Texas artisan jewelry designer James Avery dead at 96

KERRVILLE, Texas – James Avery, the jewelry designer known for his Christian-themed creations, has died at the age of 96.

The World War II bomber pilot started his business in 1954 in a garage near Kerrville, Texas with just $250.

Over the years, it’s grown to big business through catalog sales and 80 brick and mortar stores.

In 2007, Avery stepped down as CEO and passed the reins over to his sons.

The company announced Avery’s passing on Twitter writing, “He touched many lives through his art and giving spirit.”