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.
B. Diane Eames is a Graduate Gemologist, a fine jeweler, and a gem faceter. She has 30 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.
Brad Hodges is our other lapidary gem facetor, goldsmith, computer aided designer, webmaster, photographer and Diane's husband.
Johnny Coultrup and Wayne Barnett are regular gem cutting contributors. Both are native Texans, and members of Texas Faceters' Guild.
Dalan Hargrave holds a special place here at Gems of the Hill Country. An internationally known gem faceter, gem carver, and goldsmith, 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 racing donk and for the hauling of prospecting and mining equipment to the topaz mines of the central Texas Highlands. Senior Pedro joined us a few years ago, and is a mini donk from the Texas plains. Pendejo is the newest mini donkey to join the herd. He earns his name every day.
Streeter and The Vixen is our store cat. He/and her are our official greeters and babysitters. Streeter Eames is his Facebook name. He has been joined by Junior and Pinto, but good luck seeing them.