Susan Thomas - AJP
Susan Thomas fell in love with gemstones as a young girl on a mining expedition with her father. That trip ignited a passion for gemstones — especially sapphires. Initially, Susan put that passion to play as a collector; however, after learning some jewelry-making techniques, she started designing and selling gemstone jewelry.
Prior to joining JTV, Susan owned a bead and jewelry business which gave her the opportunity to travel extensively, sourcing inventory. She developed a fascination for the seemingly endless choices of colorful gemstones that blanketed the local market in Jaipur, India.
In addition to hosting Jewel School at JTV, Susan is pursuing one of her dreams by working on her Graduate Gemologist Diploma (GG).
My Favorite Gemstone
If you've ever seen a Ceylon Sapphire up close you will know why sapphire is my favorite. That cornflower blue color is like a slice of the fall sky. I love that sapphire comes in so many different colors because I always have a hard time making choices. With sapphire I don’t have to choose a color, I can just say “I’ll take them all!"
More About Susan Thomas
"Don’t be afraid to try something new. Whether it’s a new piece of jewelry or a new jewelry making technique, trying new things is exciting and fun and will energize you!"
Susan's first dream was to become a professional musician. She began her college career as a music major. She studied to be a concert pianist and played the piccolo in the University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Susan also played the guitar and tried her hand at being a singer–songwriter. She spent some time in Nashville and has even played on songwriter nights at the famed Bluebird Cafe.
Susan's Go-To Travel Jewelry
Before heading to one of her favorite places, Susan packs an interchangeable stack set, a simple necklace, a stretch bracelet and bangle set, and a bid bold pair of earrings.
Susan's Go-To Gifts from JTV
"Sterling silver jewelry especially with my pearls."