MEET OUR ARTISTS
Owner and Designer
Richard Gretz began creating and designing jewelry as an art student at Oregon State University.
With a degree in art, he has a passion for fine craftsmanship and beautiful gemstones in hand-made jewelry, a natural medium for his creativity.
For over 30 years, he has been one of the leading designer-goldsmiths in the Northwest. He is always learning and exploring new concepts of the jewelry trade.
He started Richard Gretz Goldsmiths in 1978 and has been creating unique and beautiful jewelry for customers far and wide ever since.
After more than 40 trips to Asia to buy gems, we have the Willamette Valley’s best collection of natural colored gems and diamonds to chose from for your custom jewelry made right here in our store.
Shop Manager and Lead Goldsmith
Scott randomly fell in to the jewelry world as a passing curiosity, and it didn't take long for him to completely fall in love with the combination of craftsmanship, chemistry, physics, and art.
He started his apprenticeship in a small coastal town in Southern Oregon, and eventually ended up in Corvallis. After seeing how seamlessly Richard blends traditional fabrication techniques and 21st century technology, he knew where he needed to be, and has been here ever since.
Scott wears many hats at Richard Gretz Goldsmiths. Having a myriad background in information technology, engineering, metalsmithing, as well as a keen interest in wide variety of fabrication techniques and processes, he ends up all over the store helping wherever his skills are needed.
AJP - Gemological Institute of America
Irene first caught the jewelry bug while creating pieces through lost wax casting in her high school jewelry class. She started as a sales person in the jewelry industry in 1990 and after taking time off to raise a family, returned to the industry with Richard Gretz Goldsmiths in 2013.
She earned an Accredited Jewelry Professional credential from Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 2016.
Irene enjoys working one on one with clients to help them create the jewelry of their dreams and follows the piece to completion to be sure her clients wishes are being met. She is a self-described “Diamond girl” and personally seeks out the finest gemstones at the best value for our clients.
While not working Irene enjoys playing team sports and camping with family and friends.
GG - GIA Graduate Gemologist
AJP - Gemological Institute of America
Dusty graduated first in her class from the Gemological Institute of America in 2004. She has a keen interest in colored gemstones of all types with special emphasis on Australian opals and rare gemstones. Referring to herself as an inclusion junkie, Dusty relishes the chance to analyze and record strange and unique inclusions. Dusty has many facets herself, not only a gemologist, she is also a cattle rancher, stockdog trainer and breeder, and an avid gardener. She has a full gem lab on site and up-to-date software to make your appraisals as accurate as possible.
Keith started his career at 17 years old while polishing jewelry in his family shop. For the last 35 years he has expanded and tuned his knowledge and skill in the jewelry craft. 20 years of that time was spent working as a goldsmith in an independent store. A loving father of three, Keith's family means the world to him, and when all the kids flew the nest he and his wife decided to make a change. After living in Ohio his whole life he moved to Oregon in 2019. Oregon brought new opportunities in the shape of Richard Gretz Goldsmiths. Keith loves anything Gold and Platinum and prides himself on being able to work the most intricate details into the jewelry he smiths.
Sales and Media
Isabeau grew up creating jewelry and art. She started with simple bead work but soon expanded to working with lost wax and PMC. She was avidly creating jewelry throughout high school up until graduation when her path changed directions. She found herself seeking a more physical approach to life which brought her to Australia where she studied Aerial Dance. As a fully qualified Aerial Dancer she began her career traveling and performing internationally for several years up until she received an unfortunate injury. This brought her back to her jewelry and art loving roots. She is happy to be at Richard Gretz Goldsmith where she hopes to learn and further her jewelry knowledge.
Sales and Marketing
Born and raised in Oregon, Josh is one of those adventurous types. As a Brazilian-American, he was raised traveling all over the world, appreciating all that nature created. As he grew up, he continued to find new ways to fuel his passions: photography, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, and anything that took him outside. He always had a thing for gems and minerals, collecting thunder eggs, agates, and obsidian throughout his home state. In 2018, he visited his family in Brazil, where he decided to begin his journey discovering the world of gemstones. Today, Josh is an aspiring gemologist and a career photographer, continuing the pursuit for living out his dreams. He graduated in 2018 from Oregon State University with majors in marketing and business administration.
Julie began her jewelry journey at the young age of 12, she started with the art of bead stringing. Soon she began to progress into silver-smithing. At that time she worked with a silver-smith in the Salem area. After falling in love with the craft and gaining an insatiable desire to learn and further her knowledge, she decided it was time to "go for the gold." Julie started at Richard Gretz Goldsmiths as a sales person to get a feel for the shop, and soon moved to the workshop, learning from and working with the other goldsmiths. Julie has come so far that she has even designed several pieces for the store. She is the proud new co-owner of downtown Corvallis's Golden Crane, but always makes sure she finds the time to get her hand dirty and make some beautiful jewelry.