It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder, owner and head designer, Charlene Martin. After a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer, Charlene is now home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is greatly missed by her family and we know this news will sadden her many loyal customers. Jim will be moving forward with the business after relocating to Missouri and setting up shop on his daughter’s sheep ranch. Jim’s daughter and grandchildren will be assisting him with the manufacturing and sales. As this is no small change, we appreciate your patience as we make this transition. We are dedicated to continuing with the same principles and values used to build the company.
For the past 45 years Charlene has designed and manufactured jewelry of all kinds from simple earrings, pendants, and pins to high-end diamond wedding sets. This started when she wanted a special pendant at the local jewelry store. Her husband, Jim, always the conservative, said they couldn’t afford it and if she wanted it she would have to learn how to make it. She did, and so started her business. She started making jewelry and taking it to stores around the area. This grew to having salesmen all over the country and sales world wide through trade shows.
During this time her artistic ability grew to painting. She has worked in oils, acrylics, and watercolors. This came as no surprise because she came from a family of artists. Her great uncles, who were twins, had an art school in Kansas City. Her watercolor paintings are available as note cards on our website. She was unable to find appropriate thank you cards for our children to write thank you notes to the buyers of their 4-H project animals and these note cards were created as a result.
Jim has been involved in the jewelry design and manufacturing with his wife, Charlene, for the past 45 years. With his engineering background he has designed many pieces of equipment and manufacturing processes for Charlene’s jewelry business. About 25 years ago his interest in hand engraving started when he watched a master engraver ply his trade on a gun barrel. Two years later he studied under a master engraver and artist from Texas and has been engraving jewelry ever since. Jim has built and engraved everything from sterling silver belt buckles, bolas, earrings, and hair clips, to a wedding cake top and a plaque for the California State Fair for a gentleman who had shown livestock there for 65 years. Jim is a member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.