Jacob Wosinski Creates Unique Pieces of Jewelry
Jacob Wosinski examines a hunk of silver shaped like the front end of a classic car, with a big ferocious grill.
A tiny skateboard rolls across a display case. A metal rope wraps around a diamond. A dimpled piece of sterling silver holds up a faceted chunk of mammoth tusk.
“One thing I hear a lot is, ‘I’ve never seen jewelry like this before,’” he says. “I have a wide range of styles. Most artists have one style, and everything they do is kind of in that style. But I try to do anything and everything.”
Jacob runs Jacob Raymond Custom Jewelry. A slim man with a shaved head, big bushy beard and tattooed arms, he creates designs ranging in style from art deco to rustic, pieces evoking the machine age and pieces inspired by Game of Thrones. His grandfather, Raymond, for whom the store was named, was a jeweler.
Jacob grew up in Milwaukee and moved to Greensboro with his family in 1991. He began tinkering with beaded jewelry in high school. After enrolling in a jewelry making class in Winston-Salem, he sold his motorcycle to buy some tools.
He graduated from an Atlanta jewelry school in 1995 and went on to work for several jewelers in Piedmont. Prior to opening his own store, he had been living in Mebane and working in Chapel Hill. However, he was looking to return to Greensboro, where he still has family.
“So, I was talking to my tattoo artist, and he told me about this space,” he says. “It had been another jewelry store, but they were looking to get out of their lease. I talked to them, bought their cases and safe. It was all set up for a jewelry store. All I really had to do was move in my tools.”
The store opened in August 2017.
Jacob keeps a small work area behind the display case. Everything in the store is created by him; his father, who is a jewelry hobbyist; and his 15-year-old daughter, who recently took up the craft.
Sapphires are his favorite stone to work with, but he’s open to trying out most any material and is working right now on making a piece with someone’s wisdom tooth.
“I’m going to set it like a stone,” he says. “But what I do here is unique, it’s not like what you’ll find in a traditional store.”
121-A W. McGee St., Greensboro, North Carolina, 336.763.9569, JacobRaymondJewelry.com