John and Lisa Flora are the 4th generation owners of Flora Gems which has been in business for 163 years. They have been married for 12 years and continue to look forward to helping Decatur and the surrounding areas with their jewelry needs.
Position: Store owner since 2001, 4th Generation.
Credentials: Bachelors of Science from University of Colorado Boulder; GIA Graduate Gemologist
About Me: "I truly enjoying helping engagement couples find the perfect ring, and I love to be creative and custom design one of a kind items. I enjoy spending time with my family, working out, snowboarding, fishing, golf, racquetball, playing with my dogs, and anything outdoors."
Credentials: Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and Graduate of Diamonds
About Me: "I love hearing from our customers and friends about their special Flora Gems jewelry and the stories behind them."
"I have decided to transition toward retirement after 20 wonderful years at Flora Gems. I will be in the store on Wednesdays and look forward to helping you with your jewelry needs."
Credentials: Graduate Gemologist, Flora team member since 1999
About Me: "I love, love, love my customers! Whether it’s helping someone with a newly designed piece, or a fabulous estate piece of jewelry, seeing a customer’s happiness is a joy to me. I love working with people and some of my customers have become life long friends. I love being able to offer them the great value and customer service that we offer here at Flora Gems. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I enjoy being involved in the Red Cross Regional Board of Directors, Tiffany Circle, Great Banquet Lampstand. I love to sing, workout, quilt and recently learning to play the ukulele."
Position: Personal Jeweler
Credentials: GIA Graduate Diamonds
About Me: "After my wonderful experience buying my engagement and wedding rings from Flora Gems, I decided this would be such a fun profession! I enjoy helping other couples find their engagement rings. Custom design holds a special place in my heart— I have so much fun creating beautiful jewelry! I love spending time with my husband and our two dogs Gus and Zeke!"
Position: Controller since 1993
Credentials: BS Accounting/MBA from UIS
About Me: "I enjoy the fast paced environment of Flora Gems and that it is interesting every day. I enjoy working with numbers…they are a part of who I am! I love spending time with my family, traveling, camping, shopping, and playing with my dog!"
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."
Credentials: Bachelor of science from Southeast Missouri State University, GIA diamond graduate
About Me: "The favorite part of my position is the interaction with our guests! I am lucky because I get to do the estate buying, which is always interesting, and also be a Flora personal jeweler, which allows me to assist in finding the perfect piece of jewelry for our guests! In my spare time, I enjoy my family, competitive sports, and going to see live music."
Credentials: Steve has been a bench jeweler for 31 years.
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."