The roots of Ames Silversmithing were put down in 1976 with $1,500 and a dream. Disenchanted with college, Gary Youngberg was searching for some direction in his life. Gary had always loved rocks and gems and had even taught himself how to make jewelry while in college. Gary eventually decided to leave college after two years and, in August 1976, Gary and his fiancee Karen, opened Ames Silversmithing in downtown Ames, Iowa.
Originally working in silver and semi-precious stones, Gary worked diligently, producing his one-of-a-kind jewelry creations. These pieces were sold not only in the store, but also at various art fairs around the area. As business grew, both Gary and Karen received their diamond training through the Gemological Institute of America, the leading gemological laboratory in the world. Soon, Gary was working in gold, platinum, and diamonds.
220 Main St
Ames, IA 50010