40+ Years Of Craftsmanship
Richard Gretz began creating and designing jewelry as an art student at Oregon State University.
Graduating with a degree in art, he started pursuing jewelry as a career. He has a passion for fine craftsmanship and beautiful gemstones in hand-made jewelry. This gives him a natural medium for his creativity.
For over 40 years, he has been one of the leading designer-goldsmiths in the Northwest.
He started Richard Gretz Goldsmiths in 1978 and has been creating unique and beautiful jewelry for customers far and wide ever since. He is always learning and exploring new concepts of the jewelry trade.
Richard uses a process called lost wax casting. This process involves carving your design out of a wax block, creating a mold, and then casting it. For years, Richard meticulously hand carved all his pieces. This was delicate and time consuming work, but modern technology has allowed him to significantly reduce the time necessary to produce a wax model. Employing the use of a 3D printer and a 5-Axis CNC machine, along with the 3D modeling software he uses, enables him to create unique and breathtakingly beautiful fine jewelry without spending days on the designing process.
Richards first studio was located in the old Cannery Mall in Corvallis Oregon. Although small, it served him well for many years. In 1999 Richard opened his new store in beautiful downtown Corvallis. It sports a beautiful and elegant show floor where you can get an up close and personal look at our latest creations. Hiding in the back, however, lives the heart of the store. This state of the art studio is able to support five goldsmiths and holds all the equipment they could ever need to create stunning works of art. Richard Gretz Goldsmiths has become a sanctuary for jewelry lovers and creators all over Oregon.