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Hartmann Brothers is operated by a family of 5th generation jewelers with roots that date back in Germany, our great grandfather migrated to the U.S in the 1920’s where he became a master silver jeweler.
Some facts About Us
as silver smiths
Quality & satisfaction
WHAT WE DO
The Hartmann Brothers are a family owned company with a history in the jewelry industry that goes back 5 generations. Specializing in large acquisitions from Europe & Asia. True antique period pieces, fine estate jewelry and designer closeouts
1920 - 1972
it Starts More Then 100 Years Ago
The family begin making and selling fine Native American silver jewelry starting with the great grandfather James Ridgley who would also go on to become a artist, scientist and archeologists he was fascinated in beauty and the engenuity that goes into making art.
After his retirement in 1972, he would go on to teach his grandson Jeremiah the arts of crafting silver jewelry. Jeremiah would use this to his full advantage moving the family company forward.
1972 - 1996
Tradition Of Fine Silver Making Continues
After the great grandfather James retired the traditions of silversmithing continues on with his grandson Jeremiah. He would go on to make the company a national multi million dollar network. With his growing connections he would begin to expand the family dynasty.
1996 - 2017
A International Network
After Jeremiah had reached a large network of connections in the fine jewlery world he would go on to grow the manufacturing of the family company. Instead of only silver the grandfather would start to manufacture 10k gold jewelry also which proved big and would become a 24/7 interprize for the next 20 years before the sell of the company.
2017 - 2022
The Unforeseen Future
Before Hartman Bros
Although the family company was sold the network was not nor would the traditions of fine gem and jewels that would go on to favour the grandkids, two brothers Tyler and Nathan. The two would set out to continue the family legacy solely focusing on wholesale to the connections already made. Establishing new capital for the company.
2022 - Present
A New Hope
Hartmann Bros Is Established
Hartmann Bros was established with the idea of only quality and craftsmanship. The two brothers set out on a new family legacy, dealing solely in the finer of jewlery. Together they focuse only on finding the best material to offer our clients.
Our Great Grandfather
1910 - 1925
James Ridgley Whiteman
James Ridgley Whiteman was born January 15, 1910 in Portales, New Mexico. He was the first son of Levi J. and Katherine Greathouse Whiteman. Ridgley's father came to New Mexico from Germany in 1902, his mother in 1907, both pioneers in Eastern New Mexico.
Ridgley spent his boyhood years at Portales and Clovis. He had joined the Boy Scouts in Clovis in 1925. His interest was outdoor scouting and Indian lore. Ridgley’s mother had collected arrowheads while growing up in Ohio near the Big Serpent Mound and she had a large collection. From this, Ridgley's interest turned to bows and arrows and Indian crafts. In fact, James Ridgley was the first Boy Scout in New Mexico to get a Basket Maker badge. Ridgley was one of the first Boy Scouts at Camp We-Hin-Ah-Pay in the southern mountains of New Mexico and spent many summers contributing to the development of the camp program
1929 - 1935
James Ridgley’s greatest accomplishment (and what he is probably most famous for) occurred in 1929 at age 19 when he became the first to discover the Clovis Man site, between Clovis and Portales. This was an ancient river bed Ridgley had stumbled across while exploring the New Mexico frontier. Here is where he found ancient arrow heads carved out of prehistoric animal bones that dated 13,500 years (now called Clovis points). These Clovis points are still considered the oldest artifacts ever discovered in North America and one of the most important discoveries in the 20th century. These Artifacts can still be viewed at the Smithsonian Museum and the National Geographic Society recognized his earth shattering find in its magazine in December of 2000.
Ridgley Whiteman married Rachel Merie McCarty on Aug. 25, 1935 in Clovis, NM. Children to this union were James Mac, Katherine Lou, and Scott Fleming. In the year of our Lord, 2001, Ridge and Merie’s offspring number 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and over 25 great-grandchildren.
1937 - 1939
At age 27 Ridgley had carved a place among New Mexico’s greatest artists as a member of the elite WPA Art Project in the late 1930s. Today (2001) he is one of only six WPA artists still living in New Mexico, out of a total of 162.
In 1939 he was Scout Master. His interests in Indian lore and Indian crafts continued into adult life and are reflected both in his vocation and avocation. Ridgley spent 20 years as an Indian at Knott’s Berry Farm at Buena Park, California. There he learned the craft of jewelry manufacturing. And that is a craft that would be passed down for 5 generations. From him, to his grandson Jeremiah and later Jeremiah would pass that same craft down to his grandsons Tyler & Nathan Hartman.
Osapana was one of the founders of the Federated Indian Tribe in 1958 . This nonprofit corporation strived to maintain old American Indian cultural patterns for non-reservation Indians and their families. Osapana and Chehumpe (Merie) participate in many of their Pow Wows. Osapana comes with rightful title to his Indian ways, being a descendant of Pocahontas of the Powhatan tribe of Virginia, and his grandmother, Sabina Livers Greathouse who had Cherokee blood.
1972 - 2001
After retirement in 1972 Ridgley and Merie moved back to Clovis, New Mexico. Both taught painting in Fort Sumner, Melrose, and Clovis. Ridgley taught Indian lore to members of several Boy Scout troups. Ridgley taught his grandson, today called Jeremiah, making of silver and turquoise jewelry. Ridge was active in the Hi-Plains Muzzle Loaders and Black Powder Club and went on many “ron-d-voos,” living as they did prior to 1840. Involved with him was his daugher Kathy and Don McAlavy, son Keevy and several of Ridge’s great-grandkids. This group kept alive the Mountain Men traditions, trading, costumes, trapping and shooting. Ridge continued his Indian crafts such as jewelry and flute making at the home of Kathy and Don McAlavy in 1992, until he went blind in 2000. Two eye surgeries in Oct.-Nov., 2001 did not help.
Illustration of a Clovis man hunter some 12,500 BC
The Clovis People
the Clovis culture were the first inhabitants of the Americas and are considered the direct ancestors of roughly 80% of all living Native American populations in North and South America, with the remainder descended from ancestors who entered in later waves of migration. DNA from the 12,600-year-old remains of Anzick boy, found in Montana, has affirmed this connection to the peoples of the Americas