Bench Warmer: Talking to A.J. Boore of Bremer Jewelry

A lifelong attraction to goldsmithing has kept A.J. Boore at Bremer Jewelry for nearly two decadesAt Bremer Jewelry, a family-owned business with stores in Peoria and Bloomington, Ill., on-staff goldsmith A.J. Boore arrived at the store as an apprentice nearly 20 years ago and has been at the bench ever since.JCK: What made you want to be a goldsmith? A.J. Boore: I had taken a couple of classes at our local community college, and it was just something I thought I could do. I seemed to have a knack for it.… I had done my own mechanic work and things like that, and my high school job was working at a local antique mall. I always found myself drawn to the jewelry in the cases, trying to figure out how they made it.JCK: What’s your most indispensable tool? AJB: From the standpoint of what I do, the Meiji microscope. It allows for much better vision of what I’m doing, but it’s also go

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