Luoc and Trang Van Nguyen are no strangers to being named the top jewelers in the Tri-City region.
After dropping to second place in 2018, Van’s Jewelry is back on top in the People’s Choice awards this year.
That gives Van’s the top spot six of seven years as this area’s top jewelry store.
Luoc says they’re celebrating their 35th year in the business too.
Very humble, Luoc says, “I think people like us. We work hard – really hard.”
Luoc came to the U.S. from Vietnam shortly after the end of the Vietnam War in 1973, with barely a dime in his pocket.
But through his tenacity and diligence, his efforts paid off.
He developed a passion for jewelry making while working at McVicker’s in Richland, which inspired him to open his own shop.
Trang, also an immigrant from Vietnam, came into Luoc’s shop one day with a piece of jewelry needing repair, and the rest is history.
Today, the store carries an impressive array of high-end, high-quality products from venerable brands. They are well known for their diamonds.
“We stock only the highest quality,” Luoc asserted.
Their custom design work is also a unique facet of the business, which Luoc has a particular passion for.
“He loves to see happiness on the customer’s face when they look at their piece,” Trang said.
It’s a fast turn-around too — usually only one or two days.
That includes jewelry repair, or replacing batteries in watches.
While the couple won’t be doing this forever (they hope family will take over one day), they’re not ready to step away just yet.
“I like to work,” said Luoc. “And I love the people.”
And the people love him and his family.
1. Van’s Jewelry
3120 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick
2. Jewelry Design Center
1350 N. Louisiana St., Ste. A, Kennewick
3. Touchstone Jewelers
5215 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick