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.




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