We are Raintree
We are a husband and wife team with over 45 years combined experience in custom jewelry design and manufacturing. We live in Vermont with our daughter, Riley. We have created a state-of the-art workshop for jewelry creation, service and restoration in Vergennes, Vermont. Together, we bring to life jewelry with timeless beauty, outstanding quality and impeccable craftsmanship.
Michael started his career in jewelry when he was chosen for an apprenticeship at the young age of fifteen. He fell in love with the trade and after graduating from high school he went on to earn a degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Throughout his career, he has pursued and mastered all phases of design and manufacturing. Mike’s passion and commitment to the art of goldsmithing led him to work for Bernard Passman in 2001. He is one of a few artists to have had the privilege to work directly with Mr. Passman in creating his black coral masterpieces. For years he worked along side Mr. Passman and then continued working for Passman Galleries keeping Mr. Passman’s dream and spirit alive, by creating some of the most exquisite black coral fine jewelry and sculpture designs.
Shannon began making jewelry in high school using complex bead weaving techniques. She went on to earn a degree in Jewelry Arts at Revere Academy. Her aptitude for the intricate led her back to school to earn a degree in Horology, the art of watchmaking. She has worked in the North American service center facilities for both Patek Philippe and Richemont Group. She has participated in training programs in the U.S., Switzerland and the Caribbean for the top Watchmaking companies in the world, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Tag Heuer, Chopard, and Cartier. Most recently she has held the position of Senior Watchmaker at the Rolex Service Center on St Thomas in the USVI. Throughout the years she has continued to design and create custom jewelry pieces for clients while mastering the art of watchmaking.
Our Black Coral designs are created using Caribbean and Hawaiian Black Coral. Black Coral is a deep-water, tree-like coral, which grows in sea colonies at depths around or greater than 200 feet. Scientific studies have revealed specimens of black coral are among the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet, around 4,265 years old. Black coral can have a radial growth rate as low as 4 to 35 micrometers per year and colony lifespans can range into thousands of years.
Black coral is also referred to as King’s Coral, from its use in scepters by Kings in the Indian Ocean region centuries ago. Black coral is an organic medium that when polished creates a brilliant luster. Grain lines, iridescent coloration and dimples are a part of black coral’s structure and these qualities add to the beauty and uniqueness of the jewelry.
All of our jewelry is 100% handmade in America by our family for yours. We do not outsource any of our work and we do not use CAD programming for design or production of any of our jewelry. All of the gold used to create our designs is poured, rolled and drawn by our hands.
Please contact us with any questions or to place an order. If you are in the New England area we would be happy to schedule a personal viewing or consultation. Our gallery is located in Vergennes, Vermont, about 30 minutes south of Burlington. We are open Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. We would be delighted to have you come for a visit.