Our Story

Hello!

We’re passionate jewelers, crafting and fixing fine things in a lovely brick and mortar shop in downtown Ann Arbor. We are a family owned and operated full service jeweler since 1974. We specialize in on-site custom jewelry design and production, repair, and appraisal. Alongside our own work, our shop features jewelry made by local artists, exclusive national designers, and fair trade international artisans.

Since our beginning, we’ve been committed to carrying jewelry made from locally recycled eco-metals, along with conflict-free diamonds and ethically mined gemstones. We’ve added more environmentally-friendly metals and lab-grown gems over the years to give you more options for any budget. Our expertise in alternative jewelry metals lets us offer affordable, unique, guilt-free heirloom jewelry.

Like our customers, we draw inspiration from nature, history, art, architecture, lore, love, mineralogy, music, and beyond. One heirloom at a time, through side-by-side sketching and hand-selecting gems, Abra’s custom design portfolio has expanded to incorporate dozens of plant species, diverse cultural symbols, and historical design elements from ancient Egyptian Mut to Victorian England Tea Roses. Browse our custom gallery. We’ve continued to learn and grow, always working closely with customers, miners, and refiners to create meaningful, practical pieces that will last forever.

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The Abra Crew
Abracadabra became a reality during the 1973 Ann Arbor Art Fair. The small, free-spirited tree city hosts thousands of art-collecting peaceniks, creative design-it-yourself-ers, and hippies in all the colors of the rainbow every July for an enormous Art Fair encompassing downtown from the University to the Old West Side. This open-minded little tree-hugging town encouraged a young rockhounding art-school dropout from Detroit to create for the greater good. Combining passion for unique gemstones with metaphysical and spiritual studies, Steven began his jeweling career with handmade Om pendants. As they grew in popularity, he developed the Abra process of creating jewels by hand, in conversation with the wearer. We believe that creative conversations are central to intentional jewelry design that will stand the test of time.
 
Since 1974, the Abra gem gallery has grown to fill 3 vaults. We are lucky to offer a wide variety of unique and rare stones, even hard to find gems that Steven mined himself, from the U.P. to Montana. We also work with less conventional “gems,” including American grown hardwoods, Fordite, Petoskey stone, and other earth-friendly materials that celebrate our home in Michigan. 
 
Abracadabra is a member of the Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association, Michigan Retailers Association, Jewelers of America, Jewelers Board of Trade, Alliance for Responsible Mining, as well as a sponsoring member of Mercury Free Mining. Abracadabra is a proud sponsor of Theatre Nova, Wild Swan Theater, Michigan Theater, Allen Creek Preschool, Honey Creek Elementary School, Washtenaw Community Concert Band, and countless other community cornerstones. We are driven by a strong desire to create and generate for the greater good, and we can’t wait to meet you!