John Laughter Jewelers in Asheville, Waynesville closing; sale in the works

John Laughter's jewelry stores in Waynesville and Asheville will close soon. Photo: WLOS

After 50 years in the jewelry business, John Laughter has decided it's time to close his locally owned stores in Asheville and Waynesboro.

“I've been on the sales floor for 50 years, including the holidays, serving the public,” Laughter said. “Time to close that chapter.”

For those looking for deals on fine jewelry, mark your calendars. Both stores are having going-out-of-business sales beginning Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

The stores sell classic jewelry pieces including diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, sapphire, emerald and ruby gemstones, and some harder-to-find items, including Lightning Ridge and Ethiopian opals and tsavorite garnets.

Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings -- some with up to 5-carat diamonds -- will be for sale.

One unique jewelry piece in particular for sale at the Waynesville location will turn heads: an estate emerald from around the 1920s -- worth $25,000 to $35,000 -- that’s been re-cut and fashioned.

As he makes plans to close the business, Laughter says one thing he’ll miss is being involved in creating lasting memories for customers.

“I love the emotional connection between jewelry and the memory it creates,” he said. “A 90-year-old customer can come in here and tell me ‘I got this from my daddy when I was 13.’” I enjoy that.”

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Asheville location is at 1800 Hendersonville Road, and the Waynesville location is at 146 N Main Street.

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