From a very young age, Dan Palmer displayed an interest in metalwork, melting down lead fishing weights to repurpose. At 13, he made his first ring, which featured two garnets against a backdrop of triangle of quartz, the bold design only hinting at what Palmer would later create. After graduating high school, he moved from Wyoming to Portland, to became a jeweler’s apprentice. With 25 years in the business under his belt, he struck out on his own, starting Ravens’ Refuge, specializing in custom-made, one-of-a-kind, his-and-hers wedding bands. Skilled craftsmanship, high quality, and customer service (provided by wife, Laura who handles the business-end) have made Ravens’ Refuge a hit with Etsy shoppers, with over 850 sales on the books.
Eight years ago, we wouldn’t have paid two grand for all of Etsy’s products, never mind a single ring. But that was before goldsmith and gemsetter Dan Palmer started selling his hand-forged bands from platinum, palladium, and yellow, white, and rose gold, using conflict-free stones to finish the Old World–style rings.