His Community With His Heart and inspiration. Putting Service Above Self Each and Everyday
Andrew Cummings

Thank you James

James’ beautiful faith based jewelry has helped me to keep God in my heart and soul everyday! His jewelry is not only unique and beautiful, it is also a token to remind me of what’s important in my life such as family and God! The jewelry I have: The 4 heart ring: this reminds me of my 4 children. A simple cross ring: Keeping my faith. The angle wings ring: the loss of my beloved dog, that is now an angel. The small initial necklace: reminds me of my individuality and to be myself. The heart and cross bracelet: to remind me to always look inside peoples’ hearts for their good. The mother and child earrings, to always remind me to love and cherish my family. Thank you James for being such a great person and sharing your talents for the greater good of mankind! Bless your soul and I hope to meet you in Heaven one day!
Francesca

He was a beautiful, Talented person

James Avery was an inspiration to All.He will be missed. Prayers goes out to his family. He was a beautiful, Talented person.
Anonymous

My deepest condolences to the Avery Family

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May the Good Lord be by your sides in this time of loss and always........I started working for this company back in November of 2017 and it has been such a pleasure and blessing to have this opportunity in my life. I wish i could of gotten to meet this incredible man. I've heard many stories and hope to continue to hear them as I grow with this company. Once again I'm so sorry for your loss.....May you Rest in Peace Mr. James Avery
Anonymous

My condolences

My condolences to your family, friends, and clients. I love your jewelry and will continue to buy it. May you Rest in Peace Mr. AVERY.
Anonymous

Thanks James

I lost my original wedding ring about 10 years ago. I never really liked that ring. I recall being happy I had a chance to select another one I would be proud to wear. I turned to James Avery for a replacement. I recall falling in love with this big, bold and beautiful gold ring with silver edges. It was perfect. I get compliments on it all the time. Thanks James.
Kevin Smith, M.D.

Mr. James Avery was a magnificent artist and designer

My heart felt condolences go to the Avery family. Mr. James Avery was a magnificent artist and designer with his Jewelry. Both my daughter and I own beautiful pieces from his collection and will continue to shop for more. I am certain that his family will continue his legacy in designing beautiful jewelry for all to enjoy May he R. I. P.
Anonymous

His legacy will live on forever

I send my condolences to the family of Mr. Avery. He is an inspiration and will always be one. His legacy will live on forever in those that cherish his craftsmanship as I do. God bless..
Anonymous

A man who designed from the heart

I am a very new fan of James Avery designs and have bought eight pieces in the last six months and in all Probability a life long shopper. I was amazed at the simple beautiful designs that evoke heartfelt emotions. My sincere condolences to all that knew him. A man who designed from the heart. Thank you Mr. Avery.
Joe Gomez Tucson, Arizona

A true leader and great designer

Mr. Avery spoke to my UTSA business class in 2000. The stores were already very popular but as he spoke, he was humbled and thankful to the folks that were with him the beginning helping with the jewelry. He mentioned a Hispanic man that worked with him in early days; and he sounded very appreciative and wasn’t a person that took things for granted. Sounded like a true leader and great designer. The world will miss him!
Jessica Uriegas

He was a truly gifted man

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Avery's death. He was a truly gifted man, and will be sorely missed. His jewelry designs stood out due to their quality and workmanship, and they will continue to be a tribute to him throughout time.
Gwen

R.I.P James Avery

Thank God for your existence and talents your pieces are like a material on this earth reminding us of love and the bond w our creator. R.I.P James Avery.
Lorena Becerra Arambula

I have been a proud owner of James Avery jewelry

My deepest condolences to the Avery Family. I have been a proud owner of James Avery jewelry, your care for your family and love for your art work designing will be missed deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times. May you find peace and comfort throughout your days ahead.
Amanda Garcia- Aguinaga

God bless the Avery family

Mr. Avery I have spent a lot of my hard earned money in your stores but you have made my wife very happy over the years and it was worth every penny RIP in peace and god bless the Avery family
Gary L Payne

Thank you for giving your gift to the world

James, you’ve helped many men communicate the love they have for their tribe, in subtle and visbile ways. All of the ladies in my life have one or more of your works, and wear them. Your love of the Lord and Creator is apparent in the art you created. I wear my fishers’ of men bracelet, as I lead conversations about the love and forgiveness of our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Let all the world know that my love of God, reflected through your creativity, will be present on my wrist, every day for the rest of my life.
Anonymous

Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace ! I loved your Artistry, your commitment to excellence and the meaning behind each piece you designed. I bought my grandson a cross last week!
Anonymous

A great artist

You made a lot of memories for hundreds of families with your creations! A great artist...You will be miss. May God give your family peace and comfort theirs souls!
Dina P. Hernandez

Love ALL his jewelry creations

Love ALL his jewelry creations. I just love my James Avery bracelet and Charms so much and will continue buying and My Daughter has one as well. Thoughts and Prayers to the Family!
Anonymous

James Avery pieces have a special meaning to me

All my James Avery pieces have a special meaning to me. My collection started with the dome ring. Love every piece I have. What a treasure.
Z

My heartfelt sympathy

My heartfelt sympathy to your family during this time of sorrow. You and the Grangers have been so generous to me and my family. As a kid, we went to Kerrville every year to see you and Mrs. Granger. Because of the 2 of you my life had been filled with lots of beautiful James Avery jewelry.
Melinda “Mindy” Manley

My Humble Deepest condolences

My Humble Deepest condolences prayers on the way in Jesus name AMEN peace be with Family Great Gifted Man My Personal Favorite ring is the Mother Love Ring.
Anonymous

Honor him by cherishing his amazing work

I didn't know Mr Avery in person but will continue to honor him by cherishing his amazing work....for centuries to come. God bless the Avery family!
Anonymous

Thank you for being a very special part of our relationship

Thank you for being a very special part of our relationship. The first (real) gift I ever gave my wife was a JA bracelet for Christmas a few weeks after we first started dating. Over the years, we exchanged several JA pieces, including my wedding ring and a cross I wear daily. Our JA pieces were reminders of our faith and love, which sustained us as my wife developed health problems. My wife’s favorite piece was a heart pendant I gave her one Valentine’s Day. A few weeks before Valentine’s Day this year, she was called home at the age of 45. I would have buried her with that heart pendant, but she had willed it to a nephew who enjoyed playing with it as a baby. So I purchased a pendant combining a cross and heart, symbolizing our faith and love, as my last gift to her. Perhaps she will chance to meet Mr. Avery in heaven. (Also many thanks to JA team members who helped us with those items over the years, including especially the sympathetic assistance with the new pendant for my wife.)
Chris Ward

Thank you, Lord, for the ministry of James Avery

Thank you, Lord, for the ministry of James Avery who created jewelry that clearly shows our faith is focused and anchored in the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And thank you for the witness of the James Avery pendant "He Is Risen" I wear that speaks so clearly of Your deity and power over death and the hope You give in sorrow and loss. Father, bless and comfort his family and loved ones as only You can. Keep them faithful to Your calling on James' life and their's.
Cynthia Vasek

Our deepest condolences

Our deepest condolences to the Avery family, our prayers are with each of you. Love my jewelry from JA, I have many pieces and will continue to buy.
Dee P

From a long time employee...

Thank you Mr. Avery for being an exceptional leader in your company and making it a great place to work. Sending condolences to the family during this difficult time. You will be missed, Rest in Peace.
Ramon and Chelo Dominguez

Condolences

Avery family, Please accept heart felt condolences on your loss from Pam Baros and myself. My understanding is that he was a very kind and giving man. Know that he sits at the right hand of God and we hope that the comforting arms of God wrap around your family and those close.
Mark W. Baros

His legacy will remain strong

I have been buying and/or selling James Avery jewelry for 32 years, first at All Souls Episcopal Church in Okinawa, Japan, and then after I came home from there. As an active Daughter of the King, I appreciate the cross I wear, which is made for the Order by James Avery Jewelry. May James look down on all of us, customers and business associates, and be smiling. We will miss his presence, but his legacy will remain strong. What an artist!
Anonymous

He was much more than his talent

My Condolences to the Avery family as I pray for Peace & Comfort for this family. I did not personally know Mr. Avery, but enjoyed and preferred his jewelry for myself and as gifts for my family. Reading all of the wonderful tributes to this man tells me he was much more than his talent …. and this just makes me more proud to cherish & own his pieces of jewelry, made from such an honorable & kind man. I look forward to my next trip to James Avery, as moving forward I will now see something extra in the pieces I choose… perhaps an extra shine, like the bright shining star he now is from above.
ROSIE WHIPKEY

His pieces are iconic symbols of love

Hearing of Mr. Avery’s passing made me reflect on how long his pieces have been enjoyed by generations. Thinking back 25+ years to high school and beyond, almost everyone I know has owned some of his jewelry. His pieces are iconic symbols of love between couples, family members and between us and our Lord. What a long, deep and meaningful life he must’ve lived. Thank you. Well done, sir.
Anonymous

Rest in peace, Mr. Avery

Thank you for creating jewelry that is timeless. Memories that are from the heart. Rest in peace, Mr. Avery. Thank you for the love.
Aleta

Thank you James Avery

So I totally love James Avery it's a great way for me to embrace my mother may she rest in peace she love charm bracelets and I enjoyed collecting the charms in her honor thank you James Avery
Anonymous

A strong company

It is with deep sadness, that we at Hermann Lind II received the message that James Avery passed away on April 30th. Our thoughts are with his family in these moments of mourning. James Avery has built a strong company, based on strong values, which will be carried on by his two sons and all the people working at James Avery, and we at Hermann Lind II are proud to contribute to the special commitment of James Avery.
Thomas Lind

Small things are remembered

I grew up in Kerrville. We gave each other signet rings in high school. I went often to the garage where the business started. Mr. Avery was a high school church leader and during our monthly all church meetings he was there. Really there to listen and smile and encourage. These are formative influential times and the small things are remembered and matter. When I married I gave my Mom a cross. When my daughter's birthday happened on Easter I gave her a cross. Recently when I successfully sold my Mom's house I celebrated with a ring. James, Chris, Paul, you should know that what your father began is a series of celebrations with beautiful timeless designs. There is a celebration in heaven today.
Toni Legrand

His creations were so dear

It saddens my heart so much but I know he is with the Lord at this time. His creations were so dear to my daughter’s heart during her brief stay on this earth, may they both rest in peace!
Yolanda

Honor Him

"I spent my late teens and twenties as an agnostic. I returned to the Church in 1951, not only to find a new meaning for my own life, but also to discover a vast treasure of Christian symbols, which I previously ignored. With a new perspective, I began seeing the great truths that these symbols conveyed." ~ James Avery Our river cabin on the Texas Guadalupe River is just minutes from the James Avery manufacturing store. We have visited it every summer at least once and our purchases of this fine jewelry fills our hearts with its Christian themes and our jewelry collection with many memories. When our son was first diagnosed with type one diabetes I had bracelet and necklace with the medical shield made for him at James Avery. Our granddaughters' have Texas themed charm bracelets. All of our grandson's receive a cross when they turn 10 years old. They wear them to honor Him. May this business continue to thrive. God bless this man.
Melinda Rose

Simple, strong and just

Love is and has been a challenging force, when one is either searching for it, recovering from the loss of a loved one or learning to truly love themselves. I believe my first piece was some 9 or 10 years ago and I purchased the mothers heart ring, a little girl I had babysat for a long time lost the battle to cancer however won her race to Jesus, from that first purchase you fall in awe of the workmanship and the pieces and are always trying to figure out which one to add to your collection, that is why I simply love the charm bracelets. My, our latest addition was our wedding rings. Simple, strong and just us. Thank you, our heart with yours during this time.
Deborah Brinn

Will continue to support his vision

Praying for his family. I love his jewelry. I loved that it was faith based . I will continue to support his vision.
Roshonda Ferguson

Inspired many of us

We share in this time of grief but also share in the love and memories of James Avery . Thank you for all the wonderful memories you leave with your work that has inspired many of us to follow our dreams.
Joary Leija

Our Tradition Will Continue

When each of my daughters turn 21 I buy them a special gift - a James Avery ring that reflects the life they are living at the time. My oldest got the anchor with heart as she is in the Navy. I love that his collections are loving, Christian inspired pieces. They are so special. I am so sorry we have lost Mr. Avery. I will be praying for a God's comfort and peace to surround you in the coming year!!
Jennifer, Humble, Tx

Grateful

I’m grateful for his God Given Talent. He lives in every piece of family jewelry .. always in our hearts .. forever.
Ken Litski

Faith in his work

Praying for family and friends, but knowing Mr. Avery has graduated and is dining with the King of Kings today. Grateful for the way he expressed his faith in his work. Who knows how many he is meeting today that he never met here as he walks the streets of gold. Thank you Jesus for this faithful life.
Michael Williamson

Rest In Peace JA

Sincere condolences to the Avery Family and associates. I have two JA bracelets that I wear every day. They are so special because each is a gift of an important person in my life. My best friend gave me the Season’s bracelet and my son gifted me with a special one that is woven links. Both are now retired from the JA line which makes them even more significant.
Geneva Dixon-Peters

My condolences

My condolences to James Avery’s family. I just love the store /jewelry and what it stands for!
Jackie Sisk

An amazing artist

An amazing artist with a heart for God. He will be missed by so many! May God bless his family with peace.
Becky Galloway

I have loved his work

I have loved his work since I was a young woman. I introduced my daughter to his work when she was a child. We have admired his work, faith, artistry and The man for a lifetime. Sending prayers and hugs to Mr. Avery's family. May he rest in eternal peace.
Janice Wallace

Remarkable man’s craftsmanship

The Wallace family is saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. We have been customers of this remarkable man’s craftsmanship and ideas and we will continue to do so. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.
Doug, Billie, and Andi Wallace

Many memories

Prayers and thoughts to your family. We have many memories that are charm keepsakes. Thank you!
Kim Cuccerre

His artistic designs and creations are unmatched

Mr Avery transformed my entire image with jewelry. I have always loved silver, but his artistic designs and creations are unmatched by other artisans. I absolutely fell in love years ago when I wore my first charm bracelet. I eventually retired the bracelet by giving it to my 16 year old daughter at the time as a birthday present I have since then literally spent thousands of dollars on charms, bracelets, and pendants. I am proud of the artistic legacy Mr Avery gave us and may his invaluable tradition continue to live on. God bless the Avery family.
Stephanie Griffin

A Grateful and Loyal Customer

My prayers are with the many members of the Avery family, friends, acquaintances and those whose daily lives are touched by his jewelry. My personal story with JA jewelry began with the Baybrook-Webster, Texas Store over 25 years ago. I was a new bride, dislocated from my beloved Colorado now living in the Houston area. Upon walking into this store, I immediately felt at peace and amongst friends. My jewelry choices have always tended towards the Native American influence and his pieces blended beautifully with my “sense of self” and the new world of “flash”. I was never comfortable with the styles & scale of what I felt were new expectations upon my recent change in life circumstances...but by choosing JA, I always felt I had that “stamp of approval” with my accessories. I have introduced thousands to your designs, as I have been stopped and/or complimented on pieces as well as by gifting. My first piece was the circle of open hearts ring as an anniversary gift, was continued through the Medium Twist Bracelet with ladybug charm given on the day our first child was born and has continued with “life event” charms and new bracelets celebrating my world travels throughout the years. My children’s first piece of jewelry was a cross necklace that I let them each choose from your designs; that they continue to wear on a daily basis, reminding them they are NOT alone as they navigate through the troubled waters of grade school to college....and all that that entails.James Avery Designs has always agreed with my budget conscious self while I have adjusted to all that life has thrown at me and for that I will forever be grateful....Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery - God Bless You ..... I hope we get to meet someday.
Amy Wolf

He was a very generous and giving soul

Deepest sympathy to the Avery family. My memories are of Mr. Avery supporting the youth in 4H and FFA in Fredericksburg. He purchased my two older sons animal projects on numerous occasions over the years. He was a very generous and giving soul. God bless.
Deborah Schumann

Mr. Avery added beauty to the world

I remember seeing James Avery for the first time! I just thought to myself, “these are the most beautiful pieces of jewelry I’ve ever seen!” I wanted to be a part of this inspirational community. I look forward to adding new pieces each year and have given this treasured gift to my daughter to enjoy as well. Mr. Avery added beauty to the world and made a difference in the lives of so many!! Thank you!!!
Leslie Sigmon, Huntsville, AL

His jewelry has brought so much joy

Sorry for the loss of a great man. His jewelry has brought so much joy to my family. Now he can enjoy his heavenly home. Prayers for the family!
B. Lawson and family

Thank you Mr. Avery

Thank you Mr. Avery for allowing me to be a part of your great (Avery Employee) family!!! RIP
Alice Carrillo

The man who designed or inspired

Mr. Avery, thank you for sharing your gift with so many. I wear my JA pieces with pride, knowing the man who designed or inspired them loved the Lord and was unashamed to create beautiful jewelry which boldly proclaimed his faith in God and love of family. My love and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Avery. I’m sure he is dancing before his Savior now.
Kathy Dean

Your company helped share our faith and our lives

Thank you Mr. Avery for being a creative force that captured the memories of my mom, my sister, my daughters and myself. From the first sanddollar pendant to the many charms and my precious fisher of men bracelet that I wear daily...you and your company helped share our faith and our lives
Susan

I will cherish the pieces I have forever

My heartfelt condolences to the family of James Avery. I love his designs and I will cherish the pieces I have forever! Thank you for his legacy.
Rhonda Self

A true craftsman

I'll never forget the kind letter/response he sent me years ago after I wrote to him about the ILY Deaf charm. As a budding interpreter, I told him how the Deaf community I was involved with reacted to it and several of my new friends bought the charm. They felt honored that "sign" was recognized and hearing people were buying it! I felt honored and impressed that Mr. Avery himself wrote a hand-written letter back, thanking ME for my letter! To this day, I have yet to see the ILY hand shape charm done any better then Avery's. A true craftsman! I hope his legacy lives on!
Linda Z.

Thanks for your wonderful well made jewelry

Thanks for your wonderful well made jewelry, especially your symbols of Christian faith. I have enjoyed mine for 20 + years.
JC, Boise, Idaho

We are all proud

Quote: “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” Brian Tracy Thank you for creating a such great company that we are all proud to be a part of .
Trish Matus

A very artistic man

May God be with you all as you mourn this great loss. He was indeed a very artistic man and my husband and I always visited one of the stores when we were in Texas plus we always came home with a special piece of his beautiful jewelry!!
Ed & Diane Bishop, Ohio

God bless you, Mr. Avery

Thank you for sharing your lovely pieces of art. It has always been such an enjoyable experience looking through the many beautiful pieces of jewelry, whether it be in one of the stores or your catalog. As others have been saying, Heaven has gained another angel and I know you will be missed greatly. Your family and many friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna M.

Your legacy

My condolences to the Avery family may God give you strength throw this hard times. I once got to see him in the James Avery store in kerrville tx with one of his sons walking to his offices if was so nice to get to see something like that all because I was a big James Avery jewelry person and wanted to see how if was in that store. I also had the pleasure to work in his company in McAllen tx for around 3 years I’m blessed for have been part of your company and your legacy
Roxana Benavides

Deepest Sympathy

I send my deepest sympathy to James Avery’s family and friends. I have been purchasing James Avery jewelry for over 30 years and not only was the symbolism there, the craftsmanship has always been superior. I have purchased pieces for my children and grandchildren and His work will always be a part of our family. He truly was an amazing artist. He has touched so many lives with his work. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Candice Kobacker

Deepest Sympathy

I send my deepest sympathy to James Avery’s family and friends. I have been purchasing James Avery jewelry for over 30 years and not only was the symbolism there, the craftsmanship has always been superior. I have purchased pieces for my children and grandchildren and His work will always be a part of our family. He truly was an amazing artist. He has touched so many lives with his work. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Candice Kobacker

I feel love in every charm

I never met you personally but I feel love in every charm that was purchased. You are now our angel creating more wonderful charms from heaven. Rest In Peace, Mr. James Avery
Kathy Lewis

A beautiful soul

As I feel a tug at my heart for a beautiful soul that brought so much joy and happiness through his giving heart with his inspiring and beautiful jewelry. It was crafted from a true heart with love. Bless your family with Love, Strength, and understanding as they walk through this journey.
Angela Dunaway, Suwanee, Georgia

In this time of grief

May you rest in peace. And my God comfort you family in this time of grief.
Erica Walker

Thanks for sharing your dream

Thanks for sharing your dream! I have many beautiful pieces-enough to to open my own store. Favorites include a charm you made for our Camp Texlake in the 70’s, aspen leaf earrings and several rings. My husbands wedding band is a James Avery. JA is my go to place for special gifts. Thanks for a job well done. RIP
Sandy Taylor

Always...

Always in my Heart Mr. Avery! Always...
Mary Lacy

My deepest sympathy

Mr. Avery was a wonderful example of man who used his God given talent to create special jewelry that points people to Christ and to celebrate special events in someone’s life. I have a charm bracelet, my two daughters have one and now my granddaughter has one too. May God surround Mr. Avery’s family and friends with comfort and peace.
Glenda Prather

Very thankful

Thanks to Mr. Avery and his wonderful pieces, i was able to share a special bond with someone very dear to me, who is also no longer with us. But i feel very thankful, because i can always remember my aunt with his beautiful art, and not only that, but now all of our family treasures every single unique piece of beautiful jewelry to use as a memoir of our dearest aunt. And like we do with our aunt, Mr. James Avery shall forever be in our hearts and in our everyday life.....
Alexandra

So many beautiful pieces

James Avery jewelry has been a part of my life since my teens still is in my 60’s. He has given us all so many beautiful pieces of jewelry and provided so many memories.
Kay Hackler

A great artist

So sad. Mr. Avery a wonderful person a great artist Rest In Peace.
Pat Sartor

You will be truly missed

My heart hurts for you such a wonderful man I'm glad I got to spend weekends with you at Paige House I sit with you and hear great stories of how you started your business and one day you made me tear up about a conversation we had I will always carry that memory. My Deepest Sympathies to Chris and the rest of the family you will be truly missed
Wendy Lopez

Will always remember your creativity

My girls, and I, will always remember your creativity, each time we look at our bracelets with the over 100 charms collectively. Rest In Peace, Sir.
The Montgomery Family

Testimony of this special man

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Avery. His beautiful designs hold a special place in my heart. Each one I have received is a reminder faith and family. I wear almost daily a silver lovers knot cuff my husband gave me over 40 years ago. Another treasured piece is a ribbon cross with a pearl. It is a reminder of my faith and always draws comments from people who recognize the workmanship as a James Avery. We visited the factory in Kerrville and enjoyed seeing the testimony of this special man. God bless your family as you continue his legacy.
Donna Vernon

May he rest in peace

James Avery was a wonderful person that designed dynamic jewelry. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.
Rosa Hernandez

We will remember James

Thank you. With your jewelry we have all expressed our love all over the world. We will remember James every time we put on piece of his jewelry.
Michelle Garcez

A rite of passage

My 1st James Avery piece was a St Christopher necklace - back around 1970. I had to purchase it from the local Catholic Church. My love for Mr. Avery's jewelry has only grown throughout the years. His butterflies, roses, crosses and angels are my favorites. Getting a charm bracelet became a rite of passage in our family. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. You will be missed.
Valerie Schlagal

A rite of passage

My 1st James Avery piece was a St Christopher necklace - back around 1970. I had to purchase it from the local Catholic Church. My love for Mr. Avery's jewelry has only grown throughout the years. His butterflies, roses, crosses and angels are my favorites. Getting a charm bracelet became a rite of passage in our family. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. You will be missed.
Valerie Schlagal

A rite of passage

My 1st James Avery piece was a St Christopher necklace - back around 1970. I had to purchase it from the local Catholic Church. My love for Mr. Avery's jewelry has only grown throughout the years. His butterflies, roses, crosses and angels are my favorites. Getting a charm bracelet became a rite of passage in our family. Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. You will be missed.
Valerie Schlagal

I do feel a sense of loss

My favorite jewelry will always be James Avery. I have pieces from when I was a little girl and I am in my 50’s now. I do feel a sense of loss as his artisanship has been a part of my family dating way back when. RIP Mr. Avery, for you will be dearly remembered by this family.
Sue Surface

With sympathy

So Sorry for the family’s loss and ours. I’ve been wearing his jewelry since 1978 and have many pieces. I know he’ll be missed but Heavens gain!
Pam Dorsch

So talented

I recently found a gold charm of a hummingbird from the 1970s that my Dad had given me. I thought it had been stolen years ago. My Dad passed away in 2009 and when I came across this little bird I was so excited. I remember when he gave it to me it was because I was his wee tiny little one, just like the hummingbird. It is now on a change around my neck. I am 71 and so happy to have found my little bird. Mr. Avery was so talented and so many of us have pieces we can enjoy and treasure for so many reasons. Thank you, sir, for all our many, many memories.
Sandra Olson

Gentle and filled with kindness

I first met Mr. Avery at St. Peter’s. Episcopal Church in Kerrville. He taught Sunday School as well as the preparation for being confirmed. His teaching was gentle and filled with kindness. I have admired him since that time. I love his jewelry...creativity and the vision he made a reality. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery.
Carolyn Brandeis

Great designer

I’m so sorry for his loss I have many pieces of his jewelry and it started with my mom then my husband then my son who gave pieces of jewelry from James Avery love love love his jewelry and I’m so sorry Mr.Avery he was a great great designer
Karen Romanski

A wonderful and fulfilling life

I am so sorry to hear about this great man's passing. I'm sure he had a wonderful and fulfilling life and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I have 3 pieces of his beautiful jewelry that I wear a lot and get compliments on. God bless all who are going through this difficult time, especially his family. Thank you for letting us know about his passing, so that we can remember him each and every time we wear one of his creations.
Debbi StClair, Dallas, Texas

Wonderful gifts

He will be missed. Have many pieces and love them all, they are all ageless. Make wonderful gifts!
Connie Gruy

His jewelry speaks volumes

James Avery's name is synonymous with Faith and Hope. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him personally, his jewelry speaks volumes and he is an inspiration to all. To his family, I am so very sorry for your loss and may Mr Avery's life long legacy, James Avery Jewelry, continue. Rest in peace kind Sir.
Sarah Graham

He lived such a long life and inspired so many people

Working at James Avery was an important part of my life. I worked there through part of high school and all of college. I was fortunate enough to get to go on trips to Kerrville to see everything in action! I loved that I worked for an amazing, religious, devoted man. Anytime he came into a store or you had the chance to visit with Mr. Avery, was a treasure. I worked at the Rolling Oaks Mall location from 1997 through 2002. His Christian values were evident and he genuinely appreciated his employees. I am thankful he lived such a long life and inspired so many people. That job, and Mr. Avery's values taught me about responsibility and hard work. I am truly thankful for all I learned from Mr. Avery. He was an inspiration and an amazing man. He will be missed my many! My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Anna Burke

Such beauty and talent

My condolences to the Avery Family. Thanks you for bringing such beauty and talent to everyone through your beautiful Christian pieces. I treasure all of my of beautiful jewelry and will treasure them forever. Heaven has gained another angel. God Bless you and your Family.
Arlene Fowler

A man who inspired the world

The Luna Family sends our condolences to a man who inspired the world. You will never be forgotten Mr Avery. Your legend will live on forever. Thank you for all you did! Sending prayers to the family and employees. RIP James Avery!
The Luna Family

I treasure every piece

Thank you for sharing years and years of beauty with me and my family. As in many families your creations are part of our lives and special events. My deepest condolences for your family and your work family. I treasure every piece.
Kim McFadden

He did touch lives

He did touch lives! Every person in my family wears James Avery in memory of an event, a person or just because they are so pretty....Thank you James Avery for designing such memorable pieces of art for us!
Milton O. Gautney, Sr.

I will cherish it even more

My wedding ring is the gold margarita ring from 1978. I will cherish it even more RIP Mr Avery
Melissa Mares

My heart goes out

So sorry for your loss !!! I’ve enjoyed my jewelry from there!!! I have a lot and love them all !!! My heart goes out for the family !!!
Ruby

You will be missed

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this wonderful man. Thank you for a life well lived honoring God in all you pursued. Thank you for creating jewelry that stands out from the rest with its creativity and pristine quality of workmanship. Every artful piece of James Avery jewelry carries with it, a memory to be cherished. Thank you for maintaining a business that over time has and continues to run with honesty and integrity. You will be missed. Hope your Artisan's come up with a "Dream Big" piece in your honor.
Penny Pitamber

We all mourn his death

My prayers are with all of the loved ones and all fans of Mr. Avery. I am a longtime fan of Mr. Avery. I don’t have any of his beautiful artistic work now due to loss of one I had. I am in hope of one day to be able to buy at least one before I pass away and leave it for our daughter to enjoy. God bless all the loved ones and fans as we all mourn his death. I send my condolences to Mr. Avery’s close loved ones at this great loss.
Shirley A. Sneed

He will live on through every piece

Such a talented man in his art and craft. He will live on through every piece of his jewelry.
V. R. Strutz

You will be fondly remembered

Your beautiful jewelry has brought pleasure and delight to the women in our family for many years. You will be fondly remembered whenever we wear your creations. God gave you great talent, and you used it well!
Joan Fenton

Prayers and good thoughts

Prayers and good thoughts going out to the Avery Family and Friends! I know that counts everyone who's life he touched with his kindness and beautiful jewelry! Rest in Peace Kind Sir!
Lucie Perez

God given talents

Thank you, Mr. Avery, for sharing with us all of your God given talents. I love every piece that I own, and am wearing my Mother/Daughter necklace today in honor of you. May your family, friends and employees be blessed with God's love and grace at this sorrowful time. Sending prayers for the Avery family.
Caren H. Stembridge

Many condolences

Oh, I'm so sorry to read the news about Mr. Avery. I love your products and will continue to shop for you. Many condolences to Mr. Avery's biological and work family members.
Joe & Erika Lutmer

What a blessing and gift

What a blessing and gift to all was the artistry of James Avery. My wife and I were married with his rings and his work is with us always. To live such a beautiful life of creation is what we all desire but few achieve. To the family and colleagues of James Avery we give thanks to God for the blessing of his work and join you in condolence and prayers.
Jeffery Roy

My most sincere condolences

My most sincere condolences for your lost I hope and pray that Our Lord Our Lady give you peace On your heart,and your family I will pray for him for the eternal rest of his soul. shalom peace of Christ
Jose Padron

He was truly blessed with a gift

Mr James Avery your patriarch lived a good long life! We all mourn for his passing and rejoice in his giving. He was truly blessed with a gift that he was so honored and humbled to share. I have been a long time JA customer and receiptient, since I was a child. We cherish your place of where to go for the guaranteed gift to share with those we love. My husband and I wedding rings are by James Avery too. So, we carry a piece of his spirit with us daily. He will be forever known for his faith, the meaning to the designs he created into beautiful long lasting Jewlery is priceless. His legacy and spirit will live forever. Trust me he’s in heaven praising God’s glory singing and dancing with all the other angels! May peace be with you and your family during this difficult time and always. God is good all the time!
Anthony & Brenda

A reflection

If his life and his jewelry was a reflection of himself he surely is in heaven .God has gained another heavenly angel .
Anonymous

You created for all

My condolences to Mr Avery family and friends. Always remember you with the jewelry you created for all. You now in heaven and may you Rest In Peace .
Nancy Tubbs

Such an inspiring artisan

Such an inspiring artisan. Brought such joy to so many! Prayers for him and his family.
Anonymous

Texas has lost our founding father of Jewelry

James Avery Jewelry has been a major part of our lives growing up in Texas. In the 70’s we would stand in the long lines at Christmas time to purchase charms for our friends using our babysitting money. I still have all my charms today. When I was in college in the 80’s, I worked in the Austin and Houston stores and I remember that James Avery would take the time to talk to his employees during his store visits. The advice he gave me led me on a very enjoyable career path. My 1st Mother’s Day gift was purchased in the 90’s by my husband from James Avery. Communion and confirmation gifts for my children in the 00’s were always from James Avery. I have so many memories of celebrations that James Avery Jewelry was given. Texas has lost our founding father of Jewelry.
Maureen Heyburn Myers

Thank you

One of the very best things I took away from my three years of living in Texas was James Avery jewelry.
Dawn Cantelmo

So honored to have met him

Twice a year an event with United Methodist Women attending is held at Mt. Wesley in Kerrville, Texas. Many of the ladies made it a point to visit store there, once we even met Mr. Avery. He had just a gentle manner in his greeting and we felt so honored to have met him. His jewelry is so recognizable now everywhere. May he Rest In Peace and thank you Mr. Avery for your beautiful works.
Minnie Romo, College Station, Texas

He truly left an impressionable mark on me

Although I only met the man once, where he sat next to me at a company luncheon. He truly left an impressionable mark on me. He was personable, kind, and his passion radiated through his presence. A pioneer, and an icon in the industry. My condolences to Chris, Paul, and the extended family in Comfort, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville. May you find strength to persevere. And peace within yourselves.
Marce Martinez

Thank for sharing your God given talent with us

My condolences to the Avery Family. I was introduced to the James Avery Jewelry collection a few years ago and have bought pieces ever since. Thank for sharing your God given talent with us. May God bless and keep the entire James Avery Family.
R. Booker

My heartfelt condolences

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Mr. Avery lived a life that most people only dream of in that he followed his dreams and he had a long life. I've been wearing his jewelry for over 40 years and he will never be forgotten because his jewelry and legacy live on in the people who wear and enjoy it. And most people have lots of stories behind their beautiful pieces of jewelry I know I do. So even though this is a sad time it is also a time to be proud and rejoicing the life of a man who brought so much joy to others through his art.
Rosalind Piepenbrok

He will live on through all his creations

My prayers are with his loved ones. All I can say is he was a very creative individual, one of Gods gifts to us. My daughters are in love with all James Avery has to offer. He will live on through all his creations. Thank you.
Anonymous

His memory will be a blessing

I am so sorry for your loss. May his family take comfort in knowing that he brought joy to so many by sharing his artistry. His memory will be a blessing.
Mary Seratt

Such an honorable man

So sorry for your loss. I have several pieces of Mr.Avery’s beautiful jewelry. Plan for a few more pieces. He will certainly be missed. Such an honorable man.
Anonymous

My condolences

Beautiful work of art in every piece. My condolences to the family. He will truly be missed. I hope that the beautiful pieces continue in his memory. God be with the Avery family at this sad time.
Rebecca Cordova Pinot

Thank you Mr. Avery

Thank you Mr. Avery and your family for running such a wonderful company. I got my first piece back in 1974 and have loved you ever since! My prayers are with your family at this time. May you be comforted by the many people that love you.
Dee Ure

Condolences

May God Comfort the Avery Family at this delicate time.
Rhonda Traub

A Great Artist

A great artist and honorable man will truly be missed. Much sympathy for his family and friends.
Anonymous

What a legacy he has left

Just today I told a friend what a great gift idea for her graduate a Piece of James Avery would be I told her about pieces that were passed down to me from my husband’s grandmother and how many wonderful pieces I am I also have gotten for myself and others that are retired and how much they mean to me. I’m saddened to hear that he passed what a legacy he has left.
Tammie Grantham

Very thoughtful, giving and nice man

My thoughts and prayers for the Avery family. When I was a little girl, my Dad and Mr. Avery would meet for lunch at times. When I was with my Dad on those occasions, Mr. Avery always brought me a ring, earrings or a charm. Very thoughtful, giving and nice man! My Dad would also buy his office staff and family birthday and Christmas gifts from the Kerrville store – I don’t think he would’ve known what to buy without Mr. Avery’s jewelry! My whole family still buys from Mr. Avery’s stores and his personal “charm”, wonderful jewelry and friendship will always be remembered.
Lee Ann Risinger

Unique and one of a kind

"Unique and one of a kind!" That's how I will remember my favorite jeweler! To the family of James Avery I send my sincerest condolences and prayers. Mr. James Avery thank you for sharing your creative brilliance with us for so many years! May you find peace and rest in God's eternal light.
Michelle Luevano

A Most Remarkable Man

What a remarkable man James Avery was. From the beginning, he was always thinking of others, and how he could use his artisan gift. The JA designs have brought so much joy to so many people over the years. He has a wonderful legacy that will carry on for many years to come. Thoughts and prayers to his own family as well as all JA staff members.
Pam Whitfield

May he rest in peace

May he rest in peace, My husband lived in Ingram and had a plumbing business there and did work for Mr. Avery and said he was a very nice man.
Anonymous

World Renowned

I was a young teen in the very early 70's living on Camp Capers, a handful of miles East of Comfort, TX, when Mr Avery would come with his suitcase-sized showcases to take orders at the start of week-long camp sessions. I was fascinated to hear how the brand of James Avery spread with stores opening throughout Texas and reaching California, before I lost track. I've no idea how big he became, but I know from my time serving in the Navy abroad, his pieces were so distinguishable that I could always recognize them being worn on citizens in Europe. And people always smiled with pride when I asked, "Is that a James Avery...?" His vision of design inspired and transcended oceans and cultures to bind us the world over.
Anonymous

Thank you James Avery

My mother gave me my first James Avery piece in 1973, I have continued the tradition with my children as well as my grandchildren on their confirmation. Thank you James Avery for your many years of beautifully crafted jewelry.
ELL

Condolences

Love your jewelry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!
Anonymous

My condolences to the Avery family

I will always cherish this piece that I received for Mother's day with my firstborn 20 years ago! My condolences to the Avery family!
Anonymous

He made such a difference in my life

i will miss james avery . he made such a difference in my life . his jewelry cheers me up a lot. he always delivered a finely made artisan product . may God receive you in his embracing arms.
Mildred Shilling

You are being celebrated

Respected, Esteemed, Important, Appreciated...You are being celebrated in the Hearts and Minds of all those who knew and Loved you. You will be greatly missed by all!
Kathy Adams

You were an inspiration to all

Thank you Mr. Avery for your wonderful creations. You were an inspiration to all. Rest In Peace Sir!
Patricia Brown

Thank you!!!

We have a daughter that is deaf. At the end of every year throughout elementary school our end-of-year teacher gift was the “I Love You” sign language charm and necklace. Jenna was also so excited to give her sweet teachers this personal piece of jewelry because she felt like she was leaving them a piece of herself.
Leah Fortenberry

I will always treasure James Avery

I remember when my older sister got her charm bracelet at 16 and I was told I would get one at 16. From that moment on, any catalog we got. I would circle my favorite charms. I still circle things in the catalogs and I always get a charm for Christmas. James Avery was the first jewelry I received as a gift and I treasure every single piece that I own. I will always treasure James Avery and the memory behind it.
Angela Walichowski

Great man

My deepest condolences to all of the Avery family, Mr Avery (or Jim as he wanted u to call him) was always a very personable man, great man to work for, thank you for everything Mr Avery, RIP...
Regina Rodriquez

Thank you for your gifts and artistry

Most of my jewelry is from James Avery--for over 30-35 years. I love the hand made artisan styles and the intricate crosses and designs. Rest In Peace. Thank you for your gifts and artistry. You have made many people very happy.
LeslieAHJ

Your art will never be forgotten

Your art will never be forgotten as it will always hold a key in my heart.
Rachel Ramirez

What a wonderful legacy

I send my heartfelt gratitude, Mr. Avery, for helping me, my family and friends celebrate so many occasions of love and joy. I, and many loved ones, have treasured pieces from you, that help us remember important milestones and help us stay connected. Thank you for this. A million thanks for this. You put a LOT of good into this World; what a wonderful legacy. We’ll miss you!
Judianne Kellaway Mason

Our deepest condolences

Our deepest condolences to the Avery family. Thank you for the two Christian Cross we purchase in 1994. God Bless Your Family.Your family LOST is Heavens gain
Charmaine & Sonia Giddings-Rivas

Thank God for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful family

I remember being asked by my mom what i wanted for my 13th birthday. I told her I wanted a James Avery dangle ring cause all of my friends had one. She took me to a little shop in the mid section of Kerrville called La Bazzar, where Mamacitas sits now. I got a gold Celtic cross dangle ring that I still have today. The sales lady asked if i wanted to wear my ring or if she should put it in a bag. I told her i would wear it. I then remember dangling my ring and telling the gentleman (Lupe Moreno) behind the counter "I am going to work here one day". 10-10-89 I came to work at James Avery Craftsman. Thank you Mr. Avery and Thank God for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful family. My sincere condolences to all of the Avery family. I will miss you dearly but I will forever celebrate your life, RIP, Forever in my heart.
Di'ana Batley

So special

thank you for creating pieces that are so special to me and remind of people who love me and special times in my life. RIP mr. avery
C. Bennett

I will never forget

I remember going to Kerrville to the headquarters of James Avery Jelwery. I asked is he still living or has he passed after seeing the video for the first time of himself and how he makes his jewelry. The young lady behind the counter said oh no ma’am he is very much alive still working and often comes through the gift shop. And I’ll never forget about that time I turned around and there was Mr. Avery walking through the gift shop and I happened to turn around and I told him thank you so much I really enjoy my bracelets! He just lightly touched my shoulder and I just freak out because an actual celebrity touched my shoulder my mother was not with me at the time she was back at the hotel, I immediately called her on my cell phone and said you’ll never guess who just touched me on the shoulder and I told her it was Mr. Avery himself I will never forget that and I will never forget him!! He will be deeply missed and his family is in my prayers because I know the man was well loved by everyone!!
Stephanie Corley

His legacy

He revived a huge tradition from my childhood. I love his products and appreciate the chance to continue to advance his legacy by creating charm bracelets for my granddaughters. May he Rest In Peace.
Lynn Fazz

Thank you Mr Avery

My sincere condolences to the Avery family. I recieved my lst charm in 1981. My charms have much meaning. 2 weeks ago i purchased sister in heart in honor of my dear sister who has also gone home with our Lord. Thank you Mr Avery -GOD BLESS
Bea

Condolences

I love all of the pieces I have seen in stores, online, and catalog. I have lots of pieces that I continue to adore when I wear them. RIP MR. JAMES AVERY
Rita A Sargent

He will be missed by all

Mr. Avery will always be remembered as a wonderful man. He will be missed by all.
Terri Jamison

This loss is the end of an era

I was on the way to a funeral wearing my black dress and the beautiful gold fleur de lis cross and chain that my husband gave me in the 80’s (???) I made a quick stop at the Champions store in Houston to pick up a gift. Mr Avery was behind the counter and actually waited on me. He also autographed a blue bonnet poster. I knew then that meeting and interacting with this talented Texas would be a special memory all my life. James Avery jewelry is my first choice for baby, First Communion and Confirmation gifts and a show-off destination for out of state visitors. This loss is the end of an era. I am so happy to have met the man who was bigger than life. My consolations to the family
Rose Anne Bolfing

He was a lighthouse in my life

This man has meant the world to me for over three decades. I saw him once in his Kerrville workshop and was so starstruck that I couldn’t talk to him. He was a lighthouse in my life. My parents couldn’t afford a quinceneara for me, so on my 15th birthday, my mom took me to James Avery to choose my favorite ring. It’s a mound of sterling silver daisies. I gave that same ring to my own daughter on HER 15th birthday last August. When my hubby and I got married, only James Avery bands were good enough for us. I wear James Avery jewelry because he was an artist, a man of tremendous faith, and inspiration to my own life and art. Thank you for making my world so silver, so gold, so radiant with glowing emeralds, Mr. Avery. You made this little, brown girl from San Antonio—with humble roots—shine. Rest In Peace with God and all His Angels.
Lucinda Zamora-Wiley

Sending prayers of love & comfort

So sorry to learn of Mr. Avery's death. I have purchased many different pieces of his jewelry over the last 40+ years for myself & as gifts for family & friends. Sending prayers of love & comfort the Avery family - may God bless you all.
Jean Weise

What a great long life

So sorry to hear this but what a great long life. I love his jewelry and have bought for many years for myself and my kids and now grandkids. My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Jeannie Hart

He was such a talented man

I met James Avery in the early 60’s visiting Kerrville relatives. She took me to a garage to meet “a young hippy with a pony tail” who was making jewelry I bought a heavy fish charm that day He was such a talented man
Cynthia Zindel

You brought beauty in the form of silver into my life

When I wear silver it’s James Avery . The quality is unsurpassed. Thank you Mr Avery. You brought beauty in the form of silver into my life . I was able to visit the original James Avery shop while visiting my daughter and family in Texas.A wonderful place . May you Rest In Peace dear man . Peace to the family .
Hope Wilson

You have my condolences

So sorry to read about Mr. Avery's passing. I thoroughly enjoy the beautiful jewelry and reading about its inspiration, as well as sketches in the stores. Thank you for showcasing love, Christ, animals, and everyday fun, all wrapped up in James Avery jewelry. You have my condolences
Lynn Roberts

Every piece I wear means more to me now

Every piece I wear means more to me now. I have worn a piece of James Avery jewelry pretty much every day of my adult life. I’ll always think of Mr. Avery every time I put on my pieces from now on, they were already very special to me, but are even more now. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Avery in person about 20 years ago at the opening of a new store, he was SO nice and I still have my picture of me with Mr. Avery. I will treasure it always!
Steph Garay

Will continue to carry on

I have always loved James Avery jewelry...I have bought jewelry for myself and as gifts...and will continue to carry on to do so! Many blessings to James Avery’s family, as I was so sadden today to hear the news! God Bless
Debbie Harrington

Always in our hearts

Sending my prayers to the Avery family at the passing of patriarch James. I received my first cross in Temple, TX over 40 years ago and have been an avid collector since. Every piece is precious to me and mother, sisters, nieces and friends feel the same. I am so grateful to have worked for James Avery Craftsman in the 90’s and got to meet this great kind man at the stores grand opening in Atlanta, GA. I was so thrilled and appreciated your kind spirit. Your pieces are pieces of art and proudly worn. Rest In Peace and God Bless your family. Always in our hearts
Katy Plough

April 30 should be James Avery Day in Texas forevermore

I heard of James Avery over 45 years ago when my great-aunt, Idabelle Stelzer, commissioned a ring from him. We all loved the ring, and she was so proud if it. I got my first piece of James Avery jewelry in 1976, and, other than my wedding set, it is the only jewelry I wear. Mr. Avery has long been admired by my family, and we are so sorry to hear of his death. April 30 should be James Avery Day in Texas forevermore. God bless.
Connie Milliff, Wadsworth, TX

An inspiration for generations

His work and craftsmanship will live on as an inspiration for generations!
Jennifer Hollon

Inspirational and amazing

My most deeply condolences to the family. Mr. Avery's jewelry work is inspirational and amazing, each piece is crafted beautifully.
Adriana Cavitt-Cavazos

What a kind, loving, generous man

I began shopping with Mr Avery in his garage in the early 60s when I was a child. What a kind, loving, generous man! He had a wonderful sense of humor too! I was most impressed with the fact that no matter how popular and how many stores, he kept his prices fair and reasonable always~he never got greedy! Prayers for your family~ Heaven has welcomed a wonderful soul!!
Carol Brister

Mr. Avery will be missed

My sincerest sympathy to the family, I am sure Mr. Avery will be missed. The Avery jewelry has been a tradition in my life and that of my families since 1978. In fact it has come to be so special that when my daughter and her husband lost their 3 year old daughter they chose the dove (retired now) to symbolize their remembrance of our granddaughter. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery and hug Lola for us please.
Melanie Hancock

Wishing comfort to all his family

Have loved Mr. Avery’s talent and designs since I ‘stumbled’ upon his work at The Fannin Shoppe in Houston back in 1978!! At that time, I believe it was the only place in Houston that carried his designs. Wishing comfort to all his family...
Claudia Caplinger

Love and memories

Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. I have been a loyal James Avery customer since 1972 when I received my first cross necklace and charm. Through the years, there have been confirmation, Sweet 16, school mascots, graduations, marriage, anniversaries, family, best friends, teachers, puppies, kittens, and LOVE. My James Avery pieces are like members of my family because they hold the love and memories of those who have given them to me (and I hope the ones I have given). Every time I put on a piece of James Avery Jewelry not only do I admire the beauty of the piece but cherish the memories behind that piece. Mr. Avery that is your legacy, love and memories. Thank you.
Sarah McDowell

He holds a special place in my heart

My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. I never had the opportunity to meet him, yet he holds a special place in my heart. In December of 1992 (I was 14) my father suffered a hemorrhagic brain bleed. We weren’t told he wouldn’t make it through the night. I sat in that family waiting room at Scott & White just devastated. Something (Divine intervention in my opinion) told me to look under the couch cushion. Beneath the cushion I found a rubbing cross. My daddy had taken me to the James Avery shop in Kerrville before and I immediately recognized the insignia on the back. I kept that cross and prayed - my father survived that night. Months later when I knew my daddy was going to be okay, I mailed that cross and my story to James Avery, asking what it would cost to make a necklace out of it. It was returned to me already done and on a chain with a handwritten note from Mr. Avery. That cross never leaves my neck. I will never forget his generosity. God bless and many prayers.
Sarah McDowell

Quite a legacy

Thank you for your spirit of artistic design and inspiration. You’ve left quite a legacy.
Cherie Heringer

Will continue

Very sad to hear of JA passing. I have worn his designs for many years. Will continue. Prayers go out to his family.
Kathleen Coder

Rest in eternal peace

Bless you Mr. Avery for blessing us for all these years with your beautiful creations... now my grandchildren are enjoying all your jewelry~ The last charm we ordered said ‘Blessed’ ... just as you have Blessed us... may you rest in eternal peace, and know you leave a legacy of Blessings!!
Candace Gorsuch and daughter Adrienne Randel

Blessings & peace

The artistry of the jewelry is beautiful & delightful to wear & give. Blessings & peace to the family
Barbara Arnett

Little pieces of articulate design

Last year Christmas was the first time I had ever gotten a James avery ring This year for my birthday Feb 24th was the first bracelet I have ever gotten from James avery both given to me by my mother I cherish them an wear them daily she had never trusted me to take care of such fine expensive jewelry and when she did it melted my heart .I hold your little pieces of articulate design very closely to my heart my condolences to the family and to thee amazing creative man now looking at us from up above u will be dearly missed not only throught your family but throughout your clientele love always.
Anonymous

Beautiful jewelry

Thank you, James Avery , for all the beautiful jewelry that my family and I have enjoyed for many ,many years.
The Warne family

You will forever be remembered

My first wedding ring my husband bought me before he even knew me ever came from James Avery. I also bought my husbands birthday ring and pendant just this 2 of April. Thank You brother James for sharing your belief, love and creativity. You will forever be remembered when i see my wedding ring. Brother James, RIP, for you have left an eternal mark in our lives.
Mrs. Esther Phillips

Wonderful work

I didn’t know him personally but I knew his wonderful work! I own many of his pieces and have given many as gifts. God Bless his soul and his family.
Shawn Lapp

Love and prayers

God bless Mr. Avery and his beautiful family. My love and prayers are with you all. Grateful for the opportunity to have known and worked for this wonderful man
Lynn Colsson

Every piece I own will mean that much more

I send thoughts and prayers to all of Mr. Avery’s family members and friends. Every piece I own will mean that much more to me! I was introduced to James Avery Jewelry in 1992 and I have many many pieces and would rather have this as a jewelry item than any other. I have purchased many pieces as special gifts.
Cheryl Williams

Philippians 1:6 NIV

“being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”.
C. Russell

Peace and comfort

My silver icthus with IXOYE rarely leaves my neck. I pray for peace and comfort for your family from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Cathy

Marking a most joyful birth

Our family marked many special occasions with jewelry from James Avery. We even have a granddaughter named Avery, marking a most joyful birth. God bless you sir!
Carol Thomas

A tradition

I live in Junction. My family moved here in the late 60’s. My Mom would bring my sister and I to the original store (when it was still a small building) and we would buy for special events only. This is a tradition I have started with my son. At one time we had hunters who brought my sister and I Latin Crosses. I was a little girl then and there was only one size of the cross at that time. I wore it for almost 40 years and it was lost at Walmart just a few years ago. I decided that whoever found it would love it and probably needed it more than me. It still makes me sad that I lost it.
Josephine Youngdoff, Junction Texas

He will be greatly missed

I worked for James Avery for many years as both an associate and an assistant manager and have had the honor of meeting Mr. Avery many times. He is an amazing artist and craftsman and cares about his employees and friends and family. He will be greatly missed and my prayers and thoughts are with his family at this great time of sorrow.
Diana (Stevenson) Foster

Great artist of the jewelry world

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this great artist of the jewelry world. I bought some of my first pieces when he was still working out of the little shop in his garage. Loved his jewelry for the quality and Christian theme. He will be missed.
Linda Houck, Caldwell, Texas

Wonderful contribution

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to Texas and for keeping God first. U will be missed.
Anonymous

Cherish my James Avery pieces

I got my first dangle ring in 1984 when I was 6 years old, 10 years later my mom gifted me a charm bracelet that I continue adding to. I've had James Avery jewelry ever since, including my and my husband's wedding ring. I'm not religious at all but I do l cherish my James Avery pieces; may he rest in peace.
Alyssa Tucker

Artistic genius

I own several dozen pieces, of both gold & silver, James Avery jewelry. Most pieces were gifts from my parents, who are both deceased. I treasure these items, for the beauty & artistry, but especially for the sentiment, in which each was given. My family visited Avery’s Kerrville showroom every year, when I was in my 20’s. I am now in my 70’s, & just gave my 10-year old granddaughter an Avery charm bracelet. It is her first piece, and I hope to fill the bracelet over the next 10 years! I salute Mr. Avery’s artistic genius, and hope to see him again one day.
P.J. Phillips

A job well done

A job well done,thank you for all you inspired,my deepest sympathy for your loved ones.
Polly Lewis

A constant reminder

My wedding ring and the Eagle ring I wear are a constant reminder of the designs and craftsmanship of James Avery. Rest In Peace Sir!
Micheal Wendelin

My condolences

My condolences goes out to his family may God bless you’ll ...
Lynda Estrada

Peace and blessings

Peace and blessings for Mr. Avery and family. Mr. Avery’s jewelry has always been beautiful and inspirational. I love my cross/heart ring. It has been a quiet reminder of my faith.
Kathy Hwu

Forever grateful

Hello I am so sorry to hear about the Loss of such an amazing man! I am Veteran who he once did an amazing thing for. I was gifted my first James Avery ring when I was only 15. I held this ring real close to me due to it being a gift from my grandmother. I wore it everyday and every where I went. On my first deployment I lost my ring due to severe weight loss given the environment I was in, and the ring slipped of my finger. I was devastated and even more upset when I found out it was discontinued and I couldn't order another one. Because the ring had so much meaning to me I decided to write an email to James Avery asking if their was any possible way to get another one. Not thinking I was really going to get a response, I received a heart filled email back with the directions of If I was to come to San Antonio and present my orders their would be a ring there waiting for me! When I received this I was over joyed and couldn't believe it. When I was able to get leave I drove to San Antonio and sure enough the ring was there! He was able to make one more for me and I was so grateful! It has now been 15 years and I still have my ring and will be saving it for my daughter who also now is starting her own James Avery collection. I will always remember the sweet gesture he did for me and will be forever grateful. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful art and creativity!
Crystal Andrade, U.S. Army Veteran

Heart felt wishes for all

I have charms, rings, bracelets that have withstood the test of time, people, & relationships (long since past). Your catalog always brought a smile to my face. Thank you for the memories you helped commemorate and celebrate. May your family & friends celebrate your legacy as your name forever carries on. With deepest heart felt wishes for all of the James Avery family...
Cat

In this time of sorrow

Faith. Hope. Love. Believe. Inspiration. Devotion. Direction. Soar. Be recognized. His jewelry has so many messages. I have been wearing his jewelry for many years. I remember my first piece, a claddaugh ring. It’s still one of my favorites. I have several pieces and constantly receive compliments when I wear them especially the bracelets and rings. My constant companion is the letter “M” earring. I am wishing his family Peace in his passing and fond memories to sustain them in this time of sorrow. Prayers up!
Margaret Leighty

A beautiful Christian legacy

I have worn this jewelry for many years, I’m now buying it for my grand children, such a beautiful Christian legacy, my deepest sympathy to your family ....
Anonymous

Beautiful pieces of art

My condolences to the Avery family. My thoughts and prayers with you all. My James Avery experience began about 4 years ago, on a visit to San Antonio to visit family. Ever since my first piece, a necklace with a beautiful simple cross my James Avery collection has grown. On every visit to San Antonio, my 2nd day was always a visit to the store (in case I needed something soldered or engraved) to add another charm to my bracelet or purchase something else. Thank you Mr Avery for your beautiful pieces of art.
Michele Huerta from California

He will live forever in his work

25 years ago today I was married with his rings and my whole family and I have been customers ever since. The passion of his work showed in quality and design. He will live forever in his work
Deborah Goodwin

I'm sadden by the news

My deepest condolences to the Avery family. I was first introduced to your jewelry by my sister from San Antonio Texas. She bought me a necklace with the 03 Abbreviation charm my senior year in high school. I then got a charm bracelet that same year for Valentines & have been collecting charms since then. My bracelet is everything to me as every charm has a meaning. I do the same for my twin girls & just recently purchased the first communion charms. Thank you for your beautiful creations and may you rest in peace.
Clarissa Allen

Vaya Con Dios

Just heard the news--I have worn James Avery jewelry since I was a teenager--a long time ago. He was a genius. VAYA CON DIOS.
Lynn Snyder

Missed

I bought my first piece in 1958 in his garage..i now have many of his designs. He will surely missed.
Robbie Despain

The world is much better because Mr. Avery

Had the privilege of working at James Avery and saw first hand the wonderful company that Mr. Avery and his sons have built a wonderful culture of honesty and respect for employees. Paul is a very special person and wonderful leader. The world is much better because Mr. Avery and the values he established and maintained.
William Benson

Saying goodbye

It brings me such sorry, finding out Mr. Avery has passed on. He came to the house to visit my mom (Chong Ye Davis) because she was dying of cancer. It was only one visit, but that was enough. He showed compassion and support to my mom. And I will never forget that. You see, Mr. Avery is a lot like the Harley & Davidson families. They and Mr. Avery started their empire from a shed. And grew to the dynasty that it is today. Mahalo nui loa Mr. Avery. Rest in peace my dear sir.
Eddie Davis

A true Texan and a spiritual man

My sincerest condolences to the James Avery family and the Store Associates. His legacy will live on through the sales associates in his jewelry stores. Each and every time I have walked in to purchase or just try on different pieces of jewelry to make my never-ending wish list I was treated as if I was the best customer that had walked in the store. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him I will wear my jewelry proudly. A true Texan and a spiritual man. You will be missed Mr. Avery by your family, employees, and so many others just like me, loyal customers. May you rest in peace and may perpetual light shine brightly upon you.
Esmeralda G. Rodriguez

Forever remembered

May God bless James Avery and his family, he will be forever remembered for his beautiful work. He has brought happiness and tears of joy to every person I have gifted one of his pieces, including myself. My deepest condolences, may he Rest In Peace.
Milly Ventura

Gracious and patient

I've sat on that very bench Mr. Avery is seated on. As a lifelong resident, customer and employee I've loved being a part of his story. As a resident where he began his journey as an artist and craftsman making beautifully designed jewelry. As a customer proud he was from our home wearing some of those original designs that were so unique for such a long time and made owning them special. Lastly, as an employee, meeting him and the kindness and humility he exuded. When customers came from all over the country and would luckily get a glimpse of him. They'd whisper and smile and approach him, he would be gracious and patient, never boastful or proud or quick to anger. Although, you could tell he'd rather be left to the background coming in and out quietly. It was my honor to have been around what I grew up loving. I enjoyed sharing the history of the company. I enjoyed sharing his story. Thank you Mr. Avery. Eternal rest grant unto him.
Norma M.

Remarkable and intelligent man

My condolences to the James Avery family. He was a remarkable and intelligent man. Seeing all these designs of his jewelry. I love them all. I have 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters. And I have bought every single one a bracelet from James Avery. With amazing charms for the bracelet. God Bless the family of Mr. James Avery. And may he Rest In Peace. Sending prayers to his family.
Alicia

A treasure

Mr. Avery’s faith, his artistry and his love of Texas and the American Southwest made his work my favorite. My wedding ring—my evidence of love and faithfulness to my husband—is a James Avery original. It is a treasure. My condolences to the Avery family. May you be comforted and blessed.
Deborah G.

What a huge loss to the Great State of Texas

What a huge loss to the Great State of Texas. Mr Avery's gift will live on forever due to his excellence in the art of jewelry. I treasure the pieces I have and will continue to buy and give his jewelry. Thoughts and prayers for Mr Avery's family.
Mary Lee Sammons

His art and symbols

He's gone but will never be forgotten thru his art and symbols of life he will forever live on thru his jewelry... Rest In Peace Beautiful Spirit!!!
Audrey Brown, Memphis, Tn

Condolences and prayers

Condolences and prayers to the Avery family in their time of loss.
The DeLoach Family, Pearland, Texas

What a talented artisan he was

What a talented artisan he was!!! I have been buying his jewelry since the 70's and continue to do so. We now have the third generation in our family wearing his beautiful jewelry. We have even passed down jewelry from the 70s - it still looks like brand new!!!! Prayers and special blessings to his family.
Teresa from Austin

He will be greatly missed

I was hired to work as a part time employee for the new location on Bandera Road many years ago. The way JAC structured their training process with principles and professionalism- has stuck with me even after my JAC days had passed. I went from a part time sales clerk, to full time to corporate. The first time I met Mr. Avery was at our grand opening on Bandera Road. He was a gentleman of course. I struck up a conversation and it lead to him asking what ideas on future charms - the tractor. I like to think it was my idea, ha ha. He made me feel like it was. He was a genuine person that always stopped to visit in store and out of the store. The world has lost a grand man, not only for his generosity- but his trailblazing ways! He will be greatly missed.
Victoria Faulkner

Warm and loving memories

Warm and loving memories have been created through his talent and gifts. May his love and fond memories comfort you, as well as the joys brought to so many by his life. God's grace and comfort to all his family and loved ones.
Laura Bushnell - McKinney, TX

Enjoy wearing his beautiful Christian jewelry

I’m truly sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Avery. I never had the honor to meet him. I have many, many, James Avery pieces. I have three daughters and now two grandchildren that enjoy wearing his beautiful Christian jewelry. What a legacy he has left behind for so many to enjoy. My love and prayers are sent to his family!
Melissa Caskey

God speed, Mr. Avery

God speed, Mr. Avery. Thank you for making many happy memories with your beautiful designs for all of us young and old girls! These treasures will bring happiness long after we join you in Heaven. God bless the family.
G. Parker

May God be with you all

I have only recently started wearing James Avery jewelry, but the bracelet and charms that I have acquired from family and friends have truly been very personal and very much loved. My deepest condolences to his family and friends, may God be with you all in this difficult/rejoicing time.
Felipa Dominguez

Enjoyed the experience

I was introduced to James Avery Jewelry by my uncle, Santos, who worked for him. I had the chance to work at one of the retail stores while I was in graduate school and I so enjoyed the experience. When I met Mr. Avery, we had a nice visit about my Tio Santos.
Gloria Norris

Great loss

My condolences to the Avery family on their great loss. May God comfort you all.
Patricia Ryan

God blessed us with such a great man

Every single piece of jewelry meant something to me, and was bought for me for a special reason. My heart goes out to the family. God blessed us with such a great man!
Meagan O.

Such a great loss

I have always worn James Avery Jewelry for many years. My family knows that for any occasion James Avery is the gift for me. Always wear it proudly! my deepest condolences to his family. Such a great loss.
Luisa McCown

Precious meaning

I have purchased bracelets, and charms, for myself, and both of my daughters, as well as several friends. Your talent and “natural eye” for beautiful jewelry is impeccable, and has certainly left a huge footprint on your customers, and lucky recipients of your creations. Our bracelets will have an even more precious meaning knowing you have entered the gates of Heaven. May you rest in peace.
Candy Gates

He was a wonderful, generous spirit.

Mr. Avery made this beautiful card for our Christmas card drive in 2012 at the local Hallmark store here in Kerrville. We displayed it and encouraged people to send cards to the soldiers. This card ended up at Operation Gratitude’s headquarters in California. He was a wonderful, generous spirit.
Julie Whitewood

Special love

I was five years old in 1960 when my mother was killed. My family was part of the Episcopal family in Kerrville. Mr Avery made a cross for our church and a small little cross ring for me out of silver my family donated. This was when he worked out of his garage. Thanks to his family for all their kindness to my family and special love sent to wookidy!!
Saint Mark

May your legacy live on

When I wear my James Avery jewelry each piece has a special memory attached to it. The Cow pin reminds me of my growing up on a farm, the Tree of Life pendent reminds me of walks in the woods and how precious our time is with friends and family, the Puppy charm brings back memories of all the dogs I ever had and the Texas charm takes me back to starting my married life in Texas as a young bride. Thank you Mr. Avery for all the memories. May your legacy live on through your jewelry.
Candy Gates

Precious Avery Family

I am profoundly grateful that Mr. Avery used the gifts God gave him to bless so many and make this world a more joyous, beautiful place. His creative gifts are pure inspiration and God breathed. I was moved to tears reading the remembrances. Thank you so much for sharing his passing with us and for this precious way we are able to express our love, sadness and thankfulness for this very unique man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. His legacy lives on through you...thank God!!
Millie Skidmore

Sending my condolences

Sending my condolences to the Avery family on this sad day.
Mariah Guerra

A truly unique talent

An artist who crafted wonderful jewelry for Texas. Always knew what we liked. A truly unique talent.
Cathy Ruedinger

Memories you left us with

Thank you! Thank you for everything thank you for all the beautiful pieces and jelewery and memories you left us with. My charm bracelet has such an amazing history behind it and it’s all thanks to you. May god welcome you into his kingdom and may you rest In paradise
Melina Perez

He was a great artist

From 1962 to 1968 I attended Camp Waldemar in Hunt. He designed many pieces for the camp, and upon request would make the pendants into beautiful rings, necklaces, etc for us. I continue to love James Avery’s creations, and wear at least one piece of his jewelry nearly every day. He was a great artist. May he rest in Peace.
Leslie D. Hicks

Beautifully made and symbolically meaningful

I was blessed to meet Mr. Avery at the Kerrville store several years ago and asked him about the 3 icons on his jewelry. He was very gracious and was a very talented man. I have enjoyed many James Avery pieces over the years. They continue to be beautifully made and symbolically meaningful. I cherish each piece I have received over the years. He will be very missed but his contribution to the world will live on for generations.
Marsha Lewis

A gift that enriched us all

My prayers are with Mr. Avery’s family. He was blessed by God with a gift that enriched us all.
Leslie Jones

Peace Be With The Avery Family

My sympathy goes to the Avery family, my daughter introduced me to his jewelry and she Love getting charms for her & her daughter bracelet , Peace Be With The Avery Family I can just imagine the history you’ll have.
Bonnie James

You will be missed

I can say no more and no less than Thank you Sir for being a man after God’s own heart. You will be missed.
Stephen Lawrenz

Your artistry is unsurpassed

Thank you for bringing much-needed light into this world. Your artistry is unsurpassed and your memory lives on in each piece. Prayers of comfort for your family.
Charlotte

What a loving and giving man he was

Will always remember Jim when I first met him and Estella at Morning Rotary. What a loving and giving man he was! He even went on a medical mission with us to Mexico. Always a bright spot in my memories of him!
Judy Hutcherson

Simple elegance

My first serious jewelry was from James Avery. I love your simple elegance and will always choose a James Avery design over all others.
Diane Askren

What a great family tradition

I just love my charm bracelet. My grandmother gave us charms every year for every gift giving occasion. Now my granddaughter wants to start her bracelet. What a great family tradition. So many wonderful memories tied to those beautiful charms. God bless Mr. James Avery’s family in this difficult time. He truly left a legacy.
Jackie

So sorry to hear

I have a charm bracelet full around 40 on my bracelet. That is the one jewelry store that is always on my list for my husband to pick me out something. So sorry to hear.
Judy Orlando

My condolences to the Avery Family

My condolences to the Avery Family. I have carried my sterling silver cross with me from the day I left for basic training back in 2011 to now on my deployment in Africa. That cross has travelled with me around the world. Once again my condolences to you.
Oscar J. Casas III

He was truly and amazing man

hi, my moms father was the first person that James Avery asked to work for him when he was still out of his garage. i’ve worn his jewelry since i can remember. he was truly and amazing man. praying for his family
Josie Guarino

Message with personal integrity

I brought my daughters’ purity rings from him and also have a bracelet that I will treasure even more. It’s so wonderful to see a man that leaves a mark on this world with a message that promotes God’s love, especially a man that lives out that message with personal integrity.
Diane McNeely

Appreciate the wonderful artistry

We were introduced to the lovely James Avery jewelry over 50 years ago, when my mother volunteered at our parish bookstore, Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Mom and Dad gave me the lovely “descending dove” for my 16th birthday, and we have given various beautiful crosses, charms, pocket pieces to family and friends over the years. We regret Mr. Avery’s passing but appreciate the wonderful artistry of his crafts people’s and his own designs. We extend deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Jean McCants Crockett

Respect and appreciation

My thoughts and prayers to the Avery family. I have nothing but respect and appreciation. So much beauty he blessed us with on earth, angels will know his beauty now. Peace.
Lori Coale

Such creativity

I am sorry for for your loss and the loss of such creativity.
Crystal Miller

"best" artist who fashioned my jewelry

My husband and I were honored to have met Mr. Avery at the opening of the Harker Heights store. We had a nice conversation and I took a few of my vintage pieces of James Avery jewelry to share with him. He said that was his "best" artist who fashioned my jewelry.
Ann Nichols

My Condolences

My Condolences to the family. You in my prayers. Thank you.
Annette South

You have brightened so many people with your beautiful designs

Mr. Avery, you have brightened so many people with your beautiful designs. My life has been brightened for over 60 years with your rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendents, charms and not to forget my husbands beautiful gold wedding ring as well as my beaded bands on either side of my ring. Blessings to your family and I am sure you are in heaven already.
Janice Knapp

Your Legacy shall resonate

Heaven couldn’t wait ...Your Legacy shall resonate. Earn Your Wings & May God continue to Bless your family.
Ereka Scales

His Christian art work has touched me and many others

I just read of his passing. I wear every day a retired piece that has a heart with a small cross on top ‘kinda’ enclosed with almost another heart. Almost every time I wear it someone comments. One lady said I’ll bet that is a James Avery piece and I live in California!! It was a gift from my daughter in law in Allen,Texas. Just wanted you to know how much his Christian art work has touched me and many others. He is resting in Gods love forevermore.
Margaret Dunn

May your vision live on

Thank you Mr Avery for your creativity. May you be at peace and may your vision live on.
Elva Hernandez

Thank you

Thank you for having the most beautiful rings I’ve ever seen. You made my boyfriends promise ring very special and I thank you very much for that.
Ruby Tijerina

I have enjoyed your jewelry

I have enjoyed your jewelry over so many years!! May you Rest In Peace
Nelda Hinojosa

He is truly a man of faith and his life proved it

He has earned his way to walk with the Angels! God Bless his family during this sad time and may we all rejoice in the wonderful life he had. He is truly a man of faith and his life proved it. He made his name in this world that shows true faith, hard work, determination and his generosity to all he knew and all who knew of him. May you Rest In Peace.
Angie

Beauty captured in every piece

My 38 year old son wore a James Avery box chain necklace with a #13 charm for the last 20 years - he never took it off. He passed away 3 months ago and had the necklace on when he passed. To remember my son the family is also purchasing a James Avery jewelry and will proudly wear the #13. Thank you for the remembrance, the craftsmanship, and the beauty captured in every piece.
Teena Edwards,Pflugerville TX

A well respected man with a big heart

I worked for you for 10 years. I even had the honor of meeting you once. You are a well respected man with a big heart. Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery. I will wear your jewelry proudly.
Eric Catilleja

Your beautiful jewelry is being worn all over the world

Just returned some retired James Avery jewelry that I was not wearing and exchanged for some gorgeous silver and turquoise earrings that I am wearing today. Thank you for putting your customer first! May you Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery, knowing that your beautiful jewelry is being worn all over the world
Becky De León

May you Rest In Peace

I bought my first piece of jewelry in Austin Tx. in 1973. It was the descending dove. I still have that today and all my other treasured Avery pieces. I just bought the Blessed charm and the John 3:16 charm. I try to get a new piece when I’m in Kerrville visiting my mother. May you Rest In Peace. My prayers are with your family.
Terry Gamblin

It said everything

I had learned about James Avery just after high school, in 1978. I received some from a friend and loved them. When I chose to be married, my only choice was the dogwood ring with the crosses between. It said everything. When I saw the message of his death, I fell to the floor. I hold only the best to his family and friends as he is now watching us, knowing we will join him.
Stephanie Wingerter

Such a long, productive life

All of my grandchildren received a James Avery cross of their choosing upon their baptism or confirmation. Doing this for them was very important to me. I have several pieces of James Avery jewelry and have given it for gifts. I am glad such a remarkable man had such a long, productive life.
Elizabeth Hare

Everyone should strive to leave this world with such a beautiful legacy

447 years ago my parents were about to graduate from Tarleton State University and get married. Mom was working at a camp for special needs children in Kerrville. Mom and Dad met with James Avery and he designed their rings himself. From what we know their rings are one of a kind rings. Inside the each ring is the old James Avery stamp that preceded the James Avery stamp that is used today. A year after they were married, my mom was water skiing and the lost her ring. They went back to James Avery and had him make mom another one. So her’s is 2 of a kind, the other one sitting at the bottom of Greenbelt Lake in Donley County. Due to my father’s arthritis he can no longer wear his ring. He took it to a jeweler to possibly see about having it re-sized. The jeweler advised him since this was a one of a kind and had the old James Avery stamp on the inside not to re-size it, he feared it would loose the integrity of the original ring. After 47 years of marriage, not being able to wear that ring broke his heart. I’m very fortunate to have such a wonderful example of a loving marriage and those rings will always be a reminder of that love and their amazing life together. Every Christmas I would get a piece of James Avery jewelry, that was the one present I looked forward to getting every year. My condolences. Everyone should strive to leave this world with such a beautiful legacy. RIP.
Amanda Land

Pray for peace and comfort

Rest in peace Mr. Avery. My first cross was from JA. I pray for peace and comfort for family and friends
Stacie Biar

Thanks for all that you made for us

Know you are now making beautiful jewelry for the angels! Thanks for all that you made for us! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
Susan Herrera

We mourn

How we mourn with your family the loss of your precious loved one. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. (Philippians 116:15) How the angels are rejoicing!
Mareaeric Campagna

He leaves a wonderful legacy

I am so very saddened to read this news. I received my first piece of JA jewelry in 1971 - the gold descending dove - and have l loved every piece I have received or bought. He leaves a wonderful legacy. His creativity inspires so many others.
Patricia Randolph

Find peace

I am so sorry to hear this sad news praying that the family will find peace in knowing that he is with the angels.
Mary Kuhn

Touched a lot of lives

Please except my heartfelt condolences on Mr. Avery’s death. I always loved Mr. Avery’s insight and creativity. His jewelry always was appropriate, beautiful, and touched a lot of lives. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on!!
Elizabeth C. Morgan

Always a dream

Praying for his family and it was always a dream to get his collection thank you
Linnea Tapia

His jewelry was timeless works of art

His jewelry was timeless works of art. I loved the meaning that was attached to each piece. I’ve been buying his jewelry for a long time and so has my family. God Bless him and his family. And from my family to yours, we send our deepest condolences.
Tanya Burk

With great sentimental pride

My husband bought me a promise ring when we were in college... Since then, I've always worn James Avery jewelry with great sentimental pride and love for the Christian faith. It means so much. Every piece you make is to glorify God because it is done to exceptional quality. I've tried to model my life around doing the absolute best I can always, too. We are so sad for your loss and rejoice that Mr. Avery is with The Lord. Bless you.
Christina

Thank you Mr Avery

Thank you Mr Avery for leaving behind a beautiful legacy
Sylvia Flores

His art helped me to regain my footing

After my mother passed away in 2013 I indulged in a beautiful James Avery ring which I still wear daily in her memory, it’s become a lovely talisman for me as I’ve learned to navigate without my anchor. My condolences to the family and community on the loss of a shining soul.
Lisa Stueve, Blairsville Ga

Treasure the memories

My deepest sympathy to the entire family of James Avery. While I do not know any of you personally, my fondness for the jewelry crafted by his company is nearly 10 years now! I have many wonderfully designed pieces that I wear daily! My daughter who was 10 years old when we moved to San Antonio grew up on James Avery jewelry that can be passed on to her future children. May Mr. Avery now Rest In Peace and his family treasure the memories that he leaves behind and the legacy he has left for all of them!
Kim Tsuruta

We will treasure our pieces always

I am so glad that my daughter introduced me to your work! She lives in Texas and it was several years ago that she showed me your amazing pieces. Ever since, she, my granddaughter, and grandson have always requested a piece of your jewelry for special occasions. You will be missed by many! Thank you for sharing with us your great talent! We will treasure our pieces always. My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Avery Family.
Jay

Greatly blessed

Prayers, Love and Condolences to the Avery Family. Our family has been greatly blessed by the James Avery creations. RIP
Jeanette Johnson

Comfort

I was 15 when my father passed away. The Rosebud Cross was given to me by a dear friend in the days that followed. I replaced the chain several times in the 10 years that I wore it daily. I then had it made into a keychain, accompanied by The Heart Remembers pendant given to me by my mom on the 1 year anniversary of his death. Those pieces have brought me comfort over the past 19 years. I hope the James Avery family finds comfort in their time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Megan Vosters

Always appreciated the care, artistry, and love

I bought my first piece of James Avery jewelry with my very first paycheck and have always appreciated the care, artistry, and love that his company puts into their little masterpieces. God bless Mr. Avery and his family during this difficult time. I offer my thanks and appreciation for all that he gave to this community.
Lizabeth Karaganis

Summer Church Camp Introduced Me to James Avery

It was my first summer attending confirmation camp in Kerrville that I discovered James Avery. Those butterfly earrings that also represented the camp’s logo were a valued treasure to me. They spurred an interest in his jewelry that has now taken me into my 40’s and a jewelry box full of gifts from others, and gifts to myself. Thank you for giving women like me many stories to tell about the wonderful pieces you have designed, but that also help tell our life stories.
Jen Dickson, Texas Native now thriving in Colorado

A kind and charitable man

My condolences to all the family and friends. To a kind and charitable man that lead a company with the up most respect towards every employee and guest. May the legacy of your hard work continue with our love one's and successor.
Gladiela Galvan

We have enjoyed your jewelry for years

Thank you so much for the joy and lifestyle we have enjoyed your jewelry for years it has been a family tradition during the special occasion to exchange gifts from James Avery. Our deepest condolences and prayers to you and yours.
Chris and Deborah Sellars

His jewelry is honored

I recently started my first charm bracelet. I already can't wait till my next piece of heaven from this fantastic man. His jewelry is honored with not only me but all my family including my 7 year old daughters new start on her charm bracelet. Thank You James Avery and Family.. He will always be remembered....
Becky Bennett

What a lovely legacy

My deepest condolences to the Avery family. What a lovely legacy for his family and the people who loved him and his beautiful craftsmanship. It’s an honor to wear such lovely jewelry and be apart of Mr. Avery’s legacy wearing creations inspired by him and the people around him. Thank you for creating something lasting and lovely that connects so many people across the world.
The Pipkin Family

A most wonderful legacy

What an amazing man and a most wonderful legacy he is leaving behind. I have loved his jewelry for many years and will continue to love it. God bless his sweet family
Shelley Perez

He will be missed by many people

I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. He will be missed by many people. Prayers going to his family
Jessica Lopez

So many memories

My condolences to the Avery Family. I have many pieces of his jewelry. My very first piece, I bought in a garage. A gold ring for 8 dollars. I was 16 and used babysitting money. That was 1971. My daughter was started as a baby on her baptism. So many memories. Thank you for your vision and artistry. Godspeed.
Robin Wetmore

Stand the test of time

So very sorry to hear of his passing. His awesome jewelry designs will stand the test of time. RIP James Avery . . .
Judi

Heartfelt meaning

I have multiple pieces of James Avery and they each have a heartfelt meaning for me. He made keeping my loved ones close possible on a whole new level. His jewelry holds so much meaning. My prayers and condolences to his family.
Chelsea Newman

My deepest condolences

May you experience God’s comfort and peace during this time. My deepest condolences. James Avery jewelry has been my staple for gifts to others because of the beautiful sentiment of each piece. And I have all of mine starting from the early 80’s. Thank you for sharing your talent and may the family and business continue to prosper.
Caroline Davis

Thank you for helping me create wonderful memories

Rest In Peace Mr Avery and thank you for helping me create wonderful memories with my Girls and their girls.
O. Barboza, San Antonio

He brought such joy and inspiration

He brought such joy and inspiration to so many……a legacy that will continue down through the generations for many years to come. My sympathies and sincerest condolences to the Avery family for their loss of such a remarkable man.
Jeannie Walker, Smyrna, GA

Rest in God's peace

Loved the jewelry and the heart behind the business. Rest in God's peace.
Dorothy Brooks

Many prayers and blessings

Thank you for creating jewelry that exemplifies the Christian spirit and values! I am a faithful customer for many many years-and appreciate the quality of all the products I know your family will continue to carry this quality on into the years to come! Many prayers and blessings to the entire family now and in the days ahead!
Pat Johnston

Cherished every moment

I’ve had the pleasure to be a customer of James Avery for more than 29 years, and I’ve had the extreme pleasure to work for this wonderful company/ family now for over 9 years. My first conversation with Mr. Avery was over dinner at the retail Store Managers Conference where we talked about business, family and even wine… I cherished every moment of that conversation and others so much! Those conversations with Mr. Avery left an indelible mark on my life. I’m so proud to be one of the many workers of the company and send my sincere condolences to the entire Avery family.
Carla Carter

I'm grateful

I just wanted to say I'm so sorry for your loss. I know he make a great impact on alot of people and our family is one of them. My aunt Mary Trujillo work the Hondo Texas. She had become ill and she passed. Y'all help my cousins so with help with her final experience. We have always been great to this company. I my kids have some pieces. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. May God be with you all in this time.
Nora Lawhorn

Thank you for your commitment

Thank you for your commitment to designing and creating beautiful Christian jewelry that allows us to share our faith through beautifully inspired pieces of jewelry. This will be only part of the Legacy that you leave behind. Prayers for your family at this sorrowful time
Anonymous

Your timeless treasures I’ll forever cherish

What a remarkable man of God. Your timeless treasures I’ll forever cherish. “Go rest high on that mountain.”
Lil Lingerfelt

A beautiful blessing

Thank you so much for helping us tie a memory to a charm. I got married, had babies, miscarried, buried my husband, got ordained, graduated for college, having a child graduate, one in band, one starting varsity football, and my memories are alive through a charm bracelet. It’s been a beautiful blessing. My condolences to the Avery family! From my beautiful family to yours.
Cynthia Mel Potter

He was an extrodinary man

My sincere condolences to the Avery family and Mrs Stella. Prayers to the family. He was an extrodinary man. I had the privilege to meet him while assigned to the Providence School Board.
Teresa Augustyniak

A kind and gentle man

I’ve been collecting James Avery Jewelry for close to 40 years. I met Mr. Avery once and remember him as a kind and gentle man. I’m sad to hear of his passing and I thank him for the beautiful art he gave us in his pieces. My deepest sympathies and condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace
Peggy McCurdy

Always in our hearts

Heaven gains a mighty man. Mr. James Avery will forever be with so very many of us as we wear our jewelry. Always in our hearts. Prayers of peace and comfort go out to the entire family, may you rest in knowing you will be together again.
The MacRae Family

Your legacy will forever live on

I am a proud James Avery employee and adore my James Avery family. The news we received of Mr. Avery’s passing is heartbreaking. His creativity on all of his pieces and passion for Christianity will forever live on in his work. I have been a lover of James Avery jewelry since I was 7 years old, now at the age of 45 I am now even more so. I’m proud to pass my love for James Avery jewelry on to my children, family, and friends who love it as much as I do. May Mr. Avery rest in peace and my sincere condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world Mr. Avery! Your legacy will forever live on!
Allison Carr, Allen, Texas

I'm one of his biggest fans

I'm one of his biggest fans. I was born the year he started I his garage. I have so must of his charms and jewelry. I enjoyed going to Kerrville to see were it all got started. It's the only jewelry that I get compliments on. So sorry of his passing.
Lou Thompson

Thank you for sharing your craft with so many

My deepest condolences to the Avery family. I have enjoyed receiving and giving pieces of Mr. Avery’s artistic and craftmanship to family and friends over the years. When I go to Kerrville, Texas, I always made a stop at the James Avery shop. Thank you for sharing your craft with so many. God Bless.
JoLynn Gisler

What more can be said

No matter what you had cross,crucifix ,ring everyone who saw it automatically knew it was James Avery. What more can be said.
Carl McNiel

I love every piece

Thank you Mr Avery, for all of your beautiful designs. Your jewelry is all I ever wear, and I love every piece I have.
Amanda Reichenbach, Pipe Creek, TX

His jewelry was so inspirational

I am so sorry to hear this. He was a lovely man and his jewelry was so inspirational. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mary Jo

Thankful for his dedication

So sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. I have had pieces of his jewelry since the 70’s. I am so thankful for his dedication to making Christian high quality jewelry. I have given many pieces for baptisms, graduations etc. May God comfort his family!
Robin Heitman

Condolences to The Avery Family

May James Avery Rest In Paradise. His pieces inspired my love for silver jewelry and now his jewelry is all my daughter or I wear. Much love to you all in your difficult time.
Christy

I am so sorry

I am so sorry to hear this prayers for the family and all who knew him!!!
Joannie Wainscott

Continuing his legacy

He sounds like a wonderful man! Living to 96 is quite something! I am very sorry for your loss. I have purchased quite a bit of jewelery. Just received the 14k hook bracelet among other 14k gold pieces. Very well made pieces even in the sterling silver. The prices are very affordable! I’m sure the family will make him proud on continuing his legacy. Thank you for letting me know of his passing. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery!
Denise Arvidson

Forever remembered through your spectacular art

Although you may be physically gone, you will be forever remembered through your spectacular art. You will live on in the hearts of many through your beautiful jewelry. May you rest in eternal peace and may God give strength and peace of mind to your family and all of your fans.
Noureen Ali

Prayers and sympathy

So saddened to hear of the passing of James Avery. My sister bought me my first piece of James Avery jewelry which I treasure. I also found happiness in purchasing special pieces of jewelry for family and friends. Prayers and sympathy for his family.
Susie Johnson

Many beautiful pieces

I’m sorry to hear of this loss. I have loved the jewelry. Mr Avery designed many, many beautiful pieces. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tina McMichael

Talented and loved man

The world has lost a very respected, talented and loved man, but God has gained a new Guardian Angel to help us follow Him. It is so difficult to loose someone that has influenced so many lives in positive ways. My prayers will be with you during this time. My daughter so loved working at one of the stores. It was the Christian values and sharing that with others. God Bless
Laurel Kayser

A wonderful man

What a wonderful man who inspired many young Christian girls who attended camp and visited his jewelry shops outside of Kerrville. I've been following him 45 years. May he rest in peace with his father. Condolences to his family.
Anonymous

Thank you for decades of beautiful design

I have loved James Avery jewelry since I was at Camp Waldemar and went to his small workshop to pick out a charm. that was about 1962....thank you for decades of beautiful design which many can enjoy for years to come.
Lynn Snyder Hooker

Condolences

We are sorry for your loss. Our family has purchased many James Avery pieces and love every one of them. We have been touched by the Christian inspiration that is evident in every piece that is created and sold. What a life lived by Mr. Avery! May God give your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.
The Mainor Family, Carrollton, Texas

May God bless you

May God bless you and your family during this season of sorrow. Your creative and beautiful family jewelry has meant so much to us.
The Walters Family

Beauty that will live forever

I am saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Avery and extend sincere sympathy to his family and friends. I wear this beautiful jewelry daily with pride and cherish its elegance and uniqueness. May it provide some measure of comfort to know that Mr. Avery created beauty that will live forever.
Beverly Boone

This mans craft touched my family’s life

There are no words to to explain how this mans craft touched my family’s life! We’ve used in celebration of good times and in remembrance of things left behind! I’ve followed this man for 20yrs!! Thank You Mr. Avery!!
Jeri Ferris

My heartfelt sympathy

Mr. Avery was a remarkable man. His jewelry has become a tradition and a "rite of passage" in my family for many, many generations. I honestly don't think I know one person that doesn't own a piece of James Avery Jewelry. I will think of him and the lives he has touched every time I wear my jewelry. My deepest sympathy for his family and business associates. May his legacy live on.
Shelly Kappelmann

Truly admired

Working for Mr. A was the best time & best company. I worked at the Ingram Park Store from 1993 - 2004. When we moved within the mall & had our grand opening, Mr. A arrived in the early afternoon, so no large crowd yet. My oldest daughter, who was probably 8 at that time, drew him a picture of a landscape. He truly admired that picture. He noticed her use of color, noticed how she used the negative space, he liked her choice of landscape and he gave her a lot of good feedback. He was really touched by the picture and encouraged her to continue with the art. Mr. A was that type of man, he appreciated his employees, appreciated all that he had in this company and even appreciated that little picture. My sincere condolences to his family, his extended family in his stores and friends.
Roni Wiggins

He is synonymous with the Texas Hill country

May James Avery’s memory be a blessing and may his legacy continue. His jewelry was a big part of my formative years in Texas and I continue to wear and enjoy James Avery creations. Still remember going to Kerrville especially to purchase charms. To me, he is synonymous with the Texas Hill country.
Julie Hilton Danan

Happy and kindly

I didn’t know him personally, but about 20 years ago I was looking for a store of his quality jewelry in my area (Maryland) and I called the number in Texas. He talked to me very happy and kindly and explained there none at the time. Anyway, I bought some charms and a Christmas brooch. I loved it when I got it and I am still a customer. As well, I have lost recently my mother and know how hard it is to lose someone dear and so special. I will add your family to my prayers.
Carolina Godinez

Remarkable and talented man

So sorry for the loss of James Avery, he was a remarkable and talented man. God Bless You All.
Irene Shooter

I'm truly sorry for your loss of this great man

I'm truly sorry for your loss of this great man. He will forever be remembered. I will always cherish my James Avery pieces. A friend of mine named her daughter Avery James because she loved the jewelry and the name on it. We to have lost someone, a grandmother today. We pray for all of you in this time.
Nicole

He will be greatly missed

It is with much sorry that I read of Mr. Avery’s passing. I, along with several members of my family, have pieces of his beautiful and meaningful art. I especially treasure my wing charm that represents my Mom who has passed and my charms for each of my great grandchildren. Peace and comfort for the family. He will be greatly missed.
Gary Lane

May he Rest In Peace

May he Rest In Peace. My sincere condolences to the family. I will keep them in my prayers for them to have peace.
Maricela Sosa

Beautiful and talented man

I am sad to hear of the man who has inspired so many through the past 60 years. We have memories have many memories of buying jewelry from his garage in the 50’s. May the Lord welcome this beautiful and talented man into His Kingdom today.
Margaret Dickens

Sincere condolences to his family

My first introduction to James Avery jewelry was when my husband and I married in 1989.. we are more silver people than gold, and our wedding bands purchased fit the bill wonderfully...over the years I have been fortunate to have been given several gifts bearing the name. I cherish them. Sincere condolences to his family...
Glo W.

May Perpetual Light shine on you

The Lord grant you Eternal Rest and Eternal Life. May Perpetual Light shine on you. Thank you for providing us with your special talent and inspirational pieces,Mr. Avery. I treasure mine God comfort your Family.
Kathleen Brestensky

May your legacy continue

Your jewelry has brought joy to people of all ages; pieces that have been given down through generations. The variety of designs meet everybody’s needs. Rest In Peace and May your legacy continue.
Laura Hernandez

Mr. Avery was an amazing man

Myself, my 5 daughters, my 3 granddaughters, and 2 of my grandsons all own James Avery jewelry. It is the only jewelry we buy or wear. Mr. Avery was an amazing man, kept his prices reasonable over the years, and always made sure his clients were always accommodated in a professional and friendly manner by his staff. We even bought my newborn granddaughter a bracelet the day she was born and 4 charms to put on it. Sadly she passed away 2 months later and we are going to pass her bracelet down, along with another bracelet, to her little sister that is due in June. Scarlett’s legacy shall live on as will Mr. Avery’s. May God bless the family and show them His presence among them as they weather this storm. May they seek shelter in the shadow of His mighty wings and find comfort and peace. Rest in peace Mr. Avery the angels are rejoicing at another saint coming home.
Sue Johnson

Sincere condolences

Sincere condolences to family and friends. RIP
MaryAnn Chastain

Remarkable

What an amazing legacy of faith to wear and share with jewelry. The pieces and story behind this brand are just remarkable. I will continue to wear and share this jewelry with my loved ones. Thank you for your devoted work to your art. May your family find comfort in the arms of the Lord
Claudia H. Gomez

I have had the pleasure of owning a piece of history

It is with my deepest condolences to you and your family. I have had the pleasure of owning a piece of history, and while jewelry is a very personal thing, I am so blessed to have worn these wonderful pieces of love and hard work. I hope you know how many lives you have touched. Thank you for your gift of love and life into such a personal item. May God bless you and your family
Kayleigh Mireles

Those were the good ole days

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember back in the 50’s when he worked out of his garage. I went there to buy Camp Arrowhead charms. At that time I think he had one for Kickapoo and one for Pawnees. Those were the good ole days.
Elizabeth Moore

Well done faithful servant

Thank you for sharing your God given talent through your jewelry creations that inspired Faith, Hope and Love. Well done faithful servant. May your family find peace and comfort in the memories that was created through the years.
Sylvia Rossett

He was such a talented man

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was such a talented man. I have many, many pieces that I have bought over many, many years, and I treasure them all.
Susan Powers

May his memory be a blessing

May his memory be a blessing to all family and friends.
Sherry Hager

Thoughts and prayers

Our thoughts and prayers for the entire James Avery family! His creations have brought solace to our family!
Deb Rohde

Thank you for your work and dedication

I am sorry for your loss to the Avery Family. But I thank you for your work and dedication. May the lord bless you all and give you strength during this time. Prayers to all the Avery family.
Martinez Family, San Antonio , TX

A Texas Treasure now in Heaven

Prayers and condolences to all who loved James Avery. He will be missed by family, friends and colleagues. The jewelry and the people at James Avery have been part of the fabric of my family’s life. Two weeks ago I gave my youngest granddaughter her butterfly necklace for First Communion. She waited patiently while the older granddaughters got theirs and it was the one thing that meant the most to her on that special day. From engagement rings and wedding rings to many spiritual based pieces, we will carry the memory of James Avery forward for generations to come. Thank you for being part of our journey. May you now rest in peace.
Nancy A. O’Gorman

Sadness

Heartfelt condolences for you and your family . Sadness.
Elvira Hernandez

Inspired by his presence

We as a family are so saddened by the loss of James Avery. When I was much younger, I received a beautiful piece of jewelry, which still is one of my favorite pieces. I loved the craftsmanship of each piece and the values of the company. I even named my daughter Avery, because I loved it so. We had the opportunity to go to Kerrville and received an autographed parchment poster from Mr Avery. It’s a treasured item of my daughters. We are sending our condolences and prayers to all those who loved and were inspired by his presence.
The Butlers

Forever grateful for his kindness and generosity

Upon learning of Mr. Avery’s passing, I posted the following tribute on my facebook page. He will be missed by many, never to be forgotten. He leaves behind a legacy of beautiful creations that will keep his spirit alive. “James Avery died today, at the age of 96. He was an amazing jeweler, but more impactful to my family, he was an amazing man. Back in 1992, soon after my brother’s death, my mom wrote a note to the company, asking if there was any way that they could access one of their previous styles that was no longer being made. She wished to purchase 10 or so of the Avery cross that Rob wore daily up until the day he died, so that she could share them with a few of his close friends, as well as family and any future grandchildren she might have. James Avery personally reached out to her by mail, with a handwritten note, expressing his condolences for the loss of her son, and empathy, as he explained that he, too, had lost a son way too young. He offered to make as many copies as she wanted, and also offered to open the vault to make more copies whenever she may want more in the future. He probably never knew just how much that small gesture meant to my mother in her grief. We were forever grateful for his kindness and generosity. Because of his generosity, my Dad still wears his cross every Sunday with his choir robe, and my 3 boys each have their own “Rob cross”. May you Rest In Peace, James Avery. What a good man you were” May God’s peace provide comfort to you in the difficult days ahead.
Lisa Victory, Atlanta, GA

Rest In Peace

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. I have several pieces of his jewelry and always treasure them. Rest In Peace!
Mary Weaver

Honored

I first learned about James Avery Jewelry in 1958 or 59 when as a teen-ager I went to Mo-Ranch, the Presbyterian Church Camp. (It was a wonderful experience!) In the dining hall there was a small cabinet with some of his jewelry there. I bought a small cross and wore it for many years. Some years later I was able to get one of the larger silver crosses, and it is still a favorite of mine. It’s strange that I was wondering about him not many weeks ago as I was looking at the James Avery website. He certainly honored our God Triune with his work.
Margaret, New Mexico

Kind compassionate man

May your soul rest in peace. You are a very kind compassionate man who will be missed dearly. Thank you for all that you gave to this world. I have several charms and bracelet from James Avery I cherish each and every one. May God Bless you and your family
Josie Martinez

Thanks for everything, JA

I got my first James Avery jewelry in 1968, at the age of 9, in the form of my Kickapoo tribal ring from Camp Arrowhead, and I treasured it! Each piece of James Avery jewelry I have owned or given to my son or daughter, mother, nieces, nephews -- they have all meant so much to us. The recipient would see the trademark box, and say, "Ohh..." in anticipation of a gift they would love, and that would remind them of summer camp, friends, family, Texas A&M, Jesus whenever they wore it. My nephew(and godson),Joseph, will have his confirmation at church next week, and I will be at our James Avery store this week, finding that special gift. Thanks for everything, JA.
Cynthia Fuller Frey

May Mr. Avery's legacy and Christian values carry on

My condolences to the Avery family. May Mr. Avery's legacy and Christian values carry on through his stores. May God bless and keep the family. Rest in paradise Mr. Avery.
Ashonka Bolden

Meaningful pieces of jewelry

Every piece of James Avery jewelry that I own has a very special moment and time when I received them as gifts from my husband and children. Thank you for creating meaningful pieces of jewelry that will stay in my heart forever. Rest In Peace James Avery
Edna Guadiana

Thank you Mr. Avery

Thank you Mr. Avery for playing a part in all of the most special occasions in the lives of my family. My daughter, granddaughters, sisters and I treasure our large collections of James Avery jewelry. Some of the highlights of my life have been marked by a special piece of James Avery jewelry!
Margo Martin

Thank you all your beautiful jewelry

Thank you all your beautiful jewelry over the years. Praying for his family and all his employees around the nation, during this time. God Bless
Caroline Uhrich

Your legacy lives on

Godspeed to you. Your legacy lives on! I will think of you and pray for you and your family.
Margo Crouch

Forever grateful

Thank you, Mr. Avery, for making beautiful art that will last through my lifetime, and even to the next generation, with symbols of Jesus Christ and life and love! Thank you for giving of your time, money, gifts, and talents to further HIS kingdom! Forever grateful!
Rachelle Crawford

This is a sad day

I am so sorry for your loss. I have worked for Mr. Avery and his family for over 10 Years. This is a sad day for our Q28 store. I pray for the Avery family and fellow Avery employees. Mr. Avery your will always be in our hearts. Rest in Peace.
Patricia Trotter

A life well-lived

May God continue to bless the work and craftsmanship of James Avery. His faith was borne out in his beautiful jewelry. Thanks be to God for a life well-lived and for a wonderful legacy left behind.
Sonya Marhenke

My condolences to the family

My condolences to the family. Bless their hearts and may he Rest In Peace.
Daniela Fernandez

He was a legend with vision

Sending prayers to the Avery family from Texas. I will wear my James Avery pieces with great love and honor in your memory! He was a legend with vision!
Deborah Truitt

He will forever have a place in our hearts

I was in one of his stores today. I am so very saddened by his passing. I can-never say enough great things about this man. He will forever have a place in our hearts . We the Grabowiecki Family offer our deepest condolences to the Avery Family. Rest In Peace Mr Avery.
The Grabowiecki Family

Heartbroken

I was heartbroken to read the email notification of James' passing. I only discovered this line about two years ago and have been an avid collector since. His jewelry is original, stylish, sassy and faith-based, which is something sadly lacking in the World today. I sincerely hope that the good folks at James Avery Jewelers continue his vision. Mr. Avery will be missed!
Susan Casper, Winston-Salem, NC

Forever in our hearts and jewelry boxes

Forever in our hearts and jewelry boxes. From my first piece to my last. Rest well........
Susan Sanchez

Mr. Avery will truly be missed

So sorry for the loss of Mr. Avery. My prayers and condolences for the family. Mr. Avery will truly be missed!
Jacqueline Jones

God bless you for the joy you brought to so many

I first learned of James Avery jewelry when I went away to college in 1975. Several girlfriends had his dove pendant. My first piece was an angel charm, and I have since collected many pieces -- all beautiful and with some meaning to me. A native Texan myself, his love of Texas, his faith and his family were evident and important to him. Also important was the value he placed on creating quality jewelry. I appreciated that he offered most of his pieces in both gold and silver, but especially loved that he made so much in sterling -- all of which will continue to be worn and enjoyed for years to come. And all as creative and unique as Mr. Avery. God bless you for the joy you brought to so many during your long life -- I know he welcomed you with open arms.
Allison, Dallas, TX

His work was magnificent

My thoughts are with all of you during this time! His work was magnificent! I love all my pieces.
Laurie Borcyk

What a beautiful craftsman he was

So sadden to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. What a beautiful craftsman he was. I have many James Avery pieces. They each hold a special memory in my life. Many prayers for his family and friends.
Tricia Shaw

Mr Avery will Always Be In My Heart

Mr Avery will Always Be In My Heart, and has been for over 35 years bringing joy to my family and friends with his beautiful silver jewelry. God Bless Mr. Avery, his family and friends.
Maurene Waterman Bencal

Peace and prayers

In the fall of 1962, shortly after I was born in Abilene, Texas. I received my first piece of James Avery jewelry. My father was associate rector at the Church of the Heavenly Rest (Episcopal) and my Godparents gave me a gold pear-shaped cut-out cross, which I still have and wear. The story went that James Avery was a member of the church and started out making jewelry in his garage, which quickly caught on with the parishioners and locals. I lost count of the many JA pieces in my collection, but wear at least one of them every day! Peace and prayers to the Avery family.
Diana Adams Nichols, Houston, Texas

May God be with your family

I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, I have a charm bracelet full of James Avery charms and it’s my favorite piece of jewelry because each piece means so much, may God be with your family and may Mr Avery RIP
Carolyn

Thank you for the legacy you leave

Thank you for adding something positive to the world. Thank you for the legacy you leave.
Nancy C. Lipham

I am honored to wear his beautiful jewelery

So saddened to hear of Mr. Avery's passing. My heartfelt condolences to the Avery family. I am honored to wear his beautiful jewelery.
Lisa Havlicek

Mr. Avery was always extremely kind and generous

Mr. Avery was always extremely kind and generous with his time. He joined us for a special Cat Paws program called Silver and Gold in the late 1990’s and was so gracious to all of us. He also created a Cat Paws charm for us. We will pray for his family.
Misslee

Prayers for all

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and many friends... prayers for all
Adriana Zapata

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery

Rest In Peace Mr. Avery. For years, your jewelry has been the only jewelry I've purchased, worn and given as gifts. Your contributions to art and beauty, as well as the world around us will never be forgotten or diminished. My thoughts will be with your family.
Pam Jones

May his vision live on

So sorry to hear of his passing. Such beautiful and artistic pieces that give tribute to Christian beliefs and bring joy to all who own them. May his vision live on. Love all the pieces I own and hope to own more Prayers to his family and friends
K. Verree Rodgers

You will be miss but we know that your work continues with God

To a wonderful person who in life was there for his family and friends and most of all his coworkers and the love of his work, if it was not for the store in San Antonio and other area we would not have the choices of products to enjoy for our family, again thank you for being there for us as customer to enjoy you will be miss but we know that your work continues with God in heaven and your life goes on. Thank you and God bless.
Ray Saenz

It was an honor to be a part of his daily life

I spent 14 years as his secretary. He made much possible for the people that were a part of the company. It was an honor to be a part of his daily life and his business. May he Rest In Peace, may his memory live on.
Marlene Pylate

Vaya Con Dios and Thank you

It is rare to find a man of such huge talent who continually honored the God who gave him that talent. It is rare to find a man with a vision of success that includes the success of everyone on his team. It is rare to find a man dedicated to his work who finds time to spend with his family. It is rare to find a man who cares deeply about absolute quality who understands human frailty. It is rare to find a man who rises to a high pinnacle few dream about but who reaches out to help others achieve their dreams. It is a rare privilege to have known you, Mr. Avery. Vaya Con Dios and Thank you.
Linda Lake

Thank you for all the wonderful creations

Condolences to the Avery family. Thank you for all the wonderful creations of jewelry throughout the years. James Avery jewelry is always a special gift to receive and cherish, just as much as he treasured the joy it brought to others.
Kennedy Family, San Antonio, Texas

Heartfelt prayers to the family

Heartfelt prayers to the family at the passing of their patriarch. I love all the pieces I've acquired over the years. Peace be with you.
Glynnis Davidson

Heaven has gained an amazing angel

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Heaven has gained an amazing angel.
Victoria Castro

He touched countless lives through his artistic talent

Our sincere condolences to the James Avery family. May in Rest In Peace knowing that he touched countless lives through his artistic talent. His spirit will forever be in our hearts and on our minds.
Valeri Olvera

Thank you for all you have created and inspired each and everyone of us

Heaven gained a true angel .. thank you for all you have created and inspired each and everyone of us. Sending prayers to the family.
Angela MacIntyre

Your work will live forever

I am saddened by your passing. My sincere condolences to your family. Your work will live forever. Rejoice in Heaven!!
Brunelda Avila

He will always be remembered

Sending prayers to family and friends, I love all pieces of James Avery , he will always be remembered
Stella Gonzales

A visionary before his time

I am so sorry to receive this most grievous news. My deepest condolences, Precious Family. Mr. Avery was indeed a visionary before his time.
Veronica Wissing

James Avery Rest In Peace

My prayers are with the family for their lost. My James Avery Rest In Peace.
Deborah Flores

In memoriam: James Avery

We're so sorry to hear of the loss of such a jeweler and designer. I grew up wearing James Avery and still own a ton of pieces I wear. Plus a new charm bracelet my kids will add on to for years to come. Thoughts to his family and work family!
Jennifer Brooks

Thank you James Avery

I have several pieces from charm bracelet to charms, and rings , and so does my daughter, when we get James Avery it bring a smile to our face. thank you James Avery. Rest in piece, your journey has been completed, Thank you your name will be forever.
Melinda Macias

What a great and creative servant of Christ

What a great and creative servant of Christ. As a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, well I remember the times he came and did lectures on Christian symbolism for us back in the ‘80s. I wear one of his Celtic crosses around my neck, and of course, a crosslet ring on my right hand……which is what all true Christians in Texas have as a part of their attire. I can picture Howard Butt welcoming him Home.
Ron Scates

Very sorry for the loss of your loved one

I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Though I did not meet him personally, I have had the pleasure of meeting his family through my visit to Kerville with Dillards. I manage the accessories area in Dillards Odessa and have found great pleasure in it. I love every aspect of it. You can literally feel the love that Mr. Avery and his family have incorporated into this company.
Randa LeDesma

He was such a gifted artist

So sorry to read of James Avery ‘s passing. He was such a gifted artist. Have worn his beautiful pieces since the late seventies; the designs & quality were always exquisite in every piece, small or large. And I always loved the little spiritual stories that used to be included in the James Avery boxes. I always felt his jewelry said a lot about the man.
Barbara Champagne

Thank you for blessing us with your creation and talent

Wow!!! I pray that his gentle soul rest in peace. He must have been a kind and compassionate man with a deep faith and family values. You can tell from all the pieces in the store. Thank you for blessing us with your creation and talent.
Grace Opaleye

May his memory be eternal

James Avery's beautiful works will always inspire the spirit because of the spirituality of his early work. Our family has always enjoyed gifting his lovely pieces to mark special moments. May his memory be eternal. Heartfelt condolences for his loved ones and employees.
Deborah Stanko

Your jewelry will live on

Thank you for your creations that have passed down generations. Your jewelry will live on
Sulema Tey

James Avery was an extremely artistic and precise jeweller

My thoughts are with the Avery family at this very sad time. James Avery was an extremely artistic and precise jeweller. I have several pieces he created and you can see my life in each piece. He will be missed so much RIP with the angels.
Madge Fuller

Thank you for being part of our lives

When our girls were young the first pieces of nice jewelry we bought them were JamesAvery pieces. They are now both in their 40's and have long passed them down to their children. Thank you for being part of our lives.'
C. Coonce

Beautiful jewelry with meaning

You made beautiful jewelry with meaning, I will cherish them. You will live on with the legacy you leave behind Mr. Avery. You will be missed. #peacelovejamesavery
Deepa G, Maine, USA

Rest easy

Thank you for giving us all a way to display our faith and display our Texas pride in such a beautiful way!!!! Rest easy, sir! A customer for life!!!!!!
Ashley Lewis

Thank you for giving me my most treasured piece of jewelry

Thank you for giving me my most treasured piece of jewelry (next to my wedding ring) …a St. Theresa Cross dangle ring. Thank you!
Mary McKinney

Beautiful pieces

I remember buying some beautiful pieces, mainly rings for my two teenage girls. I had a dove that I cherished but lost. May His family Rest In Peace i. The knowledge that He is with Jesus Christ and in Heaven
The McCormick Family

He will always have a special place in all of our hearts

We are so sorry to hear of James Avery's passing. As a family we have many of his pieces of jewelry. We cherish each and every one of them. He will always have a special place in all of our hearts. He will be missed by many people.
The McCormick Family

My prayers go out to the Avery family

I am from California and visiting my daughter here in Texas and have fallen in love with your jewelry. I was just picking up my last piece before I head back home and saw this email about Mr Avery’s passing. My prayers go out to the Avery family.
Lisa Happ, Temecula, California

The man who made this heavenly jewelry

My heart dropped when I saw the announcement that James Avery has passed. My prayers are with you all, blood and adopted family and friends. I fell in love with James Avery jewelry in high school and received my first piece - the PAX charm - from my boyfriend at the time. I would buy other pieces from our church. I've worn my Botonnee Cross and then added St. Christopher's medal shortly after that. I will turn 60 this year, so I guess that makes it almost 45 years. Over the years I've added a couple of pieces that I wear all of the time together. I have several pieces for other occasions. I love the designs, especially those by Mr. Avery. I felt very blessed to see Mr. Avery when I visited your Kerrville studio back in 1988. It was like visiting a candy store - soooo much beauty and inspiration and there was the man who made this heavenly jewelry! My father became interested in silversmithing and ended up taking classes out in St. George, UT. I know it's because of the inspiration of James Avery. I pray that you and your company will continue to inspire others as you have my family and me.
Joanie Boyd

Condolences

What an inspiration you have been to everyone who has heard your life story. God bless you for all you have given to us. You will be missed. May the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your family during this time of remembrance.
Barbara Cox, Kerrville, Texas

RIP Mr. Avery

Although I didn't know you personally, your work I love so much. We all want to leave something positive behind when leave this earth. Through his jewelry he has done just that. The jewelry from the company he started brings me joy when I am happy or lifts me up when I am in doubt. For that I thank you
Liza

To the family & employees of Mr. Avery

I was very saddened to read of the death of James Avery today. What I appreciate most about his work is that he never forgot to honor our Lord in the lasting pieces designed by him and by his designers. The world is a better place because he was here, and now Heaven will be too!
Gail Tarsinos, Houston, Texas

Texas heart, Texas pride and a Texas-sized faith

James Avery to me is Synonymous with Texas. Texas heart, Texas pride and a Texas-sized faith. I received my first James Avery charm in high school back in the ‘80s, and I’ve been collecting ever since. I could not wait to give my daughter her first charm bracelet, and I’m looking forward to giving my second daughter hers when she turns 16. My prayers are with Mr. Avery’s family and workers. Their pieces are a huge part of my life and commemorate most, if not all, of the important milestones in my life.
Angela Campos-Nussberger

Thank you for the beauty you added to the world

I have always loved and cherished his jewelry and have several pieces. I was also honored to have James Avery as my very first employer at Memorial City Mall in Houston Texas. Thank you for the beauty you added to the world.
Tracy

Rest in paradise James

So sad to hear. Thank you for making some of the best rings, charms, necklaces, everything! My condolences to his family. Rest in paradise James
Alea

My condolences

My condolences. Such beautiful jewelry art was created for us to enjoy.
Becky O.

We will certainly miss him

I was deeply saddened when I learned of James Avery's passing! What an artistic and humble man he was. His jewelry was beautiful in its simplicity and sentiment. I was introduced to the James Avery line in 1982, by some family members in both Oklahoma and Texas, and have been purchasing annually ever since that time. What a joy that has been. We will certainly miss him, but can rejoice in knowing that he is now living in complete peace and that he has left a loving and lasting impression with us all. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Barbara

My sincere condolences

My sincere condolences and prayers for comfort to the Avery Family. I Love my James Avery jewelry and will cherish it always.
Liz Chapman

Your art will be carried on for a forever

My thoughts and prayers are with family in there time of grieving. May God show you his guiding light... Mr Avery was a remarkable man and he took time to show his patience and his amazing love in his work of art that so many of us enjoy wearing, giving his creations of art so that we could share with our loved ones to show how much they were love for just show our appreciation or accomplishments and wanted to have them to have a piece of James Avery to sit around the table and share stories about how we got our piece. Mr Avery also listen to his customer and created some amazing piece. Thank you for all that you have given my family. You will be miss deeply.. may you rest in peace. Your art will be carried on for a forever....
Kimberly Long, Abilene Tx

A true talent and artist

A true talent and artist. Condolences to family and friends. What a legacy of beauty he left us all!
Benny Lawrence

A wonderful legacy

My condolences to the Avery family. The craftsmanship is so amazing and every year I look forward to something new. My daughter always looks forward to Christmas because her stocking contains something small and special from your collection. Thank you for leaving behind such a wonderful legacy and lasting memories. Peace be with you all. Prayers for comfort during these days. Blessings to all.
Trevino family

Thank you for your artistry and amazing work

I will cherish and love my charm bracelet even more now. I just purchased one for my daughter along with her first charms a couple weeks back. She is now part of the James Avery charm bracelet tradition. Thank you for your artistry and amazing work.
Dianna Ramirez

Thank you for a lifetime of beautiful jewelry

Thank you for a lifetime of beautiful jewelry. Only yesterday I gave a new Graduate one of your Eternity bracelets. Rest In Peace, with much sympathy.
Lucy Nagle Record

You will be greatly missed

Thank you for bringing beauty and joy to our life. You will be greatly missed.
Sequetta B.

Mr. Avery a true Texan from the heart

I received my first James Avery cross in March of 1973. It was a gift purchased at the Hallmark store on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas. It was a large silver cross with a large chain I collected ear rings, charms, necklaces, ornaments and many other pieces. Sadly, I lost a large number of pieces due to a burglary. I was wearing the first cross mentioned above and so, it was not taken. I always considered Mr. Avery a true Texan from the heart of Texas. He, along with the painter, G. Harvey, the sons of Texas. Both men brought the spirit of God and the spirit of Texas, along with love of family to all of us. They always brought us home thru the jewelry and the paintings.
Janet Breedlove

Remarkable treasures

Rest in Peace Mr. Avery. The legacies of your lovely jewelry and your even lovelier family are remarkable treasures for us all. With deepest sympathy and Love
Brenda Hughes

Rest in heavenly peace

I just found out about this man’s amazing work and now he’s gone. Rest in heavenly peace.
Iddie Bartley

You are an amazing man inside and out

We have never met in person, you are an amazing man inside and out. You will be dearly missed by all who've you touched throughout your life. I have several pieces that my daughter got for me and I will cherish every piece and continue to add to my James Avery pieces. Prayers to the whole Avery family and friends.
Kristy Cain

May he Rest In Peace

Love his jewelry and so sorry to hear!! May he Rest In Peace!!
Ellyn Domec

Prayers for all during this difficult time

I send my condolences to the entire Avery family. Prayers for all during this difficult time.
Monica Zimmerman

I feel like Mr. Avery has been a part of my entire life

I have been a James Avery customer since I attended Kamp Kickapoo when I was 10. I still have have my original camp charm bracelet. What a privilege it always was to visit the original James Avery in Kerrville after summer camp. It is still a pleasure today to visit a store, having received a cross for my 50th birthday! I feel like Mr. Avery has been a part of my entire life. He will be missed. Sympathy to the family, and workers.
Holly Bohmfalk

Proud to be part of such a legacy

I’ve had the great pleasure and fortune to work with the company for the past three years. I started as part-time, but even after I had to leave to pursue my educational and career goals, I returned as a seasonal because I love the company and its products so much. I’ve been able to work at a few locations. One of these was at the Alamo Quarry, where I was able to go on a tour of the company in Kerrville and expand my passion and insight into this amazing company that James Avery built to reflect his values and pure craftsmanship. I am proud to be able to reflect his legacy in his stores and provide customers with the simple and beautiful designs he envisioned. My condolences go out to the Avery family. He will be greatly missed.
Dru Michelle Sanchez

Thinking of his family and all the employees

This news makes me sad as James Avery Jewelry has been a part of my life since I was a very young girl back in the 60s. I still have every piece of JA jewelry that was given to me or that I have purchased and each and every piece brings a special memory that I keep close to my heart. I would have been honored to have met Mr. Avery – thinking of his family and all the employees.
Kris Gentry

He touched our hearts in so many ways

Sadness fills our hearts today after hearing the passing of Mr. Avery but we also are truly blessed and inspired by his legacy he leaves behind. He touched our hearts in so many ways with his vision, knowledge, and compassion for not only just making jewelry, but challenging each of us to do our best and be our best whatever we choose to follow and do. I can say without a doubt he taught me a thing or two. He was instrumental in 1967 giving me a chance at life when I was an abandoned child at the age of 11. His love for young people never changed throughout the years that followed as he supported children and young adults in fulfilling their dreams. A giant of a man, sometimes with rough edges, but carried a gentle heart. I just want to say Chris and Paul that I share your loss and pray for comfort and peace in the days ahead for you and your families. We give thanks to God for giving us Mr. Avery for 96 years and celebrate in remembrance of his life.
Cecil Arnold

He will be sorely missed

My family has loved James Avery's jewelry since 1972....and we still have the pieces. I moved to Blanco, Texas in 1995 and found that everyone wore them. I got more! I moved back to West Virginia and I have things only people from Texas know. He will be sorely missed.
Deb Tuttle

Mr. Avery will truly be missed

What true joy he has brought my family and friends over the years with such breathtaking jewelry. Mr. Avery will truly be missed. Prayers to all of those he loved and held dear, and to the James Avery jewelry family.
Joni Fejes

You will always be remembered

I remember receiving my first charm bracelet as a girl. Every charm I own has special meaning behind hit or a memory. Thirty years later, I now give my daughters charms that have our own special memories. You will always be remembered. #Texaslegend
Julia Beiser

My condolences to the family

My condolences to the family. Bless their hearts and may he Rest In Peace.
Maria Ocampo

He was a generous man and he will be missed

I was lucky enough to be an employee of James Avery for my college years. He was a generous man and he will be missed. RIP
Andrea R.

His name will live on forever

His name will live on forever. May he Rest in Peace and may he know how much happiness he brought to millions of people around the world.
Margaret Garcia

James Avery Is a Texas Legend Whose Contributions to Our State Will Live on

“James Avery is a Texas legend whose contributions to our state will live on, both through the jewelry he crafted for countless of proud Texans across our state and beyond, and the investments he made in the Kerrville, San Antonio, and greater Texas areas across six decades of leadership in the Texas business community. “Avery served our nation in World War II as a U.S. Air Force pilot, commanding a B-26 bomber and surviving 44 missions over Nazi Germany. He returned home, settling in Kerrville, to raise his family and start a business whose brand has become as engrained in the fabric of our state’s heritage as Dr Pepper or Lucchese boots. It is because of Texans like him that the Lone Star State is known across America and around the world for its friendly determination, deep-seated faith, persevering grit, and pioneering spirit. He will be sorely missed and forever remembered, and Heidi and I join his family, his employees, and the Kerrville community in celebrating his life of accomplishment.”
Sen. Ted Cruz

In memory of Mr. Avery

It has been, and will continue to be, an honor to work for the outstanding company created by Mr. Avery. He leaves behind an incredible legacy that will continue to be seen on a daily basis through the classic, stylish, fun and stunning jewelry items created under his lead. I will always be proud to wear James Avery jewelry, just as millions have done for over 60 years! It was also a great honor to meet Mr. Avery briefly, and shake his hand, when visiting the beautiful James Avery company headquarters in Kerrville a few years ago. Prayers to the Avery brothers and the entire Avery family during this time. God bless and may he Rest In Peace.
Pam Lewis

May he Rest in Peace

So sorry to hear Mr. Avery has passed away! I have worn jewelry designed by him since I was little! May he Rest in Peace!
Susan Peterson

He will be missed by many

I’ve known James Avery and his wonderful family since he came to Kerrville. I’m very saddened to hear of his passing, he will be missed by many. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be his friend. My love and prayers for his family and all those who knew him personally. Thanks James, for all you did for this community.
Carol Roberts Woerner

My condolences to his family

I am so very sorry for the loss of Mr Avery. Sadly I did not have the pleasure of meeting him but I've been to the Kerrville and Fredericksburg stores and have shopped on line. I happily have many James Avery treasures. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory! My condolences to his family!
Spotswood Shotton, Breckenridge, CO

The end of an era

Having grown up with the brand and the legend, James Avery is an indelible part of Texas history, and by association, my personal history. From Galveston to Gainesville and Orange to Odessa, and now a world beyond, I see James Avery jewelry worn as a testament to experience, to faith and to the sheer beauty of design. While I never had the good fortune to meet Mr. Avery, I am honored by the opportunity to work for his business and family today. A remarkable man and remarkable life. Rest in peace.
Curt Craighead

He didn’t just create jewelry, he created art

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. James Avery … I hope his family and his employees know that he didn’t just create jewelry, he created art… and with that art, beautiful memories were created and moments remembered. I lost my son to SIDS when he was 2 ½ months old, and one of my most treasured gifts is my charm bracelet that my mother & grandmother got me. It includes perfect little charms that remind me of my son… the little boy’s booties, the typewriter letter “b”, a heart with 2016 in the center, a cross and a pair of angel wings. I later added the charm that says “You are always in my heart” and engraved his beautiful little name and birthdate on the back. That sweet bracelet means so much to me, and those charms are a constant reminder of the love I have for my little boy! May God give you all peace in the coming days.
Kristin Lazenby

Love all his hard work

So sorry for your loss. I love everything James Avery stands for and what it is! I only wear jewelry from here. Love love love all his hard work! May he Rest In Peace and peace for all his family.
Sarah Torres

James Avery will always have a special place in my heart

Aww.. James Avery will always have a special place in my heart. A kind woman sold the jewelry at our church when I was young (Late 60’s/Early 70’s). I have many, many pieces in my jewelry collection that I prize. Such quality and beauty. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. James Avery at the store in Overland Park, KS and I have his autograph on a poster. He was so kind. Please continue to an awesome legacy to the work he has created! May God comfort and give peace to all who mourn his passing.
Emily Duensing

Sending prayers and comfort

I'm so very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. I loved his company, his values, and the morals for which company upheld. Sending prayers and comfort to his family, friends, and employees.
Jodie Whittle

My most cherished jewelry

Just today I had my third James Avery baby shoe soldered on my charm bracelet. James Avery charms I mothers day gifts are my most cherished jewelry. My husband worked your Kerrville as a teenager so we visited his first shop there
Cece Holt, Salt Lake City

Such Talent

I get compliments on my jewelry all the time. So sad to hear of Mr Avery's passing. Such talent. My condolences to the Avery family Rest in peace Mr Avery!
Shayli Wheeler

Thank you for all that you have done

condolences being sent to a very talented human being thank you for all that you have done do not know you personally but you have made my grand children very happy with your products prayers for the family
Kathy Reasor

We have loved his beautiful charms and designs

I am so sorry for your loss. Our family will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. We have loved his beautiful charms and designs from the day he opened and the love he put into them. God bless
Kathy Reasor

We have lost a good man

Mr Avery was such a talented, kind, considerate, and caring man. We have lost a good man. My God give the family and all of his followers peace and comfort. I will never forget the custom charms he made for me. I had the pleasure of visiting with him at his store in Kerrville. God bless you at this sad time.
Carrol Nokes

Praise God for the gift of Mr. Avery

Praise God for the gift of Mr. Avery! May his soul rest in the loving arms of Our Lord and his Blessed Mother!
Cal

May the Lord keep you

God bless you Mr. Avery. You created such beautiful work. I loved shopping at your stores and online also. May the Lord keep you. Amen
Elvira Martinez

I remember his first pieces of jewelry

I spent my summers in Kerrville and I remember his first pieces of jewelry. They were bracelets from the various camps, my grandparents took me to his studio to watch him make earrings. I still own many pieces and will pass them down to my granddaughters. His jewelry is still beautiful, and has evolved over time.
Sydney Berg

What a Legacy

What a Legacy…I have loved James Avery Jewelry since I was in high school in the 1970’s. I can’t imagine my jewelry box without James Avery Jewelry in it. This may has made such an impression on so many lives…my most since condolences to his family and those who have worked with him closely. You are all loved and revered. God Bless You all.
Diane L. Davis

Thanks for all you did and inspired

He was a man after God’s own heart!! thanks for all you did and inspired!
Anncoise Jarbeaux

What an inspirational man

This is sad news. What an inspirational man. My thoughts are with his family. Mr. Avery left his mark for sure. James Avery jewelry has been my favorite for many years.
Kathy

He will be missed

What a wonderful man , who brought so much joy to many , he will be missed
Steve Casares

God bless him

So sorry to hear about Mr. Avery . God bless him. He is in my prayers. RIP. Praying for all the family.
Anonymous

God has blessed us with a thoughtful and faithful servant

God has blessed us with a thoughtful and faithful servant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of a remarkable man. His legacy to us is our many beautiful and wonderful crosses we have purchased; and shared with our family and friends for over the last fifty five years.
William and Ramona Buerger, A Texas family now sharing your loss in Arizona

Thank you so much

Thank you so much for all the lovely jewelry designs over the years ! Proud to wear them. Rest In Peace!!
Elizabeth LeGette

May God receive him in his loving arms in Heaven

May Mr James Avery RIP. His jewelry is an inspiration and trademark for many generations to come. May God receive him in his loving arms in Heaven.
Maria A. Rocha

My prayers are with his family and closest friends

My prayers are with his family and closest friends. May God give them the peace and comfort that is so much needed at this time. I did not know him personally but know that many people admired and wear his jewelry. My daughter and my granddaughter love receiving his charms for their much loved charm bracelets. I have promised my four granddaughters that when they turn 13 they will receive their bracelet. The last two cannot wait until that day One of them tries to convince me that she should have hers before that age.
Sylvia Hernandez

May he rest in peace

I salute Mr. Avery and his belief in creating a wonderful company with faith-based values. May he rest in peace.
Kathy Chessher

He was one of a kind

What a awesome LEGACY Mr. Avery leaves behind. He was one of a kind. As a child, I remember all the wonderful comments my family (who were employed by him) used to say. After I met Him, I realized that everything was true. He WAS truly a genuine, kind and generous man. The Pereda’s send our condolences to the Avery family.
Jodi Pereda

Prayers for his family

I’m so sorry to hear this. I have many pieces of his jewelry I cherish. Some of the pieces I wear every day. Prayers for his family.
Louise Ingram

I recall being mesmerized by the beautiful silver pieces

I am so saddened to hear about the loss of this warm kind man. In 1977, I was a camp counselor in Kerrville. Some of the girls excitedly invited me to join them because they were going to go see James Avery! I recall being mesmerized by the beautiful silver pieces . That same feeling has continued over the years and my husband of 35 years knows that I will enjoy any piece of jewelry that he buys there as a gift. The little cross I purchased then was always a joy and I passed it on to my godchild. God bless your family.
Anna Pedroza

Well done faithful servant

When a person listens to God’s whispering, then designs a piece of jewelry that transcends the love, joy, peace, hope, and eternal life God’s love provides, I think that is the meaning of surrendering your life to live like Christ. That piece of jewelry is not just an outward symbol to others but a reminder to the wearer’s heart and soul of the love God sent to us. That’s is how it is for me wearing my Jerusalem cross every day since I bought it many years ago. At the time life was hard and it got harder but scraping enough money to buy Mr. Avery’s cross and wearing it at all times has been a constant reminder of who I belong to, who is in control and whose love is never failing - God. Thank you Mr. Avery for creating jewelry that has a way of connecting us to our Heavenly Father in a very special way. Well done faithful servant.
Ardis Hammock

He left the world a better place

What an amazing testimony this man shared with the world....”absent from the body, present with the Lord”...2 Corinthians 5:8. He left the world a better place.
Anonymous

A remarkable man and a true gentleman

My goodness a profound loss. I have enjoyed his jewelry for years for myself and many, many gifts. A remarkable man and a true gentleman. He will be truly missed. I sincerely hope that his business will continue and in the manner and style that it is presently. I pray for His peace and comfort for the family. Thank you very much for letting us know of his passing.
Barbara Jean Lauratis

I will always were his jewelry with pride

My deepest condolences to the James Avery Family. I will always were his jewelry with pride.
Kathy Cadena

His legacy will continue

We met Mr Avery many years ago in his Kerrville store. We were privileged to sit in his office and talk with him about his business. He was in his 70s at that time bit the light in his eyes still were filled with joy about his business. My daughter was just a young teen at that time. I collected many beautiful pieces over the years and will always remember him and his kindness. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. His legacy will continue. Rest in peace Mr Avery.
Katherine Prados

Thank you for enriching us all

Blessings to all in the James Avery family and company. I have made all the ladies in my life happier by sharing your collection with them. My Mom, wife, daughter, and sisters, all LOVE James Avery! Thank you for enriching us all!
MT

He has left me and thousands with his great legacy

I grew up with James Avery jewels and it is a beautiful tribute to a man who was devoted to family, country and plain ordinary folks like me. He has left me and thousands with his great legacy. My deepest condolences and prayers for his family.
Carol Martin

An inspiring man

To an inspiring man who changed the jewelry world and who gave us all love, creativity, and art through his work.
Natalie C. Villarreal

You'll never be forgotten

Amazing man, with an amazing life. You'll never be forgotten.
The Ford Family

I truly feel a sense of loss

As I sit here wearing my first JA piece purchased in the 1970’s, I truly feel a sense of loss at hearing of the passing of Mr. Avery. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Jennifer Betz

You could tell each item was created for a reason

I can remember my very first ring I got from James Avery when I was in H.S.-a garnet claddagh ring. It remains one of my favorite pieces to this day. My mom and I enjoyed shopping at James Avery before she died and I inherited all of her jewelry from James Avery-there is a significane for each piece from the store. We love the Christian meaning behind the jewelry pieces/sets and you could tell each item was created for a reason-to spread the Gospel or to show others that they are important and are loved by God. We will miss James Avery but we know his memory will always be lived on forever through his love for God.
Shannon Reese

You'll Be Missed Mr. Avery

You'll Be Missed Mr. Avery not just for your many talents but for the great loving person you were and will continue to be for those close to your heart
Rosa Becerra

Given strength and encouragement to those who struggle

Always have given strength and encouragement to those who struggle but still believe in Faith! Thru your talent.. May your soul be blessed!

Thank you, James Avery, for bringing such beauty to this world

Our condolences to the Avery family. Thank you, James Avery , for bringing such beauty to this world. Every piece of jewelry you created, has wonderful memories for so many.
Sherry Benz

Mr. Avery was such a sweet person

First and foremost my absolute deepest condolences to the Avery family. My heart aches for the loss but yet gives praises to know that he definitely was welcomed into paradise. I had the blessed opportunity to work for The JA company for 9 years and during those 9 years I was blessed to meet him and his sons several times. Mr. Avery was such a sweet person who when in his presence one couldn’t help but feel happy to have conversations of how he started his company and how he came up with his first designs. His passion for his work and what his company stands for is what made me the most proud to work for the James Avery name. Prayers are with his family and all those who were blessed to know Mr. Avery. Praying that his life continue to shine bright through the James Avery stores.
Anita M Huizar

. Heaven has gained another extraordinary angel

Thank you for all the beautiful pieces of Christian art. God bless your family in this time of great loss. Heaven has gained another extraordinary angel.
Mary Haffeley

His work is remarkable

I am so sad to hear of James Avery’s passing. I have so many pieces of his work that I will cherish always. His work is remarkable. He will be missed.
Dana Prather

God bless and keep you close, Mr. Avery

I learned of James Avery through my work at Texas Lion’s Camp. There was a beautiful charm we could purchase that depicted a child with a crutch and a lion. I started a bracelet and added a charm (or 2) every summer each year I spent a week at TLC. It has become a true story of my diabetes nurse career. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and extend my sympathies to his family, friends and employees. God bless and keep you close, Mr. Avery.
Phyllis Secraw

I send you my deepest condolences

I send you my deepest condolences to the entire Avery family. I didn’t have the opportunity to personally meet Mr. James Avery, but I have heard nothing but wonderful stories of Mr. Avery from my coworkers of what an amazing person he was. I haven’t been with the company that long, but for the small amount of time that I have been with the company I can agree of what a wonderful person he, and the entire family must be. I am great full for this company and the wonderful man that helped, and continues to help provide for me, and my family. I am just saddened that I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. Again my sincere condolences to you.
Eda Castillo

May he rest in paradise

Prayers for Mr. Avery's family and friends. And what a beautiful legacy he has created to always be remembered by. May he rest in paradise.
Morgan Nasta

Your awesome jewelry has brought much excitement and happiness

This is such sad news. Mr. James Avery may you rest in peace sir. Your awesome jewelry has brought much excitement and happiness to my life and the countless other friends and family members. Prayers for the Avery family.
Beverly Brewer

Mr. Avery touched as many lives as there are stars in the sky

I began wearing James Avery jewelry when I was 13 yrs. old when I FINALLY was allowed to get my ears pierced. For 45 years I have enjoyed the designs both in wearing and giving presents to those I hold dear. Several years ago my husband worked the hunting season down in Kerrville and I would drive down from our home town of McAlester, Ok., to spend Thanksgiving with him. On one of these trips I actually drove out to the James Avery store and took a little tour I really enjoyed seeing where designs are made and given life. Mr. Avery touched as many lives as there are stars in the sky. I pray for peace and comfort for all who loved this wonderful man.
Teresa Durant

God bless this great artist

God bless this great artist! He shall be missed as well as his personal art in jewelry! Prayers to the family!
Mary Ann Atkins

Each piece that I wear will now mean even more to me

So very sorry for your loss. His jewelry was, and continues to be, elegant and innovative. Each piece that I wear will now mean even more to me.
Michèle Higgins

Mr. Avery will be missed for his creativity and generosity

Thoughts and prayers for you all. I treasure my bracelet and charms. I will continue to add to my collection and that of the people who I have also started with their own bracelets. Mr. Avery will be missed for his creativity and generosity. God Bless you all.
Pam & Tripp Smith

God bless and keep you James Avery

Oh! I am saddened to read this. My collection of James Avery crosses is very special to me. And earrings too. All favorites I reach for daily. But the one piece that never leaves my hand is the gold Holy Spirit ring. It stays on regardless as a constant reminder of Who is with me and guiding me. God bless and keep you James Avery. You left a huge footprint to fill.
Lyn Schloemer

Your creative expressions are family heirlooms

Thank you for allowing me to quietly share my faith in such a beautiful eloquent way. Your creative expressions are family heirlooms that will be cherished for generations. Rest in peace and may God comfort your family during this sad time.
Shawna Morris

He made it really feel like a family company

A wonderful organization to work for James Avery was my first job in High School , to me as a 16 yr old it was my dream job . I started in 1987 as a junior working part time after I graduated I became a Senior Sales Associate and have so many memories working for the company . I stayed until 1994 and was very grateful to have been given the opportunity. Mr Avery use to come to the store and visit frequently and knew all of us by name when he walked in , he made it really feel like a family company . My sincere condolences to his family but knowing the legacy he left here in Texas he will never be forgotten.
Michelle Ferris

James Avery was a legend in his own time

My deepest condolences for the Avery family. James Avery was a legend in his own time creating lifetime pieces of jewelry that touched the hearts of millions of people. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind and I am blessed and fortunate to own many of his pieces that he created. May his legacy continue to all future generations and continue to touch the hearts of many. God bless you James Avery and may you rest peacefully in the heavens above.
Michelle R. Williams

I know the tradition will continue and God Bless

Just want to say my thoughts & prayers are with the family. Our family has supported Mr. Avery since the sixties and have always admired his work. I know the tradition will continue and God Bless.
The Swofford Family

Thank you, Mr. Avery

Thank you, Mr. Avery, for all of your past articles of love and faith that I have been able to give to others, and for my own cross, which meant something special to me personally. Your works of art will be missed. Rest in Peace, Sir!
Zeke Durean III

I have every charm that will fit on my bracelet

So Many James Avery Pieces! I have been collecting James Avery charms and jewely since beginning as a camper at Waldemar in 1972! I have every charm that will fit on my bracelet. My family is also a fan of his silver Christmas ornament and they are noted on the outside of each of my boxes who gave it to me and the date. When my mother died, my 3 sisters and I had a very friendly “fight” over who would receive the discontinued ornaments. I will and I do cherish these always. James Avery is an institution and the man a great artist. My deepest sympathy to the family. Love and Hugs!
Anne Randall Douglas

A magnificent and very talented man

Truly awe inspiring and loved! Will be missed with great sorrow! A magnificent and very talented man!!
Jeffrey W Hiser II

Prayers for the family in their time of need

Prayers for Mr.Avery and family to a safe passage and after life. Prayers for the family in their time of need.
Claudia Loredo-Sandoval

It is an honor to wear your pieces of jewelry

I love and cherish each piece of artwork I carry on my bracelet. It is an honor to wear your pieces of jewelry that your hands created. I use them to keep memories of loved ones who have passed alive. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery.
Clarissa Gonzalez-Wiggs

Rest in peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

My family always loved his jewelry but I have worn a simple “silver cross” ring, he was obviously a Christian and his ring reminds me of the man I am supposed to be and of the great man in Christ that is obviously was. Rest in peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Bobby Wright

What a legacy Mr. Avery leaves

What a legacy Mr. Avery leaves. You will always be loved, cherished and remembered! God’s Grace and Mercy... Much love to The Avery Family and Friends...
Lisa Lockett & Family

Love, blessings & prayers for the family

Love, blessings & prayers for the family of James Avery in the death of James Avery. His love of the entire Family of God will long be remembered through his craftsmanship of jewelry in Christian symbols. Thanks be to God for his life & witness to the love of God for all.
The James E. Strickland family, Hermitage, Tennessee

What a true honest loving talent

What a true honest loving talent. I gave my Sister an James Avery charm every Christmas for the past 4 years. I love selecting them as much as she loves adding them to her charm bracelet. His talent will be missed.
Cynthia Williams

A Godly man should be remembered and shown honor

A Godly man should be remembered and shown honor. God bless his family for what he represented as a Christian man.
Anne Lee

Thank you for being a gentleman and an heirloom artisan

It is with joy I look upon my James Avery pieces! From my first pinky ring of Texas (from my father) to the I Love You ring from my husband when we were just 1st dating. My 1st piece was given to me on my 16th birthday in 1982 and we are proud to say that we continue to purchase James Avery pieces for our daughter and even our future daughter-in-law just recently for her 21st birthday! Thank you for being a gentleman and an heirloom artisan we are proud to keep as part of our family traditions.
Melanie

What an incredible man with an incredible gift in life

What an incredible man with an incredible gift in life. My family has enjoyed his beautiful works for generations. The world has suffered a tragic loss. God bless him, his family, and all his many devout customers.
Karin Robinson

Sending my condolences to the Avery family

Sending my condolences to the Avery family. The James Avery jewelry has really impacted everyone lives in one way or another!
Juanita Velasquez

I have worn his pieces since 1973

I had the privilege to meet Me. Avery on two occasions in the Ft Worth area. Each time he was gracious and did not look at his watch to move me along as he signed the print he gave me. He and I discussed a design idea I presented and he took the time to sketch it out and sign for me. You can well imagine how thankful I am for his time and attention. I have that sketch to this day. I have worn his pieces since 1973 and I might add have gotten quite a lot of compliments on the pieces I have, many which are retired. Our daughter worked for JA during her college years, I of course benefited from her employee discount! My three adult daughters and granddaughters will continue with the traditions of wearing JA pieces for years to come.
Leah Pittman

Every piece is even more precious now

My deepest condolences to the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My first piece of jewelry was from James Avery. Every piece is even more precious now. From my family to yours love and prayers.
Corrie Seilhymer

He will leave a mark in this world with his lovely jewelry

Sorry to hear about the demise of Mr. James Avery. He will leave a mark in this world with his lovely jewelry. Praying for the family.
Ada Tompkins

I’m sure many people will miss him, I know I will

May James Avery’s soul Rest In Peace. Amen. I did not know this wonderful man in person, but through the jewelry I came across, three years ago. I wanted to know more about the company, so I found information on the company and Mr. Avery. The more I learn about this man and the company he created, the more I wanted to buy his jewelry. I wish I could have told Mr. Avery how much joy he has brought to me.
Margaret in New Mexico

I have loved all of your jewelry since I can remember

I have loved all of your jewelry since I can remember, especially what it all stands for. My wedding ring, anniversary jewelry, mothers day etc all comes from your store. God bless you and your family. Prayers and condolences.
Stevie Neely

His jewelry really means something

I just love the fact that faith was at the core of what his company did. It has been the foundational gift for so may confirmations, graduates and births. His jewelry really means something and helps people remember the best times of their lives. Thank you.
Debra Bauer

Thank you and condolences to your family

Rest In Peace, Mr Avery- your artistry seems to be exceeded only by your integrity and humility.
The Pride’s of Dallas

I've been buying his jewelry since 1976 here in Texas.

I am sorry for your loss. I've been buying his jewelry since 1976 here in Texas. I look forward to meeting this Christian man in Heaven some day.
Jennifer Taylor

We are celebrating a wonderful life

We are celebrating a wonderful life for a truly great Artisan and Christian! May God’s Peace be upon his family and may he have eternal joy and peace! He has created so many wonderful pieces of art and Christian jewelry!
Reggie Lang

I would have loved to have met him in this life

I didn’t know Mr Avery personally however I had the great opportunity to attend an ACTS retreat in Fredericksburg, in doing so I was given a beautiful cross that Mr. Avery donated to all of us. As far as I am aware he is still giving them today to retreatants. He has left a beautiful legacy behind that include the love of God. I would have loved to have met him in this life. This cross never comes off from around my neck. I love it and it touched my life so much to know that someone in his stature would give to us retreatants in this way. God bless you Mr. Avery may you rest in peace and may your family and loved ones feel the presence of God.
Tabitha Eggemeyer

His work is amazing

My condolences to the family. His work is amazing and the jewelry is crafted so beautifully.
Joanne Gaines

Mr. Avery brought joy to many of us

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing. We began to collect jewelry from the Avery collection in the 1990’s while living in Carrollton, Texas. The beautiful designs are so distinctive that even in Indiana I have spoken to people wearing Avery jewelry that I recognized immediately. I pray that the family will be Comforted in knowing that Mr. Avery brought joy to many of us and will always be remembered by people that the Avery family has never met. Blessings to you all.
Karen Ivy

Every piece is precious to us

Thank you for sharing your God given talent with us all these years. We have purchased your art since the 70’s. Every piece is precious to us. We love you!
Kathy Murphy

He was always quite charming with a keen sense of humor

I was so shocked and sad the have read about the passing of Mr. Avery. I met him on several occasions at the Highland Village store in the 90’s. He was always quite charming with a keen sense of humor. His jewelry has been such a HUGE part of my life, which began at about age 13, and now I’m sharing with my 16 year old son. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift and talent of creativity and FAITH with us all. God Bless You. RIP.
Amanda Mares-Alvarado

I am sorry for your loss

I am sorry for your loss. It happens that I am giving my wife a James Avery Infinity necklace today (April 30) for our 35th wedding anniversary. I have used James Avery jewelry as gifts to my wife for special occasions over the years. They are perfect for her because of their blend of simplicity and meaning.
Don Arnold

He has brought happiness and tears of joy

May God bless James Avery and his family, he will be forever remembered for his beautiful work. He has brought happiness and tears of joy to every person I have gifted one of his pieces too, including myself. My deepest condolences, may he rest in peace and be remembered for his hard work.
Lauren Garner

What a life he had

I got my James Avery gold pinky ring in 1962 and still have it. It has my initials “BAD” ( maiden band ) on it . It was hand carved in the garage of Mr Avery. After 56 years , the ring is still beautiful. I am so saddened to hear of Mr Avery’s passing. What a life he had. What a corporation he founded . Thank you James Avery for the beautiful jewelry you created.
Barbara Krause

He was very kind

I met Mr. Avery when one of the stores in Tennessee opened. He was very kind. Rest In Peace
Pat Cowan

My sympathies to his family at this time

Have fond memories of shopping at the Kerrville store in the late 70s/early 80s. We would go to Kerrville one weekend each September for an airshow, and while my dad walked the flight line, my mom would take my sister and me to the Kerrville store for a special shopping trip! Unfortunately, I don't have many of the pieces I got on those trips (I wish I did, but they have gone by the wayside over several decades), but since then I have made many a purchase, including just yesterday gifting a charm and chain to my daughter on the event of her confirmation. My sympathies to his family at this time.
Howard & Theresa

Thank you so much for the beauty and memories you have given so many of us

My son gave me your gold 3 roses necklace many years ago – my maiden name is rose and I have 2 sons and a husband (in a way, my 3 roses). My husband gave me the matching earrings. My husband passed away expectantly at the too young age of 60 and the jewelry is so precious to me. I happen to be wearing it all today.
Arlene Johnson

Quality product from the mind of a quality man

I received my first James Avery jewelry over 30 years ago and loved it so much. Over time I have received more as gifts and bought some as gifts for others. It is a quality product from the mind of a quality man.
Carol Rowley

You have made our lives beautiful and inspired

You have made our lives beautiful and inspired!! We will miss you and know that you will keep inspiring the ones carrying on your work!! Sending condolences to your family with many hugs and prayers!!
Leslie Cude

Mr. Avery was a creative and remarkable man

To the family of James Avery…my heartfelt condolences at this time. Mr. Avery was a creative and remarkable man who touched many lives in so many ways. He will live on thru his artistry. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you’ve helped to create and hopefully that your company will continue to make in the many years to come.
Camille Garcia

I’m saddened by your passing

Thank you for inspiring us with your beautiful craftsmanship and your commitment to integrity – both in product and in service. Although we never met personally, I feel a tremendous connection to you, in Spirit, and I’m saddened by your passing.
Shelia Hambrick

I own several pieces that I will cherish

My deepest condolences to the James family! Mr Avery was a talented man! I own several pieces that I will cherish.
Norma Tays

My thoughts are with the Avery family

My thoughts are with the Avery family. My children gave me my first charm bracelet. So much attention to the charms.
Carrie

Thank you for you Christian inspired pieces

Rest in peace, Mr. Avery. I received my first piece, the classic Butterfly, as a high school graduation gift in 1976. I have been an avid collector ever since. While your genius will be missed; the James Avery legacy will live on. Thank you for you Christian inspired pieces.
Cathie Griffin

Heaven truly gained an angel

My daughter is named after this wonderful man. Her name is Avery. James Avery jewelry holds a very special place in my family’s life. I think my mother had every piece he ever made! Now that she has passed, it is a treasure that is being passed down to my sister, brother, and me. James Avery jewelry was reserved for special occasions ~ Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries... I bought my husband’s wedding ring from the James Avery store in North Park Mall in Dallas, Texas. Each piece tells a wonderful story. His faith is so evident in all his creations. What a wonderful person he was. Heaven truly gained an angel.
Laurie Reeve

His shop was in his garage

So sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s death. I was camp director of a girls camp in Bandera. Each year Mr Avery made belt buckles for our 3rd year campers. His shop was in his garage. He and his helpers did beautiful work. Rest in peace Mr Avery.
Sue Nunn

Thank you for the beautiful pieces you have made

So many memories with each and every piece that I have purchased for my girls, granddaughters and nieces. We travel with the Space City Cruiser car Club to Kerrville every year to make a donation and visit the Texas Lions Camp. We belong to the Kemah Lions Club also. While in Kerrville me and the ladies of the car Club and Lions Club make our first stop to James Avery and had the pleasure of seeing Mr Avery on the grounds. Always look for him when we travel there. Thank you for sharing your artistic beauty with us. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Denny and Barbara Holt

His genius in the jewelry world is unsurpassed

First, and foremost Mr. Avery will always hold a place in my heart as a pilot and veteran. I’m forever appreciative of his service to our great country. His genius in the jewelry world is unsurpassed, as he built the empire that became JAMES AVERY with his own two hands. He created instant classics at a time when everything was handcrafted and an honor to own and collect. May angels receive him now as he makes his way to our Lord & Savior. He will be greatly missed.
Jeanie A.

It’s a symbol of who I am

Since I was a little girl, I always wanted a charm bracelet. I feel it was a creative way to tell my life story, especially to my children. Now, thanks to James Avery, I look at my bracelet and see where I was, where I am and where I’m going. It’s a symbol of who I am and I continue to grow on that. My condolences to the family and thanks to Mr. James Avery for giving so many people a beautiful way to tell their stories. Blessed and love
D’Kara W.

I love every piece

Thank you for making Kerrville the home of your wonderful works. I only wear James Avery jewelry, I love every piece, they each have special memories for me.
Cory Burke

Rest in Peace, Mr Avery

I first worked for JAC when I was in college and for a few years after graduation (1981-1988). I had the honor of working with Mr Avery each year when he visited the Dallas-area retail stores, and I learned something new from him each time. He was definitely an influence on my professional life, particularly with regard to integrity and customer service. I came back to James Avery Artisan Jewelry as a seasonal employee for Christmas 2015, and have been a seasonal employee (as a second job) ever since. My heart is heavy as I reflect on all that James Avery, the man, means to so many people--but I consider myself blessed to have met him personally as well as to be part of the organization he founded. Prayers to the Avery family, and to all of my fellow Avery employees. Rest in Peace, Mr Avery.
Jeff Scroggins

Prayers for all during this difficult time

I send my condolences to the entire Avery family. Prayers for all during this difficult time.
Mini Gonzales

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Avery’s passing

I went to Mt. Wesley Methodist church camp in Kerrville for many years. After I married and had children, we continued our trips to Kerrville to take our kids to the same church camp. BUT the real thrill in going to Kerrville was shopping at the tiny James Avery store up on a little hill. I purchased a sweet charm bracelet for my young daughter.... and continued purchasing charms for her as she experienced life. Thank you for creating such memories for us. A quality product from a hometown Man.
Norma Gossett

Good works

When I began working at James Avery Craftsman I was a kid and did not have plans of working here my entire career. On my second day as a graphic designer my work mates, and Mr. Avery got me a cake and sang happy birthday to me. This had a huge impact on me and 29 years later I find myself loving each day of work as much as I loved the first. Working alongside Mr. Avery, and others in the company, I have grown professionally, but the greatest transformation has been in my personal and family life. Mr. Avery has personally had such a positive impact on my life, and on that of my family. I learned to be fair and respectful in everything that I do. I learned to say what I mean and to do what I say. I learned to work hard and to celebrate others. I learned to respect others and to value their contributions. Being around Mr. Avery I learned humility and that it is often the smallest of gestures that can lift another's spirits. One evening while I was a little down and working at a company event Mr. Avery was being recognized by those in attendance. Instead of him having the spotlight he called me out of the back and thanked me for my years of service, even remembering the smallest of details. Mr. Avery cared for and valued each and every employee from the entry level person to a vice president and that is a rare gift. For me the beautiful thing is to see Mr. Avery’s many gifts emulated through his company, the employees and their families, as well as the community. Living in my family and in all of those touched by Mr. Avery is the lasting legacy of a meaningful life, the true good works, of a “good man.” Thank you and God bless.
Marty Lee

He was a wonderful man

He was a wonderful man , a huge part of my younger years as he did his best to corral our Sunday school class. I enjoyed knowing him and have precious memories of him and his family . Rest In Peace, Mr. Avery
Elizabeth Harlan

May you rest in Paradise Mr. Avery

My mother has worked for the company for 20 years on this year. I had meet Mr.Avery when I was 9 years old. And always loved all the jewelry my mom would have bought me and I always wanted to be apart of this company. I have been working for the company for now 3 years. I’m so blessed to be apart of this company that this amazing and talented man has built.
Adriana Gallego

So sad to hear this

I remember the first time I met Mr Avery, I was in either the 6th or 7th grade and after meeting him at Mt Wesley camp, I got my mother to go to his shop outside of Kerrville. He was in a garage and you had to go through an antique wooden cabinet with little drawers to look at the jewelry and charms. I'd bought a silver ring at camp and bought my first piece of gold that day. Through the years, I bought multiple gold rings and necklaces and even gave gold decending doves to all my bridesmaids when I married. I also have one custom made ring I had him make before he got to be so popular. My gold Sorento ring was $20 when I bought it and the last catalogue that came, it is now over $500! Thank you Mr. Avery for many years of wonderful jewelry.
Jill Brady

My condolences to the family

My condolences to the family. Bless their hearts and may he Rest In Peace.
Shasta Pettyjohn

Prayers for The Family

I'm very sadden by the news of Mr. James Avery passing away. My condolences go to The Avery Family also my prayers for The Family. Mr. James Avery touched my life with his creativity and art of jewelery. R.I.P.
Patricia Perez

A life well lived

I've been very blessed to represent Mr. Avery's company for the last 3 years & bring his story to my customers. He was a true artist. My thoughts are with the Avery family & his loyal customers. A life well lived.
Jean Marshall

Honor to be part of such an amazing company

I have had the privilege of working for James Avery for the past 6 years and it has been an absolute honor to be part of such an amazing company and “family” all these years. I’ve worked at many different stores in those 6 years and every one has been an opportunity to meet new and wonder people and learn new and exciting things along the way but one thing always remained constant; the kind welcoming nature of the James Avery associates. I believe in what we stand for as a company and can’t wait to continue to be part of Mr. Avery’s legacy!
Amanda Janca

My sincerest condolences

I was sorry to read that Mr. Avery passed away. I worked at the Windsor Park Mall and Quarry Market locations in San Antonio from 1996 - 2003. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Avery several times during that time and he always remembered my name. I appreciated that very much and it’s something that I try to do every day – remember the names of the folks I meet face to face. It’s a simple courtesy and we all know that simplicity is a word that can be used to describe Mr. Avery and his mission. When it was my turn to spend a couple of days in Kerrville, visiting the factories and meeting the team, the tradition was that everyone would go to dinner with Mr. Avery at a local restaurant. This time was different. He invited us all to his home instead and it was quite a treat. I got a major workout while I was there because he asked me to help him bring all of the ice chests outside. He neglected to mention that they were fully-loaded and heavy! But, we did it together and spent the evening laughing and enjoying a really special time with everyone. I’ve never forgotten it and I’ve mentioned it often whenever colleagues and friends learn that I used to work for JAC. It’s one of my fondest memories because it felt like we were part of something bigger than just being sales clerks from around the state. Although, I’m no longer with James Avery and no longer in retail, it is one reason I worked my way into the nonprofit sector in San Antonio. The mission of being there for others and connecting on a human level with those around you… this is what he taught me and it’s a principle that’s guided my professional life ever since. My sincerest condolences to Chris and Paul and everyone who loves this sweet man.
Joseph Marks

My condolences

Very blessed to work and meet him my condolences to his family.
Grace Rios

Prayers for his family during this difficult time

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Avery. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Kerrville store many years ago. I treasure each piece of JA jewelry I own, and know that he is now in heaven with his creator. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.
Carol Watts

I was so sad to read of Mr. Avery's passing

I was so sad to read of Mr. Avery's passing. He was an incredible artist, and ran his company with integrity. I had the privilege of working for James Avery for several Christmas seasons, and it was always a joy to go in to work and help customers pick out the perfect gift. Mr. Avery called every one of his stores on Christmas eve to wish his employees a Merry Christmas, and that always stood out to me as excellent leadership. Mr. Avery, you and your incredible artistry were a gift to this world, and you will be missed.
Stephanie van Wagner

My Deepest Condolences To Mr Avery’s Family and Friends

This News Saddens me because James Avery Has Always been such a beautiful Part Of My Life. Each Piece has a very beautiful meaning to me. I will forever be grateful for Mr.Averys Jewelry pieces helping me keep my most wonderful memories close to me in a such a beautiful jewelry piece. May Mr. Avery Rest In Peace. Sending My Prayers His Loved Ones and Friends.
Jessica Tristan

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the James Avery family

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the James Avery family. You brought a lot of sparkles to many eyes and love to many hearts. May your creations live on in the true Craftsman style that you created. Godspeed A-Train. Texas will not be the same without you.
Debbie Myers on behalf of the whole Myers family.

Thank you for everything

I am so thankful and beyond blessed to have found this company, when I had a miscarriage the mothers love ring made me feel whole again. I will not say goodbye but instead see you soon. Thank you for everything. You were a gift from God and I will cherish every piece of Jewelry.
Steff Aubrey

The day I met Mr. A

I'll never forget the day I met Mr. Avery. I was interviewing for a job at the James Avery corporate office, and was finishing up meeting with Chris and Paul, James Avery's sons. Paul turned to me and asked, "Would you like to meet Dad?" I happily and nervously accepted the opportunity, as I’d grown up loving the brand, and the man behind the brand was a celebrity to me. We walked down the hallway, from the conference room we’d been in, through the former Kerrville retail store, and into the executive offices. His office was just as you'd imagine – lots of windows, natural stone and wood, warm and inviting. He walked up to me and shook my hand, and when I introduced myself he said "Hegener – a strong German name". Even though it was my brand new married name, I instantly felt proud that he “knew” me. I ended up getting the job, and got to spend a lot of time with him in the first few years of working for the company. He was larger than life – a true icon, and I’m happy to be a part of his legacy each day that I work here.
Sara Hegener

Mr. Avery

These past few months I have been reflecting on the blessings in my life and many of them lead back to you & my employment with your company. I want you to know what a difference you have made in my life. I was a senior in high school when Betty Real hired me in 1985. Never in a million years did I think this would be my life long home. I am so grateful for every opportunity that was given to me by you. You have been instrumental to me becoming the person I am today. I have learned so much from you but probably the most important is to treat people fairly and to have a generous heart. You inspire me to try and do that in my daily life although I am not always successful. I have always been proud to say I work for James Avery and want to tell you thank you. You will always be a blessing to me and I thank the Lord for letting me be a small part of your life.
May God Bless You

My deepest condolences to the family

And thank you for your beautiful work we cherish each and every piece for three generations now as I have three daughters a new daughter-in-law and two granddaughters I have sent pieces that means so much to numerous ladies in my life as well We are truly grateful that you shared your gift with us Rest in peace Sir.
Cheryl Niman

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Avery

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and many friends I'm sure he had. I will be praying for all.
Becky Mitchell

My Memories

When I was growing up in the 80's-90's my family would take a yearly vacation to a dude ranch in Bandera, Texas. The highlight of the week, was when we would make a trek to Kerrville to James Avery and my sister and I each got to pick out a piece of jewelry. Let me tell you, we built up quite a collection! I still have many of the pieces and I few I have passed on to my own daughter. When I was around 15 years old Mr. Avery wrote a book with my friend's mother, Karen. When they were in Houston on a book tour, we made arrangements with Karen to meet for dinner one night. I was hopeful that Mr. Avery would also join us, but my mother told me not to get my hopes up. However, when we saw Karen walking down the hall with him, I was so filled with excitement. My mother began hurriedly schooling my sister and me on proper table etiquette. The five of us sat down to dinner and we had a wonderful meal. He asked us all about school and what we enjoyed doing. I had ordered a large fruit salad, and was unable to finish it. Towards the end of the meal, Mr. Avery reached over and swiped some of my strawberries. We laughed about that all the way home because my mom was so worried that one of us would do something "not proper" at the table and here Mr. Avery ate from my plate. He signed my book, "What a wonderful evening I had meeting you and your family." A few weeks later I saw him again at our local shop and he remembered me. To this day I still tell the story about how Mr. Avery helped himself to the food on my plate. The joy of that day has stayed with me for almost 30 years now.
Jennefer Bell

My condolences to the Avery family

Mr. Avery was given a gift to make beautiful jewelry and demonstrate our Christian faith. Thank you for sharing your talent and making great memories with all the jewelry given or received. Rest In Peace Mr. Avery and let the perpetual light shine upon you. Amen.
Rojelio Castillo

Such a legacy to leave behind

Several will always have his treasure’s to enjoy. My condolences to the family , prayers lifted up, Love and light!
Margaret Rigdon

I first heard of James Avery when I attended Camp Mystic 1959-63

He made the silver "M" charms they used for awards. Then I visited his workshop/showroom beside his house. Last time in Kerrville about 20 years ago, I saw how much his company had grown. Seems like one of the original charms I bought was for a dollar. Oh how times have changed. Condolences to his family and rest in peace Mr. Avery.
Ann Ussery

It’s hard for me to explain how much my James Avery pieces mean to me

I have several rings, several necklaces/pendants, and earrings. They are my favorite, go-to pieces that I am happy and proud to wear for both every day and special occasions. There’s a particular emotional and spiritual connection for me with Mr. Avery’s designs, as I – as he did – look at myself as an imperfect but “trying hard” person of faith. I will continue to be a happy, loyal customer. Rest in peace, Mr. Avery…God gave you such special gifts, and I know you are now in His near presence.
Virginia Wallerstedt

I have been a fan for years

I live in Ohio and get so many compliments on my jewelry, particularly my pendant, it’s a scroll design with a heart and cross inside. I have been a fan for years. Thank you Mr. Avery for bringing so much beauty to the world and sharing your gift with us.
Rae Staton

Memories

My heart aches for your loss. I know Mr. Avery is with the angels and other loved ones in heaven. He was a kind and generous man. Each of the charms I have, have special meaning to me and I thank you for your artistry, creativity and craftsmanship. You will live on in our lives through our charms and other items we have. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and bringing inspiration into my life.
Julie Lloyd-Atkinson