We are Jeremy and Emily Olson, owners of Saratoga Jewelry Co. and we’re excited to share a little about us and the history behind our new jewelry store in Utah County.
We often get asked the question, “How did you get into the jewelry business?” Well, let’s face it, unless you grow up in the business, there aren’t very many high school students who tell their guidance counselor, “Hey, I’d like to be a jeweler and own my own jewelry store one day!” Nope. Jeremy wanted to be teacher and Emily wanted to be a PR person for a big fancy schmancy company. So, how did a small town Utah girl, and even smaller town Idaho boy end up owning Utah County’s newest full service jewelry store? Here’s the story…
Jeremy and Emily met, at a gas station in Hailey, Idaho. Yup. A gas station (come on, it beats a singles dance in Utah, right?). On April 12, 1998, the Uptown Mini Mart gas station was looking for an employee to cover the night shift, and a Utah newcomer was driving the streets, in desperate need for directions. Jeremy was the employee who filled in that night and Emily was lucky enough to walk in and ask for directions. Actually, the other employee who was helping that night asked Emily for her number (to this day, Jeremy admits he was too awestruck by this out-of-towner with her long, blonde, curly hair to even speak, let alone ask for a number….awwwww).
Well, Jeremy and Emily hit it off from the get go. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it love at first sight…Jeremy and Emily certainly call it all of those things! They dated for two years (and went skydiving on their first date!) while Emily finished up her Associates at Snow College (go, Badgers!). Meanwhile Jeremy continued working for his parents at the gas station.
Now, here is where we get to the jewelry store part. While they were dating, Emily asked Jeremy when he was going to get a “real job”. Now, that may sound shallow because really, isn’t any job a real job? But frankly, that was the question and there’s no beating around the bush about the way it all went down. So, Jeremy thought about it and started looking for a “real job”. Although, not quite sure what that meant as there were no classified sections with headings reading “real jobs”, he applied to places where he felt he could use the talents he had and at places he thought he would really enjoy working. (Aha, we may have just identified “real job”) Jeremy had designed jewelry in high school and had a great awareness for detail. So when he saw a job listing for a basic jewelry repairman at Barry Peterson Jewelers in Sun Valley, Idaho he applied and was hired a short time later.
Shortly before they were married in August of 2000, Jeremy became the Jewelry Repair Manager at Christopher & Co. in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho. During the time they lived in the Wood River Valley, Jeremy had the privilege of studying under two of the finest Master Jewelers as well as study at GIA in Carlsbad, CA. He has always been intrigued by the ever-changing technology that the jewelry industry offers and makes it a priority to stay informed on the latest and greatest ways to create or repair jewelry of all types.
In April 2002, they had the first of their four children and, just months after, moved to beautiful Logan, Utah where one day, out of the blue, Jeremy came home with a Jewelry Repair business license. They owned a jewelry repair store in Logan until November 2005 when wholesale jewelry repair work brought Jeremy and his family to the Utah Valley. Jeremy really missed the one on one interaction with the customers so, in August 2010 Jeremy and Emily opened the doors to Saratoga Jewelry Co. where they’ve helped jewelry dreams come true ever since!
Jeremy continues his jewelry education with an emphasis on CAD jewelry design and over the last Decade has been behind hundreds of “I Do’s” and beyond. We’re pleased to offer the latest technology and an environment where we do our jewelry work on-site and in-sight. You’ll love being able to see your design come to life or your jewelry be fixed, right before your eyes! Some people come in to visit and enjoy a piece of candy or two even if they don’t have any work to be done! Our store is comfy not stuffy. You’re welcome to come ask Jeremy how his “real job” is going, anytime!
We invite you to browse our website and visit our store in Lindon. Whether you’re looking to pop the question, celebrate 50 years since doing so or anywhere in-between, we’re here to help make something special, become something spectacular.
See ya soon!
~ The Family at Saratoga Jewelry Co.
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