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 opened our second location in Champaign-Urbana in November, 2015. Valerie Swain has been with Flora Gems since 2011 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 have been a gemologist for over 20 years and feel very fortunate to work for Flora Gems. I started my career in diamond wholesale and enjoy working with diamonds but colored gemstones are truly my passion. I love developing relationships with my customers and feel honored when they share and celebrate special events with us. I live in Monticello with my husband and three children Olivia, Liliana and Everett."
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 9 grandchildren, and reading old books."
Position: Personal Jeweler
Credentials: Bachelor of Sciences in Merchandising
About Me: "I have been enjoying the fast-paced retail lifestyle for the last seven years. My main goal is to not only fulfill my client’s expectations, but to give them an emotional experience that builds the foundation of a lifelong relationship. I love traveling, riding in the combine with my husband, and cooking for my friends and family."
Position: Inventory Manager
Credentials: Associates of Science in Accounting
About Me: "Having 20 plus years managing inventory and supplies, I am excited every day to support our sales team with their customer's projects. In my down time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, crafting, and reading."