About The Sunstone Store
Legacy of Douglas Jewelry Design
Steven and Elyse Douglas have began making jewelry together for over 30 years! Craftspeople at heart, the Douglases became business owners to practice their trade skills in a way that was true to their vision. To the Douglases it is crucial that every customer is treated with respect and that their jewelry concerns are approached creatively. For 15 years Douglas Jewelry Design was known as Bend’s premiere source for custom designed jewelry.
Their vision and creativity continues as the Sunstone Store.
Steven Douglas has been making things with his hands since building model airplanes on the kitchen table as a kid in the ’60’s. In his early teens, friends introduced the Douglas family to rock hounding and lapidary (the shaping and polishing rocks and gems), while on a camping trip near Lake Tahoe.
With stones in hand, Steven took his first jewelry metals class in 1972 at Sir Francis Drake High in San Anselmo, California. Steven continued his jewelry and arts and crafts education at Marin Community College in Kentfield, and on the job at various jewelry manufacturing concerns around the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1979 Steven took a position as a goldsmith’s apprentice in Sonoma, California where he worked and studied under master goldsmith John Stephan Garfolo and like Elyse, took advantage of advanced training at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
From 1983 to 1988 Steven worked in Santa Rosa, California for Larry Williams Manufacturing Jewelers where he learned a more traditional style of jewelry making in contrast to the very modern style of John Garfolo. Born in Heidelberg, Germany while his father was in the Army, Steven developed a fascination with the German tradition of quality craftsmanship. While working and studying in the San Francisco Bay Area, he gravitated toward German-trained designers and goldsmiths.
Steven tends to be more the technician for the store, whereas Elyse is the lead designer. His primary responsibility in the shop is ensuring that client projects are completed on time and to specification, maintaining the high standards that people have come to expect of The Sunstone Store.
When Steven designs his own jewelry, he likes to explore the boundaries between traditional technique and modern technology.
To contact Steven please email him at [email protected]
The jewelry we offer in our downtown showroom and on our website is of our own design, manufactured in our studio. We have come to realize that this is what sets us apart from all other jewelry stores, makes us unique and… makes us happiest! Nearly every item in our showcases are one-of-a-kind.Custom Design
While our showroom is at street level our jewelry workshop is still upstairs on the second floor. Having our own in-house shop allows us to bring you closer to the skilled craftsmen and women creating our unique designs.
Sunstone Store embraces the “Kaizen” philosophy, a Japanese word describing our general living philosophy which advocates the need for continuous improvement in our personal and professional lives. Our commitment to this ideal is practiced in every project we start and with every customer that walks through our door.
Oregon Sunstone Specialty
Our specialty is, of course, Oregon Sunstone, our state gemstone! We create jewelry using this 100% natural native feldspar that is uniquely beautiful yet practical for today’s modern life. Visit our downtown showroom to see our latest designs with Oregon Sunstone or shop on-line today!Shop our store