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Every story has a beginning, ours began in 1856.

1st Generation, Doederlein Jewelers

adolph doederlein
Adolph Doederlein

1856

Jeweler, watch-maker, and royally appointed “Keeper of the Clocks,” Adolph Doederlein opened a little jewelry shop on a bustling cobble-lined street in Munich, Bavaria.

Here his son, Ludwig, became his apprentice. Learning under the experienced hand of his father until Adolph’s untimely death in 1873.

2nd Generation, Doederlein Jewelers

ludwig doederlein
Ludwig Doederlein

With no family to take him in, Ludwig continued his training in an orphanage. There he continued to advance in the art of jewelry repair and watch and clock making.

Ludwig had the opportunity to work with Oppenheimer Jewelers. The only problem was they were located in Baltimore, Maryland. For his 18th birthday, his aunt surprised him with passage aboard a passenger ship headed to America. In 1880 he stepped onto the shores of his new home for the first time.

Ludwig always dreamed of reopening his father’s beloved jewelry shop. In 1898 Ludwig returned to Munich with his wife and three children and reestablished Doederlein Jewelers.

After the death of his son Alfred, the devastated family returned to America in 1906. Settling first in Baltimore and then briefly relocating to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1908.

But Baltimore was always the family’s true home, and in 1911 they returned for good. The new home for Doederline Jewelers was on East Baltimore Street.

3rd Generation, The Carl J. Doederlein Company.

Ludwig, an unnamed watchmarker, and Carl Doederlein

After several years on East Baltimore Street, the company moved to the epicenter of Baltimore in 1917 – Lexington Market. With this exciting move came a changing of the guard. Ludwig’s son Carl began to lead the company into the future.

Under Carl’s direction, Doederlein Jewelers flourished.

In 1930 the business had outgrown its current location. It moved to the center of Baltimore’s luxury district at 10 W. Saratoga Street. The new location called for a new name, and they began operating under The Carl J. Doederlein Company. 

4th Generation, Nelson Coleman Jewelry Specialists

In 1937 Carl’s promising apprentice joined the family business. 4th generation, Virginia.

Nelson R. Coleman, Jr

In 1939 Virginia married Nelson R. Coleman, Jr, who immediately joined the family business.

The talented actor and artist began with managing their graphic design and advertising. Soon he fell in love with jewelry and loose gemstones. As Virginia left the business to raise the couple’s six sons, Nelson introduced rendering and custom design to Doederleins.

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In 1950, The Carl J. Doederlein Company moved to 318-320 North Charles Street. After four years at this location, Carl retired.

Nelson Coleman continued the business, now operating under Nelson Coleman Jewelry Specialists at 333 N. Charles Street in 1954. 

6 years later, eldest son Nelson Coleman, III joined the family business. In 1972, Nelson Coleman, III opened his own shop, The Carriage House, selling antique clocks and watches.

 

5th Generation, Nelson Coleman and Sons

In 1980 Mark and Chris Coleman joined their father and Nelson Coleman & Sons, Ltd was created

 

In 2002 we moved to our current location in Towson. 

Mark and Chris Coleman
Mark, Virginia, and Chris Coleman

6th Generation, Nelson Coleman Jewelers

In 2014 Amanda Coleman became our 6th generation and first female owner. 

In March, 2020 Jewelry By Designs in Woodbridge, VA became a Neson Coleman Company.

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