The Galaxie Jewelers Team
Drive down the tree lined streets of Houston's Village area and pull up to a charming brick house at 2511 Sunset Blvd. Step inside and you soon realize this is no ordinary home; it is the showcase for beautiful, custom-crafted designs from a family of experienced, caring jewelers.
Since 1972, Dee Stodghill and his son Kip, have built their business based on the foundation of personal service. Each of them have a specialty and is professionally trained to give expert gemology and design advice. Their jewelry designs are imaginative and diverse, ranging from bold and modern to antique reproductions.
Dee and Kip, and their production staff, whom have extensive training in gemology and jewelry making, use the "lost wax" process of casting for their jewelry designs. The fabrication technique is used when called for. Platinum, 18 karat, 14 karat gold, and sterling silver are the primary metals used in their design work. The Galaxie Jewelers alloys their own gold to assure value and quality. While the majority of the production is completed on the premises, specialized craftsmen, both in Houston and New York City, are called on when necessary.
"Our customers’ satisfaction is our number one goal," says Kip. This philosophy has earned the company a loyal following who visit The Galaxie Jewelers for everything from having their rings cleaned and checked, to selecting a one-of-a-kind piece to mark a momentous occasion. The company is now working with second and third generations of their original customers.
The Galaxie Jewelers is a member of Jewelers of America, Texas Jewelers Association, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce and University Village Merchants Association. We are also a donor/underwriter for non-profit organizations.
Dee Stodghill holds two degrees in engineering but never worked as an engineer, although he admits to using this training every day. Instead, he turned his hobby of dealing with diamonds and designing jewelry for family members into a thriving business. When it came time to name the business over 23 years ago, Dee thought, "The Lord created as many beautiful gemstones on earth as there are stars in the galaxy," thus The Galaxie Jewelers came into being, along with the company slogan, "We create the Unusual."
KIP STODGHILL, G.G.
Oversees The Galaxie Jewelers production shop and works with clients to design jewelry.
An accomplished goldsmith, Kip Stodghill, G.G., is trained in jewelry production, from wax model making to casting and stone setting, as well as fine jewelry repair and restoration. He studied with the Gemological Institute of America and obtained the title of Graduate Gemologist (G.G.). Kip started working in the family store while still in high school, apprenticing with his father and with other local gold and silversmiths. He entered the business full time after graduation. Colleen, his wife, is the bookkeeper for the company and together they have a daughter, Caroline.
Kip is a Lifetime member of the GIA Alumni Association and a member of the Lone Star Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. He is also a past member and President of the Fort Bend Astronomy Club. He volunteered as a Telescope Operator at the George Observatory, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and was a member of the Meadows Citizen Police Association, Meadows Place, TX and was a volunteer Crime Victim/Witness Liaison with the Meadows Place Police Dept.
"When you tell the truth you don't havae to remember what you have said." - Kip Stodghill
COLLEEN STODGHILL, AJP
ACCREDITED JEWELRY PROFESSIONAL