A little more than a month following the death of owner Corinne Herbst, the Alexia Gallery will cease operations at the end of this week.
Ms. Herbst, a beloved gemologist with a loyal following in the greater Decatur area, died Jan. 16 following her battle with breast cancer.
"The rumors are true," read a posting on the store's Facebook page. "With Corinne's passing, Alexia Gallery is closing."
The store was closed Tuesday.
It is expected to reopen for limited hours for the remainder of the week to sell remaining fixtures and displays.
A jewelry designer in her own right, Ms. Herbst, who has some 30 years in the jewelry industry, opened Alexia Gallery in downtown Decatur in 2006 with her husband.
The gallery was an artist's showcase, featuring the works and creations of more than 165 jewelry and fine craft artisans from around the world.
She touched the lives of her customers and left lasting impressions not just because of her talent and creativity as a jeweler but because hers was a caring and compassionate spirit.
"Corinne was a joy to know — full of vitality and warmth," Angela Hale wrote in an earlier Decatur Patch story about Ms. Herbst's passing. "She wasn't merely a shop-owner. She was someone you enjoyed having in your life."
Added Susie Spear Purcell, who worked with Ms Herbst:
"She is a lovely, honest, strong, creative woman who always found the best in others and enjoyed life with zest."