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In the 50 years since she arrived on Martha’s Vineyard at age nineteen to teach jewelry making, Cheryl evolved from a young art student to an Island icon. After studying at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she divided her time between her small shop in Vineyard Haven and 47th Street in New York City’s diamond district, one of the first women to have a booth on the famous block of jewelers. When she moved to the Island full-time in 1969, she set up shop here for good. From her Water Street garage to today’s sophisticated presence on Vineyard Haven’s Main Street and in Edgartown village, not to mention a few years in Oak Bluffs and a winter in Aspen, CB Stark Jewelers earned deep customer loyalty. A perennial winner of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine’s “Best Jeweler” award, Cheryl thrived on her work as a designer, the daily challenges and rewards of running a business whose customers come from all over the world. She inspired many with her generous spirit and creative energy, and though her death brought a sense of great loss to the Martha’s Vineyard community, her light continues to shine.
Margie arrived on Martha’s Vineyard from Pennsylvania with a background in philosophy, but she’d had a fascination with rocks and minerals since childhood. Though she had no formal training in jewelry-making, she loved working with her hands and experimenting with different materials. In 1972 she joined CB Stark, first as an apprentice and then as a full-time business partner, meanwhile earning a master’s degree in Jungian psychology. For more than thirty years, Margie worked primarily at “the bench” doing repair work and overseeing the constantly evolving jewelry production. She especially loves creating new designs, inspired by the natural beauty and familiar landmarks of Martha’s Vineyard. Her discerning eye, natural skills as a jeweler, strong business instincts, and steady presence have been integral to CB Stark’s growth and success over the years. Margie thrives on challenge, combining her practical science and technical know-how with an artistic, open-minded approach to creative problem-solving. Though the loss of her spouse and founding partner Cheryl Stark is profound, today Margie cultivates the couple’s vision that CB Stark Jewelers as a business has a life beyond their own, with people – staff, customers, and colleagues – at the heart of it.
Sarah York, the store manager, entered the jewelry industry at nineteen, when she took a summer job at a large national jewelry chain on Cape Cod. Within a few months she was promoted to store manager, but soon realized that though she loved the jewelry business, she didn’t want to work for a large corporation. She went to Guertin Brothers Jewelers, a well-known independent jewelry retailer on Cape Cod. In 2002, she moved her career across the water to Martha’s Vineyard when she joined CB Stark Jewelers. There, she found the perfect fit. For seven years, she lived in Falmouth and commuted to the Vineyard by ferry. In 2009 she succumbed to the lure of the Island and moved here year-round when she was due to have her first child. She continues to further her education with the Gemological Institute of America, where she has many certifications, including her Graduate Diamonds Diploma. She especially enjoys her work with customers designing one-of-a-kind pieces and creating new jewelry out of old.
Jeff Regan began working in metal in high school, and fell in love with the prospect of turning rough, raw materials into something beautiful and functional. He was hooked, and helped pay for his senior prom by making a pair of wedding rings. After high school, he apprenticed for a local goldsmith, picking up skills in jewelry repair and manufacturing. While he has attended many workshops over the years, he is primarily self-taught, and has spent some thirty years honing his techniques and experimenting with new ones. Prior to opening his own studio in 1991, he worked for several local upscale jewelers, specializing in repair, restorations, and custom jewelry. In the summer of 2002, Jeff joined CB Stark as its full-time, year-round jeweler. From simple chain solders to complex antique restorations and custom creations, his broad experience has made him a valuable asset and integral part of CB Stark. Jeff lives on Cape Cod in Marstons Mills, and commutes to work on the ferry.
Jewelry designer Elysha Roberts was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. She has always had a passion for art and design, and began crafting jewelry from an early age. She received a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. While attending MassArt, Elysha began working at CB Stark Jewelers, which complemented her formal education with hands-on experience and business insights. She continued studying jewelry making at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts, where she was an artist-in-residence and teaching assistant. She’s influenced by nature in her own work, including the natural materials she finds along the beaches, meadows, and woodlands of Martha’s Vineyard, as well as the intricate details of cells and microorganisms. She returned to the island to work full-time at CB Stark Jewelers in 2013. Elysha values the company’s warm and personal work environment, where employees learn from and inspire one another every day.
Chris Bergeron, the Edgartown store manager, is a 25-year veteran of retail jewelry sales. He began his career in 1990 as an apprentice jeweler on Cape Cod, polishing and doing basic repair work. The youngest of nine children, Chris has great people skills, and his enthusiasm for helping customers led him into the retail end of the business. He became the store manager for a well-known Hyannis jeweler, then took a summer off to work for CB Stark in its Edgartown store in 2005, then returned to the Cape, where he spent the next eight years specializing in estate jewelry. He returned to Martha’s Vineyard in 2015, when CB Stark expanded its Edgartown presence. Now Chris is a regular commuter to the island from Bourne on Cape Cod, where he lives with his high school sweetheart. The couple has three children, two in college and one in high school. An avid cook, Chris also takes time to relax on the golf course in his spare time.
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