Built on Traditions.




Herman Hiss & Company is proud of its tradition and history, extending back to the very beginnings of Bay City. Our legacy began when John Rose opened John Rose Jewelers at the corner of Water and Center streets in 1867, just two years after Bay City was incorporated. A few years later, the store moved to its current location on Washington Avenue. Herman Hiss worked for John Rose as a watchmaker for several years before purchasing and re-naming the Bay City landmark.

Registered Jeweler, Graduate of Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

Nicholas Schwall

Registered Jeweler, Graduate of GemologicalInstitute of America (GIA).Nick started working side by side with his wife, Christine, in January 2008. Nick handpicks every diamond and piece of fine jewelry in the store. Nick is an expert in bridal jewelry, watches, and unique gemstones.


Christine Schwall

Under the guidance of Christine and her mother, Barb, Herman Hiss has become the preeminent source of gifts for weddings, baptisms, baby showers, retirement parties, housewarmings, and more. Christine and Nick’s sons, Hunter and Easton, represent the 6th generation.

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Our History

It was 1937 when Sally Hiss began working in store at the age of 12. Sally married Thomas Tabor in 1947. Tom Sr. became a registered jeweler with the American Gem Society, which brought the number of jewelers in the business to two. Sally developed the gift selection: including the Bridal Registry, and china and silver departments of the Herman Hiss Store.


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