A. Christensen, G.G., is a Graduate Gemologist through
G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America). If you have any
questions you would like to ask about Diamonds or Colored
Stones, please feel free to use the
contact form, and you will get a prompt response. John
was building and repairing fine Jewelry since 1983 in the
Des Moines area. Formerly in the wholesale trade shops, doing
custom work for other stores, before starting Gold Art in
March 1991 until January 2000, John was the owner of Gold
Art Handmade Jewelry. A full service Jeweler, specializing
in made-to-order pieces. All wax carving, casting, masters
and mold making for multiple pieces such as service pins, all
methods of stone setting, and complete fabrication of Jewelry
was done there.
moved the family to
the Chicago area in 2000, First Settling in Saint Charls, IL,
then moving to Maple Park, IL in 2013.
PLACE in the 2003 Illinois Jeweler's Association competition
for an 18K and Platinum Diamond Ring (pictured at right,
upper left of the graphic).
Other awards include:
FIRST PLACE, AND
BEST OF SHOW IN 1999 at the Iowa Jeweler's Association Design Competition.
Michael M. Dyber carved this new "Luminaires™" Ametrine,
hand crafted by John in 14K yellow gold, accented by diamonds in white
gold tubing. This piece competed on a National level in January of 2000,
at the Jewelers of America International Show in New York City. One of
32 regional winners nationwide.
John also recieved a FIRST
PLACE Award in the 1998 Iowa show for an Ametrine and Diamond pendant,
and SECOND PLACE at
the same competition in 1997.
Dyber / Gold Art Handmade Jewelry
Web Site is a Winner!
We are honored to be selected by GemKey Magazine as one of the premier
colored stone web sites. The following is from our notification:
Congratulations, you have received GemKey Magazine's "Best of the
Web" Award for your excellent General Colored Stone website.
The award was given based on a combination of design aspects and usability.
Your company's website scored high in these categories and was published
in our magazine to serve as a reference guide to trade websites that
are in a class of their own or a leading industry websites.
We hope this award helps to not only bring an increased number of visitors
to your website, but also recognizes the effort made to create a superior
Editor-in-chief, GemKey Magazine "
appreciate this award very much!
Website Awards 1999
Michael Dyber / Gold Art Web Site
is no longer working on web sites for hire.
has a certificate in Web Site Development from the Illinois
Institute of Art in Schaumburg, IL. This will be a major focus in
the future. John has been writing web pages since 1996.
July of 1999, John was diagnosed as having an an allergy to
gold, after working with it for so many years. The probable
cause was a gold crown installed about 3 years earlier. The
contact dermititis condition affects the skin on the fingertips,
from working with gold filings. Even with latex gloves, and
powerful cortisone, the condition continued to worsen. Under
doctor's advise, he was forced to make the move to sales, and
away from bench work.
was a crushing blow, but John believes that there is a reason
for everything, and life goes on! See the effects at this
to his Family, you can visit their web site here.
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