Shawn is a native of Ohio but grew up in Florida. His interest in gems started at age 11 when he was inspired by a family trip to the gem mines of the Cowee Valley in North Carolina. Shawn soon set a goal to be able to "pan for gold and prospect for gemstones". He wanted to be able to take raw materials and create a finished piece of jewelry with the "gifts from nature" and he achieved his goal by the age of 20.
Groups Shawn Supports
Shawn supports the TELLUS Science and Mineral Museum
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SHAWN'S FAVORITE GEMSTONE
His favorite stone is opal, because he says no two ever look alike.