I was born and brought up in Yekaterinburg, in the Ural mountains of Russia. Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in the country and without any doubt, is the capital of Russia's gemstone and mineral industry. I stared learning about rocks and gems when I was only 12 years old. After graduating from high school, I decided to become a professional geologist. I graduated from Bashkir State University in Ufa with a degree in geomorphology, which is the study of physical features of the earth's surfaces and their relation to geological structures. I taught students at the major University in Bashkiria, Russia, until 2011 when I started an new career: I became a gem vendor. My passion and my true love is the Russian demantoid but I love and admire any rough that comes from the depth of the Ural mountains, as well as any colored gem I see or touch that was created by the hands of highly skilled masters cutter.
I buy demantoid rough directly from artisanal miners with whom I frequently visit at the mining sites. The mining is done ethically, sustainably and responsibly. Masters cutter (old Ural school of cutting) I work with are very skillful masters of their craft - сut quality: "very good" and "exellent". All my stones comes from most famous Ural mining sites. In fact, the city of Yekaterinburg is located no further than 100 km from any of them. That's why I am offering my buyers the best gems. I hope you enjoy and love them as much as I love my demantoids and that you endlessly admire their beauty as I do.