Meet Dan Telleen


D1145_921_669an Telleen is the owner of Karats,  a working jewelry store and gallery in Vail Village, in Vail, Colorado.  Dan was raised in Iowa and completed his Art Education studies at Wayne State Teachers College in Nebraska.  After teaching for three years in Michigan, Dan relocated to Vail in 1970 and opened a gallery showcasing his artistic jewelry.  In 1985 he established Karats, which has become widely know for Dan’s distinctive custom jewelry designs.  Dan often incorporates artifacts from various cultures as well as debris that connect the wearers of his jewelry with past civilizations and the physical elements of the natural world.  Dan is careful to provide detailed consideration to the wishes of his clients while creating jewelry designs and is happy to set up personal appointments in order to do so.  HIs work has been featured in selected exhibitions throughout the world in museums and galleries, as well as in the print media.  Dan is most proud however, that his jewelry has found a place in the collections of our many valued clients.

In 2015 Dan Telleen continues to celebrate 45 years of jewelry design in the Vail Valley.  Please stop by Karats, to see Dan’s newest pieces, along with his classics.  By stopping in Karats, meeting the artist and the staff, and by asking questions you become a better collector.  We encourage you to visit our working studio gallery.  We are always happy to answer your questions.  Please stop by Karats and say hello.

3 thoughts on “Meet Dan Telleen

  1. Dan my wife Shelly and I were in your shop in April, she was interested in a bracelet that you were working on, you did our friends wedding rings. Do you still have that piece?
    My phone is 423-886-1017.

  2. Dan, I gave Shelly the bracelet on the 35th and she loved it. Thank yo so much for working with us.! It is beautiful and the story of you Karats and us is pretty amazing there is magic in that piece. I will call later. Dennis

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