SOME GREAT THINGS OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE SAID ABOUT US:
Just a quick note to thank Geoff, Sara and all the others that make Cranstoun Court Jewellers the greatest jewelry store in Arizona.
Thank you for making every visit to you store a joy.
Dear Mr. Woerner,
I want to thank you and your associates for all of your help and creativity in creating the "Wedding Ring--Diamond Pendant" necklace for my Mom last month. Its beauty brings my Mom comfort as she adjusts. Thank you again for everything.
Dear Cranstoun Jewellers,
We thoroughly enjoyed your "Sparkling Holiday Party" -- good music, good food, good people! Thank you.
Loretta R. and Richard T.
What a wonderful "Ladies Night Out!" Enjoyed it very much. Morgan is growing up into a fine young lady.
So very nice of you to draw me as a winner!
Al & I are enjoying the portrait (that was drawn at the party) & it is hanging up!
It certainly was a first class event. Which reflects "Cranstoun Court Jewellers!"
Thank you so much,
Dear Cranstoun Family,
We certainly enjoyed your "Sparkling Holiday Party." It was everything you said it would be! And how wonderful for all the children who will receive those toys! We wish we could see the two little ones who will receive our pull-toy frogs made by the Sun City West Woodworking Club.
So we send a hearty thanks! You are indeed an asset to our community.
Pat & Gerhard L.
ABOUT CRANSTOUN COURT JEWELLERS
name is Ben Woerner, and I want to tell you about our family business. I was
going to give you the typical who, what, when, where and why, but that
information is available elsewhere, and it doesn't really tell you in a real
way who we are. It can convey some shallow ideas about us, but it won't get to
the core of our ethics. That is why I am going to tell you about my father,
Geoff, the owner of our company.
My father wasn't always in the
jewelry business, although his great-grandfather had been. Twenty-five years
ago he was just entering the industry, much like I did just a few short years
ago. At the time he was coming off of a series of long trips to Europe that he
had taken my family on. My father isn't an overtly religious man. He won't
thump a Bible or quote scripture at you. His faith is personal and private,
like Thomas Jefferson's. Like Jefferson, his belief in the principle of freedom
for all men is just as strong. I tell you this so that you'll be prepared to
hear that for roughly four years my parents smuggled Bibles behind the Iron
Curtain. My family lived in Vienna, Austria and my father drove a camper van
designed for smuggling Bibles and printing plates all over Eastern Europe.
When he talks about those years it is obvious that he derived the most joy from
seeing how happy he made the people when he gave them Bibles and printing
plates. Those Bibles weren't just representative of a Christian belief. I
firmly believe that my father and mother would've done the same thing if they
had been Buddhists or Jewish. Those books and plates were essentially Freedom
that they were handing out. They were giving the oppressed people of Eastern
Europe the freedom to practice the religion that they desired.
My father is older, and no longer
distributes printing plates as he jaunts around Europe. Because of the wisdom
and foresight of the leaders of Europe he no longer needs to. Also he had a
growing family he needed to provide for - it takes a lot to feed a boy who was
6'3" when he turned fifteen. His passion for helping went with him. He
worked for years giving his all to both his family and the companies he worked
for. He gave my sister and me the freedom to go to college, and my mother the
freedom to go back and earn her doctorate. He gave the businesses he worked for
the hardest work an honest man can provide. For years he was the go-to man for
several companies that needed to turn failing stores around. He shared his
ethics to his employees and his business sense helped straighten out the books
where more sales wouldn't.
In 2004, my father opened Cranstoun Court Jewellers. Finally, he was
able to have a business of his own. From the start he worked on perfecting a
business that would be able to give back to the community, as he had done previously
on his own.
His hair is definitely grayer, he
has more wrinkles, and he's not as spry as he was when he would carry me on his
shoulders around the mountains in Austria. Today he believes more deeply than
ever in the transformative powers of freedom and selfless giving. With
his business he can accomplish both and not only give of himself, but help his
customers give gifts that, while not as powerful as freedom, carry the gift of