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The display cases at Tim Brown Jewelers, located at 210 S. Elizabeth St. in Elizabeth, hold a wide range of jewelry, including the one-of-kind originals created by master goldsmith Tim and his wife Renee.
The Browns own and operate the shop on the south side of Safeway Center. They offer customer service that includes watch battery replacement and jewelry repair as well as the opportunity to have an item of custom jewelry created.
Elizabeth resident Connie Lehman said the jewelry store is a great addition to the community.
“I love fine jewelry and I was happy when I heard a new jewelry shop was coming to Elizabeth,” she said. “I made my first visit and I was amazed that this was the real deal when it came to fine jewelry shops.”
Lehman said the shop carries a good selection of fine jewelry as well as the custom creations that are amazing.
She said Renee and Tim are masters at their crafts and, while she is a fan of the shop and their work, she is only one of a long list of customers who admire and treasure their work.
“We are Elizabeth's full-service jewelry shop but our trademark is our creation of original jewelry items for our customers,” Tim Brown said. “Renee is the designer and we work together with the customer to finalize all the detail for the one-of-a-kind piece I will create for them.”
Generally the process of creating a piece of custom jewelry begins with the customer talking to Renee.
“I spend time with the customer and try to discover what they want the final piece to be,” Renee said. “I come up with a concept, and Tim and I create a three-dimensional drawing we show to the customer. Then Tim goes to work to create the item from the finalized drawing to provide jewelry that meets the customer's expectations, whether it is for daily wear or for wear on special occasions.”
Tim Brown was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in California. He smiled as he explained that he was introduced to jewelry-making when he took a class in high school.
“I fell in love with creating jewelry. More classes and jobs with jewelry makers followed as I made something I love doing my career,” he said. “I really like what I do because it is never boring. There seems to always be customers who need our services. The most fun is when I get a request to create a piece of jewelry.”
He said the biggest challenge in making a piece of jewelry is fabricating the item from the metal and wire so it is the right size and shape to hold the stones in place.
Brown said he also enjoys doing engraving.
“I took an engraving class about 14 years ago and found I really enjoyed doing the work,” he said. “I have engraved rings and other items. I did quite a bit of engraving on the rodeo queen crowns we made three years ago and they are still using them.”
Renee Brown was born in Englewood and grew up in Littleton.
“I have always liked art and I have always liked to draw,” the Littleton High School graduate said. “I learned about jewelry designing when I worked designer Judith Ripka in Aspen. I don't have the talent to create a piece of jewelry but I can help design it. I think earrings are the hardest piece to design. It is a challenge to balance the size and shape of the piece with the stones the customer wants us to use. But it is fun and I love to do it.”
The couple met while working for the same jewelry maker in Arizona. They were married and decided to come back home to Colorado. They began working together creating custom jewelry in their Elizabeth home.
“We found this space and we are celebrating our fourth anniversary this month,” Tim said. “We love Elizabeth and it is great there are so many artisans that call the town home.”
Brown said the fourth anniversary celebration lasts through September and includes sale prices on many items. The shop is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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