Throughout the past fifty-five years, Fred and Kate have developed an ever-changing and uniquely stylistic approach to their jewelry work. The Pearce’s creations have been widely exhibited, notably the Museum of Decorative Arts, Cartier’s and Georg Jensen Stores in NYC, as well as numerous Galleries of Fine American Craft. They are long standing members of the League of NH Craftsmen - exhibiting in their Shops and at the annual Sunapee Craftsman's' Fair. In 1990 T hey were awarded Designers of the Year in by the Manufacturing Jewelers’ & Suppliers of America (MJSA) and Jewelers of the Year 2001 by the New England Jewelers’ Association (NEJA). They have also been extensively published. Author Renee Newman has incorporated numerous photographs of the Pearce’s jewelry creations in her books: “Gemstone Buying Guide”, "The Pearl Buying Guide”, “Exotic Gems vol 1-4" and “The Gem &Jewelry Pocket Guide”. Fred and Kate were awarded the grand prize of “NH by Design” in 2001 for their Ammolite, Peridot and Citrine pin " Tuckerman’s Ravine in Autumn". This brooch went on to receive an honorable mention in the Signity Gemstones National competition in NYC. They have been honored by the NEJA several times. While members of IJO, they won numerous design awards. including the grand prize in 2012. Their designs were selected for in the “Colored Stone Magazine’s Reader’s Choice competition" as well.
As a result of their passion for using unusual gemstones, Fred and Kate developed a Power Point presentation explaining the origins of these gems and the lapidaries who bring their beauty to reality. Titled “B Chart Beauties” it is a combination of Kate’s Master Valuer thesis and Fred's unique color sculptures. It has been presented at the Manhattan GIA Alumni Chapter and at the AGTA Gem Fest in Tucson Arizona. A partial portfolio of their copywritten designs is presented on this website.
In 1986 the Pearce’s founded the retail store Pearce Jewelers which featured their designs and other fine jewelry creations. It was sold when they retired from retail in 2018.
They have had a wonderful artistic life together with many adventures traveling the world acquiring unusual gemstones for their award winning designs.
However, the PEARCE® DESIGN Bridal ring line which the Pearce's have designed for their retail and wholesale accounts as well as for their dedicated personal clientele, is still the mainstay of their production. Fred's' attention to and ability to capture detail has produced some very innovative and unique ring designs.
Although they have retired from the retail store, Fred and Kate would be happy to help you design a very special piece and are available by appointment. Additionally, Kate's services as northern New England’s only NAJA certified Senior Appraiser, are also available by appointment. Details are available at https://www.Pearceappraisers.com. Today they are still affiliated with the store and will happily assist with special projects for Pearce Jewelers' clients. Fred's ability to "think outside the box" has made him a master of solving many jewelry dilemmas. Someone once said that the Pearce's motto should be, “We can do the impossible, but miracles may take longer.” A selection of their current collection and original one of a kind creations as well the Pearce Design production line, is currently on display at Pearce Jewelers. Our jewelry is also available through many selected fine art Galleries.
Fred & Kate Pearce have been a design team since their student days at Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts in the mid 1960’s. Fred, a native of Annisquam, Massachusetts, studied with several of the notable artists of Cape Ann. From his watercolor studies with Mildred Jones and Sculpture lessons with George Demetrious to an apprenticeship with Alfred Duca at MIT. A sculpture major, he devoted his energies to creating form and space with metal
Kate was intrigued by the world of Art while growing up on Long Island, New York. Many of her friends and neighbors were involved in the innovative art scene in NYC. Her studies became focused on metal & jewelry when she discovered that the world of designing with precious metals and gemstones could be a college major! An accomplished Gemologist (G.G,GIA), She is a Senior Certified member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, a Registered Master Valuer (RMV#12003) and Senior Member of The Accredited Gemologists' Association. Her passion comes from the the jewelry tapestries that form from the combination of colors and textures of gemstones with metals.
Fred and Kate received B.F.A.degrees from Syracuse University in 1967. After teaching art in Public and Private schools they moved to Deer Isle, Maine in 1969. There they developed a saleable line of cast and hand forged jewelry which was eagerly purchased by the emerging legions of American Craft stores around the USA. They enriched their family living a wholesome lifestyle on their coastal farm. In 1978 they moved with their two sons to the Dartmouth region of NH.
The grown children are now both professionally involved in the jewelry world. Fritz, with his wife Mischell, have a studio and retail jewelry store in Kelseyville, CA. Son, Noah, is the head of Global Distribution and Production for Blue Nile, a major diamond on line retailer in Seattle, WA.