Golden Bear in Vail hosts trunk show Friday, Saturday

Fourteen-karat gold rouble rose cut diamond pendant with black rhodium halo.
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Who: Julie Romanenko of Just Jules (

Where: The Golden Bear, 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail

When: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information: Call 970-476-4082. Visit for more information on Julie Romanenko’s jewelry.

VAIL — The Golden Bear kicks off the holiday season with a trunk show with Julie Romanenko, founder of Just Jules, a line of handcrafted jewelry. The Golden Bear has carried Romanenko’s organic, romantic jewelry in the past, but it’s the first time she will be there in person.

“Julie has been to Vail many times to vacation and ski, but this is her first trunk show with us. We are so excited to bring this master jeweler to town,” said Krissy Busse, owner of The Golden Bear. “We have carried the line for the last two seasons and are drawn to her high-quality work and one-of-a-kind designs. We love how Julie’s creations mix with our classic Golden Bear items; it’s wonderful to be able to introduce our customers to new designs.”

Romanenko will be at The Golden Bear from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, sharing her insights into how she creates each piece, her design inspiration and what the future holds for Just Jules.


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For the past two decades, Romanenko has focused on one-of-a-kind designs, whether raw diamonds set in gold or exquisitely detailed and ornate rings, the quality and attention to detail are clear. Not only does Romanenko use her technical expertise — she worked for five years in New York City’s diamond district before striking out on her own — she incorporates her lifelong experiences into each piece.

Romanenko’s experiences include having exhibited her work by invitation at the International Festival of Art in Florence, Italy; and moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, after leaving New York City. These experiences culminate in Romanenko’s focus on finding unique gemstones and creating jewelry that very well can be mistaken for a piece of wearable art. Rather than making the stones fit a predetermined mindset, she chooses gems that are luminous, brightly colored and rugged, favoring chunky odd-shaped pearls, Tahitian pearls and free-form opals. Depending on the piece, she often leaves the gemstones in their natural state, allowing them to shine in her jewelry, whether rings, necklaces or earrings.

For more information on the trunk show, call 970-476-4082. Visit http://www.just for more information on Julie Romanenko’s jewelry.

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