Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mark Schneider Design

Post by Patricia Syvrud

One of my personal favorite American designers is the award-winning Mark Schneider, of Schneider Design Studio.  Located in Long Beach, CA, Mark is one of the few living jewelry designers to have a piece on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem Collection. Mark's contemporary yet classic styling, fine craftsmanship and impeccable taste in fine colored gemstones says it all!

I LOVE this "Fantasy" tanzanite ring, set in platinum with a beautiful 8 ct. tanzanite and yellow and white diamonds in a cross-over design.  The cross-over band is different, the cut of the tanzanite is different, using the yellow and white diamonds is different, and yet the piece is a timeless classic:

Patricia's Gem to Remember

Joia Gems - The Who, What, When and Why!

Welcome to our blog about fabulous, fine jewelry and gemstones and the people that create them.

Hosted by Patricia Syvrud and Christine Webb of Joia Consulting,, we aim to teach, inspire and delight you so that one day, you too will appreciate jewelry the same that way we do! Both of us received our graduate gemologist diplomas from the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Our backgrounds include decades of experience working within the jewelry industry at such illustrious organizations as the Smithsonian Institution, the Gemological Institute of America, Tiffany & Company and QVC, to name just a few. Patricia holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and has been honored to be former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's pro bono jewelry consultant since 2006. She founded the jewelry expertise services company Joia Consulting, LLC in 2011. Christine's undergraduate degree is in geology and her fascinating background includes sourcing rough diamonds in Russia, managing one of the most successful Tiffany & Co. retail locations (after their NY flagship store), and consulting to the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem Collection (NGC) since 1997.