Our Story

In 2001, Nancy Gardner opened the Mendocino Jewelry Studio which features Gardner’s work along with a growing selection of other local accomplished jewelers, painters, ceramicists, and stained glass artists. As Gardner says “to exhibit work in my shop, first one has to be local, second one has to be good”.

A longtime connection with the Mendocino Coast arts community and having been a member of North Coast Artists for 15 years provides her with a vast and varied array of work to display. “This area has an amazing amount of very talented people. I am honored to have a gallery where I can exhibit some of their work”.

Visitors to Mendocino Jewelry Studio find a complete jewelers bench, and most likely, Gardner at work before it. The tools and materials are all at hand making it easy to talk over the fine points of creating truly individual pieces.

Working with a clientele of neighbors and visitors, doing commissions and repairs, getting to know customers’ tastes well enough to come up with the perfect fit, Gardner gets great satisfaction from the human side of her business.

To see a listing of artists who are currently exhibiting their work at the Mendocino Jewelry Studio, visit the ARTISAN’S page where bios and photos of the artists and their works can be found.