Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC, The Beginning
Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC began in 2008 when my wife purchased a parcel of gemstones from a television show. She brought them to me and said: “You’re the geologist, what are these?” Thus began my journey into gemmology. I queried the internet and found multiple textbooks and websites dedicated to gemmology. I purchased texts and subscribed to websites (Gemology Online, International Gem Society). Through International Gem Society, I studied gemology. I purchased the instruments necessary to equip an identification laboratory. Studies in college in mineralogy and optical mineralogy greatly helped in this process.
I joined the Western South Carolina Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. which provided me with more motivation and a workshop for lapidary and jewelry making. This began the second phase of my education in further work with gemstones. I began lapidary, cutting cabochons and faceted stones (bought my own flat lap). Once you have the stones, what do you do with them? So, I started making jewelry, this started my venture into that venue and silversmithing. About this time, my wife got interested in producing beaded pieces. This is a perfect venue for her. She is disabled and can design and make beaded necklaces, bracelets, etc. while sitting in her bed.
As the size of our inventory exceeded what we could send to family as presents; we established out shop online. Handmade Artists presented the best investment. After trying two other online shop sites, we settled on only having one shop. We have had more contacts and sales through HA than any other venue. You can find our shop here: Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
We continue our exploration into the artistry of displaying our loves and passions through jewelry. Designing pieces takes some time. Each of our pieces is genuinely one of a kind. We don’t use tutorials to duplicate someone else designs. That is where we are now, we will continue to expand our knowledge and techniques.
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