Determined to one day open his own business and continue the family tradition, Guirguis left Egypt in 1989 to move to the United States, following in the footsteps of family members who also took the same chance.
“When I came here, of course, my language skills were not where they needed to be and my experience of how to do business in America was not there yet,” Guirguis said.
Guirguis spent four years working for others in jewelry stores, saving up each paycheck so he could open his own store—Luxor Jewelry—in 1993 in Bedford. He eventually relocated to Colleyville in 2001, after purchasing a house in the city a few years earlier.
“It was my first time working for someone else and it was not something that I tolerated for much longer,” he said. “It was very important to me that someday I would have my own business.”
Using family knowledge and his background in business, Guirguis’s full-service jewelry store prides itself on focusing and listening to the customer in order to present them with the best option that meets their needs.
“We have very very loyal customers. They’ve been following us for 28 years,” said Guirguis, who mentioned that clients he had in Bedford now come to the Colleyville location.
Luxor Jewelry currently has seven full-time employees dedicated to creating custom pieces as well as repairing jewelry—all under the guidance of Guirguis.
“Definitely, you have to have the talent for it, the feel of how a piece of jewelry looks like when someone wants something. You have to see it in your mind and make it into reality,” he said.
According to the store owner, the business is busy with clientele year-round. Customers come into Luxor Jewelry seeking gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Valentines’ Day and, of course, Christmas.
Among the most popular items sold, diamond bracelets and necklaces, semiprecious colored stones and watches rank high on the list.
Having invested so much into his business, Guirguis said the community’s support of Luxor Jewelry has been a blessing.
“I just love my store. I protect my tradition with everything I got,” he said.
Luxor Custom Jewelers — 75 Main St., Ste. 100, Colleyville. 817-498-3600. luxorcustomjewelers.com Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., closed Sun.