About the Artist
Hi! I'm JB. Let me share a bit of my story. I come from Denver Colorado. Inspired by the blue skies and beautiful Rocky mountains, I started my jewelry career as a high school student, studying under an awesome teacher named Don Stevenson. (Mr. Stevenson, if you see this, God Bless you and thank you!)
Shortly after graduation in 1981, I started tinkering in a friend's rinky dink back-room jewelry shop making all sorts of strange creations while learning new skills. In 1983, I got my first retail store gig at Petrelle's Jewelers in Littleton Colorado. I apprenticed under "Master Jeweler" Rick Mcgavin, who for four years, taught me an insane amount of amazing tricks and techniques.
In 1987, in a bold statement of independence, I moved to Chicago Illinois, where I became a human jewelry repair machine at Darnell Jewelers. Six years later, I found myself back in Denver where I met my beautiful wife, Denise, and together had our two awesome children, Tyler, now 18, and Melody, now 20.
At that point in my life, with ten years of professional experience behind me, I persued entreprenuership, becoming an independant contractor. I worked for various jewelers, pawnshops, diamond dealers, and private clients all around the Denver area..............
Until 2002 when one of my good friends suggested that I move my family to Tampa, Florida, citing the great weather, beautiful beaches and friendly people as a few of the many reasons to move here. After some discussion and research, the Beaird family re-located to beautiful Tampa in March of 2004.
I immediately put out feelers for work and soon found myself as the "Jeweler on Premises" at Anthony Louis Jewelers in Carrollwood. I spent about a year and a half there, designing, creating, restoring and repairing all things shiny, when the owner announced his retirement from the jewelry business. I seized the opportunity to purchase the store's fixtures, and, in early 2006, JB Fine Jewelry was born.
In 2014, my passion for stone cutting was rekindled when I inherited some old lapidary equipment and some rough opal from an associate of mine. By the time I was finished carving, I had discovered something truly remarkable. I found the natural beauty of opals mesmerizing and addictive. Within that week I had sent out for another shipment of opal and like that, I was hooked. I began creating my opal jewelry collection and the result is on these pages. In my 37 years of experience, I've made everything imaginable and I look forward to creating the masterpiece of your dreams.
Come in... I guarantee your complete elation.
Thanks for your business!!