Meet our Jewelry Designers
B.A. Jewelry Design, Indiana University
Graduate Gemologist, GIA
Senior, Charter Member National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Born and raised right here in Elkhart, Indiana. Bob Klose graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Jewelry Design and Silversmithing. Studying under legends, Alma Ikerman and Helen Shirk. After graduating he began building his first jewelry studio in a 1900's carriage house. On June 23rd, 1976 he founded "Metal Images" and in about one year changed the name of the business to "Images Jewelers". When he started, the name "Metal Images" was appropriate because they produced sculpture and jewelry. As he soon discovered, the real demand was for custom jewelry; hence the name change. In 1979 the showroom and workshops were moved to a newly remodeled 4000sq ft building. In 1990, along with Steve Lennox and John Buechner, he founded a new gem and jewelry wholesale company at 8 S. Michigan Ave. This new division required travel to Thailand, Hong Kong and Europe to buy and sell the finest gems that could be found. In 1993 Images Jewelers moved to it's current location where we have advanced our skills and equipment to allow us to design and manufacture almost any piece of fine jewelry. The original studio location was added on to and converted to a Blacksmith shop and knife making studio. Currently Bob is offering his one of a kind, high end knives in our Indiana showroom.
Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman
Mechanical Engineering, USC
GIA Diamonds and Colored Stones
Steve Lennox has been with Images Jewelers since it's incorporation in 1976. He has been Bob's business partner since that time with his primary duty being shop foreman, while also being involved in jewelry design, sales, and buying gemstones. After Rose Hulman Institute of Technology with further studies at The University of South Carolina, Steve then entered the tool and die field as a designer. He has also spent time in Brazil dredging for diamonds and gold after receiving surface air delivery diving instruction from a French oil rig diver. Steve's jewelry designs tend toward symmetry, as well as technically inspired designs.
B.S. Business Process, Indiana University
Graduate Diamonds, GIA
Graduate Colored Stones Program, GIA
As a graduate of GIA's diamond and gemstone programs, Shawn personally seeks out the finest gemstones at the best value for our custom jewelry clients. With over 10 years of experience in jewelry retail, design, and manufacturing, the expertise he brings to the custom design process is immense – and the guidance he lends is sincere. A a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, he brings the knowledge required and also experience in managing teams while offering a superior service environment from which he learned in his previous years in the golf and hospitality industries. Nationally recognized with a 2014 GemVision Design Contest award, which recognizes the best work of designers who use computer-aided drafting tools to create jewelry.
B.S. Management, Indiana University
Graduate Diamonds, GIA
Kelly is the son of founder Bob Klose, and comes to us with many years of experience in the retail sector. Kelly has quickly become an integral part of leadership here at Images and currently leads our design team. Kelly also leads Images Jewelers Internet division.
BFA in Fine Metals, Kutztown University
Our newest design team member joins us from her home state of Pennsylvania. From a young age, creating and crafting in a variety of mediums was a daily activity for her. By the time she reached high school, Nicole got her first introduction to the world of fine metals, which resulted in a strong passion and desire to pursue it as a career arose within her. After graduating from Kutztown University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, it was time for Nicole to decide how to begin a career in the jewelry industry. Though she learned many skills, from fabrication to enameling, in college she was drawn to understanding how to be a professional jeweler and designer. Upon the recommendation of a family member, she attended New Approach School for Jewelers Graduate Bench Jeweler program to do so. There she learned the foundations of jewelry repair and stone setting skills required to get her foot in the door. By the end of this schooling, she was able to find a job in her home state and worked there for the next five years as a bench jeweler. At the end of this time period she desired a new challenge, which brought her to us.
Chris leads Images Jewelers custom jewelry design team. As an excellent jewelry repair artist and outstanding custom fabricator, Chris is well known as a Master Stone Setter. With over 25 years of Custom Jewelry Design and artisan work to his credit, Chris is highly skilled and his artistic ability is beyond measure. He is a true master craftsman in Custom Jewelry Design.
Ben has spent the last 20 years specializing in the design and manufacture of fine custom jewelry. He is meticulous in his custom jewelry work and has the ability to create the most complex designs from start to finish.
Shawn ~ Kelly ~ Chris ~ Nicole