Michigan Sesquicentennial Coin

Over the last few years, there’s been a surge of questions in my email about Michigan’s Sesquicentennial Coin. The coin was produced in 1986 by my dad here at Watttsson & Wattsson. I was born in 1990 and my dad passed in 2010, so I had little knowledge of the coin.


Thanks to the Peter White Public Library and the Marquette Regional History Center, I’ve been able to find out more information on the project. I’m still researching, and will be updating this article as I learn more. 

The coins were minted in 1986 out of 14k Upper Peninsula Gold from the Ropes Gold Mine.

The first coin minted was sent to Michigan’s Governor at the time, Governor Blanchard.

Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers was the first one to mint the design in Gold. There was a copper version minted and distributed exclusively for Meijer. It does not have the W&W marking, so I don't believe it was made in my shop. The dies in the photo above are the only ones that we have. 

In addition to being available in our store, the coin was available via banks that were members of the Michigan Bankers Association during the Sesquicentennial celebration in 1987. 

If you have information on the Sesquicentennial coin, email me at I’d love to hear your stories and any information you might have about the coin.

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Valentine's Day 2019 at Wattsson & Wattsson

We're making Valentine's Day easy! We've teamed up with Flower Works and U.P. Supply Co. to make Downtown Marquette sourced packages. 

New this year, you can pre-order packages online from February 1-13. Packages can be picked up or punched in store on February 13-14. We'll also be delivering packages on February 14 within the City of Marquette limits. Packages include gift wrapping. 

Floral Inspirations - $50

This package contains a pair of Sterling Silver Floral Earrings and six roses from Flower Works.

Order Floral Inspirations Package

Swept Me Away - $75

This package includes a Sterling Silver Curved Bar Necklace and six roses from Flower Works.

Order Swept Me Away Package

Will U.P. Mine - $125

Customize this package by choosing from our best selling U.P. jewelry. This package includes your choice of a Sterling Silver U.P. Necklace, Sterling Silver U.P. Dangle Earrings or Sterling Silver U.P. Stud earrings. It also comes with a six roses from Flower Works  and a "Will UP Mine?" card screen printed by hand by Northmost Outpost for U.P. Supply Co. 

Something Extra Special 

Make an in-stock purchase of $250 - $500 between February 1-14 and pick up 6 roses from Flower Works and a "Will UP Mine?" card screen printed by hand by Northmost Outpost for U.P. Supply Co. on February 13-14. Spend $500+ on in-stock merchandise from February 1-14 and pick up 12 roses from Flower Works and a "Will UP Mine?" card screen printed by hand by Northmost Outpost for U.P. Supply Co. on February 13-14. Applies to both in-store and online purchases. Does not apply to custom, special order or repair jobs.

*** Limited quantities available. Delivery fee of $10 will apply at checkout. 

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Do you have any UP Gold left?

This might be the most frequently asked question we get. When we opened in 1985, we make all the Charmers and Superior Lines out of gold mined from the Ropes Gold Mine in Ishpeming, MI. When Ropes closed in 1991, we no longer had a supplier for UP Gold. 

We have less than 1 oz of pure 24k UP Gold remaining. Like commercially available gold, the pure 24k is alloyed down. We will only produce 14k UP Gold, which means 14 parts UP Gold and 10 parts alloy. We no longer produce 19k, as it would deplete our final ounce faster. 

Because UP Gold is scarce, it is priced at a premium. 

You can purchase a 14k UP Gold Upper Peninsula Pendant here. If you would like to explore creating a custom piece in UP Gold, please book an appointment with Chris to discuss your idea. 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

We're back with our annual list of gift ideas. We love sharing the looks that are fashionable and fun. This year, we've categorized them into a few trending categories. These pieces make great gifts for your partner, sister, brother, mother, father, in-laws or someone else special in your life. These designs are available online and in our store located in Downtown Marquette. 

Rose Gold

The requests for rose gold keep coming! Rose gold is alloyed with copper to give it a pinkish tint. We love the look of rose gold with diamonds, morganite, amethyst, and blue topaz. All Superior Line pieces can be made in rose gold, too! 

Rose Gold Split Shank Oval Diamond Engagement Ring - Sold


Morganite is a pale pink colored stone that has been developing a following from those interested in a colored stone engagement ring. Morganite, named after JP Morgan, is a member of the Beryl family, like Emerald and Aquamarine. 

Rose Gold Oval Morganite Ring with Diamond Halo - $2,400


Animal jewelry is a fun way to celebrate a love for the outdoors. From aquatic animals to birds to bugs, designers are using stones to create unique interpretations of our favorite animals.

 Sterling Silver Owl Pendant with Chain - Sold

Bold Colors 

Make a statement with a boldly colored gemstone! Vibrant gemstones are great accessories for both special occasions and everyday wear. These three pieces are fun, festive colors that can be worn in any season. 

White Gold Ruby and Diamond Halo Pendant - Sold


Modern Twist on Classic Designs

Classic pieces are great because they can be worn for many occasions. Designers modify the classics to give them a contemporary feel without losing the feel of the all-purpose accessory. 

White Gold Three Stone Engagement Ring with Princess Cut Diamonds - Sold

Upper Peninsula Designs

Our Upper Peninsula Pendants are a great gift for the U.P. lover in your life. Solid pendants can be converted to lapel pins or tie-tacks. We offer a variety of designs. These have been the most requested. 


Polished White Gold Upper Peninsula Pendant - $175

Yellow Gold Upper Peninsula Nugget Ring - $350

Sterling Silver Upper Peninsula Dangle Earrings - $75 

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Downtown Marquette Ladies Night 2018

Ladies Night is Thursday, November 15!

Come ready to shop! For the first time every, we'll have a Ladies Night Only clearance case. You'll find a number of pieces marked 30% off from 4-8 p.m. 

You can also fill out your wish list! This year's grand prize is an item off your wish list valued up to $500. Check out this graphic on how to enter. 

Not feeling the wish list? You can also enter to win gift cards by getting a pink ticket. 

We'll have apple cider with mulling spices from Spice Merchants. 

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