Wowing Customers for Five Generations and Counting
By Cyndi Braun
The choices are endless. You can buy jewelry everywhere from chain stores with flashy ads, to retailers that specialize in electronics and clothing, to small family-owned shops.
If you want a unique piece of jewelry made by local artisans, Art Jewelers is the place to go. Conveniently located on Highway 92 in Woodstock, Art Jewelers specializes in custom-designed, hand-crafted pieces and unique jewelry.
“A lot of life happens here, and that’s one of the joys of what we do,” said Dave Meadows, owner of Art Jewelers. “Family is important to me. I love to see that interaction with customers when they come in as families to create a memory for a child or buy jewelry for an anniversary or an engagement.”
Designed to Wow
With five award-winning artists on staff, it’s no wonder that Art Jewelers has such an impressive selection of one-of-a-kind pieces. Master jewelers offer in-house custom design of rings, pendants, necklaces, cuff links, and anything else you can think of.
The custom process starts with a consultation with a designer who guides customers in creating their jewelry. Using pieces in the showroom, catalogs, or the customer’s own research, the designer establishes a base point, so he or she can create something the customer will love.
Often, customers like to use generational pieces to create new jewelry. A young man might use a grandparent’s ring to create an engagement ring for his fiancée using a diamond passed down from grandma to grandson.
“We share life stories, and we create relationships with everybody who walks through this door,” said Dave. “We recently had a customer whose husband passed away. She decided to create a custom piece with their wedding rings. We were able to take the metal and let her cast it into a new ring. The experience was very meaningful for her and touching for us.”
Few jewelers offer the complete design process, start to finish. Art Jewelers does everything in-house, in their Woodstock store, including CAD design, 3D printing, casting, finishing, and setting. Customers are welcome to participate in the process.
No Stuffed Shirts Here
Brightly-lit, the showroom is comfortable and welcoming. The unique collections are fascinating to look at and offer a variety of styles and designs. Customers range in age and income level, and the store offers something for everyone.
Besides custom work designed in-house, Art Jewelers sells handmade pieces and unusual pieces created by other artisans.
“When we look at outside artisans work, we’re interested in that unique factor. It’s got to fit our vibe here,” said Dave.
Five Generations Strong
Dave’s grandson Judah spends many days at the store, observing his family at work. He comes from a long line of jewelers, five generations to be exact. It all started with his great-great grandfather Arthur Meadows, who established the family business in 1926 in Michigan.
Art’s sons Gene, Glenn, and Art Jr. continued in the business, passing the craft on to the next generation. The third Meadows generation opened their own stores in Georgia and Florida. Dave Meadows is now passing down the craft to his children, many of whom work in the store.
Someday, Judah may join the business as well.
Creating Dreams in Precious Metals
Art Jewelers offers hand-fabricated and hand-carved jewelry, ring sizing, jewelry and watch repairs, insurance appraisals, laser soldering, stone identification, one-of-a-kind jewelry from local artisans, and much more.
“A lot of people are wowed by what we can do here, and that’s always fun. We like helping people and making their dreams come true,” said Dave. “But the best part of being in this business is we get to be part of our customers’ lives. We get to share joyful times with our customers, and they become part of our family.”