Early on as a child in the late 50's Kevin Schimke remembers playing in the back room of his father's jewelry store in El Cerrito, California. Little did he know at the time, this was helping form his future career. By 1971 in the 11th grade, he was working full time during the summer, and part time after school in an apprenticeship role performing jewelry repairs. He married Bella in 1977. In 1978 Kevin attended the world renowned Gemological Institute of America, earning the title of Gemologist. Moving to Stockton in 1979, he established Kevin Schimke Designing Jewelers on the Miracle Mile. His daughter Erika Schimke Reese now joins him in operating the store. Erika has a bachelor's degree in business from Stanislaus State University, as well as two AA degrees. She has designed clothing and has been involved in the fashion industry here and in New York.