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.
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.
Designer/ 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.
Sales Associate / Photographer / Web Designer
The Jewel has multiple facets and Chelsey helps pull them all together. She joined the team in 2018 and has proved herself a valuable asset. She holds an eagerness to learn about all the rocks and jewelry. Early into her time at The Jewel she took up the mantle of photographing and managing the website and can be seen on most cloudy days outside in our park photographing jewelry. Central Oregon has a unique and beautiful landscape that keeps Chelsey in the area and she loves seeing artists near and far pay tribute to Earth’s natural beauty through their designs. In each rock, fossil and jewelry piece holds an incredible story and Chelsey enjoys sharing that story with others and helping them find their home.
Becky has a strong appreciation for jewelry and often comes out to help our customers. Becky and her friendly mini Australian Shepherd pup Sydney are often wandering around the store helping customers dress up in a range of colors, styles and gemstones. She isn’t only a great asset in our day to day bookkeeping but she understands what our whole team needs and is quick to help out anywhere.
Michelle is a true gem who joined The Jewel in 2019. On the weekends a client will be met by the most stylish lady we employ, modeling some of our finest jewels we have to offer. She is excellent at predicting what you want and she also maintains a skill for going outside the box combining colors and styles that resonate with your personality. Michelle has a passion for matching people up with beauties and gifts they were meant to own. Few clients escape her charm!
Andrew is people oriented and is passionate about providing awesome customer service whilst adding a dynamic flavor to our team here. He has a strong love for rocks and fossils especially and enjoys learning from Jan and her extensive experience as a rock hound. Andrew joined The Jewel in 2019 and isn’t afraid to strike up a conversation and help you find what you need.