713 IAA Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

About Us



Wm. MarKen Jewelers was founded in 1996 by Bill Lyddon, Mark Meins, and Ken Criser.  The name is an acronym combining the first names of the owners, and their combined experience brings over 100 years of expertise to the business.  We are Bloomington-Normal's oldest member of the American Gem Society and hold three American Gem Society titles.

Wm. MarKen Jewelers is Normal and Bloomington IL's finest jeweler offering gold and silver jewelry, necklaces, pendants, diamonds, wedding rings, bracelets and more.  We provide appraisal and repair service, insurance replacement and much more.


Mission Statement


We work to bring you the best in quality and value.

Staff Profiles

Bill Lyddon

Bill was raised in Bloomington-Normal and has lived in Central Illinois most of his life. Bill has a degree in Geology and is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser.  With over 25 years of jewelry experience, Bill has been a member of the American Gem Society and GIA Alumni Association for many years.

Mark Meins

Mark is a Certified Gemologist and has 32 years jewelry experience in Central Illinois.

He grew up in Hopedale, IL and has lived in Bloomington-Normal for over 25 years.  An Illinois State University graduate, Mark is a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Mark is also a member of the Normal Masons, Bloomington Consistery, and Illinois Farm Bureau.


Ken Criser

Ken has lived in Central Illinois all his life.  As an apprentice, Ken was trained in the "old school" ways of hand fabricating, diamond setting, and repairing jewelry.  During his 38 year jewelry career, Ken has created or repaired many family heirloom items for generations of friends and customers in the area.  Ken is a member of the American Gem Society and holds the title of Registered Jeweler.  He is also a charter member of Business Network International in Bloomington-Normal.

Karen McConnell

Karen grew up in Bloomington-Normal and graduated from Central Catholic High School.  She is a Registered Jeweler with the American Gem Society and is currently enrolled in GIA Gemology courses and is well on the way to her goal of becoming a Graduate Gemologist.

Karen is a member of neXt Professionals and the McLean County Irish Heritage Society.