The Gold Art web site is naow James Jeffrey Designs

John has been building and repairing fine Jewelry since 1983 in the Des Moines area. Formerly in the wholesale trade shops, doing custom work for other stores, before starting Gold Art in 1991.

From March 1991 until January 2000, John owned and worked at Gold Art Handmade Jewelry as a full service Jeweler, specializing in made-to-order pieces. All wax carving, casting, masters and mold making for multiples such as service pins, all methods of stone setting, and complete fabrication of Jewelry was done here.

ince July of 1999. John has developed an allergy to gold, after working with it for so many years. The condition affects the skin on the fingertips, from working with gold filings. The allergy was triggered by gold dental work introduced about a year earlier. Even with latex gloves, and powerful cortizone, the condition continued to worsen. Under doctor's advise, he has found another job away from bench work. See the effects at this page. Staying away from bech filings, and the substitution of the gold crown for palladium/siver dental work, has brought the skin back to good health. There is no treatment for the effects, and John can only work wth platinum at this time.

John moved to the Chicago area in January of 2000, and is currently working for
Studio 2015 Jewelers, Woodstock, IL
in Geneva, IL

John also does web site development through John Christensen Designs
John Christensen Designs


John A. Christensen, G.G. is a Graduate Gemolgist, G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America). If you have any questions you would like to ask about Diamonds or Colored Stones, Please feel free to send an Email.

Jewelry Design Awards:

FIRST PLACE in the Illinois Jeweler's Association Design Competition in 2003.

FIRST PLACE, AND BEST OF SHOW IN 1999 at the Iowa Jeweler's Association Design Competition. Michael M. Dyber carved this new "Luminaires ™" Ametrine, hand crafted by John in 14K yellow gold, accented by diamonds in white gold tubing. This piece was one of 32 regional entries competing at the National level in January of 2000.

FIRST PLACE Award in the 1998 Iowa Jeweler's Association Design Competition with an Ametrine and Diamond pendant.

SECOND PLACE at the 1997 Iowa Jeweler's Association Design Competition, for an Amethyst and Diamond pendant in 18K yellow gold and Precious metal clay.

Check it out! John Christensen's 1984 El Camino John also enjoys fishing, and working on his custom
1984 Chevrolet ElCamino.
See the details on the project here.

John's Family Web Site is Here Cindy John Links