About us

Our History

Martin Jewellers was established in 1960 by Herb Martin. Herb had his start in clock and watch repair, and then expanded his business over time. The original store was out of a home shop on Franklin Street in Shawano. Herb’s son Jim joined the business, and it was moved to Main Street in 1989. Thimke Jewelers owned the location at 148 S Main until Bob Thimke was ready to retire. The Martins purchased the building and inventory and expanded the business again.

David and Heather Pahl purchased Martin Jewellers in 2017 keeping it in the family. Interior renovations were completed in 2017, but many of the familiar brands and outstanding services were maintained. The store also has an estate section in the Antique Mall at Doc’s Harley Davidson just outside of Shawano. Advanced in house design services were added and will be expanded in the future.


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Our Team

We'd like you to know that your precious gems and jewelry are in good hands at Martin Jewellers. We have years of experience in the industry and are trusted by our clients.

David and Heather Pahl

Heather and her husband David purchased Martin Jewellers from Jim Martin on January 1, 2017. David is still working full time at his primary job, but hopes to train with the staff in the future and put his design experience to work with custom CAD designs and jewelry fabrication. He also plans to learn the clock and watch repair side of the business. Heather has always had a passion for jewelry and started early in high school at a local jeweler in Appleton. She started preparing for ownership of Martin Jewellers well before taking over, and began taking classes with the Gemological Institute of America. She has completed a number of courses and plans to attain a Graduate Gemologist degree within the next year or two. Heather leaves the complicated repairs to Joel and Steph, but does minor repairs and all of the pearl and bead restringing. Heather and Dave are both from Appleton, and look forward to spending more time with nearby family and making new friends and connections in Shawano.

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Joel has been in the jewelry industry for over forty years. He started with Thimke Jewelers and stayed with Martin Jewellers when the business changed hands in 1988. David and Heather are beyond thankful that Joel stayed for yet another change in ownership when they took over in 2017. In addition to jewelry repairs and sizing, Joel excels at helping customers select new designs for family heirlooms. He also manages the engraving side of the business, Top Honors Trophy and Engraving. In his free time he enjoys time with friends, a good Friday Supper Club special and time to enjoy his yard in Shawano.

Stephanie has been with Martin Jewellers since 2005 and comes with many years of prior education and experience in jewelry repair. Steph enjoys the repair side of the business and using her creative side as time allows to create beautiful one of a kind pieces. Steph was instrumental in the purchase of the laser welder allowing her to perform highly detailed work on the most delicate pieces. David and Heather were blessed that Stephanie agreed to stay after they purchased the store. Stephanie also volunteers her time for many worthy local causes. She and her husband live nearby and enjoy gardening and remodeling of their historic home.

Casey is the newest member to the team. She comes with 7 years of management experience. Casey has completed her classes through the Gemological Institute of America and became an Accredited Jewelry Professional in May of 2018. Casey provides customer service and she also oversees inventory. Her sense of humor keeps things fun in the store. When Casey’s not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities.


Emilee started with Martin Jewellers when she was a high school freshman. She has learned new skills and taken on increased responsibilities over the years. She is responsible for customer service and oversees a number of other functions that keep the store running smoothly. She also has a great eye for buying and Heather looks to her for emerging trends and style input. She is now taking college courses and works part time as her schedule allows.

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Jim can still be found at his bench working on watches a few days a week. Although retired, it is great to have his experience and support during the change in ownership. Customers can make appointments with him to discuss collector coins, old pocket watches and cars. Jim is enjoying the next phase of retirement, time with his daughter, and working on his golf game.