Today, I'd like you to meet John Atwell Rasmussen, who hails from Easley, South Carolina.
A retired paramedic, he was educated in geology at Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute in NY, obtaining his Bachelors and Masters, and then teaching geology. He was educated further at the International Gem Society, the Gemological Institute of America, and Penn Foster Career School.
He pursues his love of rocks, minerals, and gems as the lapidary and jeweler at Rasmussen Gems & Jewelry.
His wife Debora assists the business by doing bead design and making all of the beaded pieces in the shop.
Together, the talent is mind-blowing. I'll let their pieces speak for themselves, except to suggest you learn more about them on his blog.