Kay Irwin, Goldsmith Gallery.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Kaye Irwin

Women In Business 2014

Kaye Irwin loves baubles, bangles and beads

By From page WIB2 | January 31, 2014

Queen of all she surveys is Kaye Irwin, owner of Goldsmith Gallery Fine Jewelers.

A degreed gemologist, Irwin comes with 35 years of expertise in the field of fine jewelry. What started out as a hobby led to a career, including owning several jewelry stores as well as managing The Collector Fine Jewelry in San Diego. Later she moved to Folsom where she owned and operated a fine jewelry consignment business. After the previous owner of the Goldsmith Gallery retired, in 2010 Irwin re-opened the store off Missouri Flat Road.

An elegant store, it showcases a wide variety of beautiful and unique jewelry, glass work and other fine art for anyone wanting to buy something special for themselves or a loved one. Included in the collection are pieces made of rose gold and chocolate diamonds, as well as favorites like sapphires, opals and white diamonds.

The store also has a gem lab and goldsmith on site to repair damaged jewelry, fix a watch or turn your inspirations into reality. In one example of this, they recently completed a miniature 16-page silver Bible; each page had hand-engraved Bible passages. Ordered by a wife for her husband who is a paraplegic and inspirational speaker, the miniature Bible is meant to be worn on a chain around the neck.

“This is something that used to be done historically years and years and years ago,” said Irwin, “and are the kind of things usually seen in museums.”

Irwin said they do custom work like that all the time, explaining that people often bring in broken jewelry and have it repurposed or will bring in a bigger piece and have it subdivided so a piece of it can be given to each family member.

Aside from all the jewelry choices for women, the store carries a varied selection of wedding and decorative rings for men, including Mokume Gane rings, ones made from black zirconium, hardwood, meteorite or other materials, and engraved rings with varied patterns or themes. One particularly exquisite example features a fly fisherman in a stream. Other themes can be custom engraved based on what the customer wants.

Irwin said what makes her store different is the friendly customer service. “We will bend over backwards if we have a special request to make it happen,” she said. “We have also been told we have good taste and choose things that are different. Chain stores are all about volume and sell the same thing over and over. We try to do something that is a little different so the customer has some jewelry that is more unique. Our prices are also reasonable because we do not have a particularly high mark up. We really try to keep prices reasonable.”

Goldsmith Gallery Fine Jewelers is located at 3951 Missouri Flat Road, Suite 150, in Placerville. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. Their phone number is 530-621-1188. Visit their Website at

Dawn Hodson

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