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Virden local takes over Jamie’s Diamond Mine

Maggie Callarman is the new owner of the long-time Jamie’s Diamond Mine business at 137 East Jackson Street in Virden. Callarman returns to her hometown after six years in Colorado and plans to hold a grand re-opening April 20. Enquirer~Democrat photo by Jackson Wilson.

 

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

On Feb. 1, the local Jamie’s Diamond Mine jewelry store went under new ownership.

Maggie Callarman is continuing the tradition in her hometown of Virden.

Callarman is following in the footsteps of Cliff and Kelly Hughes, who owned the long-time business for three decades.

With the exception of some added custom designs, services have remained the same up to this point. However, Callarman has already made multiple renovation plans.

“I want to give this place a fresh look,” Callarman said. “I’m going to paint. I’m going to get new cases. I also want to do inventories and update a few other things that have been here for a while.”

After being home-schooled from third to 12th grade, Callarman began pursuing her dream of becoming a jeweler at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlesbad, California, where she received a “full education” on the industry as a whole from repair/design to using a CAD program.

Callarman debuted at the Jamie’s Diamond Mine as a bench jeweler for the Hughes’ nine years ago then left to work at a couple of businesses in Springfield and Colorado. This was a big step for Callarman because she had a chance to manage larger stores and entire inventories.

“That was really fun,” Callarman said. “I really enjoyed that.”

Although she greatly treasured six years of working in Colorado, Callarman couldn’t pass up the opportunity of returning home and taking over the Jamie’s Diamond Mine when the Hughes’ called to inform her of their retirement.

As she begins this next chapter of her career, Callarman looks to establish more relationships with local customers long-term as she deepens her residential roots while maintaining a positive atmosphere.

“The thing I like the most about this business is helping out,” Callarman said. “In this industry, we’re usually celebrating something – anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Or, you’re simply restoring something broken and making it beautiful again. It’s really quite personal and I love that.”

Callarman offers a wide variety of servies that ranges from re-tipping to ring prongs, sizing, chain repair, stone setting, custom design and much more. She also has the ability to restore old pieces of jewelry.

Callarman plans to hold a grand re-opening of the business, located at 137 East Jackson Street, April 20.

For more information, call 217-965-4542 or email jamiestdm@royell.org.