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Our Champaign 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 7 years and together, we love providing 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

    Email: valerie@floragems.com

    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!"

  • Mark Fandel

    Mark Fandel

    Position: Personal jeweler, appraiser, lead buyer

    Credentials: Graduate Gemologist, Jewelry professional since 1982

    Email: mark@floragems.com

    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."

  • Anna Tirey

    Anna Tirey

    Position: Personal Jeweler

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

    Email: anna@floragems.com

    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

    Email: repairshop@floragems.com

    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."

  • Katie Jones

    Katie Jones

    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 fiancé, and cooking for my friends and family."

  • Christina Smith

    Christina Smith

    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."

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