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From custom jewelry creation to recycling jewelry, Island Gold Works can do a little bit of everything. We specialize in ancient jewelry making techniques but also are LaserStar certified for high quality repair work. Thomas and Deborah Blair are the founders and owners of Island Gold Works. They have been running their jewelry making business since 1984 out of their spacious retail shop on Palmetto Bay Road. 

Thomas Blair - Lord of the Rings

Thomas Blair at Island Gold Works on Hilton Head IslandThomas began his career apprenticing with German and Swiss goldsmiths. It was during this time that his passion for creativity and the ancient art of jewelry making motivated him to pursue further education to hone his skills.

Thomas moved to San Francisco where he studied at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, founded and presided by renowned educator Alan Revere. Through the years, his passion to create and learn has driven him to continue his education. Thomas has continued to take classes frequently on new emerging techniques in the “art” jewelry forum, such as anticlastic rising with artist Michael Good.

Thomas Blair has also completed the Jewelers of America Certification program, acquiring the accreditation of Certified Bench Jeweler. The Bench Jeweler Certification program sets uniform standards for testing and evaluating a bench jeweler’s talent, ability and proficiency. To become certified, a candidate must demonstrate proficiency in each skill area of jewelry making and be tested for quality, speed and imagination to an acceptable set national standard.

His dedication to education and commitment to utilizing the best practices for the trade has allowed Thomas and Island Gold Works to enjoy a not-so-quiet success. Thomas and Deborah have enjoyed numerous awards and recognition over the years. Recently, the couple was recognized as one of the top jewelers on Hilton Head Island in a local community poll.

Thomas and Deborah Blair
Thomas and Deborah Blair


  • Custom Jewelry
  • Earrings
  • Gold Jewelry
  • Jewelry Recycling
  • Jewelry Repair
  • Necklaces
  • Pearl Jewelry
  • Rings

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  • Ancient Jewelry Making Techniques
  • Jewelry Recycling
  • LaserStar Certified

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