Arareity is a jewelry and art glass gallery in “The Building” at 10th and R streets. We’re just a few blocks from California’s capitol in downtown Sacramento. Many arts related businesses are housed here next to the Fox and Goose Pub.
Arareity was started by Donald Garrett and Carole Koblik in March 1974. With $5000 they walled in Arareity’s section of ‘The Building’ and stocked the store with loose beads, sterling silver and a few gold items. Slowly, living on Carole’s income from teaching, they built up a stock of gold items. For three years all profit was put back into the business.
By 1980 Arareity was solely owned by Carole Koblik, which resulted in a distinctly more feminine store. Arareity no longer carried beads, but now featured blown and fused art glass. Carole began taking the Gemological Institute of Americas gemology classes to give Arareity the much needed credibility needed by a new store.
The name Arareity was the result of a word game. A•rare•ity was meant to express that this gallery would present a more varied collection of interesting jewelry than usually available in one location. The breadth of vision comes from the owner’s education: art, art history and archaeology. Years of overseas travel whetted her appetite for the unusual and historical. This background gives Carole’s custom designs a greater breadth of creativity. We set all gem materials in silver, gold, or platinum as desired. We design to compliment your hand or face… This is not a generic product.
Arareity’s goals: 1) giving its customers the best quality product available for the price. 2) Educating them about the jewelry they select and to ensure these pieces will give them optimal satisfaction, for the life of the product.