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I'm a 30 year-old artist from Las Vegas, NV. My focus is mostly gemstones, but I started doing jewelry in 2010. My interest in gems transformed into passion after I took a Gemology class at College of Southern Nevada in 2005. I modified my personal Dremmel tool and taught myself how to cut gemstones. Starting with opal because it is one of my all-time favorites, I learned the basics and expanded more towards the carving end of the spectrum, even doing experiments in inlay and intarsia. I branched out to other gem species and in 2009 I faceted my first stone. In early 2011 I bought a cabbing machine and have been doing lapidary work professionally since. I also purchased my first faceting machine in August of 2012, so I now am able to offer faceted stones once again. I took a jewelry class at College of Southern Nevada in Fall of 2010 and have been doing jewelry work with my own designs on and off since then…

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  • Joined November 10, 2010

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Chrysoprase, Gem Dino bone, Opal, Hells Canyon Herringbone Wood, Garnet, Tourmaline, Exotic woods, Jadeite, Psilomelane, Condor Agate, Mokume Gane, Sterling silver

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I'm a 30 year-old artist from Las Vegas, NV. My focus is mostly gemstones, but I started doing jewelry in 2010. My interest in gems transformed into passion after I took a Gemology class at College of Southern Nevada in 2005. I modified my personal Dremmel tool and taught myself how to cut gemstones. Starting with opal because it is one of my all-time favorites, I learned the basics and expanded more towards the carving end of the spectrum, even doing experiments in inlay and intarsia. I branched out to other gem species and in 2009 I faceted my first stone. In early 2011 I bought a cabbing machine and have been doing lapidary work professionally since. I also purchased my first faceting machine in August of 2012, so I now am able to offer faceted stones once again. I took a jewelry class at College of Southern Nevada in Fall of 2010 and have been doing jewelry work with my own designs on and off since then.

My background consists of training and/or experience in almost every form of fine art there is. I am mostly self-taught- either from books or from good old-fashioned trial-and-error. Being a Fine Arts major at College of Southern Nevada I have done everything from learning design and color theory, to life drawing, painting and sculpture. Outside of school I have done all sorts of things from wood working to tile work, building hyper-realistic model cars to wood carving, wood turning, automotive restoration, music, poetry, photography and more. I am an Accredited Jewelry Professional from GIA and am working towards Graduate Gemologist.

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