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Breckenridge jewelry store closing its doors

CAITLIN ROWsummit daily newsBreckenridge, Colorado
Summit Daily/Caitlin RowA fixture on Breckenridges Main Street for 20 years, goldsmith Kristina has decided to take down her shingle but the economy has nothing to do with it.

BRECKENRIDGE Without a cent from the bank, a hippie goldsmith opened Kristina Gold Jewelry Design on Main Street in Breckenridge 20 years ago. She lived upstairs at first, scrimping and saving, determined to make her store work. I started it with money from friends and family, said Kristina, who uses only her first name. I had to pay them back, so I jumped into it. … There was no room for failure.And after spending two decades as a fixture on Breckenridges main drag, Kristina Gold Jewelry Design is closing, but not because of money problems. Kristina is simply ready to retire. Shes planning to stay in town and play her days away skiing, hiking, kayaking and simply enjoying her time off.I think we get spoiled here, she said of living in the mountain community. She chose to work in Summit County because she fell in love with the area.Though many people may assume that the poor economy spurred the stores closure, Kristina reiterated that business is still good and her retirement is planned.People are buying, she said, especially in the past month.Kristina actually isnt all that concerned about the economic downturn she attributes national unease to people anticipating the worst.People are still going to ski, she said. Maybe Im just a hopeless optimist, but I think the country is resilient. People say the sky is falling, but Ive seen it before and got through it. Contractions happen over the years, and it works out.Kristina doesnt attribute her steady business to increased investment in gold. Buying jewelry is not a good way to invest in gold, she said. Its really not an investment except in feeling good.Kristina started her career as a goldsmith because she finds making things fascinating. After moving to Colorado in the 1970s, she worked as a brass jeweler west of Boulder and at a jewelry store in Estes Park.There’s always something new to learn, she said, and shes never bored. Im done with it, but I still love it.Her current goldsmith, Jason, designs contemporary pieces, but she also carries a plethora of styles from other designers.No date has been chosen for her stores closure. She wants to sell her inventory first, and shes extending good deals. Kristina also owns the Main Street building, and would like to lease it to another jewelry store, including equipment and her two fabulous employees.(Jewelry) sure buys a lot of pleasure, she said. It lasts a lot longer than a candy bar.

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