MARK KNIPE GOLDSMITHS is a small specialty jewelry gallery located on North Main Street at Two Capital Plaza in the heart of Concord's Historic Downtown 1 & 1/2 blocks south of the State House.
At Mark Knipe Goldsmiths you will find fine jewelry by recognized designer jewelers as well as the classics and custom work by in-house designers. We do, in fact, make jewelry and complete repairs on the premises. The jewelry collections include bridal as well as jewelry for all occasions. Blown glass by Zweifel is also featured in the gallery. The gallery is small, the selection is varied and the possibilities are endless.
Mark Knipe is the owner, designer and technical director of Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, LLC. Since 1970 Mark has practiced the art and skill of creating custom jewelry. He is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and was elected a "Distinguished Member" to the Society of North American Goldsmiths. He continued his study of the world of gemstones through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS). He is an AGS Certified Gemologist. The Society of North American Goldsmiths
Certified Gemologist / Designer
Sarah Louise Huggins received her Certified Gemologists designation through the American Gem Society. She also specializes in beaded creations found in the gallery and is fluent in the use of the CAD system for design creation. She enjoys creating images from ideas for clients interested in custom designed jewelry whether brand new or incorporating client owned gemstones.
Goldsmith / Designer
Eric Janelle has more than ten years of experience in this field. He is a Jewelers of America "Certified Bench Jeweler Technician" and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts. Eric designs and fabricates custom jewelry for clients as well as one-of-a-kind pieces for the gallery. By making superb wax carvings he helps others clarify their ideas, and then transforms them into reality.
Paula Heath graduated from Parson's School of Design in NYC and comes to us after many years in the fashion industry designing day and evening dresses. Her experience makes her extremely capable of helping customers select jewelry to enhance their style or wardrobe. She enjoys introducing our designer collections and the jewelry produced here. Her artistic windows and jewelry display case designs provide enjoyment to passers-by and a beautiful setting for clients.
Gail Joy Nelson, an independent Gemologist Appraiser, provides to our clients appraisals of fine jewelry. Appraisals can be done for insurance, estate, and division of property, damage and loss, charitable donation or liquidation purposes. Appraisals are done on a monthly basis in our gallery, by appointment. She is a 1988 Graduate Gemologist of the resident program of the Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, California. Since then, Gail has accumulated over 20 years of independent appraising experience. Gail is an Associate Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) through which her education is ongoing.
I never thought I would be able to find a goldsmith I could afford nor
trust. I had been to the large well known chain and was quoted over a
thousand dollars just to repair some prongs on my wedding set. They informed
me I shouldn't wear it or I would lose the stones. So away the ring went for
more than two yrs. My husband knew how much I had missed wearing my wedding
set and convinced me to stop in Mark Knipe Goldsmith just to see what it
would cost there. I was greeted with sincere welcome to the shop and felt
completely comfortable presenting them with my dilemma. Fearing the cost and
positive that the set was sure to be put away again, when the quote came. To
my sheer surprise and excitement, it would cost me a substantial amount
LESS. In fact it was actually affordable and would be done right there and
finished within ten working days. WOW!!! I couldn't believe it. I thought
being a small private jewelry and goldsmith shop, they would be more than
the large chain store. WRONG!!! They repaired and resized my wedding set for
me to proudly wear again.
My next challenge was to design a ring to include two very special pieces of
jewelry that had sentimental value and I had no idea what to do. There was
no pressure, only encouragement to truly find what would suit my wishes for
the pieces. Sarah sat with me and we discussed ideas and thoughts. Again, no
pressure. Sarah came up with different designs and sketched them out for me
to consider. One caught my eye and we went from there. The process was
carefully thought out and a wax model made for me to see the design before
actually casting the ring. We made adjustments and the ring was made. The
professionalism of the entire team at Mark Knipe ensured that I received a
high quality piece of amazing jewelry that I proudly wear. Two pieces of
jewelry are now a specially designed, one of a kind ring full of sentiment
and love that I will cherish forever.
Thank you Mark Knipe Goldsmith for your professionalism and expertise, along
with affordable prices and amazing service you provide to the community.
To Sarah Huggins & Mark Knipe Goldsmiths,
We would like to thank you for not only your craftsmanship and excellent work in creating our engagement ring and wedding bands but also for your terrific customer service from start to finish.
Our story started with some diamonds and old jewelry that had been in my family for several generations, locked away in a drawer with stories from old that have hardly been told in years, and ends with bringing those stones back to light in our rings, to be seen and heard every day. The stories of old now start anew in our rings, and form the foundation for our beginning together. This has brought both our families closer and has given us a sense of familiar pride.
We couldn't have accomplished this without Sarah's expert help. From the evaluation of the old jewelry, to the designing of the rings, which was done 100% remotely from across the country via emails and phone calls, to producing the one of the kind pieces, having them properly and timely shipped when and where we needed them at the time of engagement and wedding, and providing us an outside appraiser to work with to protect our investment, Sarah has done a marvelous job, that is truly worth its weight in gold.
Terrific Job! We can't wait to work with Sarah & Mark Knipe Goldsmiths in the future.
With Kindest Regards,
Patrick & Lynn
Dear Staff of Mark Knipe Gold Smiths,
I want to thank Paula, Sarah, Eric and of course Mark for making the
experience of bringing our custom wedding bands from the idea stage to
reality so enjoyable! Their attention to detail and quality workmanship are flawless. I would recommend Mark's friendly and professional shop to anyone in the market for high quality custom jewelry.
Bruce and KK
When I needed a very special and personal family piece of jewelry, I knew exactly where to go. My family has been shopping at Mark Knipe Goldsmith's for years and years. I wanted a custom quality piece made with some family stones. The staff (especially Sarah) was excellent through the whole process of evaluating what I had to work with, selecting new stones, and designing a custom platinum setting. I am so pleased with the beautiful ring, I wear it everyday in memory of my mother. Given the quality of the materials and setting, I expect it to last a lifetime. I would recommend Mark Knipe Goldsmith's to anyone interested in exceptional service, superior craftsmanship and beautiful jewelry.
I bought my fiancÚs engagement ring at Mark Knipe Goldsmiths. The experience was so simple, I gave Mark the criteria I was looking for and a week later he was helping me choose the right diamond for the ring. We also reviewed setting ideas that Mark came up with based on our first conversation and in no time we had the stone, setting, and ring design wrapped up. The ring is perfect, exactly what I was looking for and the look on my fiancÚs face was priceless!
After looking at my engagement ring in my jewelry box for10 years (not wearing it due to discomfort) my husband and I finally decided to have the diamond reset into another
ring. I envisioned a simple, elegant ring which would have an estate look to it. I pictured a vine on my ring ~ representing time. I saw "berries" on the vine ~ our marriage experience. My central stone representing the original commitment. Mark and his staff helped develop my idea. The sketch became a wax (model) and then shortly thereafter my stunning ring. Mark gave us confidence that our vision would become reality.
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