For over 75 years, Krombholz Jewelers has been the premier jeweler in Cincinnati. Now in it’s fourth generation of family ownership, Krombholz specializes in bespoke fine jewelry, vintage jewelry and helping individuals re-purpose or consign unwanted jewelry. In a world where most new items are disposable, Krombholz creates and sells jewelry that is both beautiful and lasting.
Lee Krombholz started in the family business in 1978 working part time during high school. He then started full time in 1983 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and the Bowman Technical School for jewelry making.
Lee chairs a national trade organization, Council of Custom Jewelers and is the Vice Chair of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America. He is also the past president of the Ohio Jewelers Association. He has won several national awards for jewelry design.
As the creative mind behind Krombholz Jewelers, Lee works entirely too much to enjoy hobbies, but does find time to enjoy driving his newly inherited 1925 Kissel Gold Bug Speedster that has been in his family for over 50 years.
Q&A with Lee Krombholz
What are you passionate about, in regards to your business?
I am passionate about making and selling fine jewelry.
What is the most valuable leadership lesson you have learned?
Hire professional people to help and advise you with areas that you do not have an expertise in (i.e. accounting). I also believe in leading with humility, not with force. I always admit when I do not know something, but get the best help I can to get answers.
If you could give the 20-year-old you any piece of advice, what would it be?
Do one thing extremely well. Plan to be the world’s best at it. Even if you fall a little short, your satisfaction and desirability will be much greater than if you are OK at a lot of different things.