FAQs

How do you pronounce Wieshuber?

WEES hoo ber.

Why only genuine gemstones?

I have been appreciating genuine colored stones since working in my dad’s jewelry store in high school. I studied them in a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) course. Once I started learning about geology and the formation of gems and minerals, I was awed by the power of nature. The amount of heat, pressure, and time required to form natural gems is immense. Although flawless diamonds are highy prized, most gemstones are enhanced by their variations and inclusions. Genuine gemstones look and feel different from manufactured materials. Their natural colors enhance any outfit.

What is sterling silver?

Silver is an element (atomic number 47) and a precious metal. Sterling silver is at least 92.5% pure silver, alloyed with copper to make it harder. The price of silver has fluctuated throughout history, but it has always had value. Part of its value comes from its beauty, and part comes from its workability into jewelry and useful objects. The only downside to sterling silver is that it tarnishes. Keep your jewelry in a zippered plastic bag to slow down discoloration. Read the full blog post on silver. 

Do you make it all yourself?

Yes.

Why are there sets of 3 earrings?

A lot of my necklaces are asymmetrical. When I make the complementary earrings, I make them asymmetrical too. Then I make a third, matching earring for days that you want to be more balanced.

Why is there only 1 of each item in the store?

I buy my beads and cabochons from gem shows in limited quantities. Basic materials and findings I buy from reputable online jewelry wholesalers. From my collection of parts, I design pieces that I love enough to wear myself. Only then do they make it into this store. Sometimes I make a similar design for one of my retail outlets. No two are exactly alike.

Do you do commissions?

Yes. Please contact me.

I’d like to buy a gift for the woman in my life. Can you help?

Yes. Please contact me.

What is the history of Wieshuber Jewelers?

In 1923, my grandfather Franz X. Wieshuber immigrated from Germany to Chicago and opened a jewelry store on Fullerton Avenue. He was a jeweler and metalsmith who wanted nothing more than to make beautiful things. As a P.O.W. in WWI, he fashioned rings and vases out of spent shells. His American captors prized his creations and granted him special privileges. After the war he declined his father’s offer to take over the family business. Instead, he started his own business in the U.S. Soon he sent for his wife and they had five children, living in the small apartment over the jewelry store.

After 35 years in the states, he longed to return to his beloved Bavaria. His sons Franz Jr. (my uncle) and Anton (my dad, pictured here) took over the business when their parents departed. Doing business in the city became difficult and dangerous as robberies increased. The brothers obtained a loan and opened the second incarnation of Wieshuber Jewelers in the suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. There it stayed until January 2000, when Anton retired after buying out his brother a few years earlier.

Starting in 2012, I returned to my roots by taking some jewelry making classes. My career as a graphic designer gave me a solid foundation to create and market jewelry. Wieshuber Jewelers was reborn in 2016, this time in Colorado.

—Gretchen