John Von Bargen | Founder Von Bargen’s Jewelry | firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Von Bargen Thom | Owner Von Bargen’s Jewelry | email@example.com
Favorite vacation spot? Lake Willoughby in Northern Vermont … the most beautiful lake, a perfect place for family & shared memories
Who are your favorite Designers? Simply can’t choose. First love Sepkus and still wear his jewelry every day. But Gellner seems to have taken over my personal jewelry box these days. And I love Yossi’s easy to wear rich and artistic gold jewelry paired with the ridiculous sparkle of Morelli’s earrings. I guess in the end, my favorite thing is combining the various artists to create a truly personalized aesthetic.
Do you have any pets? Wheeler. Black mini Golden Doodle named after Wheeler Mountain that we look out at from our family cottage on Willoughby.
What is your creative outlet? Yoga. Although outlet has been limited in the last year and a half with our little girl taking over my personal time. But looking forward to getting back into it. Personal goal for the upcoming year.
What do you do on your days off? Spend time with my daughter, Evie Leslie.
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? Peanut butter hands down. Love.
Jason Thom | Owner Von Bargen’s Jewelry | firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite vacation spot? Polebridge, Montana – Tour the Park, Dine at the Northern Lights Saloon and grab some baked breakfasts goods at the Polebridge Mercantile – done, done and done.
Favorite Book at the moment? Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson, Let’s go for a drive –Mo Williams
Music you like? My daughter singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Do you have a favorite gemstone? I am addicted to Diamonds
What is your creative outlet? Is it wrong to say work? I love buying diamonds. I’ll often complete the days less desirable tasks and reward myself with some diamond scrutiny. Outside of work I enjoy being in the woods (hiking, Atving, hunting) or on a lake (boating or fishing).
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? French Fries – hands down, Colossal King Crab Legs , Chicken Wings
What historical person would you most like to meet? Playing poker with Doc Holliday, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant and Sir Ernest Shackleton would be quite interesting.
Phillip Bosen | Director | email@example.com
Favorite vacation spot? The mountains. I love British Columbia and Glacier National Park in Montana
Favorite Book at the moment? Reading “The Forested Landscape”. It is a history of the landscape of New England
Who are your favorite Designers? I love Arman. His work hearkens back to a time and place long ago. He is also a genuinely nice guy that I can relate to.
Music you like? Bluegrass, Grateful Dead, Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Beach Boys, Beatles…I also like some new stuff.
Do you have a favorite gemstone? I have had a love for diamonds since I started in this business as a kid. I also love star sapphires and Labradorite.
Favorite Movie? I like The Patriot. My family is from South Carolina and Mel Gibson kicks ass. I also really liked the new version of True Grit.
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? I love almost everything, but Leslie Von Bargen made a carrot cake that I sometimes dream about. I spent time in Homestead, Florida as a migrant worker and love the guava pastries from the Cuban markets in Miami.
Roxanne Prescott | Manager Stratton | firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite vacation spot? Beckoning mountains and rivers, with an artists’ community nearby.
Recommendations for a rainy day? Visit with family!
Do you have a favorite gemstone? I am a colored stone junkie! While I am entranced by the brilliance and fire of a perfectly cut diamond, the engagement I feel to a well-cut gemstone can be even more compelling.
What is your creative outlet? Cooking, gardening, and lettering produce some interesting creative results!
What do you do on your days off? I love to ride a bicycle, run, hike a mountain, ski or ride a snowboard, snowshoe, and do outdoor chores! Any of these activities with family members makes me super happy.
Favorite Movie? The Big Blue – but I saw it while I was in France so… may not be an objective assessment!
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? Piles and piles of vegetables, and dark chocolate!
Darlyn Walker | Sales Professional | email@example.com
Favorite vacation spot? Houseboat trips on Lake Powell. I love to swim, water ski and knee board.
Favorite Book at the moment? Do not have one at the moment, but “Hanta Yo” is probably my, all time, favorite by Ruth Beebe Hill, an American saga about the Lakota Sioux.
Who are your favorite Designers? I love hand fabricated jewelry so my favorite designers would have to be Arman Sarkisyan, and Paul Morelli. Morelli’s ”Bell” collection is melodic and I love his “Pebble” collection, rich, colorful and fabulous workmanship. Our very own, Von Bargen’s, Heirloom Collection is to die for.
Recommendations for a rainy day? Get lots of projects done at home and stay positive or go swimming with my granddaughter at the Rec Center.
Music you like? Love most anything by Shakira.
Do you have a favorite gemstone? Diamonds, the brilliance, the sparkle, our “Legacy Ideal Cut”, White, fancy Blues, Pinks or Yellows. It is my birthstone. Got to love it! In opaque material, I love turquoise, opal, malachite, lapis and lavulite (Sugilite). They can be extraordinary as inlay pieces or set as a center piece and of course, accented by ideally cut diamonds.
What is your creative outlet? Painting and photography. The Springfield Chamber of Commerce Barn Star project was a wonderful fundraiser that made me realize how much I miss painting. My choice was a colorful autumn Maple Leaf painted in acrylic on a very large barn star.
What do you do on your days off? Home projects, a kitchen re-model last summer. A walk-in-tub and re-designed door entry to my Mom’s bathroom this spring, gardening, facebooking, emailing, paper work, housework and I care for my almost 93 year old Mom. I try to spend quality time with my granddaughter. There is never a dull moment.
Favorite Movie? Have many favorites, among them are “Secretariat” “Titanic”, “Gone with the Wind”, “Dances with the Wolves”, “Dr. Zhivago” and on the lighter side, “Pretty Woman”, “Then and Now” and “Last Vegas”.
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? My favorite bad food is Potato chips! My favorite healthy foods are Avocados, Asparagus, Cucumbers, Green Beans and Tomatoes.
If you were an animal, what would you be? A pampered, loved and well taken care of cat, I guess. I really can’t fathom being anything other than being human, though!
What historical person would you most like to meet? Maybe hysterical would be a better description. Craig Ferguson!
What place would you most want to visit? I would love to visit Greece, along the Mediterranean Sea.
Teresa Johnson | Sales Professional & Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Manfred | Sales Professional | email@example.com
Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere in the Caribbean
Favorite Book at the moment? Anything by Sophie Kinsella, she is hilarious; her best book is probably “Undomestic Goddess”
Recommendations for a rainy day? Making indoor forts with my boys with blankets and chairs and pretending we’re on an adventure
Music you like? Bon Jovi, all the time, every day : )
Do you have a favorite gemstone? Do I have to pick just one?!?! Aside from the diamond, I’d say the opal, there are so many different kinds of opal and each one is a little bit of a mystery and tells it’s own story.
Favorite Movie? Pretty Woman
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? Mexican food or really anything that combines cheese with avocados, spiciness and margaritas!
Sabrina Leonard | Sales Professional & Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite vacation spot? Zanzibar, Tanzania. Amazing beaches, fascinating history and culture.
Who are your favorite Designers? I definitely have a favorite piece in every collection that we have!
Do you have a favorite gemstone? I love tourmaline because of its rich tones and unusual color variety.
Favorite Movie? Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock
What historical person would you most like to meet? Oscar Wilde.
Ali Dumont | Manager Burlington | email@example.com
Favorite vacation spot? Hermit Island Campground in ME. My husband and I have been camping there on the ocean for the past 11 years on Father’s Day weekend with friends from all over the country.
Who are your favorite Designers? I love different designers for different moods. If I am feeling like a rock star I wear Todd Reed. If I am feeling like my blue jeans need a little jazzing up, I wear Jennifer Kalled. When I feel girly I put on Paul Morelli. Sarah Graham is always on my hand in a power stack of rings. And most of the time I never feel 100% one-way or the other (Libra) so I mix and match artists to find the perfect combination of rocker, glitz and glam.
Music you like? I’m stuck on Deer Tick and Middle Brother right now, which is technically indie rock.
Do you have any pets? We have a 90lb black lab named Buster. He’s 11 years old this November, but he doesn’t know that so he plays like a puppy.
What is your creative outlet? Jewelry is my creative outlet. I sketch and have been building my own line. My mother is a jeweler, so one could say it’s in my blood. I am grateful to work in an environment that fosters creativity and supports the realization of my personal dreams.
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? Sushi, Prosciutto and Melon, Truffle anything (the mushroom)
Dawn Schnieder | Sales Professional | firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite vacation spot? Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY on Lake Pleasant, I have only missed one summer in my life. Yes, I cried.
Who is your favorite Designer? Gellner. I am drawn to pearls. I am fascinated by the variety of color and texture. I love how they transition from classic to edgy to modern styles.
Recommendations for a rainy day? Laughing with my four children until we are in tears.
Music you like? Norah Jones, Adele, anything 80′s!
Do you have a favorite gemstone? Diamond! I love the evolution of diamond cut over the centuries. Each cut is stunning and romantic in it’s own way, and tells a story of the time period.
What is your creative outlet? I love to paint. A day with a paintbrush in my hand is a great day!!
What do you do on your days off? Spend time with, and take care, of my four children. They range in age from 5 to 19 years old, and keep me very busy. Again, yes I said four
Favorite Movie? I love Romantic Comedies. My top favorites right now are “The Proposal” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.
What is your favorite food, (or foods)? Homemade Swedish meatballs, wide egg noodles, and homemade gravy. Comfort on a plate.
Simone Hughes | Sales Professional | email@example.com
Favorite Vacation Spot? My favorite vacation spot begins on a beautiful beach…Caribbean, Sardinia, Key West, San Diego, Oregon…. combined with the company, equals the favorite spot.
Who are your favorite Designers? My favorite designer can not be packaged to ‘a favorite designer’….It is more about an energy that comes from a piece of art that we are fortunate enough to wear. If I had to name, top billing would go to Weggenman, Sepkus and Yossi …And although we do not carry Todd Reed, he would be in the running.
What do you do on your days off? Days off…..work on my jewelry line, play tennis, visit with friends, garden, cook, draw, decorate, antique shop…. I need more days off.
Do you have a favorite gemstone? My favorite gemstone….I find diamonds beautiful and exciting, but my true love is colored gemstones. They are vibrant and speak to me. I can get lost in the sheer thought that colors like Tanzanite, Tourmaline, Rubies …are created with such brilliant colors.
What are your favorite foods? Sushi, good bread and cheese(my Dutch upbringing is responsible), and I am a tequila snob.
Do you have any pets? Pets… My children and I raised and loved 2 St. Bernard’s, Gunther & Layla; although they are not with us anymore, their impact deserves mention at every chance…and we love our cats too.
Nathan Bennett | Jewelry Artisan
Jill Zborovancik | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? I would have to say that my go-to designer is Gellner. The combination of Tahitian pearls with faceted precious stones or diamonds is edgy and compelling. I feel like every strand is an easy wear. I really admire a designer that can make interesting pieces that can both be worn dressed up or dressed down. Gellner totally pulls this off.
Rachel Saypack | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Alex Sepkus. I am a big fan of yellow gold and the textures he adds to each piece makes them unique and wearable art. His jewelry goes with everything and I love mixing and matching different pieces and no matter what they look great.
Kelcie Baker | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Its impossible for me to pick just one. I love Yossi Hararri’s collection, Morelli, and Alex Sepkus. I do however have favorites from each artist and love wearing multiple artists.
Rebecca Driscoll | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Currently, Anne Sportun, but my taste seems to evolve each day.
Allison Ailor | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Todd Reed. I love his use of cube diamonds and ideology of embracing a diamond’s beauty in its organic unaltered form. True beauty is natural, genuine and real.
Laura Vogell | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? I find it too difficult to choose one designer I favor the most, although my top favorite designers are Gellner, Mark Patterson and Alex Sepkus. Some days I’ll wear something simple while other days I choose to stand out and pick more of a loud unique piece of jewelry.
Michelle Berlinger | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Arman – his designs are handcrafted to perfection, edgy, and yet timeless. I would wear every single piece I’ve seen created by him.
Meghan Rigali | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? Todd Reed, Alex Sepkus, Adel Chefridi & me.
Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Tord Gustaverson Trio.
World music. Metal.
Neko Case, U2, Gillian Welch, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird.
Alexis Gage | Jewelry Professional
Who are your favorite designers? My favorite jewelry designer of all time is René Lalique. For me there is no other designer who so creatively combines materials and fabrication techniques as Lalique did. From renderings to finished pieces, I find every aspect of his work exquisite!