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Tom McLaughlin of Lennon Jewelers in Clay works on a piece for his autism collection.

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An artist in our midst: Tom McLaughlin: Honoring the lives of people with autism

Tom McLaughlin calls himself a “bench jeweler,” a man who makes his living working with jewelry in all ways, repairs to jewelry crafting to jewelry design since 1985. He has been co-owner of Lennon’s Jewelers since 1988 when, along with Sheila Hovey, he opened the original store in Great Northern Mall in Clay. Twelve years ago Lennon’s Jewelers moved to Market Fair North, just across the road from Great Northern Mall. Designing jewelry is not just about finding and making beauty in object form, it is about crafting meaningful and beautiful symbols that demarcate key points in our lives. The jeweler is in part a historian.

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