Chase Jewelers opens in DR

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By Bryan Marshall

Dry Ridge welcomed its newest business venture when Chase Jewelers officially opened on April 1 at 61 Broadway, next to Great Clips Hair Salon.
Charles Nigg, owner, has spent 31 years honing the art of jewelry making and repair.

The Oxford, Ohio native worked at Rogers Jewelers, as well as with the Tiffany and Company division of jewelry repair, before going into business for himself when he purchased a jewelry store in Cynthiana.
He commuted from his Grant County home for eight years before deciding the time was right to open up a shop closer to home.

“I think the economy is the area is improving and it just seemed like the right time to do this,” Nigg said. “I had a successful business in Cynthiana with a lot of great customers and that helped me decide I could do it here closer to home and my family.”

Chase Jewelers is named for Nigg’s son, Chase.
“It was just an easy to spell name that honored him,” Nigg said.
The store will have sterling silver, platinum, gold and high-end costume jewelry for sale, as well as watches, batteries and Howard Miller Clocks.

“We want to keep the price point reasonable so customers can afford nice pieces and we’ll offer full-service jewelry repair,” Nigg said.
Nigg said the majority of repair work will be completed on site, but he has professional contacts who can assist him if need be.

“I know my limitations and if I don’t think I can do something, I’ve got a network out there to reach out to,” he said.
Chase Jewelers will feature a laser welder for intricate, detail work.

“It’s unusual for a shop our size to have this state of the art technology, but it allows us to have pin point accuracy when working on tiny projects like seed pearls that would have taken hours to fix by hand,” Nigg said.

Chase Jewelers is bonded and insured and earning his customer’s trust is important to Nigg.
“You can’t put a price on some things,” he said. “I pride myself on doing things the right way or I won’t do it.”

He plans to employ five part-time workers and add more as business grows.
“If there’s something I can’t do, I’m going to tell a customer that I’ll send it to someone who can and it will be someone I’d send my own stuff to,” Nigg said.