Hi everyone, It’s been a few years since I’ve been an active
"Orchidian" and I’ve decided to give it another whirl. I’m a J.A.
Certified Master Jeweler of 20 yrs at the bench. I’m originally from
Baton Rouge, LA. traveled extensively throughout Canada and the U.S.,
lived 11 years in Honolulu, HI and have planted roots here in New
Mexico. I have a beautiful, suportive wife and a new baby girl of
6mo. My wife is finally coming around to the idea of learning the
trade. She’s a great rhodium plater! LOL This past week (4-10-03)
she’s been on the polishing wheel (at her own election, I’m not that
cruel!) and is doing quite well. I manufacture a line of Tahtian
Pearl mountings of about 165 pieces, mostly in 18K as well as doing
trade work. I specialize in platinum work, wax carving, casting,
mold making and model making to the trade and feel like my strongest
talent is making jewelry with motion as well as emotion. I’ve gained
quite a bit of experience the hard way, although with no “formal"
training, I might have and answer to your questions that may not be
"by-the-book” but have worked great for me. I’m available at (505)
867-4700 if you feel the urge to call. I’m looking forward to
sharing my knowledge with you all.