Art Jewelers Offers Endless Possibilities With New Engraver & Welder
The elves in Santa’s workshop have nothing on the Meadows family at Art Jewelers. The Woodstock jewelers have been busy expanding and increasing their inventory, just in time for Christmas. Thanks to the addition of a new laser engraver and arc welder, the gift ideas are endless. Engraved items — such as Christmas ornaments, bracelets, pendants, charms and rings — are some of the newest choices available for shoppers.
The Meadows family, led by patriarch Dave, continuously works to update the showroom and stay on top of the latest trends in the industry. Jewelry options for Christmas gifts include custom-designed pieces, an assortment of chains and a collection of rings that allows the customer to mix bands and stones in creating a look they love.
• The laser engraver.
The customer’s imagination is the only limit to the variety of gift ideas the engraver can create. Andrew McDeermond, husband of Dave’s daughter Angelica, can take fingerprints and handwriting, and create custom pieces for any occasion. Often customers request that the handwriting of their deceased loved one is preserved in some way.
Fingerprints, handprints and footprints often are requested by moms. Andrew recalled a time when he was able to capture the fingerprint from a military ID, and design pendants for the veteran’s wife, to give their daughters.
• The arc welder.
Another recent addition is the arc welder, which makes it possible to weld a small area safely, used most often in forever bracelets. The bracelet can be fitted to the customer’s wrist and welded together, without a clasp, on the spot, creating a piece of jewelry that never comes off. The chain options start at $99; gift cards and packages also are available for giving.
• Jewelry selections.
Popular among shoppers are classic diamond stud earrings, both mined and lab-grown. Diamonds-by-the-inch necklaces can be purchased in different lengths and carat weights, starting at $999. The jewelers can work with a customer to create a custom piece, or shoppers can try on different bands and jewels, for that perfect ring.
“We really love what we do and take pride in delivering quality, whether that’s doing a great job on a repair, designing a custom piece or just being part of someone having a great shopping experience,” Angelica said.
“We don’t take shortcuts or try to sell you something you don’t need,” she said. “We love that jewelry is so sentimental, and we aim to make it last. We love that our customers share their stories and big moments with us, and continue to come back again and again. We love building relationships and community.”
All in the Family
Angelica grew up watching her father and grandfathers work side by side in the jewelry industry. She joined the business after high school, and now, 14 years later, her children come to the store and watch their father, Andrew, and grandfather, Dave, work side by side.
“It’s a really cool legacy that has been built over generations, and it’s an honor to be a part of it,” she said. “Our families’ stories exist because of, and are interwoven with, our customers over the years.”
The store is family-owned and -operated, so there’s no pressure to buy, because there are no commissions. Shopping is relaxed and low-key. Prices are marked clearly in the display cases, so there
is no sticker shock, and customers don’t have to ask about the prices.
Stop in with your wish list — or ask to have your list kept on file. Whether you want to spend a little extra on a gift for your spouse, or are looking to find an affordable piece of jewelry that you can pick up for family members, friends or teachers, gifts are available from less than $50.