Bill and Rita Bishop, having a family history of Alaskan Gold Miners, started manufacturing and selling jewelry in 1985. Their first studio was a single room cabin in Soldotna, Alaska, making jewelry from natural gold nuggets mined in Alaska's vast wilderness. Bill and Rita were the first to create a silver jewelry line highlighted with natural gold nuggets giving customers a more affordable way to have gold jewelry. In 1987 they relocated their business to be closer to miners in Fairbanks, Alaska. Their jewelry is rich with heritage from the early days of gold mining that brought growth to the challenging climate of northern Alaska in the late 1800s. Their business and family grew over the years to come and they continue to operate in Fairbanks.