Awards and Press

I’m proud that my work has received wide recognition in just a few years.  Below are some of the awards I have won, as well as press and museum exhibits of my gems.

Awards

My award-winning 42.47-carat Mexican apatite, faceted in my custom “Aurora” square cushion design. This gem won the first place award in the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards in the “All Other Faceted” category. Apatite this clean and large is extremely rare.  This gem is now in the “Somewhere in the Rainbow” collection. Photo courtesy of the AGTA Spectrum Awards.

Museum Exhibits

A number of my gems are in museum collections or private collections that are occasionally exhibited in museums.  I have had my gemstones exhibited in the Tellus Museum in Georgia, the Perot Museum in Texas and the University of Arizona Museum.  The Georgia amethyst featured in the image below is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

An 11.50-carat faceted amethyst and a natural crystal from Jackson’s Crossroads, Georgia.

Publications

My gems and some of my own photographs have been featured in several publications to date including the GIA’s “Gems & Gemology,” Gemworld International’s “GemGuide” and the Fourth Edition of Antoinette Matlin’s Colored Gemstones Buying Guide to name just a few.