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Our History

Upon returning to Crested Butte from metalsmithing courses in Santa Fe, New Mexico,  Ice Mountain Jewelry was started in 1973 by Brian and Carol Dale.  Brian received his GIA Gemologist Diploma in the 80′s.

Traveling has always been an exciting part of the business.  We have spent time in Asia in the 70′s sourcing gemstones, traveled to Tuscon for the world market in minerals and gemstones, and met with artists at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore  with the goal of bringing the best in quality and craftsmanship to our shop.

Ice Mountain has been in it’s current location since 1976.   In 1986 the original small shop was replaced and in 2007 we added more work space onto the new building.

Carol selects work from artists and consults with customers. She is an avid hiker, river runner and a veteran bike tourer.   She keeps up with her new granddaughter Luna.

Brian, confined to the  back of shop most days, works mainly in platinum.  He also does projects in gold as well.  Connecting customers with or selling rare larger diamonds keeps him busy year round.  See the “special offerings” heading.  He spends free time doing the things people do in the mountains.

Asia Wilinska joined Ice Mountain six years ago.  She is quality control, checking all incoming and outgoing work under the microscope.  Asia (pronounced Asha) is a gifted necklace designer, gem cutter and the web photographer.  In her spare time you might see  her on a western river, the tennis court, or cross country skiing.