Jeffrey Appling was born and raised on the central coast of California in the town of Salinas.
Jeff’s fascination of rocks grew as he spent his childhood summers at the family cabin, roaming the stream-bed gravels and sorting through the sedimentary strata. While studying Geology, Mineralogy, and Crystallography in college, a professor introduced Jeff to Gemology at the Gemological Institute of America.
Graduating from (GIA) as a Graduate Gemologist and a degree in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, Jeff began cutting (faceting) gemstones at a professional level and was self taught in Photomicrography (taking pictures of the insides of gemstones).
While working at a local jewelry store he started taking rigorous coursework to become a professional Appraiser. With numerous professional degrees now behind his name and a diligent work ethic Jeff opened a small jewelry store/appraisal firm in 1994 and became one of the leading jewelry appraisers nationally and worked as an expert witness in a court of law. As an appraiser Jeff was able to research every type and style of jewelry made (Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Gregorian, Modern, Retro, Victorian, etc.).
The appraisal years turned quickly into the design years.
As an Art Historian with a degree in jewelry arts he decided to set out and make jewelry never before created or seen. In 2004, Jeff moved to Palm Springs, opened a creative jewelry store, and lectured/taught several aspects of the jewelry arts. Southern California inspired him to grow in meeting new and interesting fellow designers, celebrities, models, rock stars, and he designed jewelry reflecting their lifestyles.
A few years later, like a magnet, Jeff was drawn back to the beauty of Monterey where he is now solving unexplained archaeological mysteries that have puzzled people for thousands of years.