Shop Talk at The Village Jewel

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Q: You opened last October, but this isn't Village Jewel's first go-round. Would you explain?

Gina: There was a Village Jewel that (Mitchell) worked for in the 80s.

Mitchell: It was in German Village, moved to Main St. between 3 rd and 4 th, and then to the Short North. And then the owner retired and the Village Jewel went to sleep.

Gina: So when we got the idea to open the store, we called the owner and asked if we could use the name.

Q: You've both run a jewelry appraisal business for 10 years, and finally decided to open a store. Why?

Gina: A lot of it had to do with the stuff we were getting in. People had to part with vintage jewelry. It was made for someone. It is handmade. It is one of a kind. It is art.

Mitchell: If there's a piece of jewelry I can save, I will. I don't want to see these pieces lost. It's tragic.

Q: Most of your items are here on consignment. How does the process work?

Mitchell: The consignment period is four months. We charge a small set-up fee. If it doesn't sell, it goes back. If it does, they get a lot more money than they would if they sold it outright to a dealer.

Q: Would you give people a more specific idea of the variety you carry?

Mitchell: Vintage costume jewelry starting at like $2. Native American jewelry.

Gina: Pocket watches and modern watches. Every watch we have in there is a big name.

Q: And you have a beautiful collection of engagement and wedding rings

Gina: Vintage engagement rings -- that's what a lot of people are coming in looking for. And pearls! Classic pearls.

Mitchell: I like the art of vintage jewelry. I like how it was made. You just can't find pieces made like that today. You walk into a mall jewelry store, and they sell a piece, then walk back to the back and get another one to fill it in.

Q: Do you get sad when you sell pieces, knowing you'll never see the same one again?

Mitchell: Sometimes we almost feel like an adoption agency. Got to make sure they go to a good home!