We have a team of highly experienced staff members at Olufson Designs. Our knowledge and professional experience span decades. Our goldsmiths and artists are some of the best in the area and can be trusted with your most precious items.
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Sean is one of the West Coast’s top platinum and goldsmiths and leads a team of five goldsmiths, CAD and wax artists with over 125 years of experience. He won back to back Oregon State Design Competition in both 2007 and in 2008, the last two years it was judged. The innovation and style in his custom designs continue to impress customers and professional jewelers alike. Diamond and gem dealers that visit and sell to hundreds of stores across the globe routinely come to Olufson Designs to have Sean make their finest, rarest, and most sentimental pieces. He is one of few artists to have the skill to apply fine hand engraving details to pieces of jewelry.
Elisa is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser through the American Gem Society and a Graduate Gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences. She is an appraiser, and is an expert at identifying and selecting extremely unique and valuable colored gemstones. Along with Olufson Designs’ outstanding reputation amongst peers, Elisa’s expertise was a significant factor in our store’s acceptance to the American Gem Society (AGS), an organization that is dedicated to high standards of ethics and professionalism. American Gem Society member stores must adhere to strict standards of ethics and continuing education
Louise has worked in the fine jewelry trade for an impressive 40 years. She was the owner of her own custom store in Corvallis, VanSlyke Jewelers, for eleven years. She has the knowledge and experience to help customers find the perfect diamond or gem and design a one-of-a-kind heirloom to be treasured. She is a Certified Sales Associate through the American Gem Society which requires yearly continuing education for all of its title holders. This guarantees that the associates have current knowledge of this ever changing and highly specific industry.
Bob, grandson and son of watchmakers, started goldsmithing in 1977 at the famed Zell Brothers in Portland, OR. He came to work for Toby Pomeroy at Talisman Jewelers in Corvallis in 1986 and he purchased the store from Toby in 1993. He was the lead goldsmith at Talisman Jewelers until he joined the Olufson Designs team in 2012. His specialty is custom manufacturing and the rare art of fabrication. Bob has a sharp eye for detail, and is an invaluable addition to our staff. With Bob came all of the beloved Talisman Jewelers designs and models, including the recognizable landscape pendants of Marys Peak, Mt. Hood and Three Sisters.
Barbara has been carving fine details into wax since her graduation in 1978 from Corvallis High School. With 37 years of experience, there is no one better to put finishing touches on a piece of fine wearable art. Even with today’s CAD/CAM and 3D printing technology, Barbara’s attention to detail allows us to add more exact elements to a design. Have you ever thought of a landscape pendant depicting your childhood home or the location you proposed to your bride? Barbara can turn your vision into reality.
Sue has been restoring and repairing jewelry for over 20 years. She is our lead restoration goldsmith, working on vintage and modern heirlooms in all precious metals. For six years, she has been using laser welding technology to repair fine details of jewelry that comes into our shop. She is a fiber artist by hobby and loves making old things new again. If you have ever been told that a piece of family jewelry has too much wear or damage to be repaired, come in for a second opinion. There are not many things Sue can’t restore.
Lisa had many years of sales experience in department stores before starting her career in jewelry. In 2001 she joined the team at Talisman Jewelers. She joined our team at Olufson Designs when Talisman Jewelers shuttered its doors in 2012. Lisa has an excellent memory of customers and their jewelry, and great attention to detail. She has just become a Certified Sales Associate through the American Gem Society, so you can be sure she is very knowledgeable and can deliver accurate information to you about your jewelry needs. Lisa is very patient and an excellent listener which makes her a great person to help you with your fine jewelry alterations and repairs. She is in constant communication with the goldsmiths that will be executing your repairs, so you can be assured they will be completed to your expectations.
Emi has a passion for rich, bold statements in jewelry and she wears them well. Her favorite gemstone is labradorite with strong color flashes (labradorescence). Emi started her jewelry career in 1996 at a jewelry and gift boutique and later managed a fine jewelry shop in Skagway, Alaska before moving back to her home-state of Oregon. With that, Emi brings an abundance of expertise and experience to the sales team here at Olufson Designs. She is involved in the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in region 870 as an active board member. Among her extra-curricular activities, Emi is a licensed massage therapist and an avid trail hiker.
Born and raised in a small coastal town of Tillamook, Rechelle got her start in the jewelry industry in 2001 where she was seasonal support for a local jewelry store just out of high school. Since then, her interest in diamonds and gemstones flourished and she took courses through the Diamond Council of America and is Diamond Certified. Rechelle most recently completed the Certified Sales Associate (CSA) program through the American Gem Society and hold the current certificate, which gets updated yearly upon completion of successful testing. Her passion for jewelry is immediately apparent when you talk to her and she enjoys sharing about the gemstones in the showroom. Her household currently consists of three cats, Littlefoot, Polly and Jax, and a small box turtle, Terry. The month of December is Rechelle’s favorite time of the year as she looks forward to the lights, the sounds, and baking new memories with family together.