Argentum et Aurum Jewelry store owner Monica Lara works on a ring at her store's worktable on Jan. 21, 2021. The downtown Fond du Lac store recently moved into a bigger space at 111 S. Main St.

Argentum et Aurum Jewellery retailer proprietor Monica Lara works on a hoop at her retailer’s worktable on Jan. 21, 2021. The downtown Fond du Lac retailer just lately moved into a much bigger house at 111 S. Fundamental St.

FOND DU LAC – A downtown jewellery retailer has settled into a brand new historic house that matches the classic aesthetic of the treasures inside.

Argentum et Aurum closed its doorways at 25 N. Fundamental St. in January, however is able to welcome again prospects in its greater house for a grand re-opening Friday at 111 S. Fundamental St.

Initially opened on the finish of 2020, the shop began with primarily hand-casted rings, necklaces and different jewels, crafted by proprietor Monica Lara, who makes her jewellery in a country type to feel and appear historic, as if the holder is in possession of pirate treasure or another relic.

Her approach, known as lost-wax casting, is to make a type out of wax and create a mildew out of it to fill with silver or gold, and several other items are embedded with valuable stones.

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Lara was once a biologist and professor in Florida along with her jewellery enterprise on the facet. When she moved to Fond du Lac in 2020, the group was proper in the midst of each a basic Wisconsin winter and the pandemic.

“When my store opened within the midst of (COVID-19) I used to be surrounded by empty store fronts,” Lara mentioned. “I believed that downtown Fond du Lac was an excessive amount of of an neglected treasure to not come again in a big manner.”

As exercise grew downtown over the following two years, Argentum et Aurum additionally grew a following in the neighborhood and past, and added clothes, fragrance, decor and different items.

With the rise in site visitors and enterprise doing properly, the time felt proper to transition from renting a storefront to proudly owning her personal house, she mentioned. So, she moved to an Italianate-style constructing: new to her, however inbuilt 1890.

Argentum et Aurum, 111 S, Main St., is settling in to a larger, more historical space in downtown Fond du Lac that complements the vintage feel of the jewelry and other gifts inside.

Argentum et Aurum, 111 S, Fundamental St., is settling in to a bigger, extra historic house in downtown Fond du Lac that enhances the classic really feel of the jewellery and different items inside.

“I believed in my enterprise sufficient that I wished my very own house with the old-time attraction that embodies my aesthetic,” she mentioned.

The Wisconsin Financial Improvement Company’s Fundamental Road Bounceback Grant and downtown occasions contributed to extra companies opening and extra individuals testing not simply Lara’s retailer, however all of downtown, Lara mentioned.

She mentioned her transfer was potential due to the grant, and in his Jan. 4 go to to Fond du Lac, Gov. Tony Evers stopped at Argentum et Aurum, after which shared her success story — and Fond du Lac’s — in his 2023 State of the State handle.

Monica Lara, center, received a visit from Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez Jan. 4 after her business, Argentum et Aurum received the Main Street Bounceback grant to relocate to a larger space down the street.

Monica Lara, heart, acquired a go to from Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez Jan. 4 after her enterprise, Argentum et Aurum acquired the Fundamental Road Bounceback grant to relocate to a bigger house down the road.

Within the handle, he mentioned Lara took an opportunity opening her retailer, believing outlets would fill in round her in 5 to 10 years; however now, solely two years later, her store is surrounded by many new companies that put down roots in Fond du Lac.

“After I visited Monica’s store, she advised me ‘I may by no means have finished this in Florida or California,’ and she or he’s most likely proper,” he mentioned within the handle. “Even 4 years in the past, this dream may not have been potential in Wisconsin, both.”

Argentum et Aurum will probably be open 10:30 a.m. to six p.m. Tuesday by means of Saturday. For extra info and updates, go to the Argentum et Aurum Jewellery Fb web page.

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