Fire Mountain Gems' History
Fire Mountain Gems was founded in 1973 by Stuart and Chris Freedman and they are located in Grants Pass, Oregon. They have been a part of their customer’s jewelry making experiences and love the relationships they have built designers, artists, employees, suppliers and customers. They also enjoy meeting all of their customers, at their store, at trade shows and events. Fire Mountain Gems is proud to feature your own jewelry designs in their Gallery of Designs and love sharing all of you stories. With a love for gemstones and Southwestern turquoise and lapidary work, Fire Mountain Gems started in a garage at the back of Stuart’s home in the early 1970s in Studio City, California. When beading was not as popular as today, they started their first catalog, The Beadmaker’s Handbook. In 1986, Fire Mountain Gems moved to Cave Junction, Oregon and in 2000, they moved to their present location of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Fire Mountain Gems' Values
The Fire Mountain Gems community of jewelry and bead designer artists, employees, customers and suppliers are all as their motto says, uniting the world one bead at a time. You can stop by their store in Grants Pass, Oregon and they offer tours twice daily, Monday through Friday at 10 am and 2 pm. You can also read customers comments, stories, letters and feedback. Fire Mountain Gems also believes in helping the community. Fire Mountain Gems is a partner of the Southern Oregon Homeward Dreams Project, a program that brings affordable housing to working middle income families. They are also a part of the BEADS for Education Project that assists and helps with the education of Massai girls in the country of Kenya. Fire Mountain Gems is also involved with the Extra Mile accessibility award in partnership with Goodwill Industries. Fire Mountain Gems was also named the Employer of the Year in 2005.
What makes Fire Mountain Gems unique?
Fire Mountain Gems has a commitment for all of their customers and the jewelry design artists. They provide excellent customer service and free ebooks. Their website is full of great and helpful resources like free jewelry making instructions, the Encyclopedia of Beads, a sections where you can ask jewelry and bead making experts a question, a What’s Happening section that lists bead and jewelry shows and events and a gallery design section where beaders and jewelry makers can get fresh new ideas and be able to view new necklace, earrings and bracelet designs. Fire Mountain Gems carries everything a jewelry maker and beader will need including all types of beads like Czech glass beads, Swarovski beads, acrylic beads, glass beads, metal beads, pearls, porcelain beads, shell beads, wood and nut beads and many more types of beads. In addition to the beads that they carry, Fire Mountain Gems also carries a large selection of jewelry supplies, stringing material, wire-wrapping wire and jewelry.