A St. Louis native, Peter spent his youth traveling the countryside with his family’s business, acquiring skills that would serve him well when he launched Fire and Facet Studios.
Peter began his formal education in gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.) in Santa Monica, California, where he earned a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist (G.J.G) degree. After graduation, he departed the west coast for the French Quarter of New Orleans, where he worked for an exclusive store specializing in antique and estate jewelry.
From New Orleans, Peter continued his career in New Jersey and then in North Carolina, finally returning home to St. Louis, where he now lives with his architect husband Jeremy. They share a love of all things design, especially anything with a mid-century modern vibe, and this enthusiasm influenced the interiors at Fire and Facet Studios. A self-proclaimed foodie (and accomplished cook) Peter enjoys talking food as much as he enjoys designing jewelry. Be sure to ask him for a restaurant recommendation!
When Fire and Facet Studios first began to take shape, Cindy was Peter’s “must-have” addition to his new team of professionals. And while we don’t have the exact number of years, we can tell you that Cindy is the most-experienced jeweler at Fire and Facet. (Keep in mind she was a mere child when her career began….)
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Design, Cindy brings her dual skill set to every facet (sorry!) of fine jewelry design and repair. She can restore your grandmother’s treasured brooch, size your rings to fit perfectly, or bring new life to the family heirloom that’s been tucked in the back of a drawer. And if you want a one-of-a-kind piece created from your ideas, just tell Cindy what you’re thinking and she can make it happen.
When she’s not creating or restoring at Fire and Facet Studios, Cindy and her husband Scott enjoy hanging out with their two slightly spoiled pups, Ozzie and Mylie.
Before we could order Joan’s business cards, there was the small but significant matter of a proper title. “Director of Marketing” was close, but oh-so-corporate and kind of dull. In the first of their many collaborations, Joan and Peter settled on “Director of Media and Other Fun Stuff/Muse.”
Her published portfolio of work goes from (A)rchitecture to (Z)oos, but design and all things gorgeous is a common theme, so of course she was thrilled when Peter invited her to the Fire and Facet team. Her newest column - "The (Mis) Adventures of J. Elinor Lerch" - is featured several times a year in a St. Louis publication.
In addition to spending her day surrounded by superb jewelry, cool people, and great music, Joan loves the charming Old Orchard vibe in historic Webster Groves. (A self-proclaimed NON-COOK, she’s especially grateful for the culinary treats from Peter’s kitchen.)