AVA Goldworks is a small, family business located in Hannibal, Missouri, operated by Randall Hurt, his wife Debbie, & their daughter Brandy. The store opened in Downtown Hannibal, just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River, in December of 2004. Hannibal is a great small town across the river from Quincy, IL, & located within two hours drive of Springfield, IL, Saint Louis, & Columbia, MO.
The journey to where they are today started over 40 years ago when Randall & Debbie were newlyweds. In 1973, Randall became a jeweler's apprentice in a busy trade shop. He worked hard to learn everything he could about creating jewelry. He would often practice french setting stones in nickels at home at the dinner table. He was determined to master the art of jewelry making.
After apprenticing for 6 years, the family moved around the country as Randall worked for various jewelry stores as their bench jeweler. He continued to learn new skills & techniques at each store. In 2000, after 27 years of mastering his trade, he passed the rigorous test to become a Jewelers of America Certified Master Bench Jeweler. Of the four levels of certification, Certified Master Bench Jeweler is the highest & there are currently only 132 people in the nation who have passed the test.
After 30 years of Randall working in the jewelry industry, the family eventually decided to open a store of their own, with the desire to create & provide quality jewelry in America's hometown. The store was a rarity in today's market, actually creating the product they sell. After 15 years, they decided to close their brick and mortar store in December of 2019. Now they can focus all their time on creating jewelry for their website.
Brandy has become an accomplished designer, winning her first jewelry design award in 2005 at the age of 19. Since then, Brandy & Randall have gone on to win over 40 jewelry design awards. After slowly building their business with an emphasis on Gold, Platinum & Palladium jewelry, they began creating Sterling Silver AVA Originals as well. Brandy creates most of the sterling silver jewelry and brings her years of jewelry design to a new medium. The silver jewelry brings together fun designs and colorful gemstone combinations. Now, customers can get a special piece, whatever their budget.
AVA Goldworks is also an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau since November of 2005 with an A+ rating as well as members of Jewelers of America since January of 2005. AVA Goldworks is also a juried member of Best of Missouri Hands.