Tony Rodrigues began his work in jewelry in the ‘80s after realizing he could make a living creating beautiful things. He enrolled in a jewelry program at a community college and was soon selling his creations. He then did a five-year apprenticeship at Fey and Co., a family-owned, two-store manufacturing jeweler. This experience led him to Nordstrom, where he was Midwest Regional Manager of jewelry repair and design and created lines and custom pieces for the fashion and fine jewelry departments.
In 2000, Tony opened his own jewelry design gallery, The Hidden Gem. With rapid success, he was faced with the challenge of producing enough work to support demand. His solution was to become an early adopter of CAD/CAM. In 2008, during challenging economic times, Tony shifted his focus to gain higher proficiency with CAD and took a job as design director of Paragon Lake / Gemvara, a venture capital-funded company that designs, builds and sells jewelry that has been customized by the customer.
In 2013, Tony moved to William Henry, LLC in Oregon to create a men’s jewelry division to complement the already thriving knife and pen divisions. As Vice President of Jewelry Production, he co-designs, prototypes and oversees production.