Gems of the Hill Country - The People make this all possible
Gems of the Hill Country is a group of native Texans using our skills as gemologist, lapidaries (gem faceters) and metalsmiths to express our love of place; of Texas. We share the beauty of the Texas Hill Country through our gemstones, fashioned in the finest quality and mounted in classic and innovative jewelry. Our jewelry is an expression of the larger Texas as well. We focus on the soul of the place.
is a Graduate Gemologist and a lapidary. She has 27 years working in the fine jewelry field, both wholesale and retail. She is our main gem faceter, gemologist, topaz wrangler and donkey caretaker. She is past-president of Texas Faceters' Guild, demonstrates faceting at shows and talks to groups around Texas and the U.S.
is our goldsmith, Computer Aided Designer, webmaster, photographer and Diane's Husband.
Rocky Hamilton is one of our other gem faceters. He's been cutting for a few years, and is quite skillful. The bat cuts and spiders are his creations.
Tommie Campbell has the hardest job of all; she counts the beans.
Ted Meyer is our CPA; he makes sure that the IRS has everything they need to keep them happy.
Dalan Hargrave holds a special place here at Gems of the Hill Country. An internationally known gem faceter, gem carver, and goldsmith, he creates the trademarked GemStarz gems that we carry. We are honored to have him as our mentor and guide. His skills as a master jeweler challenge us to excel in the creation of our gems and jewelry.
Senior Pablo is our superstar race donk or "burro" for the hauling of prospecting and mining equipment to the topaz mines of the central Texas Highlands. He has also volunteered to be the team leader for the local "DONKCAR" racing circuit. He has a stock chassis and a racing ass. Senior Pedro joined the team last year, and is a mini donk from the Texas plains. The Jackass Race in the summer is the hot up race for the year.
Streeter is our store cat. He is our official greeter and babysitter. He loves the little fishing rod with the catnip mouse. Come join him in "cat fishing."