Classically Simple, Extraordinarily Unique


Fine Art & Jewelry

"It's Worth The Weight"



First and foremost we are a local family. My wife and two sons work with me and are all part of the team when we design custom pieces for you. We are located in the heart of Ames. We strive to make each piece unique and custom to you.

We are Goldsmiths with both formal training as apprentice and self taught designers. Mike Sr. has 50 years experience during which 20+ of these years were spent designing and making the master models for several of Americas largest jewelry manufacturers. Our designs are seen in 85000 retail stores. My two sons are designers here as well, each with his own unique skill and craft.

We are also Painters/Drawers of Fine Art. We have a gallery of 200+ paintings here
at the store, ranging from beautiful sunflowers to a vintage Ferrari.
I am not saying that we are the best in this area, I am saying " we are different". There is a lot of talent in Iowa,and we happen to be among the few that offer professional, high quality works that only highly skilled goldsmith artisans are capable of delivering. Our designs and finished products are considered and referred to as “Smart Jewelry”, (small art Sm-Art)..


Our Designs

Our designs consist of 18k gold and platinum originals featuring fine rubies, sapphires, tourmaline, opal, fine diamonds, rare garnets, Tahitian, and Akoya pearls.



Jewelry Design

Fine Art






"Most recent purchase Above & Beyond my expectations. Design uniquely exquisite. I LOVE every ring Gilger's have to put on our fingers."



Tel: (515) 232-0678

236 Main Street, Ames Iowa, 50010


Monday: 12:00PM - 5:30PM

T-F: 10:00AM - 5:30PM

Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Sunday: 12:00PM - 4:00PM

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