CB Stark’s accomplished in-house staff, with more than 150 years of combined experience, brings a wide range of skills to jewelry design, fabrication, service, and repair. Integrity, innovative design, and exceptional craftsmanship characterize our approach, as we strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, no matter how big, small, or complex the undertaking. We pride ourselves on developing and maintaining an impeccable reputation for caring, personal service among our longtime customers and new visitors to our stores on Martha’s Vineyard.
From simple tasks – checking, cleaning, and polishing jewelry; changing watch batteries and bands; replacing lost or broken earring backs – to complicated antique restorations, repairs, and one-of-a-kind custom designs, CB Stark is more than adept at satisfying customer requests. Drawing upon the best of traditional and modern jewelry-making and repair techniques, from lost wax casting and hand fabrication to computer-assisted design (CAD), the in-house jewelers at CB Stark are well-equipped to apply our artisanal creativity and technical skills to any challenge. For situations requiring more specialized expertise, such as diamond or precious stone cutting or hand-engraving, CB Stark works closely with some of the industry’s top professionals to achieve your vision.
The inspiration for creating a one-of-a-kind custom design can come from many sources: a favorite landmark, an element of nature, fashion, a special occasion, a whim. Imagination, creativity, and challenges excite us, and CB Stark has a long history of pleasing customers. Some people come to us with a very specific vision, and others have a more general idea, relying on our designers to help guide them to a final design concept. CB Stark embraces the collaborative process and the challenge of meeting your specific vision for a custom piece of jewelry. We love to use our problem-solving skills and diverse metalwork techniques. We work in silver, all types of gold, platinum, and occasionally other metals or materials. We can also rework not-quite-right jewelry that you don’t wear anymore into something new and beautiful that better matches your style and lifestyle. We offer free estimates, and work closely with each customer to achieve a high level of satisfaction within budget.
Customer's antique diamond and emerald brooch.
Custom wax ring carved for diamond from brooch.
Wax ring is now sprued and ready for casting.
Raw casting with sprue attached. Stone placed in setting to check for fit.
Mounting pre-finished and ready for stone to be set.
Counter sketch for customer's loose 5.5ct emerald.
CAD (computer-aided design) rendering.
Wax prototype of CAD rendering.
Channel setting side diamonds.
Bezel setting center emerald.
Finished 14k white emerald and diamond ring.
Wax carving for contoured wedding band in platinum.
Cast ring with pilot holes drilled in preparation of stone setting.
Platinum diamond contoured band.
Perfect fit as shown with engagement ring.
Customer requested to duplicate this ring.
Piercing the design out of silver sheet.
Ring coming together.
Original ring and new ring ready for stone setting.
Sterling silver moonstone rings.
Customer requested pendant to be made out of stones from these rings.
Finshed 14k yellow gold pendant.
We can restore treasured family heirlooms to their original beauty or create a new updated piece of jewelry that embraces the spirit of the original. We understand and appreciate the sentimental value of jewelry to its owners, and devote special care and attention to restoring and repairing such pieces.
Antique diamond and sapphire ring restoration.
Hand carved wax model
Raw casting in platinum
Ring set and ready for hand engraving
Side view of old worn ring next to new custom ring with matching engraving
Side view of finished platinum ring
Top view of diamonds and sapphires
Fully insured, CB Stark’s in-house jewelers can repair just about anything. We offer laser technology to mend pieces that might be compromised by traditional methods. CB Stark jewelry services include: repairing broken clasps, earring posts, and wires • replacing worn or broken prongs • shortening bracelets and chains • matching and replacing missing stones • sizing rings • resetting and tightening stones • installing safety clasps for bracelets and necklaces, and adjustable ring shanks for large knuckles • removing rings • replacing watch batteries and straps, and more! If you don’t see it, please ask us.
Soldering a chain
Diamond fell out of ring due to excessive prong wear
Ring set with new head for center diamond
Setting diamonds in new mounting
remaking a sapphire and diamond band
wedding bands made into a pendant
engagement ring and wedding bands made into a pendant
Please call to set up an appointment with one of our design specialists. If you are not on-Island, we can work with you long-distance, providing the same process, personal care, and attention to detail as if you were here with us.