Russ was a Commercial Art Major at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College). His father, Elliott Brummitt, was a pharmacist and owned Sutton Drug Store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The business below the pharmacy was Charles Hopkins Jewelry Store, where Elliott met and began his friendship with Mr. Hopkins. Through this friendship, Elliott became interested in cutting gemstones and designing jewelry. Proceeding Mr. Hopkins death, Elliott purchased Charles Hopkins Jewelry Store and began honing his skills in jewelry design and custom-making pieces for his clients. While in college, Russ would work some weekends with his father, solidifying his interest in jewelry. The art of creating jewelry fit into his art background. Using basic tools and techniques, Russ began to learn the skills of jewelry design and making jewelry.
After college, Russ trained under a master jeweler for over a year and was led into retail jewelry store management. After working for two major companies, the last being in Texas, Russ and Mimi decided to move back to North Carolina and open our own jewelry store in 1986. Thus began our journey, which is now almost 40 years in the making.
For 30 years, Russ and Mimi Brummitt were blessed to own Ora Designers/ Fine Jewelers, located in North Raleigh, North Carolina. We were fortunate to have a family-run, traditional retail store. With over 60 years of combined fine jewelry experience, we decided to take with us what we do best and turn it into a more intimate and personalized jewelry experience. We work by appointment only, so we can devote all of our attention and time to you without interruptions. We want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your experience. As your concierge jeweler, our goal is to meet yours. We feel blessed to share our love and expertise with you and help you acquire or create the jewelry of your dreams.
Russell Brummitt has been designing and making jewelry for 46 years. He has been a successful business owner in Raleigh, NC for 39 years. Russell was an art major in college and spent time tinkering in his dad’s jewelry store, Charles Hopkins, in Chapel Hill, NC. In his early 20s, he was blessed to work under a Master Jeweler/Master Watchmaker named Gene Heare. He and his wife, Mimi, are partners in Brummitt Jewelry Design Studio. He loves golf and Duke basketball.
Mimi has been working with her husband for over 35 years. She has been a Graduate Gemologist of the GIA and a Certified Gemologist of the American Gem Society since 1997. She is an avid college basketball fan, gardener, and golfer.
Gabrielle is the daughter of Mimi and Russ and has grown up in the jewelry industry her entire life. She loves to design and be creative. In addition to jewelry, Gabrielle is also a professionally trained bartender and loves mixology. She is an avid music lover and concert goer, adores traveling, and sings karaoke whenever an opportunity arises. She is a mom to her fur baby kitty, Binx.
Lesa is the glue of the Studio and everyone loves her energy and her smile! She is an avid history buff and loves horses. Interesting fact: She studied Shakespeare in London.
Louie is our second Maltese on staff who has followed our beloved Winslow. Louie is 2 years old. He is very social and loves greeting customers, especially children.
We offer you our time and expertise concentrating only on your needs and goals.
Please let us welcome you into our Jewelry Design Studio!