After retiring to the Southwest in 2010, Gary James was looking for a creative outlet. His interest in Native American jewelry inspired him to start working with turquoise. He took classes and continued to develop his skills.
While attending a trade show in Phoenix, Gary was introduced to Larimar, a gemstone which is only found in the Dominican Republic. He creates original designs as well as "rescuing" pieces that either have damaged or unattractive stones, which he then repairs.
Metaphysical properties of this "blue stone of Atlantis" are many. The stone is said to have physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing energies. It is also said to represent peace and clarity.
Gary has a second booth of Old Pawn Native American jewelry, filled with sterling silver pieces with turquoise and a variety of other beautiful stones.