For birthdays, winter holidays and Valentine's Day--jewelry remains one of the most desired gifts. More than anything, receivers appreciate presents that show the giver put thought and creativity into the purchase. The Vail area has several incredible jewelry stores with collections that are not only entirely different from one another, but unlike jewelry you will find anywhere else. A gift from one of these stores, for yourself or someone special, will leave no doubt that consideration and effort went into the selection.
In 2009, the Jewelers of America selected Lionshead Jewelers as one of the top 50 designer jewelry retailers in the United States. They offer the largest selection of designer, fine and contemporary jewelry in Vail. Their main showroom is located in Lionshead near the ice skating rink. It is a 4,000 square foot gallery that includes museum-quality fossils and minerals in addition to an extensive jewelry collection. Lamina Jewelry is their exquisite boutique located in Vail on the corner of One Willow Bridge Road across from Solaris.
One of the many designers on display at Lionshead and Lamina Jewelers is Italian designer Roberto Coin known for his creativity and quality. They are the only store in the Vail Valley to carry Teufel's whimsical and eye catching motion jewelry. While they are known for amazing fine jewelry, they do carry jewelry at all price points.
Established in 1897, Betteridge Jewelers has been an American family-owned business for five generations. Their Vail store is located in the Solaris building. Selling jewelry of their own design, select designers exhibiting the highest level of design quality, as well as one-of-a-kind estate jewelry.
Betteridge carries Paul Morelli, an American jewelry designer known for his workmanship and technique. Gumuchian Jewelry is made in New York City and like Betteridge, is a family-owned business. Gumuchian is fashion-forward jewelry designed with stylish women in mind. Nostalgic and playful, Mark Davis Jewelry combines vintage Bakelite with diamonds and gemstones to create expressive and fun pieces. Don't forget to check out the Vintage Watch Case that contains the most extensive collection of watches in Vail.
The Squash Blossom is a Vail original, started by newlyweds John and Patti Cogswell more than 44 years ago. As the name implies, the store initially focused on Native American jewelry. Today there are two Squash Blossom locations--Vail and Colorado Springs. The Vail location is found in the heart of Vail at 198 Gore Creek Drive. Their jewelry offerings have expanded to include designers with a focus on artistic integrity and superior craftsmanship.
The Squash Blossom's extensive list of designers includes Gurhan, best known for the exclusive use of 24-karat gold in his designs. German design house Atelier Zobel delights in breaking with tradition by incorporating unexpected elements such as petrified coral and ceramic shards in their designs.
Dan Telleen is the master craftsman behind Karats Vail. Dan was awarded a 2017 Commendation Medal from The Cultured Pearl Association of America Inc. and the International Pearl Design Competition. Dan has been designing jewelry in Vail for nearly 48 years. Karats is a working studio-gallery located at 122 E. Meadow Drive next to La Tour restaurant. In addition to Dan's fabulous designs, he also offers a carefully curated collection of top international designers.
Koji Kawamoto is one of the most anticipated visitors to Vail every year. Koji is from Mie, Prefecture, in Japan and was essentially born into the pearl industry. He prides himself on his ability to match the pearl to the person. He creates designs for both men and women. While Karats carries Koji's pearls throughout the year, he holds several trunk shows throughout the year featuring a more extensive selection of pearls.
Another amazing designer found at Karats is Carolyn Tyler. She imbues her pieces with historical, archeological and spiritual elements. Most of her pieces are crafted in 22-karat eco-gold, which is recycled gold. Her pieces are both stunning and unique.
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