Gary Abrams, the sole proprietor and goldsmith of A Jewelers Workshop in Randolph’s center, got his start in the jewelry industry when he was a freshman in high school working at Henry’s Jewelers on Boston’s School Street. This fairly typical high school job made up of running errands and setting up showcases turned into a career as he learned new skills and started apprenticing in Boston’s Jewelers Building after graduating high school.
As an apprentice goldsmith, Gary started with the basics like learning to polish jewelry and complete simple repairs. Over the next seven years, he trained in all aspects of jewelry from sizing rings and fabricating pieces to making wax models, casting them in metal, and setting in stones.
Gary also learned gem identification and grading, as well as how to run a business. All of his training and the many years he spent in the industry set him up for success when he started his wholesale jewelry company in 1986.
Based in the Jewelers Building and employing up to four additional goldsmiths, his wholesale business serviced more than 40 jewelry stores at a time. It was during this 12 years that Gary refined the skills he’d later use to open A Jeweler’s Workshop: designing pieces based on customer specifications, gracefully dealing with the holiday rush of orders, and everything and anything needed to ensure customers were happy with beautiful jewelry in flawless condition.
In 1998, after 12 years in Boston that included opening a retail showroom, Gary decided he wanted a change of location to the South Shore, where he still lives with his wife. He opened up A Jewelers Workshop in downtown Randolph with all the same Boston offerings like custom made silver, platinum, and gold jewelry plus a full line of settings and jewelry ready for purchase from his showcase. Many of Gary’s Boston customers followed him out of the city, and are still with him today.
Since all work is done on the premises and Gary helms a small staff, he is able to interact with every customer, new or old. He does flawless repairs and sizing, and can make custom dreams come to life.
Unlike many other jewelers who now rely on CAD for design, Gary uses wax molds that he carves by hand, ensuring each custom piece is one-of-a-kind.
Gary is active in Randolph's civic life too. He has served as president of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce and as an officer in the Randolph Rotary Club. He also supports the local community by contributing to youth sports, houses of worship, and town-sponsored fundraisers.
When he's not making customers' jewelry wishes come true, he plays guitar in a local rock band. Feel free to email or call about anything jewelry-related or just to say "hi."