It’s Valentine’s Day, and that perfect gift is waiting for you in Carson City. If you’re still needing a gift, below are some of the best spots to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces for your one-and-only.
The Jewelry Bench
361 Fairview Dr.
Owner Michele Popejoy carries all types of fine jewelry from sterling silver to platinum and stones from all price points. Her favorite pieces, however, are the ones she creates herself.
“My absolute favorite thins to do is custom designs,” she said. “I love to be set free.
“It doesn’t matter what stones we have, we can make something really pretty really fast.”
Rocking and Rolling
402 N. Curry St.
Jeanette Champagne, owner of Rocking and Rolling, is first drawn to working with Nevada Stones — but she does not discriminate.
“My love for jewelry spills out into all kinds of stones. Crystals, anything healing,” she said.
And her designs are just as varied.
“I like to put together unusual combinations because my customers are eclectic,” she said. “Some like things that are shiny and blingy, some like them very natural.”
The best ones, she said, are the ones her customers wear.
“I like it when someone finds something that speaks to them,” she said. “I feel honored. It validates me.”
Check out these galleries for a collection of local artists who create beadwork, copper, turquoise, silver, dichroic glass and more:
Denise Jenkins stunning iron-work and stone pieces featured in the cover photo can be found at Artsy Fartsy along with other unique artistic pieces.
405 N. Nevada St.
Brewery Arts Center Artisan Store
Inside Expresso Yourself Cafe carries unique artisan works from local artists.
449 W. King St.
Nevada Artists Association
449 W. King St.
Native American artist Tobin Rupert draws on the traditions of his ancestors as he communicates with the stones he cuts. But he also uses the latest technology to create the most precise designs.
“They’re cut mathematically perfect so when light goes in, all it can do is bounce around and come back out the top,” he said. “It spins an energy that goes through your body like divine light. It takes care of you. It makes you look good and feel good.”