Prairie City venture sparkles

<I>The Eagle/Cheryl Jessup</I><BR>Above, Amy Giandomenico is ready for customers at her new business, Prairie City Jewelry, inside her Prairie City Antiques store.

PRAIRIE CITY - Are diamonds really a girl's best friend?

Amy Giandomenico is hoping they are at least a girl's best business decision.

About five months ago, Giandomenico started Prairie City Jewelry out of her current store, Prairie City Antiques. She and husband Warren have run the antique shop since 2004.

Giandomenico is a representative for the Sussholz family, who are preferred sightholders for De Beers, a private company that explores, mines and trades diamonds.

The diamonds De Beers provides are "conflict-free," as opposed to "blood diamonds," according to Giandomenico. That means they are not obtained by violent or abusive measures. De Beers' policy guarantees diamonds from reputable mines.

Giandomenico will also be supplying diamonds to other jewelry stores in Pendleton, Madras and as far away as Portland.

Among the other services she provides are appraisals, resizing, building up of prongs, custom designs and cleaning.

It was sheer demand that prompted Giandomenico to go into the jewelry business.

"People just kept asking me about diamonds so I started buying some," Giandomenico said.

She said she wanted a reputable company like De Beers as well as their services, to back it all up.

Giandomenico added that there hasn't been a jewelry store in Grant County for several years.

"I just wanted to provide a service for our area."

Prairie City Jewelry is located inside Prairie City Antiques, 131 West Front Street, and is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Call 541-820-3524 for more information.

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