Our History

Paul Gross and Diane Egbert opened their studio, Electrum, at 68 South Main Street in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1977. They marketed their work through national craft shows like the American Craft Council Show in Rhinebeck, New York, and Baltimore, Maryland. Their work was sold in galleries throughout the United States, France and Australia.

In 1984, Diane left Hanover, taking the name Electrum with her. Paul continued working in his studio, newly named Designer Gold. During those first years, the direction of Paul’s work shifted from selling through galleries to displaying his work in his studio and doing custom work for people who found their way to his studio.

By 1990, when Designer Gold moved to its present location in the Hanover Park Building at 3 Lebanon Street, Paul expanded his business to include a gallery which offered work by other fine handmade jewelry artists. During the next 18 years, Paul’s work was split among handcrafting for the gallery, designing and making custom pieces for individuals, and repairing fine jewelry. His focus slowly shifted over time to his current emphasis of creating commission pieces.

After forty years of business in Hanover, it made sense to simplify his business. Now in our gallery, we display only Designer Gold made jewelry, and we promote fine handmade jewelry through special exhibits.

Read our expanded history here.