Melissa is an inspired artist with a heart for her family and her craft. Her late husband Jonathan Bailey,
a Master goldsmith and award winning designer introduced Melissa to the world of Jewelry design and manufacturing.
Together, Melissa & Jonathon expanded their Jewelry repair shop as they began creating what they called the “Chesapeake Collection”. The collection enjoyed great local success in its efforts to capture the varied and beautiful icons still so prevalent about the bay and our coastal water regions. Together they designed, waxed, molded and created several pieces including Skipjacks, fish, waterfowl, oysters, workboats and most importantly, Crabs.
Sadly Jonathan passed in the early 80’s but the dream remained. For almost 30 years now, Melissa has with each waking day opened that small store behind the family home, and each day she aspired to be a better person, a better mother and a stronger supporter of several community events. Melissa is very well known throughout the region for her hard work, beautiful jewelry and her continued generosity in support of so many community and waterman based organizations.
Eventually I met Melissa, fell immediately in love with her and she has blessed me in marriage. Together we have begun the new future of the family business now known as Chesapeake Jewelers. Our brick and mortar store Bailey Jewelers still exists but the Chesapeake Collection is no longer limited to the walls of our store. Several times each year we pack up our extensive inventory and set up our booth at different events and festivals. Often times we are sponsors of these events, and are happy to be so.
You see, we believe in the legacy of the bay, we marvel at the sight of a stately heron gliding silently on to it’s next fishing spot. Experiencing the silent glory of an amazing sunset. Seeing monarch butterflies on wing in their annual migrations across the vast expanse of the bay. The natural beauty of fish, clams, oysters and of course, those famous crabs.
Most of all, we recognize and appreciate the hard working men and ladies who make their living working the water. How much effort goes into gathering their catch and maintaining their vessels. Vessels which represent not only their livelihood but their safe return home after a hard day on the water. We hope that our pieces exemplify all these things because we know, that you yourself or a loved one once recognized and believed in these things as well.
Thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves and our collection to you. Thank you to all our customers and friends that have brought Melissa and I along thus far. We each look forward to seeing you again either at our store, studio or at an event near you.
Mike and Melissa
The late Jonathan Bailey began his career in jewelry design as an apprentice for a Miami Florida based goldsmith making custom jewelry back in the early 60’s, the “old school” way. Jonathan Bailey had an immeasurable amount of design talent and he literally found himself as a designer and goldsmith.
One thing led to another and before long Jonathan Bailey became a featured designer for the Manhattan NY based fashion jeweler TRIFARRI. His designs were new and exciting, Jonathan Bailey was for many years considered to be one of the top 10 jewelry designers in the World. But the high world of commercial jewelry design wore him down, his happiness for his craft became lost.
Jonathan ultimately discovered the Chesapeake Bay region late in his life, he became enamored with life along the shores of the bay. He found solace and appreciation for the natural order of life around the bay. He became well acquainted with life both on and off the water and became a familiar figure to waterman and the creatures that made their homes along it’s banks, tidal creeks, docks and marshes. Jonathan was inspired and opened up a small jewelry repair and goldsmith shop right there in his home garage. Jonathon was finding his way back to what he loved to do.
In only a couple short years he met his soon to be wife and partner, Melissa. Not long after learning more about this talented, accomplished man she encouraged him to once again take up his artistic mantle and thus he began once again creating designs, waxing and molding all of the things he knew and loved about the bay. Workboats, crabs, oysters, waterfowl, fish and Skipjacks.
Together, He and Melissa expanded the little shop to include a show room and thus became Bailey Jewelers. He taught Melissa all he knew of designing and molding jewelry just as he had been taught.
Jonathans early designs and creations still remain today, a vital and very desirable part of the Chesapeake Jewelers collection.
“Simply the best jewelers on the Eastern Shore. Everyone at Bailey Jewelers went out of their way to make my buying experience a true pleasure.”
– James H. of Crisfield, MD
“I had been searching for months for something special for my Dad. He has been a waterman for 35 years. The workboat jewelery was just perfect.”
– Anna F. of Whitehaven, MD
“After searching high and low for jewelery that represented my love for Maryland Blue Crabs, I found this website and immmediately placed my order. The shipping was fast and I am very pleased with my purchase.”
– Margaret D. of Annapolis, MD
“My wife and I were searching for wedding jewelry and the custom pieces we purchased from Bailey Jewelers are going to last our lifetimes.”
– Kaitlyn & Jeff L. of Baltimore, MD
“I bought a solid gold Crab Brooch last Spring and every time I wear it, I think of what a pleasure it was dealing with Bailey Jewelers. I get compliments from everyone who sees it. It is truly one-of-a-kind.”
– Kelly F. of Virginia Beach, VA
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
All merchandise is accepted for a full refund or exchange if returned by the original purchaser in its original condition within 30 days from the date of purchase. A longer period of time is available if requested at time of purchase. Please be sure to include a note with any detailed instructions or comments as to why you are returning the merchandize when you ship it back to us. Gift recipients are entitled to a merchandise exchange or store credit.
Diamonds: All diamonds provided as part of a Chesapeake Jewelers item are classified as minimum SI1, SI2 G-H. You can take our word for it, Your purchasing an extremely nice, very good quality genuine diamond.
Gemstones: We promise you a gemstone that is at least equal to or better than those represented in our product images. Melissa obtained her GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certification years ago. She is well qualified to make that determination and selection.
Pearls: All pearls found in our 14kt Gold Chesapeake Jewelers mountings are salt water cultured AKOYA pearl(s). Pearls utilized in our silver mountings are very good quality cultured pearls as well, but are not AKOYA.
TRUST: Experience, Longevity, values, moral’s and professional business practices all apply.
You are purchasing a fine piece of jewelry. Whether your spending $49.00 or $4900.00 You need to know that A: you are getting what your paying for and B: You can trust the person or persons representing the item
Chesapeake Jewelers is not a new company. We have been designing, creating and selling fine quality jewelry for 28 years. We are a small, independent family owned business. Your trust in us is, invaluable. We rely simply upon the quality of our product and most importantly, our reputation. The majority of the items you see listed on our site and in our displays come from our very own molds. Our pieces are made from American jewelers grade fine .925 Sterling Silver or 14kt Gold.
Services: We are a full service jeweler and we handle all forms of jewelry work on a regular basis. We’ll provide you with a free estimate and provide professional advice on your best choice of how to proceed.
Would like your very own custom piece? Want a new setting for grandmothers old diamond ring? We’d be happy to discuss it with you. And please know that your old gold and silver items do have value. It is very common for us to accept your no longer used gold or silver items as credit towards a brand new item.
Melissa and I want you to feel fully at ease making a purchase from us. You may have been to our store or stopped by our show booth. Maybe you were referred to us by a friend on facebook. Please know that we are not just a web address. We are real people just like you.
Ps. We love hearing from our customers, our Chesapeake Jewelers facebook page is active and we enjoy traveling around setting up our collection for you to see personally. Please Like Us on facebook, give us a review, and by all means, if you get the opportunity, Please take a moment to introduce yourself. Handshakes, smiles and even hugs don’t cost a thing and we like them as much as you do.