Designer Bio’s

James & Avra Thomas


James Thomas Sr.James B. Thomas (JB) has been doing lapidary work since he was a small child. His father was a watch maker & designed semi-precious jewelry.  In the 1980’s JB taught adults the art of cutting & polishing stones. Throughout his high school and middle school teaching career he never left the designing field. His students learned to be perfectionists and be cognizant to details in all of their work, whether it was making a wooden bench, designing crafts for the home, or making business cards on a computer. Each year his students won top prizes at the fair. Now in his semi-retirement, he’s able to get back to designing for himself first and then selling that perfect piece to the public.


Avra ThomasAvra Thomas, JB’s wife, was also a teacher. Being a perfectionist, her skills excelled in designing curriculum that specialized in being student based rather than teacher based. Traveling throughout the United States she gained a passion for photography.  When she became disabled in 2002, she needed to find another passion.  After visiting a gallery, she was hooked on designing jewelry.  A few months later Avra was added to the staff as one of their designers.  For the past two years her work has been shown in two national magazines.