Livened by the sounds of friendly banter from the working space in the back, there’s ample evidence that DeLong Studio is a place where things are made and not just sold.
It’s a sort-of-secret neighbourhood spot where people walk in and gladly give up all the time needed to appreciate the stories behind the hand crafted jewelry and various artisan goods on display.
“People are always surprised by our location when they first come in, but we’ve been open for 24 years,” said proprietor John DeLong, from behind a glass case of polished silver under the lights. “Our clients also come here for the setting. About 80 % of them return and then they bring their friends.”
The cottage in a cozy Summerland neighbourhood where the Delongs, John and Anita, have chosen to work has obvious appeal, but their loyal clientele is clearly taken by the quality of work they both make and showcase.
“We do one-of-a-kind pieces. We cut our own stones and custom set them to our own designs,” he said.
John, a lapidarist, is in charge of cutting and polishing rare stones and gems, while Anita handcrafts the silver.
Working together they blend natural beauty with artistic flare to great success.
Their own pieces are a natural fit with the other work they’ve curated from across the globe. Tapping into a small cadre of silversmiths and artisans, the DeLongs have built a collection that has something unique for everyone at all times of the year.
For more information go to www.delongstudio.com or get the full experience at the shop, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week.
~ Kathy Michaels