Welcome to Van Horne Jewelers! For years we have provided our clients with exquisite beauty, unsurpassed quality, stunning choices, and unparalleled professionalism from our spacious and accessible store in Granger, Indiana. The success of our family business has been a direct result of our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction. If you are already a member of our extended family, Hello! If you are new to us, we genuinely and warmly invite you to get to know us and our special way of doing business.

Ralph Van Horne

Ralph Van Horne was born in 1891, grew up in Illinois and graduated from high school in Roswell, New Mexico. He traveled back to Peoria, Illinois to attend Bradley University Watch and Jewelry School. He also served as a medic in the National Guard during World War I and was gassed by the enemy causing crippling later in life.

After the war, Mr. Van Horne came to South Bend to work for Krause Jewelers. Time passed and in 1926, he and Lucy Flagel decided to start their own store. The Great Depression was tough on the newly founded Van Horne Jewelers, but it continued and was able to prosper. Mr. Van Horne had only one son, Jim Van Horne, who decided against pursuing a career in retail jewelry. Instead, he became a professor in Economics at Stanford University and has earned both a Masters and a PhD in Economics.

Madison C Knight Sr

Van Horne Jeweler’s second owner, Madison C. Knight, was born in 1922 in Royalton, IL. Mr. Knight joined the Navy in 1939 and fought numerous battles aboard various ships in the Pacific theatre. He had a knack for fixing sailor’s watches while aboard these ships and after World War II also attended Bradley University Watch and Jewelry School. After working at Hay Jewelers in Coshocton, OH as manager, Mr. Knight came to Van Horne Jewelers in the late 1950’s. Here he became manager with the intent to buy Van Horne Jewelers and did so by 1964. Madison (Matt) was very active in the YMCA, began semi-retirement in the 1980’s and now resides in Litchfield, AZ. Madison Knight Sr. maintains his status as a certified gemologist from the American Gem Society by taking yearly exams and actively pursues his interest in colored stones by attending the world’s largest gem show in Tucson, AZ.

Madison Knight Jr

Van Horne Jewelers current owner, Madison Knight Jr. started working as a teenager in 1970’s and always aspired to join the family business. After graduating in 1984, with a degree in business from Grace College, he began to manage Van Horne Jewelers. He also became a graduate gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America.

Madison has many passions including hiking, hunting, snow skiing, wood working, white water canoeing, software design, reading, mountain biking and spending time with his family. One of his long time goals has been to build the finest retail jewelry store in Northern Indiana. His family currently resides in South Bend with his wife Elisabeth, and children Ben, Emily and Nathanael. His oldest son, Madison III, lives in Pekin IL with his wife Rachel and runs Guild Jeweler POS system which was developed by Madison Jr., Madison and Brett Bavar.

American Gem Society LogoWhat makes membership in the American Gem Society so special? To begin with, it’s one of the oldest and most respected jewelry associations in the world. Founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley and several other well-established independent jewelers, the Society membership has included many of the leading jewelry firms and renowned gem experts in the industry.

The Society is particularly exclusive. Only a small percentage — about 5% of all jewelers, designers, appraisers, and suppliers nationwide — have met the standards for membership in the American Gem Society. For a firm to become a member of the American Gem Society, it must meet a list of rigid requirements.

The firm owners, principals, or employees must have completed an accredited or graduate program from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain). In addition, they must have completed further studies with the American Gem Society.

The firm must hold a reputation for unquestioned integrity in the business community and must be operated in a way that will enhance the confidence of the public in the jewelry industry.

The owners and principals must demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in operating their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and that the firm exemplifies this belief.

The firm must have been in the retail, supplier, or independent appraisal business for at least two years and must demonstrate financial stability.

At Van Horne Jewelers, we are dedicated professionals striving to meet customers’ daily needs. Employing a knowledgeable full time staff with an average of 13.8 years, Van Horne Jewelers can answer any question about jewelry you have. Our graduate gemologist and certified gemologist are on staff for you.

Van Horne Jewelers is an independent regional jewelry store with an honest and knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing quality service and merchandise at competitive prices. It is our goal that your visit here will always be unique and memorable. We wish that through a positive experience you will become willing ambassadors of our store.