Founded in 1947 by Fred Helker. After graduating from watchmakers college in Elgin, IL in 1945, he taught watchmaking briefly before going into business in his hometown of Platteville. The business has operated in 4 different locations. In 1979 his daughter, Kay Helker assumed operation of the business until March 2011. Kay then sold the family business to Chris and Sarah Justmann of Dubuque, IA. Chris comes to Helker Jewelry with 19 years of experience in the jewelry industry. Chris is also a Goldsmith that oversees all jewelry repairs on the premises.