Down-to-Earth jewelers Stephen Franco and Jason Favela asked if they could be featured together, and with good reason. Those who like Franco’s work are most likely to also like Favela’s as well.
For both, what started off as an admiration for gemstones and crystals grew into a passion to encase them in precious metals so that people could wear them.
“My work is always inspired by the natural shape of the gem,” Franco said. “I try to capture the beauty and uniqueness of each gem I work with. An interesting thing has been being able to see my progression in this medium.”
Under the name “Light of the Saints,” Franco mostly sells pendants and rings, but he’ll also take requests for other items.
For those looking for an alternative look without getting pierced, Favela offers mock nose rings with stones such as opal and turquoise.
With vibrant finds such as fire opal, tourmaline and peridot, the two find many of their stones at gem shows, such as the world-renowned Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Arizona.
“I’ve been able to meet many people from around the world and realize how much we share in common,” Favela said about his experience with both buying and selling stones.