Hi I’m Cindy Silva , I started Great Lakes Gems by taking a bead class to make badge lanyards 13 yr ago and my jewelry has grown and changed a lot over the years from wedding jewelry , upcycling, dried flowers in resin and our local Mining stones and much more! My Husband John got involved with doing lapidary work cutting and polishing the different stones keeping them in the natural form. He is usually with me at the big art shows and loves to give a history lesson on the Mining stones. Did I mention we have 6 grown-up amazing kids and 13 super creative Grandkids that keep us young and on our toes!!