Owner Clay Copeland started in the jewelry business in 1970 while in high school in El Paso, Texas. Clay started his craft as a bench jeweler at The Sheftall Company in 1976 as well as managing their jewelers' shop. He then went on to run the shop at Benold's Jewelers as well.
By 1983 he opened his own mall store and from his mall experience he says, "I decided there were 20 other jewelry stores there where a customer would be seeing the same thing at all 20, and that I was not going that route." Within a few years Clay moved the operations to The Arboretum Market under the name of Copeland Jewelers and soon became known for their more unique fine jewelry pieces. As of the year 2000 you'll find Copeland Jewelers' unique jewelry in the beautiful Davenport Village location. Clay, who has a knack for finding jewelry that people love concurs, "I think I got my eye from my grandfather. He was the design furrier for the well-known Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and was working in his day with clients like Grace Kelley and Elizabeth Taylor." Clay specializes in custom jewelry making including all aspects from design to wax model making to casting in precious metals and finally stone setting of all types. "I never wanted to say no to repairing or making anything. I would almost always find a way to get the job done no matter how big or small." Clay's committed to, "being honest and always doing the right thing because at the end of the day, all you have is your reputation."
Visit with Clay and enjoy the difference that over 35 years of hands on experience can make.
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Martin has worked off & on with Clay Copeland since 1978. He apprenticed with his father at 12 years old to become a Bench Jeweler in Nuevo Laredo. At different times in Austin, Martin ran the jewelers shops for both The Sheftall Company & Benold's. He also spent time in international sales with Swarogem of the famous Swarovski Crystal and later he actually taught customers how to use their equipment.
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Katy has been with Copeland Jewelers almost from its beginnings. Here in Austin Katy is Queen of the Pearls, as she has been stringing pearls and beads since the early 1980s and completed her GIA (Gemological Institute of America) course in pearl stringing over 20 years ago. Let her show you how to truly appreciate fine pearls and how to distinguish the different types and qualities.
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Jeanette knows our vintage department like the back of her hand. She has a genuine love for antique and vintage jewelry and passes on her years of knowledge and experience to her customers. She has also been a Certified AJP (Accredited Jewelry Professional) by GIA since the 1980s. Jeanette also gleaned many years of experience from her father who was a watchmaker and specialized in antique watches.
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Chris has been around the jewelry business his entire life. He has a sense of style that younger clients and those looking for a younger style really appreciate. He is also the resident professional musician that usually plays Antone's at least once a month. Yes, here at Copeland's we have a love for the Austin music scene. See our handmade custom guitar picks from coins that several Austin musicians have in their collections. We'll even make it into a pendant for you so you won't lose it.
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Debra mostly works on administration, advertising and this website and you will find her occasionally out of the office and shop areas helping clients. Debra truly loves jewelry and rare gemstones and was donning a blue sapphire in her wedding ring long before Lady Diana. She hopes to pass hers onto someone who will really appreciate hers as well, but probably not with as much fanfare.
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