In 1970, Richard Hegeman started as an apprentice lapidary (gemstone cutter) and for approximately five years worked for two different companies before striking out on his own.
By February 1978, he opened a small lapidary shop in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island, and began cutting and repairing precious and semi-precious gemstones for importers, manufacturers, retailers, and the general public.
After 30 years, Hegeman & Co. continues to evolve. Although Richard has passed, and will be dearly missed by the community, his legacy continues to live through the business.
Hegeman & Co. is now owned by Robert Corio, a longtime friend of Richard. Robert Corio has been a jewelry manufacturer in Rhode Island for over 40 years and is well known in the jewelry community both locally and internationally. In addition to using the traditional techniques that jewelers have used for thousands of years, Hegeman & Co. pieces can now be designed on a computer and made using rapid prototype machines at Corio’s Johnston, RI manufacturing facility.
Hegeman & Co. remains a small business built on over 30 years of expertise, individualization, and honesty in the world of fine jewelry. We offer a unique shopping experience:
- Quiet, welcoming atmosphere
- Personal, individualized attention
- One-of-a-kind, handmade, and custom-designed jewelry
Visit Robert Corio’s facility:
- Manufacturing – Designs International
- Showroom – Robert Corio Designs
1263 Hartford Ave. Johnston, RI 02919 (401)-272-2211
Hegeman & Co.
361 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
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