Our Dad, J.W. "Bill" O'Brien, opened his custom made jewelry store in Hyannis, Massachusetts in the summer of 1948. He kept the business in operation until he passed away in November 2013. During the 65 years that he had his shop, Dad amassed almost as many customers as he did friends with his intensely creative talent and skill along with his easy Irish smile and charm. His store in Hyannis is closed now but we have received so many requests to keep his designs and handiwork available that we decided to set up this website to do just that. We hope you enjoy browsing the web site; it is with pride and a little wistfulness that we make Dad's designs available to you.
Some of Dad's most popular designs are the nautical pieces that were among the first things he made when he started his business. He loved the ocean and always got great inspiration from it. The map of Cape Cod, the Quahog Shell and the Old Salt were the first charms he made and over the years he added designs to reach the almost 100 nautical inspired designs that he made entirely by hand. He made an original model of each piece, had a mold made from each original, and then had castings made from each mold. He would then hand finish each casting, making any given item into a charm, a pin, a tie tack, a keyring, cufflinks- whatever a customer wanted.
We have chosen some of Dad's most popular items, as well as some of his personal favorites, to debut here. Each item is still cast from the original model, finished and available in several applications, and all the work is still done by hand. All pieces are available in sterling silver and 14k gold. If there is something special you would like to have, please give us a call at 508-775-2256 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org; we would be more than happy to speak with you about a special order.
Pat, Erin and Mary
Dad loved color and enjoyed experimenting with different gem stones in his handmade settings, trying different stones to contrast with silver and gold. Some of his most popular designs were the "rope" settings that show off the various stones he used to great advantage. As with his nautical designs, he made an original of various earring, ring, and pendant mountings, had a mold made from each original, and then had castings made from each mold. Dad would then hand finish each casting, and set genuine or synthetic stones in each. (Setting small stones is an art in itself and all of us spent more than a few hours on our hands and knees on the floor looking for stones sometimes no bigger than a grain of sand that would often fly up in the air when Dad was trying to set it and would invariably land in the deepest recesses of the store.)