Sixteen years ago Steven and Elyse Douglas, owners of Douglas Jewelry Design in Downtown Bend, were introduced to Oregon’s Official State Gem, the Oregon Sunstone, through Dust Devil Mining. They were fascinated with this stone, and it became more and more a part of their lives and business. So much so, in fact, that their store became anecdotally as “the Sunstone store”.
Now, over a decade later, they have decided to officially transform Douglas Jewelry Design to The Sunstone Store. In addition to aligning with their passions, this change will allow them to transition towards retirement. They will be involved less with the daily operation of the store allowing Elyse to spend more time in the studio designing and making jewelry while Steven will be handling gem mining and finished gem production. Chelsea Engelman, a long time employee, will be the assistant manager.
The look of the new store will be very different from Douglas Jewelry Design; the custom-built steel display cases will be about the only design element carried over. The color scheme will be completely different with a repaint, new floors and furnishings, including live edge ponderosa pine and corrugated steel elements. It will feel less like a “fine” jewelry store and more like a jewelry/gift gallery. Steven and Elyse are passionate DIY artisans and designers, so naturally the redesign of their store is one of the projects they are joyfully taking charge of, doing all of the design and remodeling work themselves.
The product mix will of course be dominated by Oregon Sunstone jewelry. Mostly of their own design but they are also presently searching high and low for other artisans who do or will work with Oregon Sunstone. In addition, they will also have other gift items related to the adventure of mining the gem.
Unfortunately some of the services that Douglas Jewelry Design was know for will be dropped as they require too much of our time to meet our semi-retirement goals, jewelry appraisal being one of them. We will still do custom design work by appointment and jewelry repair services will still be available.
“I think we are most excited about the change and the process of creating something new!” says Steven, “Outside of some stores that feature diamond jewelry I’m not aware of any retail jeweler focused on a single gem. It’s a challenge we are in a unique position to take on with our experience in jewelry retail, our connection to mining and Oregon itself.”
There will be a private “Transition Party” in late January but we do not have firm plans for a grand opening yet.
Visitors to The Sunstone Store can expect more than just unique jewelry and gifts. Guests will be able to learn about Oregon Sunstone, it’s history and how and where it is mined. They will even have information for people that want to go out to fee dig or visit the public collection area in the Oregon Outback near Plush, Oregon.
Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday 10:30-5:30. Make sure to follow this new adventure on the Sunstone Store’s Facebook page by clicking here.