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Our Owners

John & Lisa Flora are the 4th generation owners of Flora Gems. Flora Gems has been on the same street corner in Decatur since 1856, and we are excited to open our second location in Champaign-Urbana. Valerie Swain has been with Flora Gems for 5 years and together, we are looking forward to bringing beautiful jewelry, outstanding customer service, and a professional staff to serve your jewelry needs.

Champaign Team

  • Valerie Swain

    Valerie Swain

    Position: Co-Owner

    Credentials: Graduate Gemologist; Bachelor of Science from EIU


    About Me: “I really enjoy being a part of our customers celebrations and special occasions. From engagements and anniversaries, to graduations and birthdays…life is meant to be celebrated! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends-this is by far my favorite hobby! I love playing with my daughter and watching her grow.”

  • Mark Fandel

    Mark Fandel

    Position: Personal jeweler, appraiser, lead buyer

    Credentials: Graduate Gemologist, Jewelry professional since 1982


    About Me: “Although selling diamonds is a great way to earn a living my favorite part of our business is the estate and vintage jewelry. I find it fascinating. I enjoy spending time with my family, running on the Steven’s Creek bike path, entering a 5k or 10k a few times a year, fishing, and chess.”

  • Anna Tirey

    Anna Tirey

    Position: Personal Jeweler

    Credentials: Graduate Gemologist; Associates of Art Degree Specializing in Jewelry Design, GIA Jewelry Design Certificate


    About Me: “I truly enjoy working with people and helping them find a beautiful, one of a kind piece of jewelry. I love fitness; running half and full marathons, and crossfit competition! My favorite activity is spending time with my two daughters. ”

  • Scott Wulff

    Scott Wulff

    Position: Bench Jeweler

    Credentials: 32 years experience as a jeweler


    About Me: “I did not choose jewelry, it chose me. I like the challenge of each repair that comes through the shop. I like to hear that someone else has said that it cant be done. I will do my best to prove them wrong. I enjoy traveling with my wife, spending time with my 8 grandchildren, and reading old books.”

  • Lisa Gibson

    Lisa Gibson

    Position: Inventory Manager


    About Me: “I am proud to be part of such respected and well established family business and the work environment that provides me with. I enjoy the fast paced nature of my position and that each day presents new challenges. In my free time, I love spending time with friends and family.”

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