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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

Jewelry Designer celebrates MainStreet: Greeneville's 25th Anniversary

MainStreet: Greeneville Board President Kathy Knight smiles as James-Ben Stockton presents her with a sterling 25th Year Celebration lapel pin.
MainStreet: Greeneville Board President Kathy Knight smiles as James-Ben Stockton presents her with a sterling 25th Year Celebration lapel pin.

December 20, 2007

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — MainStreet: Greeneville celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. As part of that observance, James-Ben: Designer/Artisan created sterling silver logo lapel pins.

"Based on MainStreet's distinctive logo with the addition of '1963-2008,' this Main Street piece is one of our proudest moments," says James-Ben Stockton. "This year as MainStreet moves toward its 25th Anniversary, nothing could be more appropriate than sterling silver jewelry created by one of Main Street's downtown residents."

The studio originated this line of logo collectibles nearly 25 years ago while located in historic Franklin, Tenn. which, along with Greeneville, was one of the first five "Main Street Communities" designated by the state. In 1995, Franklin received the prestigious "Great American Main Street" awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Franklin logo jewelry was modified to include those words in the design.

"We were the only artisans in the United States given permission from the National Trust to use their trademarked phrase," Stockton recalls. "I can hardly wait until Greeneville receives her Great American Main Street award. Her Main Street surely deserves it!"

Stockton continues, "We created a process, unique to our studio, by which we could generate the image over and over, while retaining our style of hands-on creation and attention to each individual piece."

Over time, James-Ben's precious metal logos have been done for such diverse entities as crafts guilds, the National Women's Business Organization, National Public Television, and national political campaigns. Prior to the move to East Tennessee in 2002, James-Ben: Designer/Artisan had already created logo jewelry for the historic Jonesborough and Rogersville communities.

For 35 years, James-Ben Stockton has created unique, custom designed gold, silver and platinum jewelry. With the added creativity of partner Daniel Luther for the past 25 years, working in the bottega style, the pair have designed and created jewelry chosen for private collections in eight foreign countries and 30 states.

For further information about the Greeneville precious metal logo jewelry, call (423) 787-0195.