For more than 30 years, family-owned jewelry gallery Symmetry (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925; www.symmetry-jewelers.com) has remained true to its mission of "returning jewelry to its rightful place among the art forms." The goal is embodied in designer/co-owner Tom Mathis' custom collection, the most popular of Symmetry's contemporary and vintage offerings.
"Most people come in for [Tom's] work," says co-owner/consultant Richard Mathis, Tom's brother. "He has a variety of styles, but the most popular is engagement and wedding ring oriented, and it's all beautiful."
Combining a graphic arts background with hand-engraving skills, Tom has remained a driving force in the city's jewelry scene for more than 35 years. Once he has conceptualized a design, the Symmetry staff uses computer-aided design software to produce a three-dimensional thermoplastic or wax model of the piece.
Tom is one of 100 local, national and international jewelry designers featured in Symmetry's gallery. The full-service jewelry shop offers antique jewelry restoration, jewelry repairs and one-of-a-kind creations using in-house or customer-supplied gemstones. One of the store's more common services is remounting stones. The cost of the mounting depends on the type of metal used, the complexity of the design and whether the ring contains hand engraving. White and yellow gold, along with platinum, are the most popular metals for settings.
Creativity reigns supreme at Symmetry, from mythical and fantasy designs to conventional pendants, earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets. "We can do things that nobody else can do," Richard says.