Don’t be surprised to see the light burning after hours in the back room at James C. Smith Fine Jewelry, the
prism-like jewelry boutique on the corner of Union and Front Streets in Traverse City. In the quiet and focus of
those late nights, designer and owner James C. Smith turns out his custom pieces that run the gamut from
elegantly traditional to creative and contemporary.
Born and raised in Traverse City, Smith finds inspiration for his designs in the Grand Traverse Bay–area landscape—which explains his special fondness for the blue hue of sapphires and tanzanite. Shown here, tanzanite ring set in palladium with hand engraving. $7,800. James C. Smith FIne Jewelry, Traverse City, 231-941-3300, jamescsmith.net.