Raintree is a family owned company creating jewelry the old fashioned way, by hand, from start to finish. We are a husband and wife team with over 50 years combined experience in custom jewelry design and manufacturing. Our workshop and gallery is located in Burlington, Vermont nestled on Cherry Street, a stone’s throw away from Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream on Church Street.
Mike started his career in jewelry when he was chosen for an apprenticeship at the young age of fifteen. He fell in love with the trade and after graduating from high school he went on to earn a degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Throughout his career, he has pursued and mastered all phases of design and manufacturing. Mike’s passion and commitment to the art of goldsmithing led him to work throughout California, Alaska and the Caribbean alongside the very best master jewelers of our time. Before coming to Vermont, Mike was the head of manufacturing for a luxury jewelry brand on St Thomas in the USVI, where he taught over thirty apprentices the art of goldsmithing.
Shannon began making jewelry in high school using complex bead weaving techniques. She went on to earn a degree in Jewelry Arts at Revere Academy. Her aptitude for the intricate led her back to school to earn a degree in Horology, the art of watchmaking. She has trained and worked in the U.S., Switzerland and the Caribbean with the top watchmaking companies in the world. Throughout the years she has continued to design and create custom jewelry pieces for clients while mastering the art of watchmaking. Shannon and Mike met when she moved to St Thomas and held the position of Senior Watchmaker at a luxury watch brand service center on St Thomas.
Shannon and Mike live in Vermont with their two children, Riley and Rockford. They met nearly ten years ago over a ring design and they have been making jewelry together ever since. They won their first design award in 2018 for their Kaleidoscope Solitaire Ring in the AGTA Spectrum Design Contest. We can’t wait to see what they do next.
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