Murphey The Jeweler
About Murphey The Jeweler
Murphey the Jeweler – founded on a dream and a prayer in 1850, in our original downtown location, Murphey the Jeweler has been your jeweler during good times and bad; economic depression and unparalled prosperity. We think our history speaks volumes about our commitment to you — our customers. The following is engraved on a Texas Historical Marker located in our store. We have been recognized by the Texas Historical Commission since 1985.
A native of North Carolina, Archibald Michael Murphey (1836-1886) married Elizabeth Findley, in Rusk Texas in 1853. By 1868, they had moved to Tyler. Murphey opened his jewelry business on Ferguson and Broadway in January of that year. Murphey later indicated he had begun as a watchmaker as early as 1851, possibly as a apprentice to his father, who was a native of Ireland. Murphey’s sons, Arch (1866-1888), Orville (b.1868), and Pinkney H. (1870-1925), succeeded their father as jewelers and continued to operate his business. A younger son, George Reaves (1874-1939), had taken over the jewelry store by the early years of the 20th century. He moved the business to this site in 1919. (We moved to a new building in 2000, where we are currently located). Murphey the Jeweler has operated as a family business throughout its history. The store has always offered selections of American and Swiss watches, clocks, and diamonds. Advertisements from the early years also boasted selections of sterling silver flatware, as well as a full line of pianos and organs. As one of the oldest retail establishments in East Texas, Murphey the Jeweler has played an important role in Tyler’s retail history.
Today, when you enter our store, you’ll find a pleasant and experienced staff to meet all your jewelry needs. Our salespeople have all been trained in diamonds, gemstones and handling jewelry repairs as well as creating one-of-a-kind custom jewerly right in our store. We are proud to have our very own jeweler and watchmaker in-store to take care of virtually every repair you may need.
Whether it’s a $10.00 broken watch clasp or a $10,000.00 diamond ring for your sweetheart, Murphey the Jeweler is your jeweler. Now, Shannon Murphey invites you to visit him at his NEW store in Times Square Shopping Center on South Broadway when you’re in the market for new jewelry, accessories, or repairs. The Murphey family always looks forward to making new friends.