Lydia Wilson, owner of St. Helena’s Marlowe & Company Jewellers, recently was honored by her mentor, Alan Revere, founder of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
Revere chose Wilson as one of four “success stories” from his thousands of students to be featured in his 30th anniversary catalog. After graduating from UC Berkeley in Fine Art, Wilson earned a master’s degree in fine art in painting from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She studied at Revere Academy from 1992 to 1993 and was trained in all aspects of the trade.
She said, “Over the past 16 years, I have immersed myself in my profession, while taking the time to mentor others, and to give back via my professional associations. My work experience in the jewelry business has been exceptional. I have worked at some of the most prestigious jewelry stores in the Bay Area, including the independent family jewelry stores, Gleim the Jeweler in Palo Alto, Kern’s in Burlingame and Davidson & Licht in Walnut Creek.”
Wilson opened Marlowe & Company in 2004. It features handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry from many artists, including Wilson’s own designs. She said, “We have become a destination store for discriminating clients.”
As a holiday sale and a thank you to her customers, Wilson is offering special prices on special jewelry, including pearl necklaces and sterling silver jewelry made by Elizabeth Garvin, Eric Trabert, Joanna Lovett and Philippe Janssens. The discounts range from 10 to 30 percent off.
The store has jewelry from more than 20 artists and Wilson has added the work of two more designers: Gwendolynne May from New York City, who makes “incredibly beautiful” jewelry from ideal cut diamonds, and Pratima Sethi, a young designer from San Francisco, whose one-of-a-kind designs feature natural color diamonds.
Wilson said in tough economic times, if people are interested in buying fine jewelry, they should buy the best they can afford. “Put your money in well-made jewelry, rather than in mass-produced jewelry that can’t be altered in any way,” she said. Wilson adds that an inexpensive ring, for example, cannot be resized. “It was never made to be repaired,” she adds.
The sale ends Dec. 15. Marlowe & Company Jewellers, located at 1204 Main St., is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Wednesday. For more information call 963-9656 or visit www.marlowejewellers.com.