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).
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ALAN'S FAVORITE GEMSTONES
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."