Denver Designer: John Atencio


Born and raised in Denver, John Atencio has been selling jewelry in Colorado for over 40 years. It all started while he was going to business school at Colorado State University and decided to make a ring for his girlfriend. Fast forward to 2017 and he now has six store locations across Colorado and has made a name for himself as a respected jewelry designer. What makes John Atencio’s jewelry unique is that each piece has a story and was designed with intention. Each of his design’s has a recognizable aesthetic. His designs have structural characteristics with an attention to the smallest of details. Often times, he designs around the stone or in this instance, an ancient roman coin, to maintain the original shape and form of the coin.

John Atencio designs engagement rings, fashion bracelets, anniversary bands, earrings, pendants and more. He creates something for every style. My personal favorite were the yellow diamond rings in his Signature Collection (future hubby take note). Each item in his signature collection is one-of-a-kind and his attention to the smallest details is astounding. I also adored his turquoise pieces. I have never seen a turquoise stone so flawless and bright. The flawless stone was set in 18KT yellow gold surrounded by 32 sparkling diamonds.


I absolutely love finding designers here in Denver. Whether it’s diamonds, clothing or art, I think it is so important to support creatives in your community. I am going to be doing more features on Denver designers and shops so be sure to keep an eye out!