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People: Farewell to gold fever

Original post made on May 3, 2008

When it came time to sign on the dotted line for another five-year lease at Timothy Fidge & Co. jewelry store in downtown Menlo Park, owner Marilyn Tudal Fidge asked herself, "Do I really want to do this?"

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Posted by Sharon Peterson
a resident of another community
on May 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Formerly of Los Altos, I purchased several beautiful pieces from Tim, and later Marilyn. My prized possession was Tim's "International Ring", named for the the International Jewelers' Award he won with this elegant and unusual ring. Last November I lost my ring. I can't stand to be without it. Today I searched the web and was disappointed to learn of the closing of the store. I will try to reach Marilyn, but in the meantime, does anyone know where the molds are located now?

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Posted by Barbra Watkins
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I used to manage the Radio Shack around the corner from Gold Fever in Palo Alto. I fell in love with a beautiful sapphire and gold ring. I had to put it on law away, but went to visit it frequently, until it was paid off. I still wear it all the time. I also bought a cut out gold pendant, made by a friend of Tim's. I wanted a cutout of the logo of the Arabian Horse World Magazine, Arabians being my passion at the time. It is the size of a nickle and I wear it always. Lately my mother died and I inherited her and my father's wedding rings. I had them mounted in a horse shoe shaped frame, with the horse in its horse shoe frame hanging free inside it. It means I always have them close to me. The new pendant was designed by Gembrokers, in Santa Cruz, and they are truly wonderful people. I hope Ms Fidge appreciates how many of Tim's customers remember him and wear his work in his memory.

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Posted by Bill Chandler
a resident of another community
on Dec 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I purchased my wedding ring from Tim (in 1985). It was a unique design (sort of an angled wave pattern across the top and the ring tapered around the finger. I've worn it all these years, but lost it this past year while working outside. Just sick. I wanted to contact Tim and see if I could get another made. So Sorry to hear that TIm has passed away in 89 and that the store had closed in 2007 <sad>. Yes, I too, would like to see if the molds still exist and who has them. I'd buy another in a minute!

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Posted by dot clark
a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm

WAY back, while Tim was still living in Washington state(?), he advertised in Sunset Magazine's Shopping Center, which was my responsibility. Don't know what he advetised, but in a phone conversation w/him, he said that Fidge was a truly unique name. Anyhow, when he moved south to Palo Alto I had him make a pair of earrngs for me which I treasure. This goes back more years than I care remember

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Posted by Eric Pena
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2017 at 12:16 am

Well, it is 43 years later, and I am retiring one of Tim's rings. My wife and I met in Corvallis, Oregon in 1973 where Tim had set up Seraph's Silverworks at 2007 NW Monroe Street. Sandy and I were penniless students in love and we wanted something special but affordable. We stepped into Tim's store and explained what we wanted. He smiled and sketched out his and her wedding rings each in yellow gold with an intertwining look. He fashioned mine and my wife's, her's with a whopping 1/4 carat diamond. LOL! Well, she never wanted that diamond replaced with anything larger and wore it proudly for almost 43 years. Sandy passed away last week. St. Patrick's Day would have been our 43rd wedding anniversary. Tim and Sandy can now share Corvallis stories. Thanks, Tim.

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Posted by Denise H
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

My mom had some extra diamonds that needed a setting and went to Timothy Fidge & Co to have 4 custom rings made. Mine had the 2 smallest diamond and we chose a light blue sapphire for the 3rd stone. Kind of a wave/twist trilogy style. I recently lost the ring and was devastated. I would give almost anything to find the mold and get a duplicate made. If anyone knows anything please comment or contact

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