Our Family's Story
Our family has been in the jewelry business for over 40 years. We have passion for everything we do. One reason we got into the jewelry line in because we know how important family is. The owners of Moriarty's Gem Art and this website have been together for almost 40 years and have 3 wonderful children, two of whom are now in the jewelry business as well. We want to create a wonderful piece of jewelry that will be cherished by your family for generations to come.
Steve Moriarty - Owner, Gem Cutter and World Traveler
This is Steve Moriarty, co-owner of Moriarty's Gem Art. This is a family run business that has been in the jewelry business since 1975. They have a retail jewelry store in Crown Point, IN where they have been for over 15 years. So when you purchase your jewelry from opallust.com, you are buying from an actual family run business, not just an Internet store. Steve has been a gemcutter over 25 years so you are guaranteed that your gemstones and Diamonds will have the most brilliance and best cut...over anything else you will find online or in your local jewelry store. Steve also travels all over the globe for his gemstones, purchasing them in rough form and cutting them when he returns to the USA. See Steve Moriarty's latest trip to Tanzania in 2014
Nancy Moriarty - Owner, Fraud Prevention & Customer Service
Nancy Moriarty is the co-owner of Moriarty's Gem Art. She has been in the jewelry business for over 15 years now and is the glue that holds the family business together. She handles everything from the finances, to the fraud prevention, to working with customers to making sure that your jewelry is presented beautifully when you open it for the first time! If you call in with any questions, many times you will be speaking with Nancy. Before any item is shipped out, she reviews the piece to make sure everything is perfect.
Larry Moriarty - Master Bench Jeweler & Gem Cutter
Larry Moriarty is the brother of Steve Moriarty. He has been in the jewelry trade for just as long as Steve. Together they have more than 50 years of experience in the jewelry business. Larry is in charge of repairs, setting and polishing all the jewelry. Every piece of jewelry that is created at opallust.com goes through his hands. With custom work, he is the one preparing the wax models for casting and the casting itself. He makes sure all setting work is perfect and item is perfect before polishing it up. He is also a gem cutter, and many of the stones in our shop were created by him. So he makes sure each stone going into your piece is of top color and quality.
Christopher Michael Moriarty - Jewelry Designer
Almost every piece of jewelry on this site was designed by Christopher Michael Moriarty. He is master jewelry designer and has one numerous awards for his design work. If you come into our retail store, you will see 100's of custom designs that started from scratch from his pencil. One of his favorite designs, he was the Gemvision Design contest and explains here how he came up with the unique design. If you have something in mind that you don't see on our website, call us and Christopher can come up with a one-of-kind design just for you.
Michael Moriarty - Bench Jeweler & Marketing
Michael Moriarty, the son of the owners, Steve and Nancy Moriarty, has been a setter and goldsmith at Moriarty's Gem Art for over 10 years now. Michael is a master bench jeweler with the ability and experience to set gemstones and diamonds of all shapes and sizes. He attended the New Approach School for Jewelers and was certified in the Stone Setting Comprehensive Course. He also may be the one sizing your ring and putting the finishing touches on it so it arrives to you looking amazing. And if you if ever send it back to us to get it polished up and checked, he will be handling that as well for you. If you love all the pictures of the jewelry on our website, you can thank him as well for that. If you ever have any questions on our Facebook page, Michael handles it and will be happy to answer your questions.
Jeff Moriarty - Marketing & Website Development
Jeff Moriarty is the older son of Nancy and Steve Moriarty; brother to Michael Moriarty. He got the travel bug from his father and does a lot of exploring of the globe. While he is in the USA, he is handling the marketing and website development for this website, as well as our other websites. He is also the reason you found us! If you have any questions on this website or recommendations for it, Jeff Moriarty is the one you can speak to. He is not always in the shop, but lives just one state over outside of Chicago.
Alice Reynolds - Gemologist
Alice Reynolds is a Graduate Gemologist from GIA, which is the Gemological Institute of America. She handles all the quality control on the gemstones, jewelry and everything else being shipped out of the store. She also handles the appraisals on all the jewelry sold in our store and online. You may even speak with her if you come into our store or order online, as she works in thr retail sales side as well.
Margaret Corley - Master Jeweler
Margaret Corley has been in the jewerlry industry for over 20 years now. From selling jewelry to setting work, she has done it all. She has been with Moriarty's Gem Art for a couple years and works in the shop area with Larry Moriarty and Michael Moriarty. She handles much of the setting work, polishing, sizing of rings, repairs and finishing work before you items go out for shipping.
Our Retail Store
Our goal at opallust.com is to manufacture a unique, beautiful and meaningful jewelry that will be cherished by you and your family. This business started in 1975 as wholesale colored gem dealers. They have made our name in the trade through extensive travels to the World's gem sources and the fine cutting done here in the shop of the gems we discover. They have extensive knowledge of the gem market and each gem is individually inspected for cut, color and clarity and very importantly that it is of natural origin. Many of their competitors rely on outside sources to manufacture and set gems without there own quality control. WATCH OUR VIDEO
126 South Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Tuesday: 10am to 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 10am - 5:30pm
Friday: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm
With 35 years in the business, world travel to Tanzania, Kenya, Brazil, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Madagascar, Moriarty's have been recognized in the trade as one of the finest gem cutters and jewelry designers in the United States. You can even read about some of Steve's latest travels to Madagascar and Tanzania on our site.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-348-4499.