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My name is Bobbi French and I have owned this brick-and-mortar jewelry store for over a decade. G. Thomas was established in 1963 by the previous owner who was also my boss for the 10 years before I purchased the store. Now with over 20 years of working in the jewelry industry have developed a specialty for custom jewelry designs to accompany the regular items we carry in inventory every day.
My greatest passion are what's called "Up-Cycled" pieces. Up-cycled can be almost anything but usually involves the creation of a new piece from an older item that holds sentimental value. Often the conversation (the story itself) begins with someone who wants to sell a piece that no has become a painful reminder of a previous life, or they have lost a loved one, and don't particularly have the same taste they did but would like to honor that person by wearing a piece (or part) of them. The rebirth and up-cycling gives new meaning to the wearer and enables to carry a story with them at all times.
I've always loved the "stories" of the pieces people wear take special pride in knowing that those stories so often involve the people in my store. It's definitely one of the things that gets me moving each day as an entrepreneur!!
I employ several talented jewelers and I have been dabbling in the actual construction a bit myself. Like any great skill, I look forward to mastering the design process to be able to create a following of people who appreciate what we produce.
On this site I will share the stories behind the creations and provide the fairest pricing I can. I look forward to sharing my story with you sometimes being able to eliminate all of the "political correctness" and speak directly from the heart. I am well aware of my faults at being human, and am enjoying this journey of self healing and awareness of all kinds. I am always available to help produce something custom for you if you have something you would like Up-Cycle (or sell outright) and would greatly look forward to sharing your story as well.
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