About Us

Tanya Gunter

Owner / Graduate Jeweler Gemologist

30 Years of Experience: Customer Service, Jewelry Design, Wax Carvings, Stone Setting Bead Stringing and providing appraisals on fine jewelry for insurance purposes.

Tanya graduated from Gemological Institute of America in 1985. Tanya started working in the industry with her father over 30 years ago and has been providing excellent customer service since then. Not only does she have the experience to manufacture her customer’s jewelry, she has an eye for detail that enables her to help her customer’s design one of a kind pieces.

Karmin Peterson

Head Bench Jeweler and CAD Designer

Karmin has been involved in the arts since childhood and made his first jewelry piece in 1979. In 1989, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he apprenticed in sculpture using wood and stone with metal and stone inlay. He then moved on to gain experience in wax carving, lost wax casting, and fabrication with special interest in multi metal use, stone setting and repoussage, selling his work at art shows, galleries and shops in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

After moving to Eugene in 2004, he continued honing and acquiring skills at Wally Anderson Manufacturing Jewelers, becoming accomplished in advanced stone setting techniques, repair (including use of laser welding), engraving, Computer Aided Design, and some basic enameling.

In 2009, Karmin became the head bench jeweler, problem solver, and CAD designer for Willamette Artisans. He continued his education in 2012 by completing a course at the Matrix Training Academy. Today he continues, as an integral part of the team, to make jewelry out of his love for creating art and fulfilling people’s dreams.

Rose Peterson

Wax Carver and Mold Specialist

Rose has been carving for national jewelers – coast to coast.

Her specialty is a “transform” approach to jewelry. Her training in commercial art and glass-art design developed into a modular view of any artistic medium, especially jewelry. Changing out stones and shapes, adding or deleting style elements, are featured in this wax work.

She also offers mold making and cutting for industrial production or personal studios.

Donnie Freeman

Bench Jeweler Specializing in Fabrication

Donnie’s Jewelry experience all started helping a friend, an Independent Jeweler, in his shop. Odd jobs turned into serious training. Shaping unique, one-of-a-kind-pieces, drawing fine wire, and making handcrafted necklaces and charms were a few of the skills he picked up over this eleven year apprenticeship. Now teamed up with his new friends at Willamette Artisans Jewelry, he is bringing those and other skills including laser welding repair and fabrication, to help create more beautiful jewelry for you.