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Meet Alan

Alan is a graduate gemologist, and has earned a Diamond Council of America Certificate and Platinum Guild International Certificate. He has more than 40 years' experience in the gemstone and jewelry industry, and has worked both the retail and wholesale sides of the business. Alan is a fifth generation native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Alan tells us that family is very important to the people of New Orleans and he says "My feet may leave the city but my heart never does." Alan and his wife owned two high end jewelry stores in the French Quarter for 25 years. Alan also spent 15 years with Neiman Marcus as a manager and buyer.

Alan is partial to the humor of the late George Burns. One of his favorite quotes of Burns' is: When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it's time to turn out the lights.

Groups Alan Supports

Alan supports the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.peta.org).

Favorite Quote

"Friendship could be natures greatest masterpiece." –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alan On the Air

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Alan says he finds gemstones very romantic because of their source and nomenclature. "I have emotional feelings for all gemstones, but a few of my favorites include the 'Queen of gems' - the opal, sapphire and emerald."


This gemstone is primarily mined in Australia and stones come in a full spectrum of color. The most common are the milky white and green stones while the red against black are the most rare. Opals are valued by the fire or play of color when looked at from different angles. Deposits of these stones are also found in the United States, Czech Republic, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

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The most well known of the sapphire family is the blue stone that is only second in hardness to diamonds and known as the gem of heaven because of its rich blue color. The use of sapphires as adornment dates back, as early as, the 7th century B.C. One of the most famous sapphires is the 104 ct. Stewart Sapphire mounted in the British Imperial State Crown. Sapphires are most prevalent in Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, Africa, and Montana in the United States.

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The favorite stone of Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, emerald is a member of the beryl family of gemstones. The mineral chromium is what gives the emerald its color, the higher the chromium the more intense the color. Emeralds were mined by the ancient Egyptians and their name comes from the Greek word smaragdos meaning green stone. The finest emeralds are found in Columbia but emeralds are also found in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Russia, and Afghanistan.

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