History

Founded in 1982 by Judy Chilsen and Russ Wiley as a division of Nugget Jewelry Manufacturing, Inc., Creative Gold was from its inception the evolution to and realization of its owners unique vision: Offer the client the finest in custom jewelry, the opportunity to be personally involved in materials selection as well as in design, unparalleled lifetime personal service, and at the same time, exceptional pricing.

In 1982, Nugget Jewelry Mfg. had been operating for 22 years as a manufacturer and distributor of gold charms to jewelry stores across the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Though distribution was wide, the company was not large and Creative Gold’s origin as a subsidiary of an established Jewelry manufacturer did not guarantee its success. It did, however, form a firm foundation for growth and diversification. With our wholesale volume we were able to secure the lowest pricing on gold and platinum mill products, loose diamonds, and colored gemstones. This enabled us to keep our prices among the most competitive in the marketplace.

Growth, one might say, was from the underground up.

In fact, in 1982 Nugget Jewelry operations were underground, in Judy’s Colorado Springs basement. While Judy charmed away in her basement, Russ, at the time fairly new to the jewelry business, was “on the road” charming in his own way – selling, learning the trade, and building an enviable wealth of contacts.

With foundations laid underground, and the business firmly established, the next move was up – to the second floor. As an “upstairs jeweler” design company, located in an historic building in downtown Colorado Springs, we grew our Colorado clientèle (and made new friends), based on consistent adherence to our vision of quality, design collaboration, personal service, and price, almost solely by word of mouth and personal contacts.

25 years later, we have grown to serve 1000’s of clients from across the US, and even some from abroad. But we are still learning and evolving to better serve our customers. Now, in order to offer our clients an ever wider range of selection, we not only offer our own custom work, but also represent some of the most well known and respected jewelry designers from around the world.

We are still a Downtown Colorado Springs “upstairs jeweler.” But in order to best serve our clients, we’ve recently moved to a new and more luxurious facility, located on the top floor of the Chase Bank, at the northwest corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon. Here we can display our own work, as well as those of other designers, to their best advantage, and supply our customers with a finer design and shopping experience than ever before.

Come by and see us, we think you’ll enjoy the ambiance, and the value.



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