owner Paul Gross has crafted
many styles of jewelry in the past 40 years. To celebrate his time in the
business of gems and metals, we asked him a few questions about his career.
Q: What was it about jewelry making
that captured your attention and made you want to get into this line of work?
A: I first got into jewelry making
at Dartmouth when I was a freshman because I was a rock collector and had some
stones that I thought would look nice polished. So, it was stones that were my
first love, and they still inspire me today, especially unusual cuts. I still
cut and polish a few myself, mostly opal, but for the most part, I buy unusual
stones from lapidaries around the world that do unusual custom cutting. A
couple of the best, Michael Dyber and John Bradshaw, have studios here in New
Hampshire. When I started in the jewelry studio at Dartmouth, making a
few pieces of jewelry for my sisters for Christmas, I had no idea that one
could actually earn a living making jewelry.
Q: How have your feelings about
making jewelry changed in 40 years?
A: I still love it after all these
years. I continue to find it hard to believe that I have a talent for it
and that I’ve been able to thrive making jewelry for 40 years (and actually
it’s been 48 since I began as a freshman at Dartmouth). I still get excited
when I find an unusual stone. One thing that hasn’t changed is my
satisfaction working with people for special occasions like engagements,
anniversaries, birthdays, and so on, and designing something for them that will
be a lifetime memento. One thing that has changed and grown is my commitment to
making jewelry that will endure and be practical to wear. I’m less apt to
design a risky or experimental piece these days, and I want to make sure that
whatever jewelry I make will survive with little maintenance.
Q: Styles change. However, is there
one that seems to last from year to year?
A: Engagement and wedding ring
styles have changed somewhat over the years, but since those are rings that
will be worn everyday for a lifetime, those styles tend to be a little more
classic and conservative than some of the other jewelry that I make. The
difficult part about designing those rings is creating something original and
new that still has a classic look.
Q: What do you see for the future?
A: I’m 66 now, but I intend to be
creating jewelry for quite awhile yet.
Head on over to Celebrate 40 years of business in Hanover on October 27th 5:30-7pm.
Stop by Designer Gold at 3 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755, 10 am- 5:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday.