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Aaron In The Wild

Q. Rumor has it, your wife Chris cleans all your fish. Is that true?

A. My mother cornered Chris early in our relationship and advised her, “Never clean a fish. If you do it once, you will be doing it the rest of your life.” She catches more fish and larger fish than I do, but I remain the official fillet creator at our house.

Q. Do you have a favorite spot/place to fish or favorite fish?

A. My favorite spot to fish is at the helm of my old Lund boat. Most fisherman never reveal a good fishing hole. If they do, be skeptical. There are many species I love to fish but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the elusive walleye. The walleye is a challenge to catch as well as great table fare, especially for breakfast. I prefer it pan fried in olive oil with a light breading and a sunny side up egg on top.

You may not recognize him without the suit! While Aaron is formally our Watch Manager, he holds another important position at our store—resident outdoorsman.

Q. Where did you get your passion for fishing?

A. My parents and grandparents both loved to fish. My parents were school teachers so we spent summers at the lake. Fishing was in my blood early in life just like my passion for timepieces. My grandfather worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1940’s and 1950’s, when fine mechanical timepieces were highly coveted. Lives depended on absolute accuracy in those days. He passed his desire for timepieces down to me as well as fishing.

Q. Are you one of those guys where fishing trips equate to staying in high end lodges?

A. I would like to say yes, but my wife or one of my fishing buddies may see this article so I will be honest. I enjoy roughing it when I am in the great outdoors, this means different things to different people. Accommodations are typically minimal for us. My wife loves to camp in the back of our truck which we call “The Silverado Motel.“

Whether walleye fishing with his wife or communing with the friendly locals, you’re sure to find Aaron enjoying the beauty Minnesota has to offer every chance he gets.

Q. Do you have any advice for people that may be interested in the outdoors?

A. In Minnesota you need to invest in good equipment and don’t make excuses. You can always look at the weather and talk yourself out of doing something outside. Some of my best outdoor experiences have been in the harshest weather Minnesota can dish out.

Q. Do you have any special equipment that you always include in your outdoor endeavors?

A. Yes, I am rarely in the outdoors without my favorite headlamp, some dry matches, and my Stainless Steel Rolex GMT. We all have a phone to give us our time and info but electronics in the outdoors are not always reliable due to moisture and battery failure etc. A quality mechanical time piece is reliable, waterproof, shock resistant and can be used as a compass, which many people don’t know. In my opinion, the best time of the day to be in the outdoors is at sunrise and sunset. It is nice to glance at your wrist to see how much time before sunset rather than digging in your pack in the rain or snow to find your phone and risk dropping it in the ice-fishing hole. I have one phone at the bottom of a Minnesota lake and I suspect I am not the only one.


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Rest In Peace Louie José

louie-1000x428-2LouiesDuckWe are saddened by the loss of Louie José Wixon. Many of you got to meet Louie over the years as he loved to greet clients when they walked into Wixon Jewelers– usually with a big yellow stuffed duck in his mouth. He loved going to work with Mom and Dad. Louie was an exceptional boy (he was more of a boy than a dog). He will be sorely missed by all of us.

Rest in peace dear Louie.

July 27, 2002 – ­October 18, 2015


The Color Connection in Gemstones

Our last little dose of winter weather here has left me longing for sunshine days and summer nights. It’s becoming challenging to dig deep and break through the blah and bleary winter doldrums. I had the opportunity this week to show one of our clients, who was here for her spring ring cleaning, a new Peridot ring. The first word that came to mind when describing the gem to her was “optimistic”. She and I both lit up in surprise as we fell in love with the ring just a little bit more.


It’s not often that one thinks of gemstones as a pure evocation of emotion, but for gem lovers it is so often the case. A gem that has just the right color, or sparkle, or feel, can stir up memories and evoke emotions. In this case, the bright and refreshing grass green Peridot ring beautifully encompassed our longing for spring. Optimistically, we were both trying to block out the snowflakes dusting the ground and hoping that by putting a little bit of green on our finger would mentally transport us to a warmer day.


Tourmaline-ParaibaAnother gem that I cannot get enough of and I think many of you will feel the same, is Paraiba Tourmaline. It is a gem that is startling and striking in appearance. Tropical Caribbean blue is the best way to describe this gem at its finest. It is incredibly rare and difficult to find, as there is truly no other gem that resembles a Paraiba. Memories of vacations spent near the ocean and the color of the water are easily brought to mind. For us full-time Minnesotan’s, a mental warm-weather vacation in the dead of winter can be just the right respite to turn the day around.


Unheated Burma Ruby Loose GemstoneThe fiery heat and passionate color of a red Ruby make it the most fervent gem on display.  It also tends to be, for many, a sentimental gem. The 1940’s and 1950’s were when the Ruby hit its first heyday, and many clients still remember their parents wearing a Ruby ring.  Memories of that hot sizzling red stone are long lasting.

The connection to color is different for every person. It’s based around thoughts and feelings, memories and emotions, and even just pure passion for a particular hue. There are truly so many incredible colored gemstones available in a wide varying assortment of hues, that it’s impossible not to fall in love with several options!

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find  the perfect piece of jewelry  to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store.

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