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 7 years and together, we love providing beautiful jewelry, outstanding customer service, and a professional staff to serve your jewelry needs.
Credentials: Graduate Gemologist; Bachelor of Science from EIU
About Me: "I 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 enjoy raising my amazing kids and spending time watching them learn and grow!"
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, and I love it, my favorite part of our business is my role as the estate and vintage jewelry buyer. I find it fascinating, and I enjoy very much talking to the fine people in the Champaign/Urbana area who seek my advice. I live near Allerton Park, so I am lucky enough to be able to run on the roads out there, entering an area 5k or 10k a few times a year, especially the Decatur Shoreline Classic in the fall."
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. ”
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 can't 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.”
Position: Personal Jeweler
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.”
Position: Inventory Manager
Credentials: Bachelors of Science Major in Chemistry
About Me: "I am so blessed to be able to say I love my job and the company that I work for! I enjoy the fast paced environment and having to look forward to something new everyday! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, and crafting."
Position: Inventory Assistant
Credentials: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre & Music Performance
About Me: "I am so excited to be a part of the Flora Gem’s family. I am a colored stone enthusiast…no more like colored stone obsessed! I. love. gems! When I’m not looking at pretty stones and unique jewelry, you can find me working behind the scenes for Parkland College's Theatre Department where I am their Production Assistant. I am so blessed and amazed that I get to pursue both my passions! In my down time I like to watch movies with my husband and travel."