About Us

In 1998, we went to a Gem and Mineral Show near Philadelphia, PA and Jim decided to learn how to facet gemstones. A faceter recommended classes at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.

At William Holland, while Jim learned the basics of faceting gemstones, Sandy learned the basics of silversmithing from a wonderful teacher, Bill Cady, who taught that quality is more important than quantity. Sandy and Jim returned to William Holand to learn other skills: precious metal clay, bead stringing, chain making, wire-wrapping and grinding and polishing stones to make cabochons.

Our work was extended to include stone setting, taught by bench jewelers from Philadelphia's jewelers row, as well as enameling, lost wax casting, enameling and glass fusing from Santa Barbara City College's wonderful Continuing Education program.

Requests for our work prompted us to create a business in 2008, naming it Succulent Gems.

Since then, Sandy has particpated in Metals Week at Idyllwild Arts Academy and has refined her skills at the Revere Academy in San Francisco.


Our studio is located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, which affords us many opportunities to interact with and learn from other talented artists.