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About Ouray Silversmiths

History

Beginning with a desire to capture the incredible beauty of the mountains that surrounded them, Ouray Silversmiths opened in 2003 in Ouray, Colorado. Founded by Melanie Kline as a small studio with a retail front, the business began to grow quickly as clients came back over and over to see how Melanie’s imagination captured life in the Uncompaghre Valley and immortalized it in precious metals. As the need for more space became apparent, Ouray Silversmiths purchased a building in Montrose, CO to serve as the primary workshop and second retail front.

As the Kline family moved to Montrose full time, the Ouray location was closed but never forgotten. Joshua Kline began helping his mother both to create new and exciting designs as well as expand the business in 2006. With his help, Ouray Silversmiths grew rapidly while retaining its integrity and respect for the amazing environment that surrounded it. At this point the whole family was helping to build an amazing name for themselves. Dan Kline was busy creating beautiful jewelry alongside his brother and mother as well as helping to expand their marketing assets. And Josh’s wife, Chena Kline, was making each client feel welcomed and appreciated as she took care of the the sales floor. Knowing that her company was in good hands, Melanie retired from Ouray Silversmiths in 2011 to pursue other creative and charitable efforts. She opened a teaching studio, called High Grade Silver Studios, to pass along her knowledge to another generation. She also started Welcome Home Montrose, which helps create resources for all those brave veterans as they come back from overseas to our communities. Josh Kline took over the business and continues his family’s legacy of creating beautiful, original designs as well as their deep involvement in their community. Ouray Silversmiths continues to design and fabricate all of their original designs, as well as handling all kinds of repairs for gold and silver jewelry. And, as always, we are so excited to see what comes next. We’re glad that you are here to be a part of that wonderful future!

Meet the Artists

Josh Kline

Josh Kline, owner and head jeweler of Ouray Silversmiths, began his silversmithing career in 1997 as an apprentice at Ross Coppelman Goldsmiths in E. Dennis, Massachusetts. While learning various techniques in silver and high karat gold, he also began making awards for Tagin Design Resources. The diversity of the projects in which he was involved granted him the opportunity to work on metals of varying scale. After departing Coppelman’s, Josh worked as a bench jeweler in Carson City, Nevada at The Jewelry Bench. Here he added to and refined many of his fabrication, stone setting, design, and repair skills. In 2006, Josh relocated to Ouray, Colorado to work with his mother Melanie Kline at the recently opened Ouray Silversmiths. At the time, Ouray Silversmiths was a single location business with only Josh and Melanie involved in the jewelry design and fabrication. While Head Jeweler for Ouray Silversmiths, Josh participated in the training of several apprentices, assisted in the expansion of the business to a second location, and began to study the art of hand engraving. In February of 2012, Josh officially purchased the business from Melanie. He continues to grow the business through his dedication to quality, precision, and beauty. Many of Melanie’s original designs are part of the core inventory of the store, but the selection is ever evolving as Josh’s influence, style, and ever expanding set of skills are incorporated.

Jilian Keenan

Jilian began her journey at the Gemological Institute of America in 2009. Since then she has become a Graduate of Diamonds which allows her to grade diamonds in most color categories. She is also trained to determine whether diamonds are natural, treated or synthetic. And with her Applied Jewelry Professional Diploma she has earned a huge range of skills that she uses to help any and all of our clients as they find the pieces that are perfect for them. Jilian has managed the Montrose location since its inception. An honorary member of the Kline family, Jilian first began to work for Ouray Silversmiths at the age of 16, in Ouray, after expressing a strong desire to learn everything she could about jewelry. Over the past years, in addition to her studies at the GIA, Jilian has learned many bench skills, improved her skills at beadwork, and built a strong rapport with the community through her unwavering professionalism, kindness, and constantly expanding knowledge base.