Hey there, gather 'round, because I'm about to take you on a super awesome journey filled with love, adventure, and some serious spirit! It all starts with a cool dude born back in 1885 right in the heart of North Shields, England. Imagine a world where pocket watches were the kings of time, and making these tiny, intricate wonders was like creating a masterpiece with gears and springs. Our main character, the incredible Robert Robson, had a heart full of fire and a talent for making watches that was off the charts. He learned the tricks of the trade from the absolute masters of watchmaking at Wilson and Gillie. They made chronometers, which are like super accurate compasses for sailors on the big oceans.
Imagine guiding ships using the stars in the sky – how amazing is that? But Robert wasn't the type to stay in one place for long. In 1903, he packed his dreams and sailed across the ocean to the awesome United States. He ended up in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he worked his magic at J.D. Radford Jewelry. Oh boy, those watches had some stories to tell! But guess what? Fate had its own plans. Robert met Hattie Florence Larson, and bam, sparks flew like fireworks on the Fourth of July! They got hitched and kicked off a journey that's like something out of a big adventure story. Starting in Live Oak, Florida, they journeyed through cool places like Baton Rouge and the cozy vibes of Lake Charles, Louisiana. But the journey didn't stop there. Baytown, Texas, called out to them with promises of new beginnings, shiny oilfields, and opportunities knocking at their door. Fast forward to 1926, and Robert, with his heart full of dreams and pockets full of determination, opened up Robson's Jewelry in the historic Brunson Building. Can you feel the excitement?
The years flew by, and so did Robson's Jewelry, moving to bigger places like a plant reaching for the sky, growing and thriving. The Robson fam? They were like a beautiful orchestra, each member playing a note for the success of their amazing store. Robert's kids? Oh boy, they were gems in their own right! Learning to fix things up, shining with their skills, and serving customers with smiles that could melt icebergs. Through the tough times of the Great Depression and the crazy days of war, Robson's Jewelry stood strong. And guess what? During the war, their store was the chosen spot for railroad watches – these weren't your usual timekeepers, they were like the heroes of being right on time, making sure the economy's heart ticked smoothly. Generations kept the story going, each one passing on the love and passion. Grace and Norman, like a power couple, rocked it from 1942 to 1981, then Norman Robson Hargrave took over and led the way until 2015. And guess what? The story doesn't end there! Today, Paul Douglas Robson Hargrave keeps the tale alive, making sure the magic never fades.
The 4th generation is here, and let me tell you, they're not just about jewelry – they're all about bling that'll make you go "wow!" and customer service that's like a parade in your honor every time you show up. These guys practically have a PhD in loving all things sparkly and amazing. We don't just talk the talk; we walk the walk. Our crew includes some real smarty-pants, certified by DCA & GIA.
And guess what? We've got a master jeweler and a watch wizard who can make your treasures shine brighter than the sun. So, come on in to Robson's, where history, heart, and diamonds join in a dance of pure joy. Smiles are as real as your favorite snack, each piece of jewelry is like a masterpiece, and every customer leaves feeling like they've struck gold. And here's a heads-up, folks: 2026's gonna be huge! It's our 100th birthday, and we're celebrating a century of time, love, and awesomeness. Robson's Jewelry is still the star of this fantastic adventure, shining as bright as ever!