The Making Of Midas

Once Upon A Casting

Charles Kirkpatrick began his career as a jewelry tool salesman for Dyer’s in 1975. After taking several jewelry making classes offered to employees and customers, Charles discovered his passion for creating custom jewelry. 


After gaining experience working and teaching with several jewelry manufacturers, Charles bought a large collection of equipment from a retiring jeweler and started Midas in 1978 out of his house.  He opened his storefront in 1981, and began adding equipment and 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.

Thirty-seven years later, Charles remains driven by his vision of quality, innovation and service.  He strives to implement new technologies and ideas that move the jewelry industry forward.

Whether mastering new production techniques for creating wedding rings, or offering rare mined gems and state of-the-art created gems, Midas continues on a mission close to Charles’ heart.

This includes creating one-of-a kind modern heirlooms for customers and local jewelry stores, as well as supporting Austin’s unique jewelry making community.  Charles is proud to produce and finish lines for local designers, helping them bring their jewelry creations to life.

Most of all, he is thrilled to craft beautifully made jewelry for all Midas customers, helping them create heirloom 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!