Business Bits: Columbia River Jewelers

Scappoose, OR – Tucked in next to Companion Pet Clinic in Scappoose lies new business, Columbia River Jewelers, at 33555 E Columbia Ave. in Scappoose.  Recently opened in December 2018, Erica Czerniejewski greeted new customers just in time for her first Christmas Season.  She is one of the newer businesses to open in Scappoose.

Erica has a variety of handmade jewelry that can be purchased in her shop or on her facebookpage.  She spent over ten years working in the corporate world fixing jewelry where she learned her trade.  She loves a challenge and takes pride in her work.  She can fix just about anything and likes to suggest new ideas beyond what you had even thought of which shows her many years of handling a variety of jewelry.  She can even restore vintage jewerly.

Erica modeling earings!

When you meet Erica, you can tell she is very passionate about jewelry and the jewelry that you love.  When asked when she realized she loved designing jewelry, she replied, ” I can’t really say because I have always been a creative person interested in art of various kinds. I loved going through my parent’s jewelry boxes because they collected antique pieces that look nothing like the jewelry you see today. Pieces that were made to be worn in mourning, loose stones, charms made in the mountains of Peru, Persian antiques with painted ivory…I was fascinated by the all the different styles that like snippets of cultures and people have gone by and the permanence of jewelry.  As a kid, I drew up designs for fun never imagining I’d actually make jewelry one day. I played with beading, and tried to get into jewelry classes but never was able to make it work. It wasn’t until studying at the University of Oregon that I was able to take courses at the Craft Center. I convinced one of the teachers there to let me work at his jewelry shop in Eugene where I learned how to carve and cast. From then on I knew it was what I wanted to do.” 

Talking with Ericia she shared she opened a store in Scappoose because, ” I saw a need in the community: there is currently not a local jeweler in the whole county so people have to drive 45 minutes just to get basic work done! I enjoy helping people create and restore memories that personal jewelry represents. Working face to face allows me to take the time to educate people about the best options for their keepsakes. Additionally, I operate a small farm. Running my own business allows me to go home and take care of any of my livestock that might need some additional care.  If I’m not in the shop I’m probably helping someone give birth or taking care of other animal needs. My farm, The Muddy Heart Ranch, is only 5 minutes from my shop so its pretty easy to go back and forth between the two.”

Upon entering her store, you will be welcomed by the friendly helper Roy, a border collie from working lines.  Erica mentioned that Roy’s job at home is to work the sheep and help move pigs from pasture to pasture since he isn’t needed every day he now has another job that he loves: official greeter. He loves coming to work and getting to meet all the new people! He will be turning five in March, but he is still a puppy at heart. Just throw the ball for him and he will fly just to catch it.

Erica described that some of her favorite client memories are, “When I make people cry–for joy because I restored a precious item they thought was no more! Some of the most precious pieces can be so simple: A friend asked me to make a fairly basic ring with three chevrons bands in yellow gold, no stone or anything. I didn’t think much of it until he received it and called me up to tell me how this ring represented how far he had come. He had a silver ring that he wore every day through homelessness and other trials. He built himself up and that this gold ring represented how far he had come. I love being a part of peoples celebrations of their personal milestones.”  

Welcome to Columbia County Columbia River Jewelers!

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