Alexander & Steve Sanders

   Alexander was born on October 6, 1924 in Yugoslavia. He was graduated from the University of Skopia in Macedonia, with a B.S. degree in mining engineering. He also completed post-graduate studies in geology and rock-mechanics. He married his high school sweetheart, Violet in 1941. They had two children. They lived in Germany in the early 1950's. They moved to Morocco, and then to South Africa where he got into diamond mining.

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   In 1960 he immigrated to America where he got involved in coal mining in West Virginia, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. When he retired in 1986, he was president of Dravo Coal Company in Denver. He held GIA certificates in both diamond grading and colored stones. Alexander started out in lapidary by collecting fossils in Morocco and South Africa. He also began cutting stones at that time.

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   "Most people have appreciated the beautiful world of gemstones from as far as Australia and from our own states in America…. These splendid works of nature have given people and gemstone artists like myself an inexhaustible array of creativity…. As a mining engineer for over 45 years with experience in four continents, I became a rockhound and lapidary artist, collecting and shaping these splendid gem materials into an art that has been my lifetime ambition." Alexander passed away on December 9, 1998.

  

   Steve was born on February 17, 1962 in Morocco. He attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and got his B.S. degree in business management. He also went to the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California, where he received his degree in jewelry manufacturing arts.

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   Steve started lapidary in 1989 working with his father, in the family business, cutting gemstones and creating exquisite pieces of jewelry. Steve continues his family tradition today.

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