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November 5, 2018

Custom jeweler opening on Warrenton’s Main St.

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I just taught myself,” Natasha Curry says. “I think when I started having the dreams, I feel God said, ‘This is your talent’.”
Art was my love and I spent a lot of time up in my room as a child drawing.
— Natasha Curry
Viccor Jewelry
• What: Specializing in custom, handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

• Where: 88 Main St., Warrenton.

• Opening: Thursday, Nov. 8.

• Owner: Natasha Curry of Warrenton.

• Space: 775 square feet.

• Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; Thursday by appointment only; closed Sunday and Monday.

• Facebook: Click here.

• Website: www.viccorjewelry.com
By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Staff Journalist
Old Town Warrenton’s fifth jewelry store will open Thursday at 88 Main St.

But, owner Natasha Curry, 55, believes her Viccor Jewelry shop will stand out from the crowd.

“I design all of my jewelry,” said Ms. Curry, a Warrenton resident. “I come up with a design and create it by hand.”

Other businesses in town sell fine pieces, such as diamond necklaces and engagement rings, but “I’m not going to be carrying that kind of jewelry,” she said.

“Mine are custom pieces that women can wear casually and dress up to go out in,” Ms. Curry added.

A self-taught jewelry designer, she started assembling pieces as a hobby in 2001.

After one of her nieces — a glass artist who also makes beads — came to visit, Ms. Curry started to explore jewelry making.

“I started having dreams about jewelry,” she explained. “I would go to bed and in the middle of the night I’d get a creation in my head. I’d wake up, put the focal point together and in the morning finish the necklace.”

Shortly after learning to assemble and design jewelry, she started her Viccor business — short for her first daughter’s name, Victoria.

“I just taught myself,” Ms. Curry said. “I think when I started having the dreams, I feel God said, ‘This is your talent’.”

In 2002, she got chosen to design jewelry for two Washington Miss America contestants.

Working primarily with precious metals, pearls and semi-precious stones, Ms. Curry designs her jewelry for working women with inspiration from her mother, Charlene Curry.

“A lot of women . . . buy pearls and put them in a safe or a box and wear them for one special occasion every year,” Ms. Curry said. “Watching my mom, she loved to wear pearls, but she wanted to be able to wear them every day . . . go out to the grocery store and wear them without looking like she had very expensive pieces.”

Ms. Curry designs her jewelry to be versatile — for work and dinner outings.

She enjoys designing jewelry that compliments a woman’s wardrobe — one of her specialties.

Viccor will sell a selection of core designs and also create custom jewelry for customers. Ms. Curry also restrings pearls and redesigns jewelry.

She also plans to design custom jewelry for brides and bridal parties.

A pair of earrings from her core designs will cost about $125 on average, she said. Necklaces will cost $500 to $800. She also plans to have pieces that cost less than $100.

Custom jewelry prices will vary.

Customer Michael McMahon has purchased several custom pieces from Viccor.

“She made me four beautiful pairs of pearl earrings” for his sisters, who live in Ireland, Mr. McMahon said.

“It’s absolutely wonderful and it’s a great selection she has,” he added. “She has great imagination.”

Men buying presents for their wives constitute a large part of her clientele, Ms. Curry said.

Because of her father’s U.S. Army career, Ms. Curry spent six years of her childhood in different parts of Europe.

“Art was my love and I spent a lot of time up in my room as a child drawing,” she said.

After getting associate’s degrees in practical theology and media advertising/ commercial arts, Ms. Curry came back to help her father, Jerry Curry run for Congress in 1998.

She stumbled into designing jewelry and at first consigned pieces in several Warrenton shops. In 2007, the Inn at Little Washington’s shop displayed her work.

This gave her the motivation to open a shop in Marshall in 2010. But, high rent and flooding in two separate storefronts made her reconsider and turn back to running the business from her home.

This spring, Ms. Curry decided to open her business in Old Town Warrenton and signed a three-year lease in June for the space at 88 Main.

“I felt it was time to go ahead and do it. My children all graduated from high school and are in college,” Ms. Curry said. “It’s time for me to get on with what I enjoy doing, which is designing jewelry.”

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.



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