Caroline Ballou to Close

Jewelry designer and manufacturer Caroline Ballou is going out of business and is selling off its stock, the Attleborough Falls, Mass.-based company said Friday in an e-mail.

“We are sorry to say that the dramatic impact of the current economic crisis on our industry and the expectation that it will continue throughout 2009, has caused us to discontinue the Caroline Ballou business,” the e-mail said.
 
“Thank you to our loyal customers: we appreciate the support you have given us through the years.  We’ve enjoyed seeing you at the shows and felt particularly fortunate when we were able to visit your stores. We wish you the best of luck in 2009 and beyond.”

The company, a division of  LeStage Manufacturing Co., is holding a going out of business sale until Jan. 30. It includes the following:

*All sterling silver and sterling silver/18K gold jewelry is 60 percent off.

*All 18K gold jewelry is 20 percent off.

*There is no minimum purchase requirement, even for first time customers.

*All jewelry must be paid for with a credit card at the time of purchase [no exceptions].

*Standard shipping and insurance charges will be applied.

*No stock-balancing.

*All sales are final: no returns.

*Orders will be filled based on stock availability: no back-orders, no custom orders.

After receiving her Masters of Fine Art, Ballou opened her own studio, producing art jewelry for galleries, hosting private shows with limited edition pieces and she received several design awards. Meanwhile, she served as design director of her family’s business, the venerable B. A. Ballou of Rhode Island. Ballou’s career took on a new dimension when she began to design her own line. In opening her eponymously named company, she combined her contemporary visions with B. A. Ballou’s history of high quality standards and infinite technical expertise. She gave life to the fifth generation era of design innovation in the well respected jewelry manufacturing company.