Quality Service & Value

Your Personal Jeweler

We have built our family-owned business over the last 154 years on the referrals of our clients. Beginning in Pittsburgh when we were in the wholesale jewelry and watch business to where we are five generations later, our customers have helped us consistently top the list of the area’s best fine jewelers, including earning the gold medal on Best of Essex’s Best Jewelry list for 15 years running. We could never have accomplished this without the kind words and reviews from our devoted customers.

We remain committed to our mission to be Your Personal Jeweler. To accomplish that mission, we continue to invest in our stores to better serve our community in multiple ways. We do these things to thank the loyal supporters of our stores and in hopes of earning their continued trust for generations to come.

Expert Buying Assistance and repairs

One-Stop Jewelry Shop

Walter Bauman Jewelers will take care of any, and all, of your jewelry and watch needs.   If you are looking for a gift or a new accessory, our experienced staff will help you pick out the perfect
piece from our designer jewelry, estate jewelry, fashion jewelry or watch collections.  If your jewelry is broken, our expert jewelers will fix your watch or jewelry with the utmost care including watch battery replacements, broken chains, prong repair, ring resizing and more.  If you need an appraisal or are interested in selling your jewelry, one of our many expert appraisers will examine your pieces and provide you with a valuation.

Satisfaction guaranteed

Voted Best Jewelry Store

Our Satisfaction Guarantee

We want you to love and enjoy your jewelry and offer a one-year guarantee for any repairs on pieces that you buy at Walter Bauman Jewelers.  We also offer a 15-day, money-back guarantee, or a store credit up to 15 days after purchase.  If an item is being purchased for an upcoming event or holiday just let us know and the return period will start from that date.

Voted Best Jewelry Store in NJ

As a respected store in the jewelry industry, Walter Bauman Jewelers has been named the best jewelry store in Essex County
from 2009 through 2023 by Suburban Essex readers and the best jewelry store in New Jersey by NJ Monthly readers. 

Always growing as Your Personal Jeweler


Walter Bauman Jewelers is currently run by Walter and Russell Bauman, grandchildren of the founding Walter O. Bauman, in addition to a group of talented and dedicated managers, experts and sales consultants.  To better serve its customers, Walter Bauman Jewelers has made it policy to have at least one trained gemologist or diamond expert, as well as a jewelry craftsperson, at each of its locations. 

At present, Walter Bauman Jewelers has ten graduates of the Gemological Institute of America on staff.  In addition, Walter Bauman Jewelers is one of the most reputable gold buyers in New Jersey.  Out of 50 gold buyers statewide, Walter Bauman Jewelers was the only gold buyer to be without violations.

Walter Bauman Jewelers features an impressive estate jewelry collection and offers one-of-a-kind and designer pieces that our customers are accustomed to finding in our estate cases.

Kerry’s Corner, located within our West Orange store, specializes in fashion jewelry, and offers a wide selection of fun, statement and trendy jewelry to complete any outfit at a lower price point.

Our specialized bridal jewelry cases provide customers with a more private-viewing and personalized experience and allow for one-on-one appointments with our expert jewelers and designers for custom orders.

We have added more jewelers and more watchmakers to help meet our customers ever-growing demand for custom-design jewelry and jewelry maintenance and repairs.

We are always adding More for You so we can Grow as Your Personal Jeweler.

over 150 years as your personal jeweler

About our history

Walter Bauman Jewelers traces its beginning to 1868, when Walter O. Bauman’s grandfather started a wholesale watch and jewelry
business in Pittsburgh, PA.  Shortly thereafter, the business moved to New York City following a growing demand for fine jewelry and timepieces. In 1935, Walter O. Bauman was happy to accept his grandfather’s invitation to join him in the expanding wholesale business.

First Store in West Orange

After years of requests from the public, Walter O. Bauman decided to open a retail store.  In 1960, he found the perfect location at 653 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange, New Jersey, where the flagship store can be found today.  His idea was to offer the public the same low prices other retailers were paying for merchandise. Combined with unmatched selection and service, the West Orange store soon became well-known for having the best deals on fine jewelry and giftware.

In the 1970’s, Walter Bauman Jewelers began its involvement with Estate and Antique jewelry.  By paying the highest prices for any gold or diamond jewelry and watches, they have built a spectacular collection, including many one-of-a-kind pieces.  In that regard, Walter Bauman Jewelers has worked hard for the past 40 years to make itself one of America’s great dealers in purchasing and selling vintage jewelry.