I grew up surrounded by minerals in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. My father, a mining engineer and gemologist, has been collecting since I was a child. (I always had the best show and tells at school.)
I started working for my father when I was 18, accompanying him to mineral shows and on buying trips around the world. It was quite an education. In addition, I hold a degree in international business from UNA (Centro Universitário Una).
My father and I have been selling at the international trade show GJX (Gem and Jewelry Exchange) in Tucson, Arizona, for over30 years.
In 2005, I began selling gems and minerals online. My focus has been inclusions in Quartz, rare collector’s gems, and thumbnails. I also buy collections and inventories. I tend to gravitate towards aesthetic pieces that I would like to own myself.
In 2014, my husband and I moved from Los Angeles to the mountains of Asheville, NC. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and playing with our adorable dog, Willow.