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Hello, my name is Jeff McKenzie and I am the guy who runs the day to day operations of McKenzie Jewelry Manufacturing, which is the company that does the actual manufacturing process for NorthCoast Collection jewelry. My background goes something like this: I got into the jewelry business originally in Dallas Texas, when I worked in the main offices of Zale Corporation which at the time was the largest jewelry company in the world. (by number of stores) From there I worked as a salesman in several of their stores. Then,  while staying in Canada to be near my future wife, Lynn, I got my first job as a bench jeweler learning how to do some basic jewelry repair and stone setting at Elmer's Jewelry Repair. This was in 1984.

Upon moving back to the states, I got a job at another trade shop, continuing my progress as a bench jeweler and also during this time I studied for and received my Graduate Gemologist degree from The Gemological Institute of America. This was in Orlando, Florida. In 1990 we moved to Olympia, Washington where I worked for a retail jeweler for two years and then opened my first retail store. It was shortly after opening the store that I met Paul Wagner, and NorthCoast Collection was born.

It has been 18+ years since that first meeting and the line is still growing and getting better all the time. We now retail the line through the website and wholesale it through our retail partners. I truly enjoy what I do and hope to be doing it for many years to come. By the way, Lynn and I have been married now for going on 27 years and we keep getting better all the time, too.

3 Comments
  1. Christi
    04/10/2012 at 07:54:25 PM
    I love reading about your history! It's so important to know who the artists are behind the artwork. It makes each piece more meaningful. Loved, the shout out/love note to Lynn, too!
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