Seth Shipley started in the jewelry industry in 1986 in Alabama after serving in the US Air Force. He bought his first jewelry store in 1987, sold it in 1989 and moved back to Maryland, where he put his jeweler’s bench in his parent’s basement. Asked by friends and family that he grew up with to make and repair jewelry he found the need to incorporate.
In the early 1990s, he opened a store on Main Street in Hampstead and incorporated as Jewelers Bench Inc. In 1998, he purchased a building just up the street on Main Street. In 1999 he opened up his doors in the recently renovated building and it is the same building that the store operates from today. In 2003, we changed our name to Shipley’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry but kept the same Corporation. In 2010, we became members of the Independent Jewelers Organization.
In 2013, Seth entered the auction business and graduated from the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering. With a desire to help jewelers retire and not being taken advantage of, Seth had a desire to create an online auction company. With the help and mentorship of the Shumans and BidWrangler, we founded Jewelbidder.com.
Scott is a partner and an Auctioneer for Hall and Hall Auctions. He has more than 31 years of auction experience attending Missouri Auction School in 1986 and opening an auction firm shortly thereafter. Scott is the 2014 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer. He was awarded the 1997, 2002 and 2014 Auction of the Year awards from the NAA, as well as the prestigious Rose Award presented by the Certified Auctioneers Institute. Scott has served as an instructor for the Certified Auctioneers Institute and Trustee for the NAA Education Institute. He currently serves as the 69th President of the National Auctioneers Association. He holds auction and real estate licenses in 22 states.
Krista Shuman has used her Purdue University Sales and Marketing degree to implement marketing campaigns for Agricultural Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate and now one of her favorite things….jewelry! Krista has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing with 10 of those years specifically in auction marketing. She has earned the Auction Marketing Management designation from the National Auctioneers Association and has also been awarded numerous NAA marketing awards.