Nature inspires New Castle jeweler |

Nature inspires New Castle jeweler

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Do you need a special custom-made piece of jewelry? Do you need to replace your watch batteries? Do you have a piece of broken jewelry that is near and dear to your heart? How about a written appraisal for insurance purposes? Nathan Watkins of Watkins Jewelers can handle all these needs, and also offers free ring cleaning and inspection.

Watkins Jewelers has been located at 386 W. Main St., Unit 302, in beautiful downtown New Castle, for six months.

Watkins was part of a family business in southern Illinois for seven years, and worked in Glenwood Springs for 17 years. He still does piecework for four other jewelry stores.

The New Castle resident jeweler enjoys creating custom diamond and gemstone jewelry, as well as one-of-a-kind elk-ivory jewelry. Elk-ivory rings, earrings and other jewelry are made from the back teeth of elk. Hunters will be able to appreciate one more aspect of their elk hunting in the New Castle area with one of his custom pieces.

The local jeweler is also excited about his new line of reasonably priced mountain jewelry.

The mountain jewelry – which is two-tone hand-carved out of wax and then cast into white gold, yellow gold or platinum- features mountains in his/hers wedding bands, bracelets or other jewelry.

“I combined some of my favorite places into these designs – the San Juans, Sopris and the Elk Mountains,” said Watkins. “I just sold my first piece to a local couple who will be getting married on the East Coast.”

Watkins enjoys sitting down with a customer and building a beautiful piece of jewelry that will be treasured forever.

“It’s nice to see their reaction to the piece when I’m finished,” said Watkins.

The jeweler’s favorite stones to work with are diamonds and opals, and he works with many more sparkly stones.

Now with his new small studio, Watkins believes his creativity has mushroomed, as evidenced with the unique mountain jewelry and elk-ivory jewelry.

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” said the jeweler. “If you want a dependable, trustworthy jeweler who does work on-site, come and see me. My turnaround time for jewelry repair is usually the next day, which is unusual for this area.”

You can stop by and drool over Nathan’s custom jewelry from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and by appointment Saturdays and Sundays. The phone number is 984-0344.

Patti’s Main Street Coffee House opened last Thursday, adjacent to its former location, and has been busy ever since. Patti and Bill are ecstatic.

“We had a private wedding rehearsal dinner for 65 last Friday,” said Bill. “On Saturday, we were open until 7:30 p.m. We tried to close at 2:30, but the customers just kept coming in, and we kept serving them.”

Congratulations to Patti and Bill. Everyone hopes the new location brings lots of good times and customers to you.

The second annual Zach Schwartz Benefit Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the New Castle Community Center, featuring real Hip Hop by 2 Real 4 da Mind. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

Also the same day starting at 9 a.m., the second annual Zach Schwartz 3-on-3 basketball tourney will be held at the outdoor courts behind the new Riverside Middle School in Castle Valley Ranch in New Castle. Male and female teams of all ages are welcome. The entry fee is $60 per team. Contact Mike Cox at 984-0332 to preregister. Proceeds from both events benefit the Zach Schwartz Scholarship Fund.

Burning Mountain

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the myriad details of this year’s Burning Mountain Festival. Rest up this weekend.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday (and sometimes Friday) in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a local news tip or event, call 618-6689 or e-mail

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