Henne Jewelers’ longtime estate jewelry expert looks back at an esteemed career as a treasure hunter.
One of the most popular categories of jewelry today is estate, and one of its most prominent authorities is Harton Wolf, director of operations for Henne Jewelers’ impressive estate jewelry department.
Harton began his career in the gems and jewelry industry, when he joined his family’s retail business in 1970. He had finished college, earning a degree in economics, and spent two years in the Army. The family store was located in McKees Rocks, near where Henne Jewelers was located. “We knew the Henne family,” says Harton, “My father and Jack Henne, the third generation of Henne Jewelers, were both on the board of the Pennsylvania Retail Jewelers Association.” He adds that in 1972, “Jack mentored me, even though the two stores were competing,” smiling that this type of “friendly competition was not uncommon in those days.”