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66 yo geologist turned gemologist making custom jewelry in my very small shop at home.

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Gems, Jewelry,  Minerals, Gemology, Rockhounding


Favorite Movies

Last Samuri, Da Vinci Code, Master and Commander, US Marshals, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter

Favorite Music

Folk,Early Rock

Favorite Books

Rock and Gem, Jewelry and Gems, The Mineral Kingdom, Secrets of the Gem Trade

John Rasmussen
66 year old retired educator (geology and emergency medical care) and practicing paramedic. I came back to my passion, rocks and minerals, then making gemstones and jewelry with them.
John Rasmussen
John Rasmussen

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Judy (drjude) P. February 14, 2010 at 10:12

Hi John,
Just thought I would say hello. Found you through Orchid (what else) where I am a major lurker. Haven’t posted in about 3 years, maybe more, at least, not since I moved back to Toronto from Niagara Falls where I spend the better part of a decade in a black fog.
I noticed the pendant you made for Debbie first and had an aha moment (raised Orthodox, same birthday, have a friend in Georgia who has a lot of trouble finding kosher food).
Anyways, I’ll be following. Gems are the best!

Sandra Malecki April 3, 2009 at 10:49

I live in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I am not a artisan, just a fan. I am planning a women’s retreat and was thinking of a craft/memento of wire wrapping a stone for a pendant/charm. Could you make any suggestions.

Leena February 24, 2009 at 12:56

I found your blog through Wire Jewelry artists forum. I make jewelry myself and I am a gemology student. I am terrified of the upcoming gemology exam in June!
I’m curious about your career as a geologist and a gemologist. When did you get interested in gemstones and stones. How long did you study to be a geologist? Did you study gemology at GIA? Have you found lots of interesting minerals yourself? Did you study jewelry-making somewhere or did you learn by yourself?

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello from the snowy Helsinki, Finland!

Best wishes,
Leena Vajanto
Leena Collection

Herman Falcon November 26, 2008 at 05:16

Decided to check out your blog after reading your post to me at WWJ.
found some similarities in our lives. I am soon to be 62 next June ,am a retired accountant turned wire wrapper, jewelry maker. I work in my small shop at home and love early rock music. It is nice to find another male on WWJ, it appears to be dominated by women ( not the worst thing in the world by the way). Are you a retired geologist turned energency aid worker/jewelry maker ?
Just thought I would pop in and say hello.
Herman Falcon

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