My passion for gemstones runs as deep as my love for life.
As far as I can remember, I’ve had my eyes on the ground trying to catch that glimpse of the shiny prize.
A large collection of rocks and minerals followed in tow to every house and condo I lived in, sometimes thinning out some of my most precious specimens to my lucky friends when I could no longer fit them into my life.
After years of being a glassblower, I took the option of attending the Gemological Institute of America to get my Certificate in Diamonds in 2003. No, I don’t come from a long line of jewelry designers. I didn’t have the privilege of a heritage passed down to me from my parents. My passion is my own.
When I’m happy, I make jewelry. When I’m depressed, I go to fine jewelry stores, gaze at the diamonds and try to get to know them on a personal level like meeting new friends. Each gemstone is unique with an aura of their own – just like each one of us. They have a personality and spirit.
In 2013, I took a dream trip of a lifetime: 12 weeks in the wilderness of Western North Carolina to dig for precious raw Ruby, Emerald and Aquamarine in long-forgotten mines. Here is a small sampling of my haul:
These are raw aquamarine crystals from the Ray Mine near Burnsville, NC. These are some of my personal favorites.
I’ve been making gemstone jewelry for decades. I wanted to make pieces that have as much character and soul as the people who wear them. I strive to make the very best, with an eye for color, finish and quality.
If you love something, you never want to lose it.
Take a look around the website and contact me if you have a question. Find me at popular fairs and shows around the East coast and be sure to stop and say hello. I hope your passion for fine jewelry runs as deep as mine. If so, you have a kindred spirit in Lord Of The Stone.