Meet The Team
Inspiredesign Jewely has been a Quad Cities gem since 2008. We are a family-owned and operated business and we are proud to be servicing our fellow Quad Citians as the only jewelry store in Rock Island.
We specialize in selling hand-crafted pieces of jewelry and creating custom jewelry for our customers. However, we also have a full-service repair shop, where all repairs are done in-house by our staff who has over 50 years of combined experience!
Artist Mindy Diaz has worked as a bench jeweler and goldsmith since 1980, though her love for gemstones and working with metals began long before then. She began collecting and studying crystals at the age of 8 and cast her first piece of jewelry at the age of 12. After working as a bench jeweler at some of the Quad Cities' favorite jewelry stores such as Brook's, Expressions, and McGivern's for 30 years, Mindy decided to open her own business in November of 2008.
As an artist, Mindy finds making jewelry to be very creatively satisfying. Whether she is designing new pieces to fill the store's cases, or creating a custom piece from a customer's old jewelry, Mindy enjoys bringing a new piece to life;
"Most jewelry has a story behind it.", Mindy says. "I feel so fortunate to be able to play a small part in those stories. From marriage proposals to celebrating the birth of a new baby, to honoring another year of being a cancer survivor- I love being able to connect people to their life events through my work as a jeweler.".
Though she began creating her art using the lost wax casting method, Mindy later found hand fabrication to be more her style. Similar to metal sculpture, this method allows her to "stay in contact" with her work, from raw metal and gemstones to dazzling finished pieces.