With deep roots in Indianapolis culture, G. Thrapp Jewelers is a fiercely independent, brick and mortar retail jewelry company delivering outstanding individual service, quality, trust and excellence. G. Thrapp Jewelers opened in 1984 and is still located at the corner of 56th and Illinois in the historic Indianapolis neighborhoods of Meridian Kessler and Butler Tarkington. By creating a welcoming environment for clients, a trip to G. Thrapp Jewelers is like visiting an old friend. With two functioning fireplaces and boating memorabilia throughout the showroom, G. Thrapp Jewelers looks nothing like an ordinary jewelry store. That’s the first hint that we are anything but ordinary.
When G. Thrapp opened, we did not carry a single designer line, but simply sold ‘jewelry’. Our owner, Gary Thrapp, took a risk on introducing our first designer jewelry line in 1986. We have carried David Yurman ever since then: long before the line gained significant presence around the world. We were, actually, the first retailer in Indiana to carry David Yurman. Since then, through the exceptional insight of our Lead Buyer, we have picked up more than 30 top designer jewelry and bridal lines including: Cynthia Ann, Samantha Louise, Lika Behar, Martin Flyer and Christopher Designs.
G. Thrapp Jewelers is a dedicated custom design jeweler under the extraordinary guidance of one of the Midwest’s renowned designers, Ellen Bower. Ellen Bower has created pieces for many of Indianapolis’ most influential families and celebrities. Clients love the intricate designs and complex detailing of her work, which is all fabricated by hand. They love being involved from the first full-scale hand drawings to the final fittings in the creation of their legacy jewelry. No wonder our clients say that our work exceeds their expectations.
Each member of G. Thrapp Jewelers’ professional sales staff is trained and responsible for buying, selling, appraising, and designing custom pieces for our clients. Whether it’s GIA GG certification, undergraduate studies in jewelry design or metalsmithing and/or significant years of professional experience, the salesforce has the technical know-how to take care of our clients’ needs. Gary’s passionate commitment to providing a genuine experience for our clients is modeled by each and every staff person, including making a client’s visit informative, insuring that everything we do reflects integrity and builds personal relationships. It helps to have a team of professionals who respect and like each other.
Gary Thrapp has assembled one of the Midwest’s premiere collections of fine Estate jewelry. Indiana’s long-established, wealthy families seek out G. Thrapp Jewelers for appraisals, sales and care of their historically significant family heirlooms. This has enabled Gary to purchase estate jewelry directly from owners rather than at jewelry trade shows—ensuring authenticity, provenance and good value. Today’s clients are thrilled at the chance to purchase a piece of Cartier, Tiffany, Schlumberger, or Rolex knowing it comes with its own history and timeless value.