Alexia Gallery Owner Dies of Breast Cancer Complications

The store will celebrate the life of owner Corinne Herbst on Saturday.


Corinne Herbst, owner of the Alexia Gallery, has passed away, according to a post by her son, Jared, on the store's Facebook page.

Jared wrote:

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing Corinne's passing on January 16th due to complications from breast cancer. I have tried to reach most of her friends and family before posting this, but I know I missed some. Corinne was a beloved gemologist and jewelry designer in the industry for more than 25 years. She opened her own store, Alexia Gallery, 7 years ago with her husband."

Corinne Herbst had more than 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry. The store she and her husband opened highlights unique work by local and international artists and craftspeople. It also creates custom jewelry pieces, and it is a popular destination during Decatur's evening art walk events.

A greeting on the store's answering machine said the gallery is closed until 11 a.m. Friday. The message asked that people not leave voice messages. As reported by the Decatur Metro blog, a sign posted on the front door invites people to use the "Contact Us" page on the Alexia Gallery website to leave messages before then.

A celebration of life will be held at the store from 3-8 p.m. Saturday for "those who have worked with her in any capacity: former employers, employees, co-workers, suppliers, designers, artists and friends," according to the Facebook post.

Editor's note: Corrine Herbst helped me design my wedding ring in 2008. She was thoughtful and generous as she helped me take an idea from a torn out page of a catalog - a photo of a beautiful ring I couldn't afford - and figure out a way to create a version of it. I am sad to learn that she has passed on.

Do you have any memories of Corrine? Please share them in the comments area below.

Donna January 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM
It waa such a joy to shop at Alexis Gallery; not only because the jewelry was so beautiful but because Corinne always made it so much fun.
Theresa Woodgeard January 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Corinne was a talented artist full of charisma who really cared about her craft and went the extra mile for her customers. She will be missed.
Melissa Krost January 24, 2013 at 12:58 AM
This is very sad news. She took good care of my patinum rings and was always so warm and friendly; it was as if she had known you for years.
Susie Spear Purcell January 24, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I worked with Corrine years ago. She is a lovely, honest, strong, creative woman who always found the best in others and enjoyed life with zest. She will be missed. My prayers go out to her beloved sons and husband.
Mary January 24, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Several years ago I walked into Alexia Gallery, with pictures of rings from a magazine and a ruby that my father purchased as a gift for me, while stationed in Asia. After speaking with Corinne for a very short period of time, she had such a sense of my style and taste in jewelry. She designed an absolutely beautiful ring for me! I constantly receive many compliments on this gorgeous piece of jewelry. My dad died shortly after Corinne created this ring for me, which makes it even more of a treasure. She was a very creative and caring person, who will be missed.
Angela Hale January 24, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I was shocked to hear this news. Corinne was a joy to know -- full of vitality and warmth. A generous force in all ways, she gave to the International Community School for our South Africa-themed auction. I've had Corinne on my mind lately and intended to stop by the shop to say hello. She wasn't merely a shop-owner. She was someone you enjoyed having in your life.
Leanne Rubenstein January 24, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Corrine was such a warm and lovely presence. We often stopped in and loved bringing out of town guests to shop at Alexia. Corrine was so full of life and always had a smile and welcome hug. She supported local fundraisers and was a true community spirit. She will be sadly missed.
Jill Joyner January 24, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Corrine's death. I have known her since before she opened Alexia. She designed a beautiful mother's ring for me that I will treasure even more now that she is gone. Decatur has lost a bright light, my prayers are with her family.
Kimberly Tucker Johnston January 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM
So shocked and saddened by this news. Corrine helped us find the perfect wedding rings. I will miss her spark & spirit. She was such a pleasure to work with...prayers for her family. I know she'll be missed.
Linda Harris January 24, 2013 at 01:55 PM
My children surprised me at Christmas one year with a necklace Corrine had crafted from stones from my mother's jewelry. It is beautiful and I think of her talent and caring each time I wear it. She was a great booster of Decatur and so active and supportive. I will miss her.
Pam Hughes January 24, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I am extremely saddened to hear this. I did not know she had breast cancer. I met Corrine when she was at Illumina at Phipps Plaza. My mother-in-law had given me a diamond and she designed a beautiful ring for me with sapphires, my birthstone. I wear the ring every day. She was absolutely delightful. I will truly miss her. Pam Hughes
Worthmore Jewelers January 25, 2013 at 01:51 PM
We hate to hear about such a loss to our Decatur community and the jewelry industry. Corrine had a great reputation across the jewelry industry and she will be missed.


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