2013 Award Winner: BEST Designer Jewelry (Finalist)

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The Jewelry Mechanic

Nominated for: BEST Designer Jewelry

The Jewelry Mechanic W359 N5930 Brown St. Oconomowoc WI (262) 560-0600

In May 1996, we opened our first store in the old Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Village of Pewaukee. It was a tiny store and shop, but we loved the village and being a downtown merchant brought us business insights that would have been harder to develop in a mall setting. Many of our designs come from nature, and the wild things around us, so working on the east end of the largest lake in Lake Country, brought us incredible inspiration.
In the beginning, no one knew we were open for business, until a near tragedy happened on our door step, and changed our business forever. A customer suffered what Mike thought was a heart attack, but later learned that it was a blood clot in her lung. When he worked for Miller Brewing (before his goldsmith training) he trained as an EMT on the fire team at the plant, so he quickly got the customer quiet and resting, called the fire department, and even went to her elderly parents home to tell them what had transpired in the store. A week later a story came out in the Lake Country Reporter with the head line “Jeweler’s Good Deed Appreciated – Jeweler a Hero”. After that event the stage was set, and people knew we were open for business.
In 1998 and 2000, Mike won a first place awards for a ring and a bracelet design, in 2006 he was awarded an Honorable Mention for his earring design in the state of Wisconsin Design Competition, and 2001 he placed fourth in an internaltional design competition put on by a Swiss gemstone company. As word of our beautiful designs, and creative approaches began to spread it soon became apparent that in order to grow the business we would need more help. Our little shop in Pewaukee made that impossible, so we began to look for a location closer to our home in the town of Oconomowoc. The Richter House had been a landmark in the town since the turn of the last century. It is a large cream city brick house with a perfect layout for our workshop and gallery. In June of 2002 we made the big move, and our youngest daughter Leah Rose joined the company as our store manager. As our company grew we added additional sales staff, and we were joined by Eric and Gene, our other goldsmiths. We can do mainstream jewelry any day of the week, but we especially enjoy the challenging jobs that push the boundaries of our artistic design. We created a pendant to hold a gentleman’s mother’s ashes, made a pendant to hold a homesick college freshman’s pony tooth, capped a man’s Alaskan bear claws in gold after an exhilarating hunt. We have created jewelry from ancient coins, and pebbles from far away beaches. Jewelry is personal adornment. Prehistoric man used beautiful feathers, stone, leather, and dyes to adorn his body. The art form is more refined, but the desire to enhance our body with beautiful trinkets is still strong today.

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Amy R. on November 26, 2013

After my mother died, my father gave me her wedding ring. My then fiance (now husband) and I wanted to combine her ring with the one he'd given me when he proposed, that belonged to his mother. We were told by a big-box jeweler that it was impossible and that my mom's ring was "too fragile" and the only way to do this would be to take the diamond out of its setting (which is art-deco and beautiful) and reset it. We found the Jewelry Mechanic who was able to keep the integrity of both rings and combined them in a way that is beautiful - I constantly get compliments on it. They appreciated the history of the ring and are true artists to boot. Plus, they have dogs greet you when you come in. That's just too awesome.

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Sarah D. on December 8, 2013

soooo pleased with the work they did on my wedding ring ,happy I found them .

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Justin F. on December 5, 2013

Outstanding original designs, excellent service, remarkable value!

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Cheryl B. on December 5, 2013

Most Beautiful and Amazing Jewelry !

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Jamie W. on December 5, 2013

Vote for us!

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Jessica G. on December 2, 2013

Love you guys!

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Dondi G. on December 1, 2013

Everyone compliments me on the absolutely STUNNING custom-made sapphire and diamond wedding ring made by Mike, The Jewelry Mechanic! It represents my daddy and husbands blue eyes; surrounded by moms family diamonds from 44 yrs of marriage to my dad. People tear up when I tell them the story! Jo & mike are AHA-mazing!

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Nicole F. on December 1, 2013

Most unique and fabulous jewelry around!

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Muffin04 on November 26, 2013

Wonderful designs and great folks to do business with. Worth the drive

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