Gold Crown Jewelers Opens
Silvio, a master craftsman who learned the art in his native Italy. The brothers installed the tile in the store themselves and bring the same eye for design and detail to the jewelry they make and sell.
Ricco and Paolo opened their new store across from McDonald's in early May. It's Gold Crown's second location: they've owned the first, in Jackson, for three years, and before that Paolo, thirty-seven, spent two decades in jewelry wholesale sales and design. Ricco, twenty-nine, took a different route into the jewelry business: he took culinary classes at WCC and worked for eight years at Sparrow Market in Kerrytown before leaving to join his brother when the Ann Arbor store opened.
Although Gold Crown sells fine jewelry and watches bought from wholesalers, Ricco says fifty percent of sales come from jewelry he and Paolo design and make themselves, including pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more. It's the part of the work he likes best. "It's a lot more personal," he says. "We don't take any moldings, so once [a piece is finished] there will not be another duplicate, and a lot of people really like that--that they have a one-of-a-kind piece."
Gold Crown Jewelers, 2315 W. Stadium. 761-5454. Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun.