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Gary Chase - Owner/Designer

Gary Lee Chase's lifelong career first began as a hobby. In 1972, a young and curious Gary learned to cut stones such as opals and jade.

Gary quickly perfected his craft and by 1975, he learned to hand fabricate jewelry pieces for the gemstones he cut. For the next few years, Gary sold his gemstones and jewelry to jewelry stores and exhibited his work at various jewelry shows and craft fairs all across the country.

Between 1979 and 1982, Gary educated himself at the Gemological Institute of America and earned the title of Graduate Gemologist. During this time various people employed him as their personal gemstone buyer.

In addition to a love for gemstones, Gary continued to expand on his jewelry making skills. His reputation as a skilled craftsman and excellent jewelry worker grew. Before long, Gary was working in his own trade shop as a custom design specialist and jewelry repair craftsman for various different designer jewelry stores all over the Silicon Valley. After a few years of this, Gary decided to move on to his next adventure.

In 1990, Gary opened his retail store, Gembrokers, in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Santa Cruz customers were thrilled to have a jewelry store that was geared toward custom work, and business was good. Gary has built up a loyal customer base over the years and through his excellent reputation in the industry, Gembrokers has continued to grow.

2004 brought about some more changes when Gembrokers expanded and moved into a larger location. Here, Gary and his highly trained staff are now able to showcase Gembrokers' entire collection in a elegant and comfortable showroom. On site is also an expansive jewelry workshop. There is more than enough room for all of Gary's state of the art equipment and plenty of room to grow, as Gary continues to learn more and more jewelry making techniques.

According to Gary, 40 years of learning just isn't enough! As new techniques present themselves, Gary learns them, adding to his already extensive knowledge and collection of jewelry making skills. Working with Gembrokers, customers get a blend of the traditional and new. Gembrokers continues to serve their customers with the same enthusiasm Gary first showed 40 years ago, when gemstones first became a hobby.