Meet Our Team
Although Michel isn't an employee of Jewel Tunnel Int'l, his knowledge, expertise and friendship are so important to us. He is known as "The Tornado" because when he comes to town everything changes at La Fuente - his energy is huge! Every chance he gets, one can find him digging for his famous Fluorites from Filon Jaune, Valzergues, France. He truly deserves this honorary position on our team page!
My name is Mikayla, I have worked with JTI for 2 years. I'm part of the administration team and assist with the organizational side of the business.
My name is Alfredo Petrov, geologist and mineral collector. My friends joke that I'm a specialist in rare ugly microscopic minerals, but I think minerals are like children... the ugly ones need love too. My involvement with Jewel Tunnel dates back almost 30 years, to 1993 when I met our founder, Rock Currier, in Bolivia. We quickly became good friends and over the following years enjoyed numerous long road trips together, both in the USA, and in rock hunting adventures in South America. I also helped Jewel Tunnel every year at some of the larger mineral shows, like Tucson and Denver, and Rock helped me find customers for my microscopic ugly rarities. It was a mutually beneficial association and lots of fun. But it was only after Rock sadly passed away in 2015 that I began working for Jewel Tunnel full time. I take care of cleaning and pricing the more unusual minerals, spend lots of time with the microscope checking mineral identifications, or hunting for overlooked rare species, and checking for unwanted “enhancements” to protect our customers from fakery. I do some purchasing of minerals from suppliers in Europe, Latin America, Japan and China; answer mineralogy questions from our customers and help teach mineralogy to other Jewel Tunnel staff, wash dishes, consume any leftover coffee, grumble about dust, and other such essential tasks. This old 1997 photo shows me with our founder Rock, in front of the office of the El Desierto sulphur mine, with the mine owner and one of the miners, and Jewel Tunnel still gets crystallized sulphur from this very remote locality, in case you need sulphur.
I’m Lisa. I have two children. My daughter is 16 and a senior in high school. My son is 12 years old and a 7th grader. We love camping and fishing. I have been with the company 10 months. I am a lead social media associate. I am in control of all social media platforms and sales.
My name is Pablo. I have a son that is 14 and a freshman in high school. We love camping and fishing. I have been with the company for about 8 months. I process all of our materials on your behalf. I help get all the products priced and on the floor and ready for purchase.
Hi everyone! My name is Hailey and I have been with Jewel Tunnel Int'l for about 6 months. My duties include running our website, Instagram, FaceBook and Tik Tok . I enjoy things like art, exploring new places and traveling.