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The Protective Power of Copper

Greetings folks . . . this is a PSA from your favorite jeweler. We all know that copper is so very handsome, pretty and looks great with diamonds in it too. You also may know it helps with arthritis and tennis elbow but did you know it's been proven to help protect people from viruses? It’s true. Read More

Metals: Gold and Platinum

I tend to work in a variety of metals not always found in traditional jewelry stores. The most popular metals I work with include: Platinum, Palladium, Gold (all colors and karats), Silver (Pure Silver, Sterling Silver, Palladium Sterling & Platinum Sterling), Iron, Stainless Damascus Steel, Mild Steel, Stainless Steel & Copper to name more than a few. Read More.

Reuse and Recycle: the Way of John Paul Designs

Growing up in the Midwest in an auctioneering family, John Paul was raised on buying things used and giving well-made items a second chance to be useful. The attitude of reusing & repurposing things has been in his blood ever since. Be it rummage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, auctions, craigslist or antique stores, he buys absolutely as much as possible, used. Nearly all of his large equipment and tooling is 50-100 years old. Some of his favorite tools include an anvil from Sweden and a fly press from the turn of the 19th century. Most of his smaller hand tools are from the 1940's-70's. He finds great pleasure in rescuing old tools and working them in to his day-to-day operations. Read More.