Jacqueline is currently a gemologist, a jewelry designer and jewelry manufacturer. A native Californian, she retired from her CEO position in the lumber industry in 1995 when her husband took a contract in Puerto Rico. Up until then, she owned and operated a Commercial Lumberyard in Long Beach that had been in her family since 1928. Having lived in China and traveled in Asia, then traveling the Caribbean and living in Puerto Rico for 10 years, she became very interested in the many gemstones of the world. She loves Tourmaline from her home in California, she was amazed at the amount of Sapphires and Rubies in Thailand and became fascinated with the Larimar from the Dominican Republic.
After just a few years in Puerto Rico, Jacqueline was contacted by one of her son’s high school friends, Tricia, who had been making jewelry for many years. Tricia taught her the basics of jewelry making and they became partners.
Jacqueline has been designing and making jewelry since 1998. She completed her Gemologist Certificate Program at Santiago Canyon College in 2009 where
she is a past, two term, President and a current member of the Santiago Canyon College Gemology Alumni Association, Inc. She now resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where her husband is now employed.
Jacqueline belongs to an international women’s organization, Beta Sigma Phi, where she held many offices in her chapters and held an office on the Orange County, California State Board. She contributes much of her time to Philanthropic interests. She donates her jewelry for Donation Drawings and gives a percentage of her Sorority Sister Jewelry Sales to their Charities.
Jacqueline's Philanthropic interests are many and she supports the following charities: The Lupus Foundation of America, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, MediAlert and our Veterans. She is also an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and supports all of their many charitable events.
She also supports The American Opal Society, as well as The Gem and Mineral Council in association with The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County whenever possible. Now that Jacqueline lives in North Carolina it is difficult to attend functions sponsored by these organizations.