400 S Harrison Avenue
Cary, NC 27511
Saturday by Appointment
President, Creative Director
While my influences and inspiration began much earlier, my career as a jeweler began in 1982 in a small Tennessee jewelry store. I was always thrilled by creation around me and found that the act of creating is what brought me peace and joy. Later in life, I was able to connect this creative desire with our Creator and understand that He has made us all in His image and wired us all with a need to create.
As a young apprentice I was taught the art of jewelry creation the old fashioned way. I learned to master one tool, one skill at a time. The theory being that if you learn what the tools can do, and you master the skill required to use it, then your own imagination is your only limitation. While continuing my education as a metal smith, I began my education as a gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America, where I received my Graduate Gemologist degree. I believe we should be in a continual state of growth. There is a difference in 20 years of experience and 1 year of experience, 20 times. With this in mind I am always working on new techniques to render gold, platinum and the finest of gems into wearable art.
In 1994, my wife and I moved to North Carolina, where we began to develop a plan to open a gallery. In 2001, that plan came to being in Cary with the opening of Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery. At Stonehaven we hold to the traditions of jewelry craftsmanship while using the latest technologies to push the envelope with innovative new creations that breathe new life into the art.
Regardless of how creative our imaginations are and how amazing we are made, there comes a time in artists’ lives when they have to look outside of themselves to find inspiration. I came to this place in my career. It was at this crucial time that I turned the skill of my hands and the work of my mind and heart over to Jesus Christ and simply asked Him to direct me. Since that time, I have found an overflowing fountain of ideas and designs that all wait to be created. My work has taken on new life. My labors have been rewarded with two national design awards, but more importantly I have been given a heart to glorify God with my work, and I pray that His handiwork, not mine is seen in every piece I make.
I invite you to come and see my creations at Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery. Pick them up, hold them, feel them. I know you will see that they are different from what you have seen. You will notice that from every angle there is interest. Quite often you will see the pleasant surprise of an unexpected gem. Through this experience I hope you will catch just a glimpse of our Creator.