WATSEKA, Ill. (WCIA) — He started his jewelry business near Chicago.
But after battling a life threatening illness he moved down South.
Anthony Caporale has now spent the last twenty years making beautiful pieces of jewelry from scratch.
“My father and my godfather had a business in Chicago for over 70 years and i grew up in the business.”
Anthony Caporale learned at a young age he was destined to be a gemologist.
“You put a little more heart into when it comes from a family.”
Caporale moved his business from Chicago to Watseka more than ten years ago. It was after doctors gave him six months to live. But that didn’t stop him from beating the odds.
“it’s amazing that you could really touch everybody’s heart individually by making an individual piece of jewelry.”
He opened up a shop downtown. He says something his store has that other’s don’t … Quality.
“Today jewelry is not being made to the quality that we really want to hope hold up.”
Because he makes everything himself, he’s able to take a simple drawing and make it a reality.
“From the picture my wife goes ahead and puts it in the cad system.”
Everything at Caporale’s is handmade. Even the cases the jewelry is displayed in. And yes, “Capone” Caporale’s German Shepherd protects the merchandise.
“The main reason we do everything here is we want to make sure we have high quality.”
Some call it the hidden gem of central illinois. Because there’s not many places providing the quality you can find here in our town Watseka.
Caporale battled Toxoplasmosis. It’s a parasitic disease. We’re happy to report he’s since gotten a clean bill of health. And now even offers healing services to others battling health issues.