Fitzgerald Jewelry started on North 11th St., in the same building as Aurora Lampworks, back in early 2000 as a very small studio, which was originally named Studio 174 after the address of the old button factory they were housed in. owner Michael Fitzgerald rechristened the business Fitzgerald Jewelry in 2008 when the business moved to the ground floor retail space in the same building.
Fitzgerald Jewelry experienced rapid growth with its greater street presence. The gallery ran several large shows for local and international artists related to the metalwork field including jewelry, photography and fashion design. Additionally, the Fitzgerald Jewelry School which was trained many successful jewelers since its beginnings as Studio 174, added more workshops and teachers and moved into the area of computer aided design. Along with the gallery shows, Michael and his wife Hiroyo’s unique wedding and engagement ring collection continued to grown and attract customers looking for something beautiful and handmade.
With the continued gentrification of Williamsburg the 100 year old button factory was finally sold to a developer who unfortunately had no interest in keeping the several thriving businesses in the building as tenants. After an exhaustive 8 month search for a new home, Fitzgerald Jewelry finally relocated to 251 Grand Street and, with the backing of Evergreen, did a gut renovation to create a beautiful gallery and studio which it is hoped will house Fitzgerald Jewelry for many years to come.
“Once the building housing my business was sold for development to condominiums I knew that I had to relocated my business that I had spent fourteen years building. I was determined to stay in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area and I can truly say that this was made possible by drawing on the expertise and financial backing of Evergreen, who helped us apply for the relocation grant. They gave me the confidence to meet the challenges of the current business environment by working with us every step of the way to make a very difficult process easy.” – Michael Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Jewelry