Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

Meet You Under The Clock: Jacobs Jewelers, a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville for 129 Years

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

For over a century (129 years), Jacobs Jewelers has served as the keeper of the past. The iconic clock has measured many moments in the city’s history from its post at the corner of Laura and Adams streets in Downtown Jacksonville.

Since 1890, the timeless beacon has kept watch over families dressed in their holiday best as they strolled the downtown streets, gazing at the windows dressed for the season. Children pressed their noses against the glass in wonder, small girls in patent leather shoes picked out their Christmas toys from store windows while their folks stood in line for fresh-squeezed citrus slushies. The clock stood tall as a leaning post to weary passers by.

Aug. 1, 1975- The Jacobs Jewelers clock stands at the corner of Laura and Adams streets in downtown Jacksonville. [Times-Union archives]
Aug. 1, 1975 – The Jacobs Jewelers clock stands at the corner of Laura and Adams streets in downtown Jacksonville. [Times-Union archives]

Years have ticked by as Jacobs carries the torch of Downtown businesses with its beacon as a reminder of the city’s grand traditions. Family owned and operated by Roy and Delorise Thomas, Jacobs Jewelers has long since honored family occasions as Florida’s oldest and finest jewelry stores specializing in diamonds and fine gemstones.

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville, Photo courtesy of Jax Daily Record, Roy Thomas
Owner Roy Thomas in front of Jacobs Jewlers, Photo courtesy of Jax Daily Record

There’s a certain charm walking through the grand doors and a special feeling when you are greeted with a warm smile and surrounded by treasured heirloom pieces, fine jewelry and watches and fine china, crystal and silver. Jacobs helps families invest in their own traditions. 

Jacobs Jewelers is a full service jewelry store. Discover fine gems, diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and rubies set in beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings. Discover gold necklaces, bracelets and rings along with fine watches, porcelain, crystal and silver. Shop comfortably at Jacobs Jewelers and always know the prices represent good value without an inflated price adjustment.

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville, Photo by Seth Langner

Jacobs offers a complete jewelry repair service as well as a complete watch repair service. Factory authorized service is offered for all fine watches. 

From the days of creating its signature sixpence pieces for a bride-to-be to place in her shoe for good luck, Jacobs Jewelers has unique keepsakes to mark special occasions; the perfect engagement ring, an elegant set of wedding china, an engraved silver cup to welcome a new baby.

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

Like the great clock, which has undergone renovations to keep the hands of time moving forward, Jacobs Jewelers also offers custom design work and full repair service to bring new life to old pieces. Generations of families share stories of their grandparents’ engagement underneath the great clock or the first string of pearls a father linked around a mother’s delicate neck. Let Jacobs Jewelers combine old and new memories and build new traditions for you and your family. 

As time marches on, Jacobs Jewelers remains committed to preserving memories as the iconic clock measures the magic moments in time for another century.

Meet You Under the Clock

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

Do you have any memories under the clock or with Jacobs Jewelers? Did one or more of your favorite pieces of jewelry come from Jacobs Jewelers? We’re looking for personal accounts and photographs of your experience in this special place. Please email us at [email protected] or message us on Facebook or Instagram @eujacksonville. If you have any pictures include them and tag us in your post and hashtag #jacobsjewelers. We will be sure to share with our readers!

About Liza Mitchell

october, 2021

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