Welcome to Katie Callahan & Co. We’re glad you’re here!
Jewelry has always been my passion. It's one of the first things I notice about people when meeting them. My first purchase of a piece of antique jewelry was in high school, when my mom suggested it was time to buy a class ring. I explained I didn’t want the traditional kind that you purchased through the school. I wanted something different. Something old. A piece with history. A piece that already had a story, to which I could add mine. I suggested we go to the antique market being held at the local mall one weekend and there we found a rose gold wedding band (waaaayyyy before rose gold was cool again). We had it sized to fit me and engraved with my initials and the year of my graduation. I still have and wear that ring 25+ years later.
In college, I was pursing a degree in metal arts (jewelry making) until my parents caught on and decided a girl from Des Moines, Iowa would be better served with a business degree. While working on the metal arts degree, however, I also had the chance to apprentice at a local, family-owned jewelry store that had been around for 125 years (Joseph’s Jewelers - they’re still going strong at 145+ years in business). They granted me the chance of a lifetime to sit at the bench and study under their two master jewelers. It was the best education I’ve received.
While I did go on to get that business degree, my love for antique jewelry and jewelry design never faltered. I have an antique engagement ring from my love and a jewelry box full of estate and heirloom pieces that I’ve collected over the decades. I think it’s safe to say I do what I love.
So, come see us at our Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina showroom (check the "About Us" page for up to date hours). Shop the online store. Ask questions (we LOVE to talk about jewelry). Bring us the pre-1965 pieces that you're ready to help find new homes. And by all means, dream a little while you're here.
xoxo, wendykate
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