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Feature Friday – Michael Marentes

Meet the man in charge of quality craftsmanship and top-notch customer service

Meet Michael Marentes I got my first taste of jewelry my freshman year of high school. My Instructor, Chuck Crawford, was an awesome and inspiring individual. In classes, we learned lost wax casting and basic fabrication in sterling silver. By my senior year, I had two hours independent study and read more…

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Matrix Software Makes its Way to the Smithsonian

See how talented jewelry artist Zoltan David creates his museum-worthy designs

Introducing Sir Zoltan David: a talented Matrix software maven and accomplished jewelry designer   An accomplished Matrix user and jewelry designer, Sir Zoltan David has built his career around forging innovative, original, and unique jewelry. He holds several industry honors, including multiple AGTA Spectrum Awards, InStore Magazine’s Coolest Jewelry Store, and now, read more…

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Customer Events: Casting in Seattle

How Goldmine Design drives foot traffic with creativity, charm, and a unique casting experience

When you have 450 square feet of space to run a manufacturing facility, you make every inch count—and Seattle-based Goldmine Design has been doing just that since 1994. Sitting street-side off Seattle’s 1st Avenue, Goldmine has turned a small workspace into a jewelry-making powerhouse complete with dreams turned realities, a read more…

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Feature Friday – Chelsea Swank

The second-generation creator of eclectic styles and eerie designs

In honor of Halloween, we’re featuring Chelsea Swank this week – a jeweler with an eclectic style and eerie designs.   Meet Chelsea Swank I am a second-generation jeweler from Portland, Oregon. I’d describe my design aesthetic as Gothic Bohemian with celestial tendencies. Our inventory, available on our Etsy shop, is read more…

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Feature Friday – Annette Kinzie

The employee-turned-owner of Leonard Jewelry in Stillwater, Oklahoma

“We love this business because it combines the opportunity to work with beautiful jewelry in a great industry while serving our community!” – Annette Kinzie   I began working in the jewelry business for Mr. Leonard in high school and throughout my college years at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, read more…

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Feature Friday – Micah Harp

The Christian Warrior, custom jeweler, and focused family man

“Before every couples’ first home, first child, first anniversary, comes the ring he presents to her in a box with your logo on it.” – Micah Harp   I grew up in the jewelry industry. My grandfather started out doing watch repair in 1954, later opening his own jewelry store. read more…

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It’s National Dog Day!

We’re drooling over these precious store dogs

It’s National Dog Day! Well technically, tomorrow is the official National Dog Day. But let’s face it, pet lovers dedicate every day to caring for our sweet, furry friends. Does your dog visit your store? Do you let your customers’ dogs in as well? As it turns out, quite a read more…

Feature Friday – Russell Brown

The inventive goldsmith with a passion for creating

“My biggest tip to those in our industry: take pride in what you create.” – Russell Brown   At the age of 15, Russell Brown started in the jewelry industry with his father. In the early 80s, Brown’s dad bought jewelry from a family friend and began selling the gold at read more…

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Feature Friday – Stephenie Bjorkman

The horse-riding, big truck drivin’ storeowner

I am a second-generation jeweler.  I got into the business in 1997 when my parents were fresh out of a divorce. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed my help with her business, Sami Fine Jewelry. So I quit my job selling cowboy boots and entered the jewelry read more…

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