Harold Finkle has been Your Jeweler, serving the capital region for over 85 years and three generations. After returning from service in World War II, Harold Finkle began his career in the jewelry industry as district manager of Rudolph Jewelers, overseeing seven of their forty-nine stores. Deciding to go out on his own, Harold, with the help of his wife Sarah, opened up a store on “the Ave,” Central Avenue in Albany, New York. As Harold Finkle Your Jeweler gained customers and notability, Harold and Sarah decided to move from 207 to 217 Central Avenue. Harold became well established in the community as the President of the Central Avenue Merchants Association, Boy Scout Troop Leader, and proud sponsor of the Albany Twilight League, for which an award is handed out every year in his honor.
Harold and Sarah soon welcomed their son Marty and his wife Paula into the business in 1972. Marty became very active in the local community, following in his father’s footsteps as the President of the Central Avenue Merchants, and as one of the founding members of the Police Athletic League (“P.A.L.”). Marty and Paula soon expanded the store to encompass 217, 219, and 221 Central Avenue. In time, Harold Finkle Your Jeweler decided to find a stand-alone location on Central Avenue, with easier accessibility for its customers. In 1995, Harold Finkle Your Jeweler moved to its current location, 1585 Central Avenue in Colonie, New York, on the corner of Central Avenue and Mordella Road.
After earning his degree with honors from Ithaca College in 2004, Marty and Paula’s son, Justin, began working full time in the business, having worked part time in the store during his college breaks and summers. Justin immediately pursued educational course work through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) earning the highest degree in his field, GIA Graduate Gemologist. Justin is involved in all aspects of the business but prefers to specialize in diamond buying, selling and grading. With close to 20 years in the business Justin has all intentions of keeping the Finkle name one synonymous with quality and trust.
In March 2020, Harold Finkle Your Jeweler received a “BESTIE” for being a finalist in the Capital Region Living Magazine as Best Jeweler. Read Justin’s interview in the June issue of Capital Region Living Magazine here!