Richard Matters, of Matters Jewelry, was recognized Wednesday for the restoration and preservation work he has been done to this long-time family business.
A Neosho Proud sign was presented to Matters by Shoal Creek Heritage Preservation.
After a short hiatus to Neosho Boulevard, the business returned to the Neosho Square and much preservation and restoration has been done to the building and furnishings. Jewelers’ benches belonging to four generations of the Matters men are on display — two of which have been restored. The business also houses a wooden rail from the Haas building, old iron rings that are used in displays and some antique hat racks.
The business also has a display of old clocks and the walls are the original bricks.
Matters Jewelry is one of the oldest — if not the oldest — family-owned jeweler in Missouri. The Matters family began their business, in 1892, as makers of saddles. When they acquired a contract from the railroad, they moved into the watch making business and then expanded to include jewelry.
An interesting feature of the business is a diamond engraved on the sidewalk at the entrance of the building. This has long been the symbol of a good jeweler.