A Washougal jeweler has an interest in all of the items he sells.
Those pieces, available to purchase in Jewelry Creations By Mark Lewis, include Laramar, a Caribbean blue jasper from the Dominican Republic, in a cast sterling silver setting with abalone inlay. There is also a AAA-grade pear-shaped amethyst in a wire wrap setting, as well as mystic quartz, amber and Ethiopian fire opal.
Lewis, 56, also works with Swarovski faceted crystal beads for earrings, pendants and bracelets. He incorporates fossils into some of his designs. They include an amanite (nautilus shell) in a sterling silver wire setting.
Lewis has been fascinated with the art of making jewelry since he was 17 and he watched a man in Florida make a ring with malachite.
“I just fell in love with it,” he said. “I knew that was what I was going to do.”
After spending four years in the Air Force, Lewis earned an associate’s degree in computer engineering from Tampa Technical Institute. He worked on electronics for 17 years, installing and setting up data transfer systems for several companies.