Once Upon A Casting

Charles Kirkpatrick has never been afraid to follow a dream and see where it might take him.  The willingness to take some big chances has gotten Charles the things he cares about most:  the love of his life, amazing kids, a successful and rewarding career, and close friends that are an extension of his family.  Back in 1975, all it took was several classes in jewelry making for Charles to discover his passion for creating custom jewelry.

After gaining experience working and teaching with several jewelry manufacturers, Charles started Midas in 1978 out of his house.  He opened his storefront in 1981, and began building his new business.

Midas grew to include everything that was essential to Charles: a production facility offering casting and hand fabrication, an in-house CAD designer and 3-D printer, a cozy showroom filled with beautiful, custom pieces and a large collection of unique colored gems and diamonds.

Charles is proud to create one-of-a kind modern heirlooms for customers and local jewelry stores, and to support Austin’s unique jewelry making community.  He also finishes lines for Austin designers, helping them bring their jewelry creations to life.

Most of all, Charles is thrilled to craft beautifully made jewelry for all Midas customers, helping them create personal jewels for themselves and the next generation. 

Call us at 512.467.7075 for an appointment with one of the Midas team: owner/jeweler Charles, jeweler Aaron, or CAD designer Cat, and let's get started on a modern heirloom for your collection.

Meet the Team

Welcome to Midas!  Thanks for checking out what we're all about, we're thrilled you're here.  Custom jewelry is our passion, and each member of our team endeavors to give you an outstanding experience.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Charles Kirkpatrick

Owner/Diamond Buyer

As the owner and founder of Midas Manufacturing, Charles has over forty years experience with fine jewelry manufacturing, including platinum casting and stone setting. Charles is also a skilled diamond buyer, having purchased quality diamonds and colored gems for the past three decades. He is happy to meet for a diamond buying or jewelry design consultation. Charles works hard to offer the most money for your diamonds!

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Aaron Phelps

Principal Jeweler

Aaron has been the principal jeweler at Midas for seventeen years. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Texas and almost two decades experience in casting jewelry and setting gems.  Aaron expertly casts, sets and finishes custom jewelry for individual projects as well as designer lines.  He is highly skilled in bringing out the smallest details in a design, and works with Charles and Cat to bring that vision in your mind’s eye to life.

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Cat Butler

CAD Specialist/Jewelry Designer

Cat joined the Midas team in 2016. She is a graduate from the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, and specializes in CAD design. Cat also serves as Midas’ office manager, keeping all the gears turning smoothly.  She provides jewelry design consultations for small and large projects. This includes design guidance, metal and gem recommendations, CAD creation and project management. She works with you every step of the way, helping make your dream of a beautiful modern heirloom come true.

Let's get connected!

Give us a call at (512) 467-7075 or send us an email for an appointment with one of the Midas team: owner/jeweler Charles, jeweler Aaron, or CAD designer Cat, and let's get started on a modern heirloom for your collection.