Talking to Beau Staley of Dolce in Telluride, Colo.



Beau Staley’s jewelry–slash–sculpture gallery knows its sweet spotDiamond rings and luxury tableware have been bedfellows in fine jewelry stores for decades. But ­sterling place settings aren’t the only artful objets that blend with upscale baubles. The elegant merchandise mix at Dolce in Telluride, Colo., includes gems from the likes of Atelier Minyon and Buddha Mama, along with one-of-a-kind sculpture. Owner Beau Staley began collaborating with sculptors after his mentor, ex–­jewelry designer James Vilona, began sculpting. Vilona, whose work is featured prominently at Dolce, gave Staley his start. Vilona offered Staley a summer job in jewelry manufacturing 20-plus years ago, and “it all just kind of stuck,” recalls the 40-year-old retailer.How did Dolce, which started as a fine jewelry store, come to carry sculpture?I opened in 2001; one of the lines I was carrying was
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