- Certified Gemologist Appraiser (American Gem Society)
- Graduate Gemologist (Gemological Institute of America)
- Registered Jeweler (American Gem Society)
- Certified Senior Bench Jeweler (Jewelers of America)
- Member, American Gem Society
- Member, Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review (J-BAR)
- Member, Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association
Sam delights in using his 38 years of workbench craftsmanship and gemological training to bring people together through education and guidance. He also educates his customers about how to assess the value of diamonds, gemstones and the aspect of creating one-of-a-kind pieces so that they can make the best decision suitable for themselves. In addition, his desire for excellence and impeccable attention to detail is exhibited in his work. Sam never stops in pursuing perfection and consistently continues to raise the bar of standards in excellence.
“I give the same attention to detail on every piece, whether I’m sizing an inexpensive or simple ring or setting a diamond or gemstone in a highly valued piece, because to our customers, their piece is special and valuable to them and that makes us treat each piece as if it were ours, they have entrusted us and that speaks volumes as to the care we give.”
Sam has had the occasional opportunity to travel for the business and has networked with the ‘Icons’ of the industry, and has seen many amazing pieces that very few people ever get to see. From viewing and handling massive quantities of gold blocks and raw precious metals to single diamonds valued into the millions, these experiences give his store a huge wealth of resources and knowledge for his customers.
Sam and his wife Rhonda have been married 33 years and have two children, Ryan and Christa. He enjoys watching high school and college football, lacrosse and collegiate wrestling, as well as auto racing. His other hobbies includes saltwater fishing, weight training and fitness and currently trains and competes in the Master’s Class in National Physique Competitions around the south. He also enjoys, when time permits, the simply staying at home with family and Lucy, their pet beagle.
Sam looks forward to working with you and educating you to help create your special engagement ring or jewelry piece, highlighted with a memorable one-of-a-kind design, specifically for you or your special someone.