Meritage Jewelers, a business started by former employees of Smyth Jewelers, has opened on York Road in Lutherville.
The store will focus on bridal and engagement jewelry and offer a curated selection of fine jewelry, the company said in an announcement Friday. It will be run by a five-member management team with more than 100 years of combined industry experience.
“Our team has lived the evolution of the industry from bricks-and-mortar stores to the Internet,” Jennifer McCullough, owner and chief merchandising officer, said in the announcement. “Our store will provide equal or better value than any Internet provider, with a personalized level of service that will help our customers fall in love with jewelry buying.”
The business and some of its executives have been named in a lawsuit filed by Smyth, a more-than-century-old retailer with three Baltimore-area stores. The lawsuit filed in June in U.S. District Court in Baltimore accuses former employees of stealing confidential lists of customers, vendors and employees to start Meritage. Named as defendants are Smyth’s former chief operating officer, former vice president of operations and two other former employees.
In an Aug. 23 court document, Mark Motes, Smyth COO from 2007 through last year and a Meritage founder, said Smyth is using the lawsuit to stop Motes from competing with the Smyth business.
Meritage is owned and operated by McCullough and John Jackson, who share ownership with Pandora Jewelry USA co-founder Michael Lund. The owners said they plan to open a second store next year.