Established in 1991, The Jewel has become a landmark and a repeat destination for Central Oregon visitors. The gallery features a unique blend of contemporary jewelry and spectacular minerals, fossils & specimens, as well as unique home interior pieces. Our jewelry lines are comprised of fine precious gems, rare materials, colored diamonds, and an amazing collection of jewelry by national artists working in silver, gold, mixed metals and other creative materials. We also have an amazing in house jewelry design team that provide in-depth custom design services both locally and long distance. We have expanded to carry home interior and art pieces with a rock and mineral influence. These things along with the abundance of museum quality minerals and fossils create a truly unique gallery that has something for everyone to fall in love with.
Meet our Design Team
The creative force behind The Jewel, is owner/designer Jan Daggett. With over 40 years experience in the gem, jewelry & mineral trade, her background is as diverse as her gallery. In the 1970's her early designs were featured on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. By the 1980's she was operating her own mine in Montana, selling mineral collections to the Smithsonian and other museums. In 1991 she sold the mine for seed money to open The Jewel in Sisters OR. As a natural artist, gem cutter and precious metal sculptor, Jan is renowned for her innovative designs and creative use of fine gems & materials.
Being Native American, I grew up with an appreciation for nature’s wonders. I have always had a passion for minerals and fossils and a natural affinity for art. I feel incredibly blessed to have found a way to blend my business management background with my personal passions. I have spent the last three years as The Jewel’s General Manager and a design apprentice under our owner. I am excited to be working on my first original line this winter. It is an amazing blessing to do what you love every day and to be mentored by one of the best in the business. I enjoy sharing my love for minerals, fossils, and jewelry design with our customers.
Three dimensional art classes in high school offered my first opportunities to develop the skills to design and make my own masterpieces, and my teacher quickly became my mentor. After applying for a scholarship to the Gemological Institute of America, I received a full scholarship to complete my degree. I continued fabricating jewelry and casting wax molds for the next six years. I came to The Jewel as a Graduate Gemologist yet continue to learn and grow thanks to the sheer amount of rare materials and top-grade gems and minerals that we have to offer. I find myself fortunate that I get to spend my days with such incredible works of art, and enjoy sharing in that awe with all of our clients.
Sales Associate / Bench Jeweler
Rita has been an employee of The Jewel for several years (the longest, in fact!), and has trained in Portland for jewelry making, as well as directly under several in-house jewelers here at The Jewel. Rita maintains a jeweler's bench in Jan's studio, and performs both repairs and customization. Her love of natural gemstones, classical and modern designs, and her education in manufacturing jewelry combined with her artistic expression has led her to a deep appreciation of the jewelry and designers we carry here in store. Rita has the experience and knowledge to assist any client find the perfect piece of jewelry, or create the perfect piece of jewelry.
Louise has been with The Jewel for several years, and has been here as a full time sales associate from the start. Most days a client will be met with the most stylish lady we employ, modeling some of our finest jewels we have to offer. Louise has a passion for matching people up with beauties and gifts they were meant to own, and is adept at identifying colors and styles to match a personality. Few clients escape her charm!