Stowe Gems has been making jewelry and selling it to area residents and visitors for more than 30 years, with a keen eye for hard-to-find materials and a knack for working with what’s going to be popular.
Caroline and Barry Tricker own the shop, located on Pond Street. Stowe Gems has its own built-in workshop where skilled crafters tinker to create jewelry pieces that are unique.
The couple met on New Year’s Eve 1970 and hit it off talking about jewelry, Caroline from the design side of things, Barry with his love of gems.
The store is laid out with gold on one side, silver on the other, and a gradation of colors working across — light blue aquamarine in one case, dark blue lapis lazuli in the next. Vermont touches abound, from the garnets that can be found in the area hills to the etchings of Green Mountain ridgelines festooning a collection of gold bands.
There’s something for everyone who likes something sparkly or exotic-looking. The 65-million-year-old dinosaur egg in one of the cases might be a fitting gift for a fan of the new Jurassic Park movie. Or maybe a bauble or two to wear out to dinner before the movie.