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Taking her knowledge and passion for jewelry from her experience of managing two jewelry shops in the Rocky Mountains, owner Heather Hanst opened the first Silverado Jewelry Gallery in Hood River, Oregon in 1998. That first modest space was the prototype to what has become the signature of Silverado- the warm wooden textures and soft natural light that highlight each display case and cabinet. This style is a reflection of the outdoor life that has become synonymous with Silverado’s brand and its jewelry.

With the initial success of the Hood River store, a second store opened in Portland in the chic 23rd St. district. Soon after, the third shop opened in downtown Bend, Oregon and became the flagship Silverado Jewelry Gallery. Concurrently, Heather helped her two sisters open their stores in Vermont, and also in Saratoga Springs, New York, making it truly a family enterprise. The Portland store was sold and several years later Silverado Hood River was bought by long time manager and friend Christine Barthmus, and rebranded as Chemistry Jewelry, in the same original location.

Silverado Jewelry Gallery received the prestigious “Coolest Store In America” award presented by industry leading INSTORE magazine. The Bend, Oregon store has remained a local favorite for jewelry, winning “Best Of Central Oregon” in jewelry for 15 years running.

Featured artists are selected because of their ability to express similar qualities that customers experience when coming into the store- warmth, comfort and elegance. The staff at Silverado are equally unique in their knowledge of each artist, and presentation of their distinct pieces of jewelry. Their professionalism is carried throughout the buying experience and the relationships built with their customers has created a loyal following of Silverado fans.

When you purchase a piece of jewelry from Silverado, whether it is heirloom or fashion, you are getting something truly unique; an experience carefully curated by years of experience, high quality standards, and top notch customer service.