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Jeweler brings ideas to reality

Is there a piece of jewelry you absolutely love? Have an idea for an engagement ring style, but can't find it in any stores or boutiques? The Goldsmith can make it.

Dave Schmelter is the owner and operator of The Goldsmith, which opened its doors March 3 offering an array of services for "everything related to jewelry." The shop is located on the east side of Knowles Avenue, between the Old Gem Theater and Johnson's Cleaners.

Schmelter, a New Richmond High School graduate, has been a goldsmith for the past 28 years, after taking an apprenticeship at Breault's Jewelry Shop in New Richmond when he was just 20 years old.

His apprenticeship under New Richmond jeweler Tom Breault would lead Schmelter to work in a variety of jewelry-related occupations including owning and operating his own jewelry shops in California and New Richmond, eventually leading to a position with one of the Twin Cities most respected jewelers.

Schmelter managed Bockstruck Jewelers in St. Paul and Edina, a landmark jeweler which has served the upscale jewelry market for more than 120 years. In addition to managing the elite jewelry shop, Schmelter was also the principal diamond buyer for Bockstruck.

Today Schmelter is offering his expertise in all aspects of jewelry to serve the community, including: custom jewelry design, jewelry repair, sizings, stone setting, model making, manufacturing and fabrication, remounting and diamond and colored gem work.

The Goldsmith also has full service watch repair for batteries, crystals, cleaning and overhauls.

His years of experience in the jewelry trade has also led Schmelter to become certified in both diamonds and diamond grading from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), as well as being a registered jeweler with the American Gem Society.

The Goldsmith is not a typical jewelry store, with aisles of products available for browsing. Instead Schmelter's shop is just that, a "shop" where customers can come in and watch him create custom pieces of jewelry, or restore a treasured family heirloom.

The Goldsmith is currently open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 715-246-2585.