Owners Bio and Pioneer Jewelers History
Jack and I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska as young children many years ago and have made Alaska our home until just recently.
We moved to Juneau in 1971, beginning our retail careers in 1975 in a small shop on the Juneau waterfront. In those days, the cruise ship traffic was just beginning. The ships were small and the arrivals infrequent. No one imagined what the industry would become.
During the early years, Jack made jewelry utilizing the natural gold nuggets from the various regions of Alaska and the surrounding Yukon. Jack's continuing friendships with miners in these areas allow a continuous supply of fine quality natural gold nuggets for use in jewelry and for sale in their natural form.
Pioneer Jewelers was the result of over thirty years of our lives working in the Alaskan tourist and jewelry industry. And, in thirty five years we only moved about six blocks along the same waterfront.