Store owner and master craftsman Russell Criswell opened Vulcan’s Forge in 1986, following a 7 year apprenticeship. In addition to selling jewelry created by multiple manufacturers, he also enjoys pushing the envelop of jewelry design with the custom design work he does for his loyal, Kansas City, MO area clientele. While Russell thrives within his retail environment, his interests also extend to making armor and weapons, fixing up his 100+ year old house and tinkering with his classic cars.

JA New York: Facebook or Instagram?

Russell Criswell: Facebook

JA New York: Favorite gemstone?

RC: Tanzanite

JA New York: What’s your retail mantra?

RC: Custom, custom, custom!

JA New York: Dream Celebrity Client?

RC: Batman

JA New York: Guilty pleasure?

RC: “Game of Thrones”

JA New York: Favorite holiday?

RC: Halloween

JA New York: Music you play in your store?

RC: Classic rock

JA New York: Music you play in your car/home?

RC: Peter Gabriel

JA New York: If you had a super power it would be…?

RC: Sales

JA New York: Your most prized possession? 

RC: 1967 Datson Roadster

JA New York: Go-to news source?

RC: No media!