Chico jewelry store refinishes Camp Fire treasures for free


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    A downtown Chico jewelry store is spending much of its time repairing and refinishing jewelry damaged in the Camp Fire.

    Olde Gold Estate Jewelry, which is located at 225 Main Street, has seen approximately two dozen fire victims come into the shop with rings, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry that they salvaged from their homes destroyed by the Camp Fire.

    The jewelry is covered in soot and other matter which burned onto the pieces, making them virtually indistinguishable.

    "What we're trying to do is clean stuff like this for people at least to the point where they can see what they have,' said Craig Tolman, who co-owns the jewelry store with his wife Michele.

    "You can't even read the stamps inside (the jewelry) to see what they have," he said.

    The multi-step process, which customarily costs $100 per hour, takes approximately 60 minutes per piece.

    But the Tolmans are providing this service free for fire victims.

    "I don't feel good charging people that have been put in a bad situation," said Tolman. "The least we can do is clean it for them."

    Olde Gold Estate Jewelry will continue to refinish damaged jewelry for Camp Fire victims at no cost. However, the shop does not refurbish other items such as plates and statues.

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