Our History


Jerry M. Nakamura

The tradition of jewelry designers and goldsmiths in our family goes back over a half century in the islands. Since the beginning, we have been committed to providing only the highest quality products and services to our customers. Since 1976, we have been offering repair, appraisal, and custom design services as well as fine diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. As one of the only full service jewelers in Hawaii, we offer in-house jewelry repair, appraisal and award winning custom design.


We have strived to keep current with the latest technology methods and trends in the business to assist you with all of your jewelry needs. Our lab is equipped with some of the most advanced gemological equipment in the state and we are one of the only stores in Hawaii staffed with a accredited gemologist and certified appraiser. Long standing members of Jewelers of America and an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii organizations committed to the adherence to honest and ethical business practices. We have a knowledgeable staff with well over 50 years combined experience as well as an experienced Graduate Gemologist as further assurance of quality and value. Recognized by the community and visitors alike, Iridium Jewelers is known for "WHILE YOU WAIT" appraisal service as well as quality.

In 1973, Jerry M. Nakamura, then head jeweler for over 20 years of the Security Diamond Company, previously Hawaii's most prestigious jewelry store, left his position to teach his sons the art of jewelry making. Opening a small shop in downtown Honolulu, he specialized in custom design, diamond setting and repair work for other jewelers. Known for his quality workmanship, Jerry not only taught his sons the "tricks of the trade" but also impressed upon them the importance of doing the best job possible at a fair price.


This was the benchmark of Jerry M. Nakamura & Sons, or as it is now known, Iridium Jewelers and Gemologist, which is owned and operated by his son, Karl Nakamura. While the name is new, the company's main philosophy is still deeply rooted in customer service and to offering the best values possible.