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Sharing Your Joy

An office visit can be an important part of your journey with The Intrepid Wendell. When you arrive, you quickly learn that we are not just another jeweler. We have no stock on hand. You will not see a sales floor full of glass cases. And we will not try to sell you a stock piece. Because at the Intrepid Wendell there are no stock pieces.

Instead, we will make a custom piece that tells your story and your style. We share your joy that is as unique and delightful as you. We get to know you and learn what brings joy to your face, your heart, and your mind.

Located in the heart of Washington DC

The Wendell Team

  • Daniel Boettcher JD, MA, Graduate Gemologist (GIA) Founder
    Daniel is educated in law and diplomacy with academic degrees from Yale, Georgetown, and American Universities. After attaining those degrees, he decided to chase a childhood passion flowing from rock collecting in his native Rocky Mountains. That love led him to earn a Graduate Gemologist credential from the Gemological Institute of America.

    He is passionate about gems and jewelry and believes in sharing joy with his clients. As an intrepid world traveler and polyglot, he has visited more than 100 countries and has yet to find a place that hasn’t offered a lesson worth learning.

  • Joshua Collier Graduate Gemologist (GIA) President
    Josh earned his Graduate Gemologist at GIA and is an expert in jewelry and digital design. At The Intrepid Wendell, Josh treasures the opportunity to help clients create beautiful and meaningful heirloom pieces that share their stories. 

    When not in the office, Josh can be found in any interesting corner of the world hunting down the next beautiful thing to bring home to the office in Washington, DC. 

    Josh believes in creating beauty authentically. When not traveling for Wendell, Josh enjoys spending time with his black cat, Rosie.

  • Eric Sanchez Master Goldsmith
    Eric is responsible for jewelry creation at the bench. 

    He apprenticed for years with an English Master Goldsmith who immigrated to the USA. However, his familiarity in the workshop started when he was young. Eric grew up with watchmakers and goldsmiths in his family. They exposed him to how jewelry was made from an early age. 

    Eric’s love for working with precious metals and fancy gems fuels his passion to make timeless jewelry. 

  • Anthony Frank Virtual Artist and Additive Manufacturing Technician
    Anthony is a second-year MFA student at American University. He creates installations with ecological and digital methods to demonstrate both imbalances and possibilities of harmony for society and nature. 

    He has become a Certified Master Naturalist through the University of the District of Columbia.  Using this training, he volunteers in native plantings and at schools. Anthony grows food in gardens and has grown vegetables to aid in food sovereignty initiatives for different communities.

  • Guarina Fernandes Housekeeper
    Guarina was born in Germany to Portuguese parents and has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. She is an avid cook and active in the Portuguese Club of Washington. 

    Aside from her husband and two sons, Guarina enjoys spending time with her relatives across Europe.

  • Wendell (Honorary) Chairman of the Board
    His travels around the globe with Dan made him “intrepid” even before the company was founded. 

    Some people believe Wendell to be a stuffed plush rat. However, according to criteria written in the charming story of The Velveteen Rabbit, he is not filled with stuffing at all.  He has certainly become real.

Our Travel

Because the best things don’t usually come knocking on the door, The Intrepid Wendell travels extensively throughout the world. This is a key element to creating your truly high-quality and unique jewelry.