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Purcellville Blog: Hunt Country Jewelers celebrates 40 years in business

Four decades ago, Claire and Ed Cutshall were starting their family and Ed was making a life changing decision about which direction to go with his career – to attend dental school or become a gemologist.

After finding out he was wait listed at dental school, he decided to give gemology a try.

In 1977, Hunt Country Jewelers was established.

Their first storefront was located in Great Falls, and then they moved to Hillsboro in 1990.

“It was one-third less to move to Hillsboro, which allowed us to focus on selling our own work,” Claire said.

“The Hillsboro years were very good and helped us get our children through college, and provided us with the ability to increase stock,” she added.

The Cutshalls – who are now business partners with their son Logan and his wife Carolyn – moved to Main Street in Purcellville in 2013.

“Purcellville was a much better fit. There is a lot to offer here and we love being here, seeing people, expanding our services, doing more repairs, helping more people with last minute gifts and our standing inventory has quadrupled,” Carolyn said.

Hunt Country only deals in its own designs made with gold, platinum, colored gemstones and diamonds. They have expanded into silver production and carry a large collection of Maine tourmaline stones.
For anyone interested in watching the fine process of creating their unique jewelry designs, the Cutshalls have produced videos available on their website, huntcountry.com.

“We focus on colored stones, because we cut them in house and you can get more bang for the buck. Colored stones are our passion, but of course we have diamonds as well,” Carolyn said.

The foursome work together as a team, designing and making everything in the store. Many of the unique pieces available are for sale in their inventory on the floor.
“It is a great deal of fun to talk to people and help with occasions, such as weddings and birthdays. It makes people feel good and it's part of their memories. I love seeing people come back,” Carolyn said.

While many things have changed over the years, the processes used to create their designs remains mostly unchanged.

“It's nice to like what you do,” said Claire. “It's amazing how fast the time goes.”

To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, the Cutshalls are hosting the “favorite event of the year” - the annual sale. The sale runs from Oct. 7 – 15, with savings of up to 50 percent off. Hunt Country is located at 105 E. Main Street in Purcellville.

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